Once again the UFC has a card for fight fans from Fight Island and one with a title fight headliner. Flyweights Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez face off for the second time for UFC gold, after Figueiredo won their first fight but was unable to claim the belt as he missed weight. Also on the card, we have a middleweight contender fight between Hermansson and Gastelum as well as plenty of flashy strikers that will provide us with aesthetically appealing fights. We take a look at some of the key match ups below.
UFC Fight Night Betting Tips
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez
Flyweights often get a bad wrap for ‘boring’ fights but that could not be further from the truth here. Both men are on the offense as often as possible, Figueiredo mixes in explosive shots with takedowns and ground scrambles and his counterpart Benavidez, has one of the crispest striking games in the division and plenty of experience in five round fights.
While Figueiredo won their first encounter, an accidental headbutt just before the knockdown I believe played a part in the finish. While I do believe the Brazilian should be favourite on that display, there is a case to be made for Benavidez to turn the tide. He knows firstly this is likely his last attempt at the belt and would have been preparing like a mad man for this rematch since he lost. He has power in his hands and is one of the smartest fighters in the UFC.
Benavidez also has a good scramble game and if he does get taken down, he can utilise that to get back to his feet. I could also quote his win over Cejudo as a big plus too but simply put I think the value in Benavidez is worth an investment. I expect a close fight and expect if this fight gets into the championship rounds for Benavidez to run away with it.
Jack Hermansson vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Hermansson stormed onto the scene out of nowhere and was on a tear through the division before being stopped by Jared Cannonier. Gastelum on the other hand has dropped his last two, both by close decisions.
For mine, Gastelum is often overlooked as being a tier down in the Middleweight division but I just don’t see it that way. He has always fought the best of the division and has developed his game in a way to make his constant reach disadvantage a moot point. He has power to trouble anyone in the division and solid grappling to keep the fight where he wants it.
If it goes to the ground, Hermansson is every chance of locking in a sneaky submission like he has done plenty in the past, but I just don’t see it getting there. Gastelum buckles Hermansson with a clean shot on the jaw and turns his lights out in the first couple of rounds.
Roman Dolidze vs. Khadis Ibragimov
The Georgian, Roman Dolidze has been making waves since turning pro, going 6-0 in his professional career. In those fights there is an array of vicious one punch knockouts and none of his wins have been on the judge’s scorecards. He meets Ibragimov in his UFC debut who came to the UFC with a big reputation but has gone 0-2 and abandoned his judo base almost entirely.
If he stands and strikes, he will get knocked out, simple as that, but if he goes back to his strength and takes this to the mat, he is a great chance of winning. I can’t put faith though in someone who has shown nothing to make me think he will do anything other than engage in a brawl and that will see him with an 0-3 UFC record. Dolidze gets his UFC career off to a dominant start.