Deiveson Figueiredo won the vacant flyweight title after demolishing Joseph Benavidez in the main fight of last night’s UFC event. Also, Jack Hermansson beat Kelvin Gastelum after just 78 seconds.
Figueiredo Finally Takes the Belt
The Brazilian knocked out Benavidez in their first fight, but because of the missed weight, he didn’t win the title. Now, he didn’t have any problems with getting in shape for the battle.
Figueiredo (19-1) stormed into this event, making one of the best fighters in the history of this division look as an amateur. He wouldn’t allow Benavidez (28-7) to feel comfortable for one second, and started to punish him from all sorts of weapons right away.
The Brazilian’s right hook sent the opponent on the ground, with him throwing numerous punches after that, trying to end the fight. He went for a guillotine choke, but Benavidez escaped death there.
Until the end of the fight (which happened at 4:48 into the first sequence when Figueiredo managed to submit Benavidez with a rear-naked choke) the new champ dropped his rival two more times.
It was undoubtedly a well-deserved win, which proved that Figueiredo is the most dominant fighter in the flyweight division.
“I’m available for whoever the UFC wants to put in front of me. Anyone at my level,” Figueiredo said. “But you have to be at my level, because I’m a knockout artist, I’m going to knock you out.”
Figueiredo’s COVID-19 test came back positive before coming to Abu Dhabi, but luckily it was false. Yet this situation disrupted his plans, and he had to change the entire schedule. Quarantine, safety measures, the late arrival to the United Arab Emirates, etc, everything was different.
Such a scenario only made Figueiredo’s win even greater and more valuable. He would mention that after the battle.
As for Benavidez, this was the fourth match in which he had a chance to win the title. In all of them, the American suffered defeats. Twice it was against Demetrious Johnson, and twice against Figueiredo.
Hermanson Quickly Solves Gastelum
More was expected from Kelvin Gastelum (16-6, 1 NC), who lost in the co-main event of the night against Jack Hermanson (21-5) after just 78 seconds. The Swed won via heel hook submission, leaving Gastelum in despair after he opened the fight aggressively.
The American went after Jack the Jocker as the fans call him, trying to solve the match early. He would even get a chance to gain an advantage on the canvas at one moment, but Hermanson’s fantastic reaction changed everything.
He bounces back following the loss against Jared Cannonier, which slowed his quest for the title match for the middleweight belt. Once mentioning that, we need to say that the UFC organized a spectacle in September, which involves Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa.
Meanwhile, Hermanson stated after the match that he wants to fight the winner of Darren Till vs. Robert Whittaker contest. That could easily be a title-eliminator, with the winner of it challenging the champion regardless of the name.