Report: Joseph Benavidez – Deiveson Figueiredo II in Jeopardy, After Latter Tests Positive For COVID-19
By FCF Staff
Deiveson Figueiredo is scheduled to fight Joseph Benavidez for the vacant, flyweight title on July 18th. But, after the Brazilian fighter has reportedly tested positive again for COVID-19, the rematch is at risk.
Benavidez and Figueiredo are booked to fight in the headliner of the upcoming card. But according to a report from MMA Junkie, Figueiredo has tested positive for the coronavirus. The fighter tested positive two months ago, however, so Figueiredo’s camp is hoping that this latest result is a false positive.
‘Daico’ will take a second test today, and it’s also positive, he will not head to Yas Island for the bout. If that happens, sources have told MMA Junkie Alexandre Pantoja will step in to face Benavidez.
Benavidez and Figueiredo fought for the flyweight belt in February, and the latter won the fight via second-round stoppage. Since he missed weight for the contest, however, he was ineligible to win the title.
An accidental headbutt that occurred moments before the fight’s finish, is another reason the UFC elected to move forward with a rematch.