Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga 2 booked for UFC on ESPN 4
A rematch targeted earlier this year by UFC President Dana White is now official for the promotion’s summer show in Minneapolis.
White first broached the idea of the rematch last month after Formiga stopped surging contender Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC on ESPN+ 6. The Brazilian Formiga has won his past four fights and is 8-2 since a first-round TKO loss to Benavidez (26-5 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in 2013.
Benavidez, meanwhile, has won his past two bouts after a split-call loss to Sergio Pettis marked the second of just two opponents to issue setbacks in the octagon. A pair of losses to once-dominant UFC champ Demetrious Johnson are the only other blemishes on Benavidez’s resume.
The rematch will not serve its other intended function as a backup. Although White said Formiga or Benavidez could step in as injury replacements if flyweight champ Henry Cejudo or Marlon Moraes were forced out of a fight for the vacant bantamweight title in June, Benavidez told MMA Junkie that plan has been scrapped.
Reyes (8-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was stopped by Damir Hadzovic in February, while Dober (20-9 MMA, 6-5 UFC) was submitted by Beneil Dariush this past month.
The latest UFC on ESPN 4 lineup includes:
- Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley
- Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga
- Drew Dober vs. Marco Polo Reyes