After UFC officials announced that Joseph Benavidez would function as a copy towards the Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw UFC flyweight title fight at UFC on ESPN+ inch on Jan. 1 9 , it appears he will have a real bout scheduled to its fight card if he is not called to chief event activity.
Benavidez had been slated to fight Deiveson Figueiredo in UFC 233 in Anaheim, Calif., however if the Jan. 26 incident was scrapped due to a lack of a proper main event, therefore was Benavidez’s bout with Figueiredo. After that bout has been scrapped, Benavidez was announced while the state back-up plan if Cejudo or Dillashaw was unable to create the journey to the Octagon on Jan. 19.
“A flyweight bout between Deiveson Figueiredo and also Joseph Benavidez is also put on hold. Benavidez is going to be brought in as a backup for its January 1-9 bout between TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo,” said UFC officials.
Now, just a couple of days after, UFC officials announced via Newsday which Benavidez had been booked to fight Dustin Ortiz on the UFC on ESPN+ 1 fight card in Brooklyn, giving him an back-up plan if his services are not necessary for the most important event.
Benavidez (26-5) was very outspoken about trying to preserve the UFC flyweight branch living, whilst company president Dana White has openly questioned whether or not the branch will remain part of the UFC’s future plans.
Having been at the top of the weight class, Benavidez will try to earn a plea to retain the branch when he rematches Ortiz moving forward. Both battled using Benavidez in 2014 winning a unanimous choice. He went onto win five of his six fires, losing only to Sergio Pettis.
Ortiz (19-7) has received an even far more tumultuous time in the Octagon, with gone 53 since losing to Benavidez. He is, however, now riding a three-fight winning series, as he expects to exact a measure of revenge on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn.