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The UFC will hold UFC on ESPN+ 27, also known as UFC Norfolk, on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. In the main event, the promotion’s vacant flyweight title is up for grabs as two time title contender Joseph Benavidez hopes the third time is a charm in his bout against the red hot Deiveson Figueiredo.
Figueiredo came in heavy for the vacant title opportunity, tipping the scales at 127.5 pounds. He had one hour to make the weight but will not cut anymore. He will not be able to win the title if he wins the fight, the belt will remain vacant. The title is only on the line for Benavidez tomorrow night in Norfolk. Figueiredo will also forfeit 30 percent of his pay.
Saturday’s title opportunity marks the third time Benavidez will fight for UFC gold. The 35-year old fight from Texas, now living in California, dropped a split decision to Demetrious Johnson in 2012 when the two men fought for the promotion’s inaugural title. They would then meet again at UFC on FOX 9 in 2013 where Johnson knocked Benavidez out in the first round.
A perennial top contender for most of his career, Benavidez has proven himself to be one of the best in the world with wins over Jussier Formiga, Henry Cejudo and Tim Elliot. He now looks to become the only person to stop Figueiredo and finally earn his long-awaited championship.
One of the most dangerous finishers in the flyweight division, Figueiredo (17-1, fighting out of Condor Belem, Para, Brazil) looks to leave no doubt in his first-ever title opportunity. Since joining the UFC roster in 2017, he has earned impressive stoppage wins against Tim Elliot, John Moraga and Joseph Morales. Now, he intends on delivering his most impressive performance yet in the biggest fight of his career.
The card kicks off with a preliminary card stream on ESPN+ at 5 p.m ET. The main card follows at 8 p.m. ET, also on ESPN+. The fighters hit the scales Friday morning with ceremonial weigh-ins to follow later tonight. That video stream can be viewed above courtesy of the UFC.
UFC Nortfolk weigh-in results below:
ESPN+ Main Card
Joseph Benavidez (124.5) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (127.5) – for flyweight title
Felicia Spencer (145) vs. Zarah Fairn (146)
Ion Cutelaba (204.5) vs. Magomed Ankalaev (204.5)
Megan Anderson (145) vs. Norma Dumont (146)
Grant Dawson (149.5)* vs. Darrick Minner (145.5)
ESPN+ Preliminary Card
Luis Pena (154.5) vs. Steve Garcia (155.5)
Gabriel Silva (135.5) vs. Kyler Phillips (135.8)
Brendan Allen (185.5) vs. Tom Breese (185)
Marcin Tybura (246) vs. Serghei Spivac (234)
Jordan Griffin (145) vs. T.J. Brown (145.5)
Aalon Cruz (145.5) vs. Spike Carlyle (145.5)
Sean Brady (170) vs. Ismail Naurdiev (170)
* Grant Dawson missed the featherweight limit of 146 by 3.5 pounds.