Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Former No. 1 contender Joseph Benavidez (17-3) returns to the Octagon for the second time this year, taking on Darren Uyenoyama (8-3). Keeping things legal will be referee Herb Dean.
Round 1: Ok, just a word of warning, with Benavidez and Uyenoyama going 1-on-1, I might have to call Uyenoyama “Yama” a few times just to shorten things up. No touch of gloves, as these two are all about business. Big right lands by Benavidez off a scramble. Benavidez catches a kick, lands some big rights, and drops down, almost getting caught on the ground with Uyenoyama. Uyenoyama cannot take many more of these big shots from Benavidez, as another lands right before a kick to the groin causes a halt in the action. Benavidez drops him again with a right, but doesn’t follow up, instead allowing him back to his feet. Benavidez catches him again with another powerful blow, landing a head kick that floors Uyenoyama. Takedown by the former tournament finalist with a minute to go.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Benavidez
Round 2: Just all Benavidez, as he continues to pick and chose his strikes with ease and power. Combo left, right and kick, but Uyenoyama clinches and takes the back. This could be his one and only chance and he drops to the ground, but Benavidez winds down with a left. Benavidez pulls out and stands up, as Uyenoyama can’t seem to tie him up on the ground and keep him there to work his submission game. Benavidez lands a jab to the body after some nasty striking and this one is all over, as Uyenoyama is floored. And yes, I did not jinx any further finishes for the night.
Joseph Benavidez def. Darren Uyenoyama via TKO (strikes) at 4:50 of Round 2