NEW CHAMP: Deiveson Figueiredo submits Joseph Benavidez at UFC Fight Island 2 (video)

Deiveson Figueiredo lifts UFC flyweight title

Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez squared off in the headliner of UFC Fight Island 2 on July 19 (AEST / AWST). The pair met for the second time, battling it out for a vacant flyweight title. As well as their first encounter, the rematch didn’t go the distance.

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Figueiredo won their first fight in February via second-round TKO. Yet, he was ineligible to lift the belt due to missed weight.

For the rematch, both tipped the scales at 125, making the championship official. The scheduled for five rounds contest ended in Round 1. Figueiredo secured his second win over Benavidez via rear-naked choke submission at 4:48.

You can watch some of the fight video highlights below.

Ultimately, Deiveson Figueiredo claimed a vacant belt, relinquished by former champion Henry Cejudo, and updated his record to 19-1. Joseph Benavidez dropped to 28-7.

The complete results from UFC Fight Island 2 can be found here.

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