UFC Fight Island 2: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez took place July 18 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. UFC flyweights Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez fought a rematch for the vacant flyweight title, which streamed live on ESPN+. Catch more video highlights below.
For more on Figueiredo vs. Benavidez, check out the live blog by MMA Fighting’s Steven Marrocco.
Round 1: Figueiredo comes right at Benavidez, and the feinting starts for both. A trade of kicks gets them started, and Figueiredo continues to press. Benavidez, hands high, eats a spin kick. In the next exchange, a punch from Figueiredo floors him, and Figueiredo pounces with more punches. Benavidez turns to right himself and escape, and Figueiredo slaps on the rear-naked choke. Somehow, Benavidez escapes the first attempt, and Figueiredo slaps on another. A few tense moments, and Figueiredo tries again. Benavdiez escapes again and gets to the cage. Yet again, Figueiredo appears to have the choke, but Benavidez fights the hands and manages to escape. He stands against the cage, and Figueiredo stays at his back before backing off. Near-finish avoided for Benavdidez, who fires a charging combo to chase off his opponent. Figueiredo just waiting to fire his power punches, and he walks into a combo from Benavidez. Another hard right hand from Figueiredo floors Benavidez, who bounces hup and tries to escape a surge. Figueiredo appears in no rush to finish. Benavidez charges and flurries with punches, and they have little effect. Another right hook floors Benavidez, and Figueiredo mounts and pounds with elbows. Benavidez a bloody mess, and he turns to avoid the choke. Figueiredo slaps on the rear-naked choke, and he cranks with all his might. This time, there’s no getting out: Benavidez is unconscious. It takes ref Marc Goddard a few seconds to realize that, but eventually, he makes the call and the fight is over. Figueiredo is the new flyweight champ.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 4:48