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Joseph Benavidez Unsure If He Is The Same Fighter From Years Past

Fresh off his loss to an undefeated Russian at UFC 259, veteran Joseph Benavidez is doubtful if he has the same fire he started his mixed martial arts journey with. Following a grueling war with Askar Askarov, it was already a question on the mind of fans if the...

Askar Askarov Talks Benavidez Win and Calls For Title Shot After UFC 259

Following an emphatic unanimous decision victory over veteran Joseph Benevidez, unbeaten Askar Askarov is lobbying for the next flyweight title shot. At UFC 259 inside the UFC Apex facility, Askarov put on a dominant performance over divisional mainstay Joseph Benavidez. The bout did not lack action as the two...

Joseph Benavidez Hints That He Still Hopes To Become UFC Champion

Joseph Benavidez has hinted that he will be attempting to make another run at UFC gold.  Joseph Benavidez has had four opportunities to become a UFC champion, and he has come up short each time. Notwithstanding his failures, Joseph Benavidez has also carried with him plenty of fortunes throughout his...

Joseph Benavidez Says He Needed To Rediscover His Love For MMA After Final Title Shot

Joseph Benavidez needed to find his desire to compete again. On UFC Fight Island, Benavidez fought Deiveson Figueiredo for the vacant flyweight title. In the lead-up to the event, Benavidez admitted it would be his final title shot, and unfortunately for the legend, it did not go his way as...

Joseph Benavidez vs. Askar Askarov Set for UFC 259

Joseph Benavidez will be back in action at UFC 259 when he takes on another top flyweight contender in Askar Askarov. Joseph Benavidez has been within reach of championship gold on four different occasions in the UFC, and each time he has come up short. Even prior to joining the...

UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo Says He ‘Closed The Casket’ On Joseph Benavidez

UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo says he took Joseph Benavidez's soul and closed the casket. Figueiredo and Benavidez did battle in a rematch on July 18. The bout was contested for the vacant UFC flyweight championship. Figueiredo defeated Benavidez via TKO in the first bout but he didn't win the...

Even Without UFC Gold, Joseph Benavidez Is A Surefire Hall of Famer

If UFC Fight Island 2 was a Hollywood movie, Joseph Benavidez would've gotten his hand raised. He was 0-3 in UFC title fights and rematching Deiveson Figueiredo who had knocked him out just months earlier. The two were fighting again for the vacant flyweight title, where Benavidez knew this...

Joseph Benavidez Speaks On UFC on ESPN+ 30 Loss To Deiveson Figueiredo

Joseph Benavidez fell short in what was likely his final UFC title shot. Benavidez took on Deiveson Figueiredo in a rematch at UFC on ESPN+ 30. The bout was contested for the vacant UFC flyweight championship. Figueiredo stopped Benavidez via second-round TKO back in February but he didn't win the...

Fighters React To Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez 2 At UFC on ESPN+ 30

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez 2 is in the books and what a chaotic fight it was.  The rematch took place in the headliner of the UFC on ESPN+ 30 event on Saturday night (July 18, 2020) with the UFC flyweight title on the line. The pacing of the fight...

UFC on ESPN+ 30 Highlights: Deiveson Figueiredo Chokes Out Joseph Benavidez to Win Flyweight Title

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez was a wild fight at UFC on ESPN+ 30.  The two fighters met in a vacant flyweight title bout on Saturday night (July 18, 2020) at the UFC on ESPN+ 30 event from Abu Dhabi's Yas Island aka Fight Island. Figueiredo knocked him down three separate...

Joseph Benavidez Wants To Embarrass Deiveson Figueiredo At UFC on ESPN+ 30

Joseph Benavidez is hoping to not only become UFC flyweight champion tonight (July 18), but he wants to embarrass Deiveson Figueiredo. Back in February, Benavidez and Figueiredo competed in a bout that was supposed to crown a new flyweight champion. Figueiredo missed weight, so a new title holder would've only...

Dana White: Booking Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez 2 Was A ‘No Brainer’

For UFC president Dana White, booking Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez II was never in question. Figueiredo and Benavidez collided back in February. The bout was supposed to be for the vacant UFC flyweight title. A new champion would've only been crowned had Benavidez won as Figueiredo missed weight. Figueiredo...

UFC on ESPN+ 30: Joseph Benavidez Dislikes Deiveson Figueiredo But It Isn’t Personal

Joseph Benavidez says that even though he dislikes Deiveson Figueiredo, there's no personal feud here. Benavidez is set to take on Figueiredo for a second time on July 18 for the vacant UFC flyweight championship. Back in February, the two competed in Norfolk, Virginia. The bout was supposed to be...

Update On Status Of Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez 2 Following COVID-19 Test

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez 2 hinges on a second COVID-19 test. Figueiredo is scheduled to collide with Benavidez in a rematch for the vacant UFC flyweight championship on July 18. Back in Oct. 2019, Figueiredo scored a finish over Benavidez in Virginia. He would be recognized as the 125-pound...

Alexandre Pantoja Says He’s Backup For Vacant UFC Flyweight Title Bout

It appears Alexandre Pantoja will be on standby for the vacant UFC flyweight title bout on July 18. Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez are set to collide again at a UFC event on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Back in February, Figueiredo and Benavidez headlined a card in Norfolk, Virginia....