Zane Simon & Eddie Mercado are here to breakdown the UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 event, with hot takes, possible next fights, as well as reactions to the overall event in the player above or on our Bloody Elbow Presents YouTube Channel and BE Presents Podcast Network.
This Saturday’s, July 18th., UFC on ESPN 13 Fight Night event, broadcast from the brand new Flash Forum facility on the infamous FIGHT ISLAND (Yas Island) off the coast of Abu Dhabi, showcased a solid card featuring a Title fight for the UFC Vacant Flyweight Championship between Deiveson ‘Deus Da Guerra’ and Joseph ‘The Beefcake’ Benavidez – Take 2. Our co-main event showcased a Middleweight tilt between Jack ‘The Joker’ Hermansson & Kelvin Gastelum.
Also on the card, we had a highly-anticipated main card opener between Flyweights Alexandre ‘The Cannibal’ Pantoja and Askar ‘Bullet’ Askarov, which was preceded by a thrilling Fight of the Night brawl between Rafael ‘Ataman’ Fiziev and Marc ‘Bonecrusher’ Diakiese; rounding things out we were also treated to POTN efforts put forth by both Ariane ‘Queen of Violence’ Lipsky and ‘Deus Da Guerra’ Deiveson Figueiredo. Overall, the twelve bout card saw every bout either finish in Round 1 or go to the judges scorecards. We saw six decisions, only one KO/TKO and five Subs; the entire card was quite impressive…. what a fun night of fights we have to discuss with you!
UFC FIGHT NIGHT ‘FIGUEIREDO VS BENAVIDEZ 2’ ESPN+ RESULTS & UPDATED FIGHT RECORDS:
MAIN CARD | SAT. JULY 18
- Vacant Flyweight Title Bout – Deiveson Figueiredo (19-1) DEF. Joseph Benavidez (28-7), SUB – Rear Naked Choke at 4:48 of Rd 1
- 185lbs – Jack Hermansson (21-5) DEF. Kelvin Gastelum (16-6), SUB – Heel Hook at 1:18 of Rd 1
- 155lbs – Rafael Fiziev (8-1) DEF. Marc Diakiese (14-4), DEC – Unanimous
- 125lbs – Ariane Lipski (13-5) DEF. Luana Carolina (6-2), SUB – Kneebar at 1:28 of Rd 1
- 125lbs – Askar Askarov (12-0) DEF. Alexandre Pantoja (22-5), DEC – Unanimous
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: ($50K ea.) Rafael Fiziev vs. Marc Diakiese
PERFORMANCES OF THE NIGHT: ($50K ea.) 1. Ariane Lipski 2. Deiveson Figueiredo
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- 205lbs – Roman Dolidze (7-0) DEF. Khadis Ibragimov (8-3), KO/TKO – Knee to G & P at 4:15 of Rd 1
- 150lbs – Grant Dawson (16-1) DEF. Nad Narimani (12-4), DEC – Unanimous
- 155lbs – Joel Alvarez (17-2) DEF. Joe Duffy (16-5), SUB – Guillotine Choke at 2:25 of Rd 1
- 135lbs – Brett Johns (17-2) DEF. Montel Jackson (9-2), DEC – Unanimous
- 125lbs – Amir Albazi (13-1) DEF. Malcolm Gordon (12-4), SUB – Triangle Choke at 4:42 of Rd 1
- 155lbs – Arman Tsarukyan (15-2) DEF. Davi Ramos (10-4), DEC – Unanimous
- 265lbs – Sergey Spivak (11-2) DEF. Carlos Felipe (8-1), DEC – Majority
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