Joseph Benavidez
The Beefcake

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Again fails in quest for UFC gold
FlyweightUFC
July 18, 2020
Benavidez again came up short in his quest for the UFC Flyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Deiveson Figueiredo via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:48 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Benavidez has now had four attempts to win the UFC Flyweight Championship and has come up short each time. He almost certainly won't receive a fifth shot. The most concerning thing about this fight wasn't the fact Joe B lost, but how it happened. He was dropped by a massive shot from Figueiredo just moments into the fight and was never able to recover. He was able to survive a pair of deep chokes before finally tapping out. It was only a matter of time. Simply put, Benavidez wasn't the least bit competitive. Joe B has been a pro since June of 2006, and this was the first time he has ever been submitted. Benavidez has a decision to make. He obviously still has enough left in the tank to defeat the vast majority of flyweights on the roster, but the UFC would never be able to book him in another title fight anytime soon, and it remains to be seen if Joe B wants to try to climb the mountain once again. He will turn 36 years of age July 31. Benavidez seems all but certain to go down as one of the best fighters in UFC history to never win a title.
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Locked in for title fight
FlyweightUFC
July 17, 2020
Benavidez weighed in at 125 pounds for his matchup against Deiveson Figueiredo for the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC Fight Island 2 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Benavidez took a tough loss to Figueiredo in their first matchup back in February, as he was outlanding his opponent 46-to-25 prior to getting stopped in the second round. Some who watched the fight note an accidental clash of heads resulting in extra damage and potentially affecting the outcome. Nonetheless, since Figueiredo missed weight for the original bout, he was unable to become champion, effectively giving Benavidez one more shot. Figueiredo is the younger fighter with a bit more power in his hands, but Benavidez has far more experience and statistically superior striking numbers. Despite those advantages, the outcome of the first fight seems to be fresh in the minds of oddsmakers, as Benavidez will enter this bout as approximately a (+180) betting underdog.
Gets another flyweight title shot
FlyweightUFC
May 22, 2020
Benavidez is slated for a July 18 rematch against Deiveson Figueiredo for the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benavidez fell short in his quest for a flyweight title the last time these two met in February, as he was finished in the second round via TKO (punches). Since Figueiredo missed weight, however, neither combatant came away with the belt formerly held by Henry Cejudo, which remains vacant to this day. It's also worth noting that Benavidez was struck with an accidental headbutt early in Round 2 that many presumed played a major role in the fight getting stopped. Benavidez had been winning the battle of significant strikes 46 to 25 at the time of the stoppage -- a pace for a strong fantasy score had the bout extended the full 25 minutes. Benavidez closed as a (-175) betting favorite for their first fight, but it appears the tables have turned following that result, as he opened as a (+130) underdog shortly after the announcement.
Will rematch Figueiredo
FlyweightUFC
March 4, 2020
The UFC will book an immediate rematch between Benavidez and Deiveson Figueiredo, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benavidez suffered a knockout loss to Figueiredo at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, but as Figueiredo was ineligible to claim the UFC Flyweight Championship as a result of missing weight prior to the fight, the two will reportedly rematch in the near future. Having suffered a laceration during the previous bout, Benavidez will first need to serve his 90-day medical suspension.
Receives 90-day medical suspension
FlyweightUFC
March 2, 2020
Benavidez has been handed a 90-day medical suspension due to a laceration following his knockout loss to Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC Norfolk, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benavidez received the longest medical suspension of the seven fighters who got one at UFC Norfolk. He indicated following the fight that he plans on continuing hes career despite the setback. It seems the 35-year-old will now set his sights on a potential return, but that will not come until June at the earliest.
Again fails in quest for UFC gold
FlyweightUFC
February 29, 2020
Benavidez came up short in his quest for the UFC Flyweight Championship, falling to Deiveson Figueiredo via TKO (punches) at 1:54 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
ANALYSIS
You can't help but feel terrible for Benavidez. This was his third attempt to win the UFC Flyweight Championship and he failed all three times. Of course, Figueiredo missed weight on Friday and was unable to win the belt, so the title remains vacant. Joe B looked off from the start in this one. He survived a deep arm bar in the later stages of Round 1 and fell victim to an accidental headbutt in Round 2 that opened up a massive gash above his left eye. Mere seconds later, Figueiredo knocked him out. At least Benavidez is taking home 30 percent of the Brazilian's purse for going on with the fight. In all seriousness, Joe B is now at a career crossroads. His longtime nemesis Demetrious Johnson has moved on, but Benavidez still couldn't bring home the gold. He turns 36 years of age this coming January and his next move remains an open question.