The featherweight division was on display Saturday night at UFC 241, as one of the top prospects in the UFC took on a wily veteran.
In a main card matchup, Sodiq Yusuff took on Gabriel Benitez at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. “Super” Sodiq brought a four-fight winning streak into the fight as he looked to take a big step forward in the 145-pound division. After earning a UFC contract on the Contender Series last summer in one of the best fight’s in the show’s history against Mike Davis, Yusuff earned a first-round finish win over Suman Mokhtarian at UFC Fight Night 142 in December. The 26-year-old came back three months later and earned a unanimous decision win over Sheymon Moraes at UFC on ESPN 2.
Benitez is looking to extend his winning streak to three fights as he looks to climb the featherweight ladder. After dropping a unanimous decision to Enrique Barzola at UFC 211 in May 2017, Benitez would pick up a unanimous decision win over Jason Knight at UFC Fight Night 123 in December 2017, as well as a 39-second finish win over Humberto Bandenay at UFC Fight Night 129 last May. This is “Moggly’s” first fight in 15 months.
Herb Dean gets them going and these guys are trading. Yusuff is throwing big punches, walking Benitez down. Big right hand by Yusuff, followed by a left jab. Big right to the body by Yusuff, nice knee counter by Benitez. Leg kick lands hard by Yusuff, a right hand by Benitez and another leg kick from Yusuff. Nice body kick by the veteran Benitez. Yusuff with another hard leg kick, answered by Benitez. High kick lands partially by Yusuff. Nice leg kick lands and a right hand by Yusuff. Benitez is cut above his left eye, something to keep an eye on. Big left hand by Benitez drops Yusuff. Front kick up the middle lands by Benitez and Yusuff lands a nice kick, and looks to have recovered. Under two minutes to go, Yusuff lands a nice counter left hand. Left hand comes up short by Benitez. Left hand lands hard by “Moggly” once again. Under a minute to go and Yusuff lands a huge counter right hook and Benitez is down. Yusuff lands a flurry of punches and Herb Dean has seen enough. Huge comeback finish by Yusuff and the prospect continues to shine bright.