The UFC’s third of 4 straight occasions on “Struggle Island” in Abu Dhabi goes down Saturday with a vacant flyweight title battle getting a redo in the primary occasion.

UFC on ESPN+ 30 takes place Saturday at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The cardboard streams on ESPN+.

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In the primary occasion, Deiveson Figueiredo (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) takes on Joseph Benavidez (28-6 MMA, 15-Four UFC) in a rematch for the vacant 125-pound title. Figueiredo knocked out Benavidez in February, however was not eligible to win the title as a result of he missed weight. However Friday, he hit the title-fight restrict on the dimensions. He’s greater than a 2-1 favourite, but it surely’s the underdog, Benavidez, with a giant 11-Three lead within the picks from our 14 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts.

Within the co-main occasion, Kelvin Gastelum (16-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) meets Jack Hermansson (20-5 MMA, 7-Three UFC) in a middleweight bout. The battle is a decide’em with the oddsmakers, however Gastelum has a large 9-5 lead from our pickers.

Additionally on the primary card, Marc Diakiese (14-Three MMA, 5-Three UFC) is a -160 favourite in his light-weight battle towards Rafael Fiziev (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and he’s the closest factor now we have to a unanimous decide with 13 of 14 of our employees members taking him to win.

Luana Carolina (6-1 MMA, 1-Zero UFC) takes on Ariane Lipski (12-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in a girls’s flyweight battle that has Lipski as only a slight favourite. However she’s a heavy favourite within the picks at 11-3.

And to open the primary card, Alexandre Pantoja (22-Four MMA, 6-2 UFC) is greater than a 2-1 favourite towards Askar Askarov (11-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) at flyweight. He’s hoping to get the subsequent title shot with a win, however he’s obtained simply an 8-6 picks lead.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Figueiredo (58 p.c), Gastelum (57 p.c), Diakiese (78 p.c), Lipski (51 p.c) and Pantoja (71 p.c) are the alternatives.

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