UFC Fight Night 28’s headlining trio of fights begins in the flyweight division as Joe Benavidez met Jussier “Formiga” da Silva. The fight would disappoint the hometown crowd as Benavidez defeated Formiga in front of the small but loud crowd in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Benavidez Crushes Formiga
Joe Benavidez wanted to get a win over a Brazilian tonight in Belo Horizonte and he did just that when he faced Jussier Formiga. After a relatively close early first round, Benavidez would seize control after the midpoint by connecting on a wicked counter strike that stunned Formiga. “Joe B” would follow up with a big knee and strikes that forced a stop the fight.
Benavidez has now won three straight since losing his title fight with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and finds himself knocking at the door of a second shot at “Mighty Mouse.”
Rd. 1- Mario Yamasaki is tonight’s referee. Benavidez is looking to counter early as the fighters exchange blows. Joe is now the aggressor and he eats a left from Formiga. Hard counter combo by Formiga. Benavidez’s chin is way too high early on but he is landing more. Spinning back kick by Formiga. Nasty counter left catches Formiga flush and he is staggered, Benavidez pounces with a big knee and he finishes the fight on the ground with a series of strikes.
Joe Benavidez def. Jussier Formiga via TKO (strikes) at 3:07 of Round 1