Flyweight Joseph Benavidez, Deiveson Figueiredo to Clash at UFC 233 in Anaheim on Jan. 26
By: Tristen Critchfield Dec 4, 2018
The division may be on its way out in the long run, but UFC 233
is nonetheless going to feature some of the sport’s top flyweight
Promotion officials announced Tuesday that Joseph
Benavidez will square off against Deiveson
Figueiredo in a 125-pound bout at the Jan. 26 event, which
takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. That matchup
joins one of UFC 233’s featured bouts, a flyweight championship
tilt pitting Henry
Cejudo against T.J.
Dillashaw. While there have been rumors that the UFC will
dissolve its flyweight division, there has not yet been any
official confirmation from the Las Vegas-based organization.
Benavidez is coming off a first-round TKO victory against Alex Perez at
“The Ultimate Fighter 28” finale on Nov. 30. The two-time title
challenger has won seven of his last eight Octagon appearances,
with his only defeat during that time coming at the hands of
Pettis at UFC 225.
Figueiredo, meanwhile, has emerged as a contender in recent months.
The 30-year-old Brazilian owns a 15-0 professional mark that
includes four triumphs in the UFC. Most recently, he defeated
Moraga via second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 135 on Aug.