UFC Fight Island 2:

UFC Fight Island (Yaz Island, Abu Dhabi) has been a busy place over the past week and Saturday night will be no different with UFC Fight Island 2: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo II.

A rematch takes place on Saturday to close the show (8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT following prelims at 5 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. PT) on ESPN.

No. 1 contender Deivison Figueiredo (18-1) will fight No. 2 contender Joseph Benavidez (28-6) in the main event.

At stake that night, the UFC’s still-vacant Flyweight championship.

Flashback: Feb. 28, 2020:

At the official weigh-ins of UFC on ESPN+ 27 in Norfolk, VA, Figueiredo exceeded the 125-lb. Flyweight maximum by 2 ½ lbs., and as a result, only Benavidez was eligible for the Flyweight title the next night in the main attraction.

Figueiredo won by second-round knockout (ground and pound strikes) in the headliner the night of Feb. 29, so the Flyweight championship is still vacant heading into this weekend.

Contender Comparison:

Deivison Figueiredo is the taller fighter in this championship match, standing 5-foot-5, compared to Benavidez’s 5-foot-4 frame.

How they got here:

Heading into Saturday night’s rematch in the main event, Joseph Benavidez has posted a record of 3-2 in his last five fights.

Benavidez saw his three-fight winning streak snapped back in February in Norfolk, VA in the main event to Figueiredo by that aforementioned second-round knockout.

In the other corner, Figueiredo has gone 4-1 in his last five UFC appearances, including a three-fight winning streak heading into this main event.

Two fights ago, he scored a first-round submission (guillotine choke) against Tim Elliott during UFC on ESPN+ 19 in the undercard from Tampa back in October.

The Tale of the Tape:

UFC.com shows that Deivison Figueiredo has a three-inch reach advantage (68 inches to 65 inches) and a two-inch leg reach advantage over Joseph Benavidez heading into this fight.

Prediction: Deivison Figueiredo by unanimous decision.

Other fights on Saturday night’s main card:

Co-Main Event: No. 6 contender Jack Hermansson (20-4) vs. No. 7 contender Kelvin Gastelum (16-4) [Middleweight]

Marc Diakiese (14-3) vs. Rafael Fiziev (6-1) [Lightweight]

Ariane Lipski (12-5) vs. Luana Carolina (6-1) [Women’s Flyweight]

No. 4 contender Alexandre Pantoja (22-4) vs. No. 7 contender Askar Askarov (1-0-1)* [Flyweight]

*Match pending a cancellation of the Benavidez vs. Figueiredo fight. Pantoja would be asked to step in first if either Benavidez or Figueiredo miss weight on Friday.*

UFC Fight Island 2 at a Glance: (Saturday)

Prelims: 5 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. PT, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+

Main Card: 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, ESPN+

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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Content Creator at Armchair MMA , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC.
My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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