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Joseph Benavidez

33-Year-Old     UFC     Flyweight     24-5-0

STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Tear    EST. RETURN:  March 2018
Birthdate:  July 31, 1984     Height:   5'4    

June 6, 2017    Joseph Benavidez News

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Benavidez (knee) hopes to return to the Octagon in approximately 10 months, Damon Martin of Fox Sports reports.

Benavidez was forced to withdraw from his fight against Ben Nguyen due to a knee injury sustained during a sparring session. After an MRI, it was revealed that he had torn his ACL. Other tendons including the LCL and meniscus also required attention and Benavidez underwent surgery. His recovery might be slower with these added tendon repairs, but he's still hoping to be back in 10 months, modeling the timetable of a similar injury sustained by Conor McGregor in 2013. Benavidez has already started physical therapy at the recently-constructed Performance Institute in Las Vegas -- a place where any fighter on the roster can receive treatment free of charge.

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Benavidez announced a torn ACL as the reason for not fighting Ben Nguyen at UFC Fight Night in New Zealand, Damon Martin of Fox Sportsreports.

Fantasy Analysis

Benavidez recently backed out of his flyweight matchup against Ben Nguyen without disclosing why. On Wednesday, Benavidez announced a torn ACL as the reason. The injury will result in a long recovery for the fighter, who had hoped to get back in the cage as quickly as possible.
Benavidez suffered an undisclosed injury and will not be able to fight Ben Nguyen at UFC Fight Night on June 10.

Fantasy Analysis

Benavidez says that he will work to come back as quickly as he can, but the timeline remains unclear for when he can get back in the Octagon. UFC has not announced if it has found a replacement to fight Nguyen or if the fight will be moved off the card.
Benavidez will fight Ben Nguyen at UFC Fight Night in New Zealand on Jun. 10, Damon Martin of FOX Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Benevidez was hoping for another shot at flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, but will instead have to settle for a bout with the 28-year-old Ben Nguyen. Currently riding a steak of six straight wins, Benavidez is coming off a split decision win over Henry Cejudo and has plenty of experience over the younger Nguyen, which could give him an advantage as June approaches.
Benavidez defeated Henry Cejudo via split decision (27-29, 30-26, 29-27) at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Joe B ate far more power shots on Saturday than he usually does, but his footwork and constant movement was enough to earn him a win in a fight that was closer than a pair of the scores would indicate. Benavidez fell victim to a pair of groin strikes in the first few minutes that led to Cejudo being docked a point by referee Yves Lavigne (a ridiculous decision) and it took him a good three or four minutes to start to find his rhythm. He did a much better job in Rounds 2 and 3 of forcing Cejudo to move in order to hit him. Cejudo landed the harder strikes, but Joe B landed far more, nearly twice as much, in fact (103-55). Cejudo is an excellent opponent and Benavidez did what he had do to do win, even if it wasn't as impressive an effort as we are used to seeing from him.
Benavidez (-190) is favored for his co-main event flyweight fight against Henry Cejudo which will take place at The Ultimate Fighter 24 finale on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Joe B's four career losses have come against current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson (twice) and current UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz (twice). Because Benavidez has come up short in big fights, we seem to forget how good of a fighter he has been for so many years. Joe B has won five-straight fights and eight of his last nine overall. A win over Cejudo will probably earn him one more title shot, which would likely be his final opportunity.
Benavidez defeated Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

It wasn't easy, but Joe B has now won five fights in a row and 12 of his last 14. Unfortunately, he is seemingly no closer to getting another flyweight title shot. That's what happens when you have lost twice to the current champion. Even if Demetrious Johnson loses his belt to Henry Cejudo at UFC 197, DJ's pedigree almost certainly means that he will get an immediate rematch. Joe B is going to have to take fights against lesser fighters for the foreseeable future.
Benavidez (-430) is a huge favorite for his flyweight fight against Zach Makovsky that will take place at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Joe B is clearly the second best flyweight in the world, but with two losses to current champion Demetrious Johnson on his record, he is forced to continue to accept fights against fighters who are ranked below him. Other than his two losses to Johnson, Benavidez hasn't lost a fight since August 2010. Even though the flyweight division is fairly thin, Joe B appears to be multiple victories away from another shot at UFC gold.
Benavidez will face Zach Makovsky at UFC 196 on February 6 in Las Vegas, FOXSports.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Every fight that Joe B has that isn't for a title is largely irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, but he has already fought champion Demetrious Johnson twice and come up short both times. Benavidez is going to have to continue to take fights in which he has little to gain and plenty to lose. Joe B has won four fights in a row since losing to Johnson in December 2013. The only four losses in his career are to Johnson (twice) and Dominick Cruz (twice).
Benavidez defeated Ali Bagautinov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 192 on Saturday in Houston.

Fantasy Analysis

It wasn't Benavidez's best effort, but it was still good enough to pick up the win. Benavidez had a clear speed advantage, although he certainly was tagged by Bagautinov on numerous occasions. Joe B remains undefeated against anyone not named Demetrious Johnson or Dominick Cruz. It's anyone's guess where Benavidez goes from here. He probably deserves another title shot, but he has already come up short against Johnson on two occasions. It wouldn't be a surprise if the UFC brass doesn't want to run that one back a third time.
Benavidez will fight Ali Bagautinov at UFC 192 on October 3 in Houston, MMAJunkie.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

There had been talk about a possible bout between Benavidez and Henry Cejudo, but that obviously isn't going to take place at this time. Joe B is coming off a dominant unanimous decision win over John Moraga at UFC 187 in May. Benavidez is the best fighter in the flyweight division not named Demetrious Johnson.
Benavidez defeated John Moraga via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 187 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Moraga did all he could, but he simply couldn't match up with Benavidez's all-around game. Benavidez won the total strike battle by a count of 113-55 and he also landed the only three takedowns of the bout. It's the same story for Joe B; he continues to beat every fighter not named Demetrious Johnson. Due to the lack of depth in the division, he's going to get a third title shot sooner rather than later and he deserves one.