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Gabriel Benitez vs. Jonathan Pearce booked for UFC event on May 1

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Gabriel Benitez and Jonathan Pearce look to get win streaks going when they meet in May.

MMA Fighting confirmed with sources with knowledge of the matchup that Benitez (22-8) and Pearce (10-4) will meet in a lightweight matchup at a May 1 UFC event with a location still to be announced.

Benitez returned to the win column this past December with a first-round TKO of Justin Jaynes. The Mexican veteran stopped a two-fight losing skid with the victory and is 1-1 since moving back up from featherweight. He has won three of his past five fights.

Pearce has competed primarily as a lightweight throughout his career, but he picked up his first UFC win in a featherweight bout with a second-round TKO of Kai Kamaka III in November. He is 6-1 in his past seven fights, including win over Jacob Rosales on the Contender Series in 2019 that earned him a UFC contract.