UFC Fight Island 2 — the third of four events on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi starting with UFC 251 earlier this month — transpired Saturday night. With a flyweight title fight rematch, eagerly anticipated, in the main event.
That fight would see Deiveson Figueiredo run it back with Joseph Benavidez, following the pair’s first meeting at UFC Norfolk in February.
As is well-known by now, Brazil’s Figueiredo missed weight for the fight. Leaving him ineligible to win the title vacated by Henry Cejudo. However, Figueiredo went ahead and knocked out Joseph Benavidez anyway, technically a TKO in the second round, which came after a clash of heads.
How would things go the second time around? In a sense, Benavidez was given a mulligan, and a chance to redeem himself. The longtime veteran had been always the bridesmaid, never the bride in title fights dating all the way back to his WEC days. Could he turn things around on Saturday, or would history repeat itself — with Deiveson Figueiredo having successfully hit championship weight this time around?
Following the event, tune in for the UFC Fight Island 2 post-fight press conference. You can watch the video above. The kickoff time is expected to be 11:15PM ET, subject to change based on the length of tonight’s card.