Figueiredo defeats Benavidez to win Flyweight Championship

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. 

The overhead view of the octagon during the UFC 229 event
Overhead view of the octagon during the UFC 229 event. Who will step into the Octagon next with Khabib? (Photo by Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

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.

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