UFC Fight Night: Benavidez VS Figueiredo also known as UFC Fight Night 169 is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that is scheduled to take place on February 29, 2020 at Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.
When And Where Is UFC Fight Night?
Arena: Chartway Arena
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Date: 26th February 2020 (US)
Start Time: Preliminary Card:
- 5:00 PM ET (Preliminary Card)
- 8:00 PM ET (Main Card)
How To Live Stream The Event?
In the United States, the event will be streamed live at ESPN+. You can also watch the event on a Pay Per View basis at UFC. Check out the table below for complete TV coverage for UFC Fight Night 169 event.
|Australia||Kayo Sports, ESPN2|
|Belgium||Eleven Sports 3|
|Bulgaria||MAX Sport 2|
|Cyprus||Cytavision Sports 3|
|Czech Republic||Nova SPORT 2|
|Greece||Cosmote Sport 8|
|Hong Kong||FOX Sports|
|Israel||Sport 5 Live|
|Mexico||FOX Sports, FOX Sports 2|
|New Zealand||Espn 2|
|Portugal||Sport TV 1|
|South Africa||Maximo 1, SuperSport Eleven|
|Taiwan||FOX Sports 3|
|Turkey||S Sport +, S Sport|
|UK||BT Sport 2|
|USA||UFC PPV, ESPN+|
|World streams||UFC PPV|
As of 29th Feb 2020, the Betting odds of the main event are listed below (via Bet365).
Joseph Benavidez vs Deiveson Figueiredo
- Joseph Benavidez – 1.62
- Deiveson Figueiredo – 2.30
UFC Fight Night 169 Fight Card
|Main card (ESPN+)|
|Catchweight (127.5 lbs)||Joseph Benavidez||vs.||Deiveson Figueiredo|
|Women’s Featherweight||Felicia Spencer||vs.||Zarah Fairn dos Santos|
|Light Heavyweight||Ion Cuțelaba||vs.||Magomed Ankalaev|
|Women’s Featherweight||Megan Anderson||vs.||Norma Dumont Viana|
|Catchweight (149.5 lbs)||Grant Dawson||vs.||Darrick Minner|
|Preliminary card (ESPN+)|
|Bantamweight||Gabriel Silva||vs.||Kyler Phillips|
|Middleweight||Brendan Allen||vs.||Tom Breese|
|Heavyweight||Marcin Tybura||vs.||Sergey Spivak|
|Lightweight||Luis Peña||vs.||Steve Garcia|
|Featherweight||Jordan Griffin||vs.||T.J. Brown|
|Featherweight||Aalon Cruz||vs.||Spike Carlyle|
|Welterweight||Ismail Naurdiev||vs.||Sean Brady|
A UFC Flyweight Championship bout for the vacant title between former title challenger Joseph Benavidez and Deiveson Figueiredo is expected to serve as the event headliner. Multi-divisional champion Henry Cejudo announced on December 20, 2019 that he would be relinquishing the flyweight title and would concentrate on competing solely in the bantamweight division.
A welterweight bout between Alex Oliveira and Mickey Gall was scheduled for the event. However on December 27, the bout was pulled from the event due to undisclosed reasons.
A featherweight bout between Chas Skelly and Grant Dawson was scheduled to take place at UFC 246, but Dawson was forced to withdraw from the bout. The bout was rescheduled to this event. In turn, it was reported on February 7 that Skelly was injured during one of his training session and therefore forced to withdraw from the event. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Darrick Minner.
A featherweight bout between Steven Peterson and Aalon Cruz was scheduled to take place at the event. However, Peterson was pulled from the event for an unknown reason and replaced by promotional newcomer Spike Carlyle.
A featherweight bout between Mike Davis and Giga Chikadze expected to take place at this event was canceled after Davis was pulled out due to an undisclosed injury. In turn, promotion officials elected to remove Chikadze from the card due to being unable to find a replacement and scheduled him to face Jamall Emmers at UFC 248, replacing an injured Movsar Evloev.
A lightweight bout between Luis Peña and Alexander Muñoz was scheduled to take place at the event. However on February 23, it was announced that Muñoz pulled out due to injury. He was replaced by Steve Garcia.
UFC Fight Night Predictions
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Main Card Prediction
Joseph Benavidez VS Deiveson Figueiredo
Top-ranked flyweight Joseph Benavidez takes on 3rd ranked Deiveson Figueiredo for the vacant title in the main event of UFC Fight Night 169 on Saturday. The 12-bout UFC stop take place at Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia, the promotion’s second visit to the venue. The main UFC Fight Night 169 card is scheduled and will mark the third title shot for Benavidez (28-5), who lost twice to former longtime champion Demetrious Johnson.
Benavidez defeated Henry Cejudo in a 2016 non-title bout and has won 3 of his 4 fights since. The 35-year-old Texas native won Performance of the Night for his second-round stoppage of 2nd ranked Jussier Formiga last June. But he faces a daunting challenge from the rising Figueiredo, who has 4 stoppages among his 6 UFC victories. The 32-year-old Brazilian submitted Tim Elliott in their October bout. His decision win over Alexandre Pantoja in June earned a Fight of the Night accolade.
Felicia Spencer VS Zarah Fairn dos Santos
The Women’s Featherweight division is easily the most under-developed division on the UFC roster and so it’s a breath of fresh air to see two female fights at 145lbs on the main card of this show. With that said, the nature of the division means that it’s hard to really get a handle on how good these fighters are and really break a fight down. Felicia Spencer debuted in 2019 with an upset of sorts, as she easily outgrappled and submitted the highly-rated Megan Anderson in June. From there she was booked in a nightmare fight against the much larger and far more powerful Cris Cyborg, and while she did well to absorb Cyborg’s strikes and never seemed to be out of the fight, it was a clear-cut loss for her.
