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UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 Main Event Odds and Picks

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UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 Main Event Odds and Picks
Joseph Benavidez (right) fights against Dustin Ortiz. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should be an entertaining UFC flyweight title rematch between Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez. Here’s a complete preview, including updated odds and our betting pick.

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez

Saturday, July 18, 2020 – 11:05 PM EDT at UFC Fight Island

In the main event of the evening, Deiveson Figueiredo faces Joseph Benavidez. UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez takes place at the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. There will not be fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, let’s attempt to find some value for our UFC picks on Saturday’s main event.

Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 1

Figueiredo and Benavidez fought at UFC Fight Night 169 on February 29th but the COVID-19 pandemic makes it feel like that took place a year ago. Their first fight was tremendous and it had the vacant UFC flyweight title on the line.

Nothing went right before the fight. First, Figueiredo missed the 125 lbs flyweight limit by 2.5 lbs. This made him ineligible to win the prestigious title. Then, things got worse.

Benavidez still had a chance to win the UFC flyweight title but Figueiredo stopped him in the second round. It happened after both fighters clashed heads and Benavidez came off worse.

Joseph Benavidez’s ended up with a bad cut to his forehead and many suggest that it might have facilitated the knockout. The UFC did the right move and set a rematch as soon as possible.

Deiveson Figueiredo

Introduction, Background & UFC Career

Deiveson Figueiredo was born in a small city of Soure, Para, Brazil. He helped his father at their animal farm until he was 13 years old. Figueiredo then moved to Belem and started training capoeira in high school. When he was 16 years old he met Luri Marajo and started his MMA training.

Figueiredo’s professional debut was in 2011 and most of his fights were in Brazil. He was 11-0 before signing with the UFC.

His UFC debut was against Marco Beltran at UFC 220 on June 3rd, 2017. Figueiredo would win via TKO by corner stoppage after round two. He has wins against John Moraga, Alexandre Pantoja and Tim Elliott. Overall he is 7-1 in the UFC.

  • Born: December 18th, 1987
  • Age: 32
  • Country: Brazil
  • Height: 5’5″
  • Weight: 125 lbs
  • Reach: 68″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Figueiredo Team
  • Class: Flyweight
  • Record: 18-1

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
9 wins by KO/TKO2.54 Landed50% Accuracy
6 wins by Submission2.76 Absorbed61% Defended
3 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Well-rounded fighter
  • Big power
  • Aggressive striker

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Cardio

Joseph Benavidez (right) fights against Dustin Ortiz. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Joseph Benavidez

Introduction, Background & UFC Career

Joseph Benavidez was born in Texas and he is of Mexican descent. Benavidez attended Las Cruces High School and began boxing there. At 16 years old he started training wrestling.

He eventually joined up with Urijah Faber but first he worked as a screen printer in New Mexico while fighting in smaller shows. Benavidez went to California in January, 2007, trying to make a living as an MMA fighter. Faber was impressed by him and offered him a job at the front desk of his gym.

Starting his career with eight straight wins across different promotions led to his signing with World Extreme Cagefighting in 2008. There, Benavidez was 5-2, competing against big names like Danny Martinez, Jeff Curran, Dominick Cruz, Rani Yahya, Miguel Torres and Wagnney Fabiano. His two losses were against Cruz.

World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the UFC on October 28th, 2010 and he’s been with this promotion ever since. Benavidez is 15-4 in the UFC, with wins against Tim Elliott, Jussier Formiga, John Moraga and Henry Cejudo, to name a few.

  • Born: July 31st, 1984
  • Age: 35
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 5’4″
  • Weight: 125 lbs
  • Reach: 65″
  • Stance: Southpaw
  • Association: Team Alpha Male
  • Class: Flyweight
  • Record: 28-6

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
8 wins by KO/TKO3.53 Landed30% Accuracy
9 wins by Submission2.55 Absorbed65% Defended
11 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Great boxer
  • Talented wrestler
  • Battle-tested

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Takes many risks that leave him open to counters

Prediction

"This (Rematch against Figueiredo) is what would have happened if the ref stepped in when the headbutt happened. We’re starting from there, and kind of forget everything else."

This is Benavidez’s thinking ahead of this fight. Forcing a fast pace, hoping that Figueiredo tires himself out is the path to victory I can see for him. Can he scramble on the ground to avoid a quick submission and push the pace standing? Yes, but it won’t be easy at all.

Judging by their first fight, Figueiredo is rightly favored. He had COVID-19 two months ago and could have lasting after-effects but is hard to go against him. Benavidez’s wide-open style can be his downfall because Figueiredo’s punching power usually holds up into Round 3.

UFC Pick: Figueiredo wins inside the distance -150 at 5Dimes