This was the third of the four events promised by Dana white for the fans of UFC and THE UFC Fight Night had some of the most thrilling matches for the fans
After defeating Joseph Benavidez via second-round TKO in their first non-title match-up, Deiveson Figueiredo made their second encounter even quicker work of Benavidez when the flyweight title was officially on the line.
Scoring three knockdowns in the first stanza and relentlessly chasing a rear-naked choke on the mat, Figueiredo finally sunk in a deep choke at the end of the first round, putting Benavidez to sleep.
Here is how the night ended: Main Card
Deiveson Figueiredo def. Joseph Benavidez via technical submission (rear-naked choke) (Round 1, 4:48)
Jack Hermansson def. Kelvin Gastelum via submission (heel hook) (Round 1, 1:18)
Rafael Fiziev def. Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ariane Lipski def. Luana Carolina via submission (kneebar) (Round 1, 1:28)
Askar Askarov def. Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Roman Dolidze def. Khadis Ibragimov via TKO (Round 1, 4:15)
Grant Dawson def. Nad Narimani via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
Joel Alvarez def. Joe Duffy via submission (guillotine choke) (Round 1, 2:25)
Brett Johns def. Montel Jackson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Amir Albazi def. Malcolm Gordon via submission (triangle choke) (Round 1, 4:42)
Early Preliminary Card
Arman Tsarukyan def. Davi Ramos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Serghei Spivac def. Carlos Felipe via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Main Event Results
Deiveson Figueiredo def. Joseph Benavidez via technical submission
It’s been a long road to the gold for Figueiredo, who had already defeated Joseph Benavidez back in February but failed to capture the belt because he missed weight for the fight. Five months later, the Brazilian returned for a rematch with Benavidez. But this time, he made the 125-pound limit and then proceeded to have an even better performance, stopping Benavidez at the 4:48 mark of the first round.
Figueiredo was on the attack from the opening seconds of the fight, and after dropping Benavidez with three separate knockdowns, he secured the victory with a rear-naked choke that put the four-time title contender to sleep.
“I feel really good,” Figueiredo said after UFC President Dana White handed him the flyweight title. “I worked really hard for this. I knew that my time was going to come and this is my time.
“I wanted to come here and take this belt to my people. I’m here, I’m the champion.”
Jack Hermansson def. Kelvin Gastelum via submission
Jack Hermansson pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career Saturday when he submitted Kelvin Gastelum in the UFC on ESPN+ 30 co-main event.
Hermansson (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) needed just 78 seconds to lock in a tight heel hook on Gastelum (16-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and finish the fight, giving him his fifth victory in his past six fights.
Gastelum came out looking to apply pressure against Hermansson, who was forced onto his back foot. Hermansson waited for Gastelum to throw and clinched up to attempt a takedown, but then he got tossed to the mat. Gastelum got on top, which ultimately led to his demise.
Hermansson rolled into the heel hook and adjusted the position against an overly calm Gastelum. The tap came seconds later, giving Hermansson one of his biggest career wins.
Rafael Fiziev def. Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision
The fight began with some flashy strike attempts from Diakiese, but Fiziev timed a takedown nicely and went right into half guard.
The striking of Fiziev was really on point. Fiziev began to really chew up the lead leg of Diakiese with leg kicks, mixing in great kicks to the body as well. A missed jab from Fiziev turned into a spinning backfist and landed flush. Diakiese clinched up in an attempt for a takedown, but it’s defended nicely. The kicking game of Fiziev was ridiculously on point, but Diakiese was able to find his range with his punches, making his opponent pay for a few as the round ended.
Some tentative striking from Diakiese, but Fiziev put up some nice counter striking in response. Diakiese connected on a big shot but Fiziev seemed to eat it well. Another clean 1-2 landed for Diakiese, but Fiziev continued to push the action. A flying knee from Diakiese was just blocked as the round came to an end.
Ariane Lipski def. Luana Carolina via submission
Lipski, a former KSW flyweight champion, had recently signed a new deal with the promotion. Carolina, meanwhile, was returning from injury — a spinal fracture that had her out over a year. Three months for recovery alone. The fight opened up with Lipski pressing the action and dropping Carolina with a body shot, likely knocking her off balance as Carolina was throwing a leg kick. Lipski fell right into Carolina’s full guard. Carolina singled out a leg from Lipski and tried to use it to take her back. However, Lipski brilliantly used it to go for the kneebar, forcing Carolina to tap out.
Askar Askarov def. Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision
A matchup of key flyweight contenders on Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 30 card went the way of Askar Askarov against Alexandre Pantoja.
The first round was a fireworks show for grappling fans as it took less than 30 seconds for the pair to lock up.
The second round picked up where things left off. The few moments of striking were simply avenues for the fighters to grapple with one another.
After an exhausting pace through 10 minutes, both men were fatigued going into the third round, which they started with a hug. Pantoja had the first big moment when he hit Askarov with a shot that put him on his butt. Pantoja dove on top, but struggled to muster the energy to do follow-up damage. Askarov got back up to his feet after not long, and that kickstarted the most prolonged striking exchanges of the fight. It was relatively even in that area, which closed out a tight fight.
After three closely contested rounds in which neither man could build a definitive advantage, Askarov (12-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) picked up the unanimous decision win Pantoja (22-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC), earning 29-28 scorecards across the board.