Dana White On Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2: ‘We’ll do it again’

Figueiredo could have had his hand on the UFC Flyweight title if not for the wrong reason. However, it looks like Dana White would be open for another Figueiredo vs. Benavidez rematch. Catch the full news below!

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Dana White On Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2: ‘We’ll do it again’

Last weekend should have been a good memory for Deiveson Figueiredo when he finally defeated Joseph Benavidez to land the Flyweight champion throne ate the UFC Norfolk. However, his inability to beat the scale has caused him the title. After Henry Cejudo relinquished the flyweight title, the UFC has been showing serious ramifications. However, it looks like the promotion president is now willing to give him another chance. 

Speaking to the press at an interview before the UFC 248 event, White has mentioned about the match. “Listen, that was a great fight. Absolutely, the head butt had a lot to do with the knockout too, not to take anything away from him, it was a great fight, but I think you have to do that fight again. Both guys came to fight, I’m sure you guys know how I feel about him not making weight, but we’ll do it again. They both deserve it.”

This clash was Figueiredo’s first world title fight. However, he came in at 127.5 pounds at the weigh-in on Friday. This meant he was 2.5 pounds over the championship limit, which made him ineligible for the title. Meanwhile, Benavidez has been being a long time name at 135 and 125lbs, where he fell short after two losses against Demetrious Johnson for the title. When Figueiredo scored a second-round TKO of Benavidez, the champion throne still remained vacant. 

Upcoming plans

Dana White also stated his intention to speak with matchmaker Mick Maynard soon the possible rematch and what to do with the title. Furthermore, he also addressed the question about the weigh-in chaos and if it could be beneficial to a card. “I don’t ever think of any of that stuff. These guys have been away from their families for a long time. They cut weight. It’s the day before the fight and there’s a lot of anxiousness and anger and a lot of stuff going through these guys’ minds going into the day before the fight and the staredowns. My job is to make sure they don’t touch each other and nothing happens leading up to the fight.”