What mattered most at UFC on ESPN+ 30 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi? Listed here are just a few post-fight musings …

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1. Heartbreak for Joseph Benavidez

That was a tricky one to look at from Joseph Benavidez. Everybody knew he was dealing with a steep climb in opposition to Deiveson Figueiredo of their flyweight title rematch after seeing what went down within the first combat, however there was optimism he might pull it out.

Sadly, it went even worse the second time round. Benavidez was dropped a number of instances then strangled out chilly by Figueiredo and now sits on the primary 0-Four UFC title combat file in historical past. The state of affairs will not be misplaced on Benavidez, who turns 36 on July 31, as there’s virtually no likelihood of one other title shot coming.

Benavidez admitted post-fight he is aware of he received’t get one other crack on the belt, and should dwell with being second finest for the remainder of his days. It’s unlucky, as a result of anybody who has met Benavidez face-to-face is aware of he’s one of many real good guys in MMA and can now go down as among the best fighters to by no means will get arms on a UFC title.

What occurs from this level ahead, although, might doubtlessly be very harmful. Benavidez stated in his post-fight press convention that he doesn’t need to exit on a loss and have his ultimate octagon picture being choked out chilly. That’s completely comprehensible, however the race to exit on a ultimate second of glory has the chance for grave penalties.

If the subsequent one doesn’t go Benavidez manner, does he strive once more? What concerning the one after that? Or the one after that? Even in defeat, Benavidez continues to be able to beating most 125-pound fighters on the market, so this might not be an issue. Nevertheless, if he follows by with this plan, he’s placing himself on a tightrope that might have a scary fall.