Joseph Benavidez
The Beefcake

USA

Gets another flyweight title shot
FlyweightUFC
May 22, 2020
Benavidez is slated for a July 18 rematch against Deiveson Figueiredo for the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benavidez fell short in his quest for a flyweight title the last time these two met in February, as he was finished in the second round via TKO (punches). Since Figueiredo missed weight, however, neither combatant came away with the belt formerly held by Henry Cejudo, which remains vacant to this day. It's also worth noting that Benavidez was struck with an accidental headbutt early in Round 2 that many presumed played a major role in the fight getting stopped. Benavidez had been winning the battle of significant strikes 46 to 25 at the time of the stoppage -- a pace for a strong fantasy score had the bout extended the full 25 minutes. Benavidez closed as a (-175) betting favorite for their first fight, but it appears the tables have turned following that result, as he opened as a (+130) underdog shortly after the announcement.
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Will rematch Figueiredo
FlyweightUFC
March 4, 2020
The UFC will book an immediate rematch between Benavidez and Deiveson Figueiredo, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benavidez suffered a knockout loss to Figueiredo at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, but as Figueiredo was ineligible to claim the UFC Flyweight Championship as a result of missing weight prior to the fight, the two will reportedly rematch in the near future. Having suffered a laceration during the previous bout, Benavidez will first need to serve his 90-day medical suspension.
Receives 90-day medical suspension
FlyweightUFC
March 2, 2020
Benavidez has been handed a 90-day medical suspension due to a laceration following his knockout loss to Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC Norfolk, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benavidez received the longest medical suspension of the seven fighters who got one at UFC Norfolk. He indicated following the fight that he plans on continuing hes career despite the setback. It seems the 35-year-old will now set his sights on a potential return, but that will not come until June at the earliest.
Again fails in quest for UFC gold
FlyweightUFC
February 29, 2020
Benavidez came up short in his quest for the UFC Flyweight Championship, falling to Deiveson Figueiredo via TKO (punches) at 1:54 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
ANALYSIS
You can't help but feel terrible for Benavidez. This was his third attempt to win the UFC Flyweight Championship and he failed all three times. Of course, Figueiredo missed weight on Friday and was unable to win the belt, so the title remains vacant. Joe B looked off from the start in this one. He survived a deep arm bar in the later stages of Round 1 and fell victim to an accidental headbutt in Round 2 that opened up a massive gash above his left eye. Mere seconds later, Figueiredo knocked him out. At least Benavidez is taking home 30 percent of the Brazilian's purse for going on with the fight. In all seriousness, Joe B is now at a career crossroads. His longtime nemesis Demetrious Johnson has moved on, but Benavidez still couldn't bring home the gold. He turns 36 years of age this coming January and his next move remains an open question.
Gets his title shot
FlyweightUFC
December 20, 2019
Benavidez will face Deiveson Figueiredo for the vancant flyweight title Feb. 29 in Norfolk, Virginia, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The opportunity for Benavidez to fight for the belt arose Thursday after it was reported that reigning champion Henry Cejudo would relinquish his flyweight strap and focus on defending his bantamweight title moving forward. The news also likely means that the UFC will continue with the flyweight division, where the 35-year-old Benavidez has seen success of late with three consecutive victories. Benavidez will concede height and reach advantages to his opponent, but owns statistical edges in both striking volume and striking defense.
Set up for flyweight title shot
FlyweightUFC
June 29, 2019
Benavidez defeated Jussier Formiga via TKO (punches) at 4:47 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Minneapolis.
ANALYSIS
Give that man his title shot. Of course, first the UFC needs to decide on the future of their flyweight division, but if they do indeed decide to move forward with it, Joe B is absolutely next in line for Henry Cejudo's gold. Saturday's victory came after a perfectly placed head kick wobbled Formiga and set in motion the combination that forced referee Jason Herzog to call of the bout. Joe B came up short in both his opportunities against former champion Demetrious Johnson, but other than those setbacks (and a controversial split-decision loss to Sergio Pettis last June), Benavidez hasn't lost a fight to any other man since August 2010 (Dominick Cruz). Joe B and Cejudo fought back in December 2016, a fight Benavidez won via split decision. Whether he's next up for the title or not, Benavidez will at least go home with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his outstanding effort.