Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez - 7/18/20 UFC Fight Night 172 Pick and Prediction

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez - 7/18/20 UFC Fight Night 172 Pick and Prediction Photo by Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo

Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:00 PM (Flash Forum)

The Line: Joseph Benavidez +170 / Deiveson Figueiredo -200 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidezface off in a flyweight title bout at UFC Fight Night which will take place at UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates. Like the last few events, there will be no fans in attendance for this event. Figueiredo is ranked number one while Benavidez is ranked second. 

Deiveson “Deus Da Guerra” Figueiredo comes into this fight with an 18-1 record and since coming into the UFC he has won seven of his eight fights. Figueredo also comes into this fight having won three fights in a row. Figueredo’s last fight came against Benavidez in February of 2020 and in the second round he finished the fight by knockout. 

Figueiredo is averaging 2.54 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.76 significant strikes per minute. He also averages 1.81 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and he completes 50 percent of his attempts. Figueiredo also stops 61 percent of his opponents' takedown attempts. Figueiredo is also averaging 2.4 submission attempts every 15 minutes. In Figueiredo’s last fight, he actually probably fell behind against Benavidez before getting the knockout.

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Joseph Benavidez hopes to come out in this fight and get some revenge. Benavidez comes into this fight with a 28-6 and he has been fighting in the UFC since 2008. Coming into this fight Benavidez has won three of the last four fights with the only loss coming in the last fight. Benavidez’s last win came in June of 2019 against Jussier Formiga. That was a fight that Benavidez dominated and late in the second round he finished the fight with a knockout. 

Benavidez is averaging 3.53 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.55 significant strikes per minute. He is also averaging 1.50 successful takedowns every 15 minutes but only hits only 30 percent accuracy. 

Even though Benavidez lost his first fight against Figueiredo this is a great chance for him to get some revenge. Benavidez is going to get out to a fast start again, and this time he is going to finish the job. At plus money, this should be a great chance to end the night with a big payout. 

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Shane’s Pick Joseph Benavidez +170

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