By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Deiveson Figueiredo made sure that he did not squander this opportunity that was in front of him. Back in February, he missed weight.
As a result of the missed weight, he was ineligible to win the UFC Flyweight Championship. Several months later, he is a UFC Championship.
Figueiredo defeated Joseph Benavidez at the Flash Forum at UFC Fight Night 173 from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. He made weight for this fight, which allowed him to be a champion.
Now, he has the same belt that he could have had back in February had he made weight. He is now just the third UFC Flyweight Champion.
Demetrious Johnson was the King of the Division. He was the champion for more than 2,000 days. On August 4, 2018, Henry Cejudo won the belt.
Cejudo then relinquished the strap in December 2019. The belt officially became vacant on February 29, 2020.
The 32-year-old Soure, Pará, Brazil native improved to 19-1 in his MMA career. This was his seventh win by submission.
He is on a four-fight win streak dating back to July 2019. Besides defeating Benavidez twice, he also defeated Tim Elliott and Alexandre Pantoja.
With the loss, the 35-year-old Sacramento, California native fell to 28-7 in his MMA career. Following the fight, Benavidez said that this was not the end of his career.
He has lost two straight fights, both to Figueiredo. His last win came more than a year ago, as he defeated Jussier Formiga at UFC on ESPN 3 by TKO (Head Kick and Punches) in the second round on June 29, 2019.