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UFC on ESPN+ 30 Results: Figueiredo Destroys Benavidez, Captures Flyweight Gold
On Saturday, July 18, the UFC hosted the third event from “Fight Island” as it again visits the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
In the night’s main event, the promotion’s flyweight belt was on the line as Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez met for a second time. In the pair’s first meeting, the Brazilian Figueiredo missed weight, but ultimately finished Benavidez in the second round of the February match-up. The finish was preceded by an inadvertent clash of heads, so coupled with the weight issues, an immediate rematch was scheduled between the two flyweight elite.
The event kicked off with the preliminary card airing live on ESPN at 5 p.m. ET. The main card followed at 8 p.m. ET, also on ESPN.
Deiveson Figueiredo def. Joseph Benavidez by technical submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:48 – for flyweight title
Jack Hermansson def. Kelvin Gastelum by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 1:18
Rafael Fiziev def. Marc Diakiese by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ariane Lipski def. Luana Carolina by submission (kneebar). Round 1, 1:28
Askar Askarov def. Alexandre Pantoja by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Roman Dolidze def. Khadis Ibragimov by TKO (knee and punches). Round 1, 4:15
Grant Dawson def. Nad Narimani by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
Joel Alvarez def. Joe Duffy by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 2:25
Brett Johns def. Montel Jackson by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Amir Albazi def. Malcolm Gordon by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 4:42
Arman Tsarukyan def. Davi Ramos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Serghei Spivac def. Carlos Felipe by majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)