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'Fight Island' lands fourth title bout as Deiveson Figueiredo, Joe Benavidez meet for flyweight belt
The UFC recognizes eight titles in men’s weight classes, and now half of them are going to be defended on ‘Fight Island,’ after president Dana White announced Thursday that the rematch between No. 1 Deiveson Figueiredo and No. 2 Joseph Benavidez will be for the vacant flyweight title in the main event of a Fight Night card on July 25 in Abu Dhabi. Champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champ Max Holloway will rematch for the featherweight belt in the co-main, while the vacant bantamweight title will go to the winner of the Petr Yan-Jose Aldo match.Figueiredo knocked out Benavidez in the second round of what was supposed to be a title fight on Feb.
The UFC’s July 25 event has taken multiple hits.
Both Danny Roberts and Shavkat Rakhmonov are out of their respective bouts, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, who asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
Reasons for both Roberts and Rakhmonov withdrawing were not disclosed. No replacement has been found for either of their opponents, Nicolas Dalby and Ramazan Emeev.
Roberts (17-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC), who snapped a two-fight losing streak with alast November, originally was slated to face Dalby on March 21 in London, but the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fight was rebooked for the July 25 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, but Roberts has been forced to withdraw.
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Rakhmonov (12-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will have to wait once again to make his UFC debut. He was initially scheduled to face Bartosz Fabinski on March 21 in London before the event was canceled. The undefeated Kazakhstani fighter was then matched up with Emeev on July 25 but has been forced out.
With the changes, the current July 25 lineup includes:Darren Till vs. Robert Whittaker Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio Rua Alex Oliviera vs. Peter Sobotta Alexander Gustafsson vs. Fabricio Werdum Nicholas Dalby vs. opponent TBA Tom Aspinall vs. Jake Collier Raphael Pessoa vs. Justin Tafa Movsar Evloev vs. Mike Grundy Bethe Correia vs. Pannie Kianzad Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Nathaniel Wood Ramazan Emeev vs. opponent TBA Jai Herbert vs. Francisco Trinaldo MORE:
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Report: Usman, Masvidal agree to UFC 251 title fight .
Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal have agreed to a fight for the welterweight championship at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi, ESPN's Ariel Helwani reports. The fighters must pass a COVID-19 test before they can travel to the event. Both combatants flew into Las Vegas on Sunday, where fighters on the UFC 251 card are being transported to Abu Dhabi. Coronavirus tests are administered in Las Vegas, and fighters must quarantine while awaiting results. Usman wasThe fighters must pass a COVID-19 test before they can travel to the event.