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UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs Benavidez 2 betting tips: Vacant UFC Flyweight title on the line in this epic rematch!

Another UFC Fight Night comes your way in the third of four confirmed cards from the Flash Forum on Fight Island this month. We look ahead at this Saturday card that features the vacant title bout for the Flyweight belt.

UFC Fight Night Main Event: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez

The UFC Fight Night main event features a rematch for the vacant Flyweight Division champion belt between Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez. These is the second bout between the pair for the belt.

Figueiredo (18-1)

Deiveson Figueiredo gets his second chance at defeating his opponent in a rematch but should once again have a belt on the line for him. In the previous bout just a few months ago at UFC Fight Night 169, the belt moved to one side once again as the 32-year-old had frustratingly missed weight by a couple of pounds. In the UFC, a fighter must make weight for title bouts or else the title cannot go to them regardless of them winning the fight. ‘Deus da Guerra’ got a second-round TKO in what was a brilliant fight which included both fighters clashing heads, but he could not claim the title.

Figueiredo is a very tough opponent as his counter style perfectly suits a fighter like Benavidez who rushes in with his head. The Brazilian has only lost one bout in his career which came back in March. He has defeated the likes of Tim Elliott, who fought in the co-main on Wednesday’s card and Alexandre Pantoja who also features on this card. In the first bout against Benavidez, his firm chin gave him an enormous advantage as he took the heavy shots and could handle himself on the ground.

Whether any implications of having the virus has affected his preparation and potential performance remains in doubt. He has had a lot of problems trying to cut vast amounts of weight in the past. He is a clear 1/2* favourite here.

Benavidez (28-6)

Veteran Californian Joseph Benavidez will look to make amends in what was a missed opportunity last time out. With Figueiredo missing weight, Benavidez had one hand on the belt heading into that bout in Virginia. However, the 35-year-old never really looked like winning on the night and a clash of heads with his opponent did not help him recover in the second. It was just the second time in his lengthy pro MMA career in which he has not lost by decision. Prior to that bout, Demetrious Johnson was the only fighter to stop Benavidez who failed his second shot at the UFC Flyweight title.

The active fighter has been in the UFC since 2011 and has wins over the likes of Alex Perez, Jussier Formiga, and Tim Elliott, with all three earning Performance of the Night bonuses. His punching power and ability to take down opponents even saw him beat the man who recently vacated the belt because of Henry Cejudo retiring. However, you feel that the game plan needs tweaking from the first bout with Figueiredo if he wants his hand lifted and the belt around his waist at the Flash Forum on Saturday.

The nerves of the previous bout seemed to get to him as he looked desperate concerningly early into the fight by trying to shoot for takedowns and swinging wildly. He is a 13/8* slight underdog to do that with Mark Jarvis.

*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 16th July) and subject to change

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Other bouts to watch out for at UFC Fight Night Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2

The co-main for this card features Jack Hermansson and Kelvin Gastelum going at it in the UFC Middleweight Division. Like the main event, it is another close fight to call. Swede Hermansson was on a four-fight streak prior to a defeat at the end of last year to Jared Cannonier. Gastelum might come into this off a two-fight losing run, however they came against formidable opponents in Israel Adesanya and Darren Till. He slightly edges Hermansson in the betting at 17/20* but this could easily go either way.

Another brilliant flyweight matchup on this card is the first bout on the main card between Brazilian Alexandre Pantoja and Askar Askarov. Pantoja is the all-rounder and has some impressive wins in the UFC, whereas Askar Askarov is one of the best flyweights on the ground who can control the fight on the mat. Pantoja is a 4/9* favourite in that one.

How will British talent get on at UFC Fight Night Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2?

At UFC Fight Night 172, we saw a decent night for the British fighters. Lerone Murphy from Manchester, Jack Shore from Wales, and Modestas Bukauskas sealed impressive stoppage wins in the prelims. Unfortunately for John Phillips in the featured prelim, he got stopped by the undefeated Khamzat Chimaev by submission. Chris Fishgold struggled on the ground against Jared Gordon who completely controlled the scouse fighter. Another Liverpudlian that tasted defeat on the night with Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann, who suffered a decision defeat to Brazilian Taila Santos.

As for this UFC Fight Night card, there are three British fighters including another feature on the main card. Doncaster-born Marc Diakiese will take on Kazakhstan fighter Rafael Fiziev in the Lightweight Division. Fiziev replaces Alan Patrick on the card who was suppose to be Diakisese’s opponent. “Bonecrusher” is a 4/7* favourite to move to 15 pro MMA career wins. On the prelims, Nad Narimani will take on American Grant Dawson at Catchweight. Narimani is a 15/8* underdog in that bout. Finally, more Welsh representation in the UFC as Brett Johns will face Montel Jackson in the Bantamweight division. Johns is a 13/8* underdog.

*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 16th July) and subject to change

UFC Fight Night Preliminary Card

Heavyweight: Carlos Felipe vs Sergey Spivak

Lightweight: Davi Ramos vs Arman Tsarukyan

Flyweight: Malcolm Gordon vs Amir Albazi

Bantamweight: Brett Johns vs Montel Jackson

Lightweight: Joseph Duffy vs Joel Alvarez

Catchweight: Grant Dawson vs Nad Narimani

Light Heavyweight: Roman Dolidze vs Khadis Ibragimov

UFC Fight Night Main Card

Flyweight: Alexandre Pantoja vs Askar Askarov

Women Flyweight: Ariane Lipski vs Luana Carolina

Lightweight: Marc Diakiese vs Rafael Fiziev

Middleweight: Jack Hermansson vs Kelvin Gastelum

Flyweight Vacant Title: Deiveson Figueiredo vs Joseph Benavidez

Sam’s UFC Fight Night Betting Tips

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*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 16th July) and subject to change

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