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It's not like a race, where you know you're going to run that time because you're feeling that. Considering that Figueiredo stopped Benavidez with one devastating punch in their first meeting in February, it would make sense to lean toward the Brazilian in the rematch.

Deiveson Figueiredo's most recent results Win: Joseph Benavidez (TKO2, Feb. … • Saturday, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Joseph Benavidez’s dream of becoming the UFC flyweight champion died last night when Deiveson Figueiredo choked him unconscious at the 4:48 … Ortega, Jung make weight for UFC Fight Night, McGregor says he will fight Poirier on Jan. 23, Sources: Calvillo tests positive, out of UFC 254, Freire to head return of Bellator featherweight GP, Sources: Viral KO star Buckley set for UFC 255, Gane-Delija fight off due to contract dispute, White: Yan vs. Sterling in works for UFC 256, Inside the turbulent journey to Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung, The two lives of Brian Ortega: From menacing streets to UFC stardom, Helwani: It's never easy with Conor McGregor and the UFC, but end result is always worth it, Cyborg chokes out Blencowe, retains Bellator title, The UFC's best nicknames and the stories behind them, Why UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn't expect to ever face Tony Ferguson, UFC fighters react to Joaquin Buckley's spectacular KO of Impa Kasanganay on 'Fight Island', MMA, boxing and wrestling are all facing a major issue: a cracked combat sports pipeline, Best bets for UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo-Benavidez 2, Figueiredo flying to Abu Dhabi after negative test. And he's nice. ET, with prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ at 5 p.m. 3. • Main card: ESPN+, 8 p.m.

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Loss: Deiveson Figueiredo (TKO2, Feb. 29; watch on ESPN+) It's almost something I can't wait to look back on. Benavidez by fourth-round TKO. Serghei Spivac vs. Carlos Felipe | Heavyweight, Co-main combatants looking for a turnaround.

“I’m not going out like that and nothing is guaranteed in this sport for sure, but I’m not going to get another title shot,” Benavidez said. Subscribe to ESPN+ to get exclusive live UFC events, weigh-ins and more; Ariel and the Bad Guy; Dana White's Contender Series; and more exclusive MMA content. UFC Fight Night viewers guide: In long-awaited return, will Brian Ortega be better than ever? But this sport is different. Il combat actuellement dans la division poids mouche de l'Ultimate Fighting Championship Distinctions. Benavidez and Figueiredo first faced off in February. 52.7: Percentage of significant strike attempts that land for Figueiredo, the best among active male UFC flyweights and third all time. Robert Whittaker was to defend his belt against Yoel Romero at UFC 225 on June 9, 2018, in Chicago.

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UFC Fight Night viewers guide: In long-awaited return, will Brian Ortega be better than ever? I did everything right. “I don’t want to go out on that, so I just want to go out with another fight. Travis Lutter was slated to be the first challenger of new middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 67 on Feb. 3, 2007, in Vegas.

The controversy surrounding the loss to Figueiredo helped pave the way for the rematch. Moments later, right after Benavidez wiped blood from his face, Figueiredo came at him with an overhand right that finished the fight.

The belt was vacant because of a move to bantamweight by the since-retired Henry Cejudo.

Like back in the day when guys didn't have Twitter or Instagram or a video crew following them. Seven fighters have fared worse, going at least 0-3 in UFC title fights: 14-2: Benavidez's UFC record when he has been a betting favorite, as he is this week (-130). (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images). Jordan Griffin vs. TJ Brown | Men's featherweight 13: Flyweight victories by Benavidez, tying him with ex-champion Demetrious Johnson for the most in division history. If I hurt him, obviously that's what we're trained to do." Win: Joseph Benavidez (TKO2, Feb. 29; watch on ESPN+) The 32-year-old Brazilian tested positive for COVID-19 on July 10, putting the fight in jeopardy, but subsequent tests came back negative. Win: John Moraga (TKO2, Aug. 25, 2018) Luis Peña vs. Steve Garcia | Lightweight I’m not going to beat 10 guys again. Weird things can happen, and they definitely did. I know that was my last title shot but like I just said don’t want to go out on that.”. Joseph Benavidez is one of the best fighters in UFC history to have never won a championship. Pantoja is 4-1 in his past five fights, the lone loss coming in a fight-of-the-night performance against Deiveson Figueiredo last July.

