The Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez rematch is official – and this time the flyweight title will really be on the road.
Each Figueiredo and Benavidez made weight Friday in Abu Dhabi, coming in at 125 kilos. The 2 males will compete for the vacant UFC flyweight title at UFC Battle Night time on Saturday on Yas Island.
Figueiredo and Benavidez fought already this yr, on Feb. 29 in Norfolk, Virginia. Figueiredo received by way of second-round TKO. Nevertheless, the title remained vacant, as a result of Figueiredo missed weight by 2.5 kilos. Benvidez was granted a direct rematch given the circumstances.
UFC Battle Night time: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez will happen on the not too long ago constructed Flash Discussion board on Yas Island, which has been briefly dubbed “Battle Island” by the UFC. The promotion has a slate of 4 occasions this month in Abu Dhabi. This would be the third card within the span of eight days.
Figueiredo had one other impediment previous to this bout. Final week, he examined optimistic for COVID-19 in his native Brazil and didn’t get on the UFC constitution to Abu Dhabi. A day later, he bought examined once more and was adverse for coronavirus. Figueiredo was in a position to get on one other flight from Sao Paulo final Sunday sure for Abu Dhabi. Figueiredo’s group believes it was a false optimistic and the fighter has handed subsequent COVID-19 assessments in Abu Dhabi this week.
Figueiredo (18-1) is ESPN’s No. 2-ranked flyweight. Nicknamed “God of Warfare,” Figueiredo has received three straight. His lone profession loss got here final yr in opposition to fellow Brazilian flyweight contender Jussier Formiga.
Benavidez (28-6) is available in as ESPN’s No. 3-ranked flyweight. The Las Vegas resident has been a perennial contender within the 125-pound division because it began. Benavidez fought within the inaugural UFC flyweight title bout in opposition to Demetrious Johnson in 2012. Benavidez, 35, is 12-Three since then with losses to Johnson in a rematch, Figueiredo and Sergio Pettis.
Benavidez is tied with Johnson, the previous longtime champ, for probably the most UFC flyweight victories (13). Benavidez additionally has probably the most fights (17) and probably the most knockout wins (5) in UFC flyweight division historical past.
A vital middleweight co-main occasion was additionally made official Friday. Each Kelvin Gastelum and Jack Hermansson efficiently weighed in at 186 kilos. Gastelum (15-5) is ESPN’s No. 7-ranked middleweight and Hermansson is No. 8.
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