France’s Zarah Fairn dos Santos meanwhile also debuted against Anderson, but actually found herself completely outgrappled by the Australian kickboxer, and was eventually submitted with a nicely worked triangle choke. That’s worrying in my opinion; Anderson is clearly a developing fighter who’s making strides in her ground game, but to be dominated by an opponent who was herself dominated on the ground by Spencer doesn’t bode well.
Ion Cuțelaba VS Magomed Ankalaev
Cutelaba has more UFC experience than his Dagestani opponent; ‘The Hulk’ debuted back in 2016 with a loss to Misha Cirkunov, and since then his career has largely followed a pattern – he destroys his less athletic foes with brutal power strikes, but faced with someone a little more technical – Cirkunov, Jared Cannonier and Glover Teixeira – he tends to start quickly but fade, allowing his opponent to take over.
Overall though, the Moldovan fighter has some fantastic skills; he’s a big 205lber, carries insane power in his strikes, and his takedowns are pretty strong as well, even if he prefers to throw bombs at his opponent. The question then is whether Ankalaev fits into the category with Teixeira, Cirkunov et al, or whether he’s more Henrique Da Silva or Jonathan Wilson.
Megan Anderson VS Norma Dumont Viana
After her losses to Holly Holm and Felicia Spencer, many fans were ready to write off the prospects of Megan Anderson at the very top of the UFC, even in the ultra-thin Women’s Featherweight division. A notable kickboxer who’d won the Invicta Featherweight title with her striking, the Australian was badly exposed as a below-par grappler by Holm and Spencer, knocking her out of title contention temporarily.
At 6’0”, Anderson is very much a “true” 145lber as opposed to a blown-up 135lber like the majority of the division, and so that means that she ought to be a big favorite over newcomer Viana, who has very little experience, 4 fights in a career that started in 2016 and doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as big as the Australian.
Grant Dawson VS Darrick Minner
Despite being a new face to many fans, Minner (24-10 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is a fighter Dawson knows. The two combatants are both originally from Nebraska and have previously competed on the same card. Dawson said he isn’t impressed by his opponent and even went as far as to say he’s not UFC caliber. Darrick Minner has finally made it to the UFC after 34 fights on the regional circuit.
Stepping in on a couple of days’ notice is going to work against Minner, however, who steps in for the injured Chas Skelly. Grant Dawson is a big favorite to take the win, and so he should be. Dawson is riding a five-fight winning streak into this bout, which includes two wins from two in the UFC. Dawson is a powerful striker with an awesome submission game, and he could record this within a round or two.
Gabriel Silva VS Kyler Phillips
Both of these Bantamweights will be looking for their first UFC win this weekend. Phillips is making his UFC debut following a 6-1 run on the regional circuit and a loss to eventual champion Brad Katona on TUF 27. While Silva debuted back in July 2019 with a tough loss at the hands of the far more experienced Ray Borg. Given either men are primarily striking-based fighters, with 7 KO’s or TKO’s between them, this could be an exciting opener. Silva appears to be a more boxing-based striker, with a lot of power in his hands. Phillips meanwhile is more of a rounded striker, as he tends to fire a lot of kicks and longer strikes from range, while using a lot of movement and footwork to avoid his opponent’s strikes.
Breese VS Allen
It looks like a Middleweight clash between Tom Breese and Brendan Allen will headline, and it’s hard to look past Breese in this one. Allen looks like an explosive prospect out of Roufusport, and he choked out Kevin Holland in impressive fashion last October. The UK’s Breese though, who trains with Firas Zahabi and Georges St. Pierre could well be in title contention at this point had he not suffered so many niggling injuries. A fantastic technical fighter, Breese hits hard, has a stiff jab and is also excellent on the ground.
Tybura VS Spivak
At Heavyweight, Marcin Tybura returns to take on Sergey Spivak. Spivak shocked everyone by rebounding from an awful KO loss at the hands of Walt Harris to choke out Tai Tuivasa last year, but the truth is that he’s still a very limited fighter overall. Tybura, on the other hand, is good in all areas, with only his speed and cardio letting him down in the past. Tybura needs this win as he’s 1-4 in his last 5 and can pull this off by TKO.
Garcia VS Pena
Steve Garcia makes his UFC debut as a stand-in for Alex Munoz. It’s going to be a tall order for Garcia to step in at such short notice and beat a guy like Luis Pena, but he will be giving his all. The odds aren’t up for this one yet, but Pena can be a little too much for Garcia. Pena is a sizeable favorite for this fight, especially on account of Garcia’s lack of preparation time. Still, Garcia is no slouch and can cause the Italian trouble.
Griffin VS Brown
Jordan Griffin takes on TJ Brown in a Featherweight clash, with Griffin looking to save his UFC career after two straight losses. Brown is on a 4-fight win streak, but he doesn’t have the experience that Griffin does, which makes this a tough one to pick as all else seems even.
Cruz VS Carlyle
At Featherweight, Aalon Cruz takes on Spike Carlyle in a battle of UFC newcomers. Cruz earned his opportunity by knocking out an opponent with a flying knee on Dana White’s Contender Series, while Carlyle is on a 4-fight win streak. Fights between debutants are always nearly impossible to pick, especially when both guys have a similar level of experience and apparent skill. But Cruz may be more comfortable in the UFC setting.
Brady VS Naurdiev
Finally, unbeaten Sean Brady faces Ismail Naurdiev at Welterweight, Brady looked good in his UFC debut, beating tough veteran Court McGee. Meanwhile Naurdiev stunned everyone by beating Michel Prazeres in a late-notice UFC debut and then outpointed veteran Siyar Bahadurzada in his last fight. This one could be very close as both men are excellent prospects and it could go either way.