Joseph Benavidez
Decisions Dustin Ortiz, future in doubt
January 19, 2019
Benavidez defeated Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brooklyn.
It's wasn't Joe B's best effort but it was a clear cut decision victory nonetheless. Benavidez's seven successful takedown attempts allowed him to survive Ortiz's 93-37 edge in total strikes landed. Benavidez's future hinges on the result of Saturday's UFC Flyweight Championship fight between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw. UFC President Dana White wouldn't commit to the future of the division when asked earlier in the day and Joe B would be far less interesting at bantamweight. His best hope for remaining at 125 pounds would appear to be a Cejudo victory. Benavidez took a split decision from Henry in December 2016.
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Adds bout vs. Ortiz
December 15, 2018
Benavidez will take on Dustin Ortiz at the Barclays Center on Jan. 19, Ryan Gerbosi of Newsday reports.
Benavidez was initially scheduled to face Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 233 but it was put on hold following the cancellation of that card. He will now match up with Ortiz instead of being the potential replacement for the main event between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw. Benavidez sports a 13-3 record in the UFC with his most recent victory coming over Alex Perez via TKO (strikes) in late November. On the flip side, Ortiz has won three bouts in a row, including a first-round knockout versus Matheus Nicolau in July.
Fight vs. Figueiredo put on hold
December 13, 2018
Benavidez's fight against Deiveson Figueiredo has been "put on hold" after cancellation of UFC 233, but Benavidez will serve as the backup for the flyweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo on January 19.
So while Benavidez's original flyweight bout is no longer happening, the 34-year-old still has something to work towards in January. Benavidez is 2-1 since a torn ACL kept him from fighting throughout 2017 and has a 26-5 overall record in MMA.
Added to UFC 233
December 4, 2018
Benavidez will take on Deiveson Figueiredo in a flyweight bout at UFC 233 in Anaheim on Jan. 26, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports reports.
Benavidez is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Alex Perez at the TUF 28 Finale on Friday. He's now 2-1 since a torn ACL forced him away from the Octagon for the entirety of 2017 and has a 26-5 record overall. His opponent, Figueiredo, is undefeated in 15 professional fights, including four straight wins since joining the UFC.
Forced to stop opponent twice
November 30, 2018
Benavidez defeated Alex Perez via TKO (strikes) at 4:19 of Round 1 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas on Friday.
Benavidez was able to weather the early storm, stifling his opponent's pressure with some hard counter shots. The fight took an odd turn after that, as a failed single-leg takedown attempt resulted in Benavidez hammering Perez with shots to the head as he lay flat on his stomach. Referee Yves Lavigne went so far as to put his hands on Benavidez to stop the action but relented when Perez sprung to life, forcing the fight to continue. A scramble ensued before the 34-year-old closed the show for good with shots from the same position. Benavidez entered this fight following a controversial win against now-flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and a loss to Sergio Pettis, but reasserted himself in the division by stopping the Perez hype train in its tracks. Benavidez improves to 26-5 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Booked against Alex Perez at TUF 28 Finale
November 9, 2018
Benavidez will take on Alex Perez at the TUF 28 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas, reports.
Benavidez had been scheduled to fight against Ray Borg at UFC Denver on Saturday, but that match was cancelled due to Borg having a medical issue. He'll get a replacement quickly in the 26-year-old Perez, who is riding an eight-fight winning streaking including his first three with the UFC. Benavidez had a six-match winning streak of his own snapped in June, when he suffered a split-decision loss to Sergio Pettis at UFC 225.