10 Jun - 
Gabriel Benitez vs. Sodiq Yusuff booked for UFC 241 in Anaheim

The lineup for the UFC’s return to Southern California in August continues to build with the addition of a new featherweight bout.

Gabriel Benitez (21-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is set to take on Sodiq Yusuff (9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 241. Promotion officials announced the new booking today. It first was reported by MMA DNA.

UFC 241 takes place Aug. 17 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

Benitez has won back-to-back fights, but it will be nearly 15 months between fights for him when he steps back into the cage later this summer. At UFC Fight Night 139 in Chile in May 2018, he landed a slam against Humberto Bandenay that led to a knockout and ended the fight in 39 seconds, giving him his first UFC performance bonus. Prior to that, he had a decision win over Jason Knight.

Sodiq Yusuff

Yusuff has won four straight fights, including one in July 2018 against Mike Davis in a Dana White’s Contender Series bout. He eventually made his way to the promotion and picked up a first-round TKO win over Suman Mokhtarian at UFC Fight Night 142 this past December. In March, he outworked Sheymon Moraes for a decision at UFC on ESPN2.

With the addition, the latest UFC 241 lineup now includes:

  • Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title
  • Nate Diaz vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Cory Sandhagen
  • Derek Brunson vs. Ian Heinisch
  • John Makdessi vs. Devonte Smith
  • Gabriel Benitez vs. Sodiq Yusuff

For more on UFC 241, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.