Benavidez knocks out Formiga in second round in Minnesota

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Joseph Benavidez knocked out Jussier Formiga at the Target Center on Saturday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the UFC Fight Night co-main event. Benavidez won in the second round.

Benavidez had the first TKO (Head Kick and Punches) win in four bouts on the fight card. Drew Dober also knocked out Marco Polo Reyes by TKO (Punches) in the first-round in fight No. 8.

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In the second round, Benavidez hit Formiga with multiple crippling kicks to the upper and also lower leg. When Formiga was in trouble, his opponent jumped at the opportunity and capitalized with punches.

The fight continued until later in the second round when Benavidez caught Formiga with a head kick that caught him off guard. Benavidez followed up with several punches.

After receiving more punishment, referee Jason Herzog stopped the fight.

Formiga did open up Benavidez’s left eye with a right hook. However, he did not pose much of a threat in this bout.

With the win, Benavidez improved to 28-5 in his MMA career. This is his eighth knockout in his career.

This is Benavidez’s third straight win in the flyweight category. He also defeated Dustin Ortiz and Alex Perez in his previous two bouts.

The Sacramento, California native picked up his first knockout since knocking out Perez in the first-round on November 30, 2018.  

The Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil native fell to 23-6 in his MMA career. The 34-year-old — who is also known by his legal name Jussier da Silva — had his four fight win streak snapped with this loss.

This was Formiga’s first loss since he was defeated by Ray Borg by unanimous decision on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106. But this was the third time he was knocked out in his career.

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