UFC on ESPN+ 30: Deiveson Figueiredo submits Joseph Benavidez to win flyweight title

There’s a new sheriff in town in the UFC flyweight division and is name is Deiveson Figueiredo.

Figueiredo (19-1-0) laid the law down Saturday night at Fight Island on Joseph Benavidez (28-7-0), leaving no doubt with an impressive first-round submission win.

Figueiredo won the first contest as well back in February, but was ineligible to win the title because he missed weight. This time, he made weight and dominated Benavidez from the beginning, using a right hook to floor him and then a guillotine and rear-naked choke that Benavidez valiantly fought his way out of.

But then Figueiredo poured it on, knocking Benavidez down twice more and then slapping on a super-tight rear-naked choke that Benavidez bravely never tapped out from.

It was a technical submission at 4:48, Benavidez’s first submission loss of his career.

The win is Figueiredo’s third straight, while Benavidez suffered his second straight loss.

Benavidez was humble in defeat, acknowledging he will likely never get another title shot again, talking about his wife, UFC reporter Megan Olivi, and the fact of looming retirement.

https://twitter.com/MeganOlivi/status/1284676044402896897?s=20

Figueiredo and Ariane Lipski earned performances of the night, while Marc Diakiese and Rafael Fiziev earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a USD $50,000 bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

SERGHEI SPIVAC DEF. CARLOS FELIPE VIA MAJORITY DECISION (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)

ARMAN TSARUKYAN DEF. DAVI RAMOS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

AMIR ALBAZI DEF. MALCOLM GORDON VIA SUBMISSION (TRIANGLE CHOKE) R1 4:42

BRETT JOHNS DEF. MONTEL JACKSON VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

JOE ALVAREZ DEF. JOE DUFFY VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 2:25

GRANT DAWSON DEF. NAD NARIMANI VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)

ROMAN DOLIDZE DEF. KHADIS IMBRAGIMOV VIA TKO (KNEE, PUNCHES) R1 4:15

MAIN CARD

ASKAR ASKAROV VS. ALEXANDRE PANTOJA 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1284647168754823168?s=20

WINNER: ASKAR ASKAROV VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ASKAR ASKAROV VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Good win for Askarov.

LUANA CAROLINA VS. ARIANE LIPSKI

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1284652042372481024?s=20

WINNER: ARIANE LIPSKI VIA SUBMISSION (KNEEBAR) R1 1:28

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LUANA CAROLINA VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Lipski really put it on Carolina. That was nasty.

MARC DIAKIESE VS. RAFAEL FIZIEV

WINNER: RAFAEL FIZIEV VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARC DIAKIESE VIA UD

Andrews: Despite the experience advantage, Fiziev outworked Diakiese.

KELVIN GASTELUM VS. JACK HERMANSSON

WINNER: JACK HERMANSSON VIA SUBMISSION (HEEL HOOK) R1 1:18

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KELVIN GASTELUM VIA TKO

Andrews: Gastelum had his pride stolen Saturday night.

MAIN EVENT 

DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VS. JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ

WINNER DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 4:48

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! There is no doubt now. Poor Benavidez. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. But he still has Megan Olivi.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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