The title is up for grabs after being vacated by Henry Cejudo (someone Benavidez has previously beaten), so giving given the opportunity for Benavidez and Figueiredo to claim the crown.
The 35 year-old American Joseph Benavidez was last in action in June 2019, when he KO’d another Brazilian, Jussier Formiga, towards the end of the second round.
The 32 year-old Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo last fought in October last year, when he beat the American Tim Elliott on a first round submission. The only blemish on Figueiredo’s record to date is a unanimous decision loss to the aforementioned Formiga in March 2019.
The Brazilian possesses the power to win this fight on his feet or if it goes to the mat where his jiu-jitsu comes into play.
However, this will be the biggest and potentially toughest fight of Figueiredo’s career and he has never gone beyond three rounds before. If he has any cardio issues, Benavidez has the experience to exploit them.
This will be Benavidez’s third shot at the title, having lost on a controversial split decision to Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in his inaugural title fight at UFC 152 and then being knocked out by the same opponent in the December 2013 rematch.
Joseph Benavidez vs Deiveson Figueiredo Betting Lines & UFC Pick
In terms of UFC Fight Night 169 predictions, we’ll side with the American’s experience here and he’s our tip to win.