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UFC on ESPN+ 27: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo Preview

UFC on ESPN+ 27 will be featuring a main event title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Deiveson Figueiredo. This fight will be taking place at the Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 29. Both of these fighters are hungry for a well-deserved title belt.

Main Event Breakdown

Joseph Benavidez is currently the overall number one ranked fighter in the Flyweight division. He has a record of 28-5-0, with eight of his wins coming by knockout and 10 by decision. He is a long time fan favorite for this division.

He has a striking accuracy of 34% and a grappling accuracy of 30%. He lands approximately 3.45 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.54. He has a nice striking ratio of significant hits here, and it looks to have benefited him so far in his career.

Deiveson “Deus Da Guerra” Figueiredo is currently the third best fighter in the flyweight division. He has a record of 17-1-0, with eight wins by knockout and five wins by submission. The Brazil native looks to secure a belt that is up for the taking.

He has a striking accuracy of 52% and a grappling accuracy of 50%. He lands 2.43 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.15. This ratio is not as great as Benavidez, but he definitely has a better advantage in striking and grappling accuracy.

Final Thoughts

The flyweight title is currently vacant, as previous champion Henry Cejudo opted to relinquish his title to defend his other bantamweight title. Rightfully fighting his way to the top, Benavidez looks determined to capture the belt. However, Figueiredo has had an impressive run throughout his fighting career this far and looks ready to make the jump to champion.

On paper, you can see that Figueiredo has a better striking accuracy and grappling accuracy. They both have similar takedown defensive stats and significant strike defenses. This fight should be an excellent striking match with both ground game and stand up action for rounds.

If this fight does turn out to be a striking match, one thing to keep in mind is the reach advantage Figueiredo has on Benavidez. Figueiredo has a reach of 68 inches compared to Benavidez’s reach of 65 inches. This could play into a different approach for Benavidez if he is unable to close the gap and may look to turn this into a ground fight.

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