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.
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.*