Ryan Benoit
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Medically cleared for return
FlyweightUFC
July 5, 2021
Benoit (not injury related) has been medically cleared to return to action, according to Nolan King and John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com.
ANALYSIS
Benoit has been cleared to return to action and his fight against Zarrukh Adashev has now been rebooked for UFC Vegas 33, scheduled to take place July 31. The bout will take place at flyweight.
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Fight scrapped
FlyweightUFC
May 7, 2021
Benoit will no longer fight Zarrukh Adashev on UFC Vegas 26 card, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This isn't exactly a surprising outcome after Benoit had trouble standing on the scale to weigh in for the bout. He ultimately came in three pounds over the limit while being helped by his team, leading to the Nevada Athletic Commission's decision to cancel the fight.
Heavy following shaky weigh-in
FlyweightUFC
May 7, 2021
Benoit came in three pounds over the 126-pound limit for Saturday's bout versus Zarrukh Adashev, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benoit struggled to weigh-in initially, having issues balancing on the scale. He was escorted off the scale by doctors to get checked out but was allowed to weigh-in again after that and came in over the limit. It remains to be seen if the fight is still on, but he would presumably have to forfeit part of his purse if that's the case.
Set for May 8 bout
FlyweightUFC
February 11, 2021
Benoit will clash with Zarrukh Adashev on the May 8 card, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benoit lost a close one to Tim Elliott via unanimous decision last July and was handed a six-month medical suspension following the fight due to a right thumb injury. With that now seemingly in the rearview, he can focus on getting prepped for a chance to rebound from back-to-back losses against Adashev, who has opened his UFC career with a pair of losses. Benoit and Adashev both stand 5-foot-5, though Benoit does hold a three-inch advantage in terms of reach.
Given medical suspension
FlyweightUFC
July 17, 2020
Benoit has received a six-month medical suspension following his loss via unaimous decision at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benoit kept the fight relatively close, but things ultimately did not get judged in his favor. He apparently suffered an injury to his right thumb that is severe enough to land him on the sidelines for six months. Unless he can provide an MRI proving the injury has healed, he will not have a chance to fight again until 2021.
Drops tight one to Tim Elliott
FlyweightUFC
July 15, 2020
Benoit lost to Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
This was a close fight and Benoit may have very well deserved a better fate. He definitely won Round 1 and lost Round 3, so the fight came down to the middle frame. Benoit landed the harder shots throughout the course of the bout but struggled to land those strikes consistently. He also appeared to lose energy as the fight progressed, and that's something judges never like to see. The most impressive aspect of Benoit's performance was his takedown defense. He managed to stuff 12-of-13 tries from Elliott. Benoit clearly has some talent, but his 3-5 record with the UFC suggests he may be nothing more than roster depth.