The Ultimate Fighting Championship extends their summer trip to ‘Fight Island’ with UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs Benavidez. UFC Odds are now available, here’s a complete betting guide taking the first look at Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez, including updated odds and our betting prediction.
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez
Saturday, July 18, 2020 – 11:05 PM EDT at ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi
It’s that time of the week again, where we focus on the main event of next weekend’s UFC headliner. The massive success of UFC 251, followed by a mid-week Fight Night event headlined by Dan Ige & Calvin Kattar, prepares fans for an exciting Flyweight title rematch between Figueiredo & Benavidez next weekend.
The vacated Flyweight championship was up for grabs in their first fight, Figueiredo missed weight, causing his title opportunities to evaporate. A controversial clash of heads saw Figueiredo pounce on a weakened cranium of Benavidez, winning the fight via technical knockout – this kept the Flyweight title vacated until a rematch was potentially put together.
Now with a chance at redemption, Joseph Benavidez & Deiveson Figueiredo will take the center of the octagon for a second time to distinguish who is the greatest Flyweight in the UFC today.
Joseph Benavidez (28-6-0)
A fourteen-year professional; a legend of the sport and one of the most recognizable names in the UFC flyweight division will make his fourth attempt at capturing UFC gold this weekend, and it could very well be his final shot.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Joseph ‘JoBe’ Benavidez found the training room at sixteen years old. A combination of boxing and wrestling put JoBe on his martial arts journey. But it wasn’t until he met with MMA wrestling staple of the sport, Uriah Faber – that JoBe would take his professional fighting career to the next level. His arrival to ‘Team Alpha-Male’ in 2007 would be a decision that etched his name into the MMA history books forever.
Nineteen fights and nine years later, Joseph Benavidez has the girl (Megan Olivi), and he has the friends (long-list of high-level training partners & match camps). But, obtaining UFC gold has slipped through the grasps of JoBe on three separate occasions. Can he fill the void with his second opportunity at Deiveson Figueiredo and the flyweight championship title?
Benavidez vs. Figuieredo Odds
The sportsbook‘s opinion has shifted weight since their first fight, as the -165 betting favorite (JoBe) has now traded places with the underdog for this weekend’s rematch. JoBe opened up as the +135 underdog for his title-shot on ‘Fight Island’. I guess the oddsmakers saw more than an alleged illegal headbutt from Figueiredo in the first controversial ending. Now sitting at +185 – the UFC betting line movement has become out of hand. And although I favor Figueiredo in the rematch, if the line continues to move – a look on the other side may hold value.
Joseph Benavidez Priced @ +185 with BetOnline
Deiveson Figueiredo (18-1-0)
Once upon a time, Deiveson Figueiredo couldn’t imagine a high-profile fighting career under the UFC banner. Born and raised on a small-town farm in Brazil, Fig is now one of the most feared Flyweight’s in martial arts today.
Before the glitz and glamour of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Fig had to amass an undefeated 11-0 professional record on the Brazilian MMA regional scene. Since his arrival to the UFC, he’s maintained a devastating amount of power for 125lbs with a 7-1 record (four knockouts, one submission).
Deiveson Figueiredo relinquished his opportunity to claim the gold, weighing 2.5lbs above the flyweight limit versus JoBe in the first scheduled title-bout made his technical knockout win nothing more than a regular fight accomplishment.
A second chance to deliver and capture the flyweight championship is upon Figueiredo. Hopefully, he can make weight and avoid a clash of heads.
Deiveson Figueiredo Best Priced @ -220 with 5Dimes
Early Prediction & Betting Pick
How Can Figueiredo Win the Fight?
Sit back, wait for JoBe to attack and counter-strike, pretty much identical to what took place in the first scrap.
How Can Benavidez Win the Fight?
It wouldn’t be wise to assume that JoBe is going to fight a different fight from their first encounter. He’s been adamant he was winning the first fight, and while organizing his fight-camps, we can only assume he’ll take charge of the game-plan.
An exciting, yet dangerous offensive style is the reason why JoBe has a large number of finishes on his record. Still, the power and counter-shots of Figueiredo proved that tactic to fail in the previous fight and JoBe would need an entirely different approach.
I genuinely struggle to find a path to victory for JoBe, as Figueiredo was so precise and commanding the first time around.
Who Will Win the Fight?
Joseph Benavidez has claimed the clash of heads in the first fight was intentional by Figueiredo; I beg to differ and also wonder how many other situations Benavidez is lying to himself. He also went on record to admit he’s suffered from depression and headaches since the last encounter, after suffering a severe concussion, these symptoms aren’t a sign that you should compete in another championship-caliber fight versus the heaviest-hitter in the division.
The counter-striking, durability and head-movement of Figueiredo were on display in the first fight, and there wasn’t much JoBe could do about it across the two rounds that took place. I anticipate a similar outcome, but it will be interesting to see how the heavier framed Figueiredo will cope if the fight enters championship rounds (round 4-5).