In the co-main event, middleweights Jack Hermansson and Kelvin Gastelum will square off. After their last fight ended in controversy, Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez are very confident in their rematch for the UFC flyweight title on Saturday. He challenged then-WEC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz in 2010 and came up short. The rest of the card, co-main event on down: ESPN+, 8 p.m. 1. I guess the easiest way to put it is that fighting is fighting, it goes sometimes with hurting people.
Joseph Benavidez’s dream of becoming the UFC flyweight champion died last night when Deiveson Figueiredo choked him unconscious at the 4:48 … Brazilian media contacted me, and they're like, "Do you know he was talking about how he was proud that he head-butted you?".

But I'm excited. UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo • Main card: ESPN+, 8 p.m. Sources: ESPN Stats & Information and UFC Stats, Joseph Benavidez's most recent results Since then, Brazilian males are 1-6 in championship fights, with the only winner being Figueiredo in February (when he was ineligible to win the belt). It took him over six years following a late 2013 knockout loss to get his most recent title shots. When you do every single thing you can do right, and then there's still some way to mess it up. Spike Carlyle goes by "The Alpha Ginger," which isn't bad.

Figueiredo would have been seeking to end that skid, if not for the weigh-in miss. What I felt after the last fight and the way it went about, not necessarily in the most fair way, it just makes me actually want to hurt him. Despite the loss and the odds that another shot at UFC gold will not happen, Benavidez does not plan on retiring from MMA just yet. This weekend, Benavidez (28-5), a candidate for the dubious honor of "Greatest Fighter to Never Win a Major Title," will get his fourth chance when he meets Deiveson Figueiredo (17-1) at UFC Fight Night in Norfolk, Virginia. I've always liked that about him."

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Benavidez has had multiple title shots with the WEC and UFC during his career. • Main card: ESPN+, 8 p.m. Grant Dawson vs. Nad Narimani | Catchweight (150 pounds) UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo -- Analysis and prediction, Joseph Benavidez has waited long enough for third shot at UFC title, Cejudo says he'll relinquish UFC flyweight title. That has a certain amount of energy you use. 0: Brazilian men who have held a UFC title since Jose Aldo was dethroned at featherweight in June 2017. This is not so surprising when you consider the sparse roster Nunes has to work with. Editor's note: Deiveson Figueiredo missed weight and will be ineligible to win the title on Saturday night. Then, in 2012, the UFC launched a four-man tournament to crown a flyweight king.

The entire fight card streamed on ESPN+. That doesn't mean anything, but last time was the time for me to win. UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez Figueiredo missed weight by 2.5 pounds, which meant he couldn't be crowned champion with a win. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. It’s been awesome.”. Ortega, Jung make weight for UFC Fight Night, McGregor says he will fight Poirier on Jan. 23, Sources: Calvillo tests positive, out of UFC 254, Freire to head return of Bellator featherweight GP, Sources: Viral KO star Buckley set for UFC 255, Gane-Delija fight off due to contract dispute, White: Yan vs. Sterling in works for UFC 256, Inside the turbulent journey to Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung, The two lives of Brian Ortega: From menacing streets to UFC stardom, Helwani: It's never easy with Conor McGregor and the UFC, but end result is always worth it, Cyborg chokes out Blencowe, retains Bellator title, The UFC's best nicknames and the stories behind them, Why UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn't expect to ever face Tony Ferguson, UFC fighters react to Joaquin Buckley's spectacular KO of Impa Kasanganay on 'Fight Island', MMA, boxing and wrestling are all facing a major issue: a cracked combat sports pipeline, but the flyweight division was built for Benavidez, UFC Fight Island -- Why Benavidez wants to hurt Figueiredo in rematch, Best bets for UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo-Benavidez 2. And everything started to come back. He lost to former champion Demetrious Johnson twice, in 2012 and 2013, and most recently to Figueiredo via TKO in February. Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Fiziev | Lightweight ET Nonetheless, Benavidez (28-6, 15-4 in the UFC) remained the No. 3:03:30: Octagon time for Benavidez, most among active male UFC flyweights (and second most all time, behind Demetrious Johnson's 4 hours, 39 minutes, 12 seconds). Joseph Benavidez’s dream of becoming the UFC flyweight champion died last night when Deiveson Figueiredo choked him unconscious at the 4:48 mark of the first round of their UFC on ESPN+ 30 matchup. The other weigh-in debacle also happened at middleweight. I'm like, "Hey if I win, I win. Ultimate Fighting Championship. Recibe noticias, estadísticas, videos, resúmenes y más sobre Joseph Benavidez en ESPN. Figueiredo is the fourth fighter in UFC history to miss weight for a title fight. It's funny when people ask, "Are you excited to fight again?"

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And it wasn't until later, and the mumblings and talking about the head-butt, and I was like, "Oh my god, is that what happened?" … I felt good in there, honestly.