This time, Deiveson Figueiredo remaining no question.
In a rematch of their controversial bout previously this 12 months, Figueiredo knocked down Joseph Benavidez three times and then choked him out at 4:48 of the very first spherical in the key celebration of Sunday’s UFC Battle Evening in Abu Dhabi. With the acquire, Figueiredo claimed the vacant UFC flyweight championship.
Figueiredo clipped Benavidez with a appropriate hand in the opening seconds, then tried to cinch in a rear-naked choke on the ground. Benavidez valiantly fought it off and bought to his ft. But he could not do that a next time. Figueiredo blasted him with a whipping right hand in the remaining moment of the initial, then pounced and locked in the submission to make the title victory. Benavidez didn’t tap — he went unconscious and referee Marc Goddard called the battle.
“I claimed I was going to split Benavidez, and that’s specifically what I did,” Figueiredo explained. “I gave him his first submission on his report, and the struggle by itself was a terrific present. I gave every person a show. He failed to surprise me at all tonight.”
Coming in, ESPN had Figueiredo ranked as its No. 2 MMA flyweight in the earth, and Benavidez No. 3. Figueiredo is now just the 3rd flyweight champion in UFC history, following the legendary Demetrious Johnson and the lately retired former double champ Henry Cejudo.
Benavidez and Figueiredo first fought on Feb. 29 in Norfolk, Virginia. The bout was intended to choose the vacant title, but Figueiredo missed weight by 2.5 lbs. Thanks to the weight overlook, Benavidez was the only a single who could acquire the belt in the struggle — but Figueiredo ended up stopping Benavidez by TKO in the second spherical.
There was some dispute there, also. Figueiredo’s end arrived right right after a clash of heads that rocked Benavidez, who experienced won the to start with spherical. The circumstances led to the UFC granting Benavidez an quick rematch.
Sunday’s bout took position at the recently produced Flash Discussion board on Yas Island, which has been dubbed “Fight Island” by the UFC for this month’s slate of activities in Abu Dhabi. This was the third UFC card at the venue in 8 days, with 1 additional coming July 25.
Figueiredo had a bizarre highway above the earlier two weeks. He initially analyzed good for COVID-19 in advance of leaving his indigenous Brazil, and did not get on the UFC charter traveling out of Sao Paulo. On July 11, he was analyzed once more, the result arrived back as adverse and he took a flight out very last Sunday night to Abu Dhabi.
At the time on Yas Island, Figueiredo passed various additional COVID-19 assessments and got cleared by the UFC. He properly produced fat — unlike right before the very first bout with Benavidez — on Friday, just several hours after he was released from quarantine.
“I was able to prevail over all that,” Figueiredo explained. “I was capable to appear in in this article, and I am the winner now it can be heading to be a incredibly difficult time for any one that arrives just after me.”
Considering that Figueiredo’s UFC debut in 2017, he has the most wins (8) and the most finishes (6) in the flyweight division, in accordance to ESPN Stats & Information analysis.
Benavidez was equipped to endure Figueiredo’s early onslaught. Figueiredo dropped him with a right hand driving the ear initially and then attempted to get him in a choke on the mat. Benavidez by some means fought off the choke attempt and acquired to his ft with 2:16 remaining in the spherical.
As soon as standing up, Benavidez mounted some offense. He landed a four-punch combination, then a physique shot and tricky ideal. But Figueiredo dropped him all over again with a appropriate. Benavidez obtained to his ft, but seconds afterwards Figueiredo set him down for the final time, then choked him out. It was the to start with submission decline of Benavidez’s 14-yr profession.
“I also wanted to place that initially submission reduction on his history,” Figueiredo said. “I completed him in the first spherical. That is specifically what transpired.”
Figueiredo (19-1) is 1 of the greatest finishers in the history of a division not identified for finishes. The Brazilian has 6 stoppages in 8 UFC wins and has won 4 straight general. Figueiredo, 32, has just a person loss in his vocation, to countryman Jussier Formiga in 2019.
Benavidez (28-7) is one of the ideal MMA flyweight fighters of all time and a lover favorite, with quite a few rooting for him to finally get the belt that experienced eluded him 3 situations earlier. The Las Vegas resident competed in the initial UFC flyweight title struggle, slipping to Johnson — who went on to grow to be the longtime winner — in 2012.
Benavidez, 35, is tied for the most wins in UFC flyweight record (13, with Johnson), has the most fights in the division (18) and the most knockouts (5).
Cejudo vacated the UFC flyweight title very last December when he manufactured it very clear he was concentrating on defending his 2nd belt, the bantamweight title.
“I am accessible for whoever the UFC wishes to put in front of me. Everyone at my level,” Figueiredo stated. “But you have to be at my stage, due to the fact I’m a knockout artist, I’m heading to knock you out. I’m likely house tomorrow, and we’re heading to start celebrating with all Brazilians on the flight back again, and as shortly as I land in Brazil everybody is going to be using photos and congratulating me, so it can be going to be a great social gathering.”
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