By: Mike Bohn |
February 28, 2020 10:50 am
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The state of Saturday’s vacant flyweight title fight has taken a major change after Deiveson Figueiredo missed weight for the UFC on ESPN+ 27 main event.
Figueiredo (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) was the final fighter to step on the scale at Friday’s official weigh-in, and he came in 2.5 pounds over the required 125-pound limit for his planned championship bout with Joseph Benavidez (28-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC), which headlines UFC on ESPN+ 27.
After the miss, Figueiredo was granted an additional hour to cut weight. He did not use it, however, and as a result had to forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Benavidez and the Brazilian is now no longer eligible to win the UFC belt.
The belt will be on the line for Benavidez only. A win by Figueiredo would not award him the title and would keep the belt, vacated by Henry Cejudo late in 2019, still vacant.
UFC on ESPN+ 27 takes place at Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Va. The entire card streams on ESPN+.
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