UFC Fight Night Norfolk Handicapping Tips and Betting Pick

by Ayden Fahlstrom | February 23, 2020 |

UFC Fight Night 169 will be taking place at the Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia on February 29.  The title fight for this event will be featuring a Flyweight bout between Joseph Benavidez and Deiveson “Deus Da Guerra” Figueiredo. The belt is currently up for grabs, as former champion Henry Cejudo has relinquished the belt. 

Benavidez Vs Figueiredo Odds

BetDSI has the odds for Benavidez and Figueiredo currently at:

  • Benavidez: -130
  • Figueiredo: +108
  • *odds are subject to change 

Fighter Breakdown

Joseph Benavidez (28-5-0) is currently the best ranked fighter in the Flyweight division. He has a well balanced win category, with eight of his wins coming by knockout and 10 by decision. He can definitely take out his opponents any way necessary. 

His striking accuracy is at 34% and he has a grappling accuracy of 30%. He lands roughly 3.45 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.54. He seems to be able to land hits more often than his opponents and is able to counter effectively without compromising his defense. 

Deiveson Figueiredo (17-1-0) is currently on his way up the flyweight division, coming in at the third best fighter. With eight wins by knockout and five wins by submission, he has proven to win in any form. 

His striking accuracy of 52% and grappling accuracy of 50%, are both excellent for those categories. He does land 2.43 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.15, so this ratio is not as appealing as Benavidez, and could play a factor in their fight. He seems to be the aggressor in his fights, looking for a way to finish the fight early. 

Main Event Winner

For this fight, we have ourselves a great matchup with similar fighting styles and two guys that genuinely want to fight til the end. Both of these guys have the potential to take it through all five rounds, but with their aggressive approach, it will most likely end sooner than that. 

Benavidez has the upper hand when it comes to experience. He has handled himself well up to this point of his career, and has knocked off some of the best talent in this division. With his technique and striking ability, he can place hits strategically and wear his opponents down. For this fight, he might want to earn his points and turn this into a ground game, since I do not believe that he will outstrike Figueiredo. But he has what it takes to handle himself in any situation. 

Figueiredo definitely has what it takes to claim the belt. That right hand of his is something to keep in mind, as well as his quickness. He has not quite fought anyone like Benavidez before, but the same could be said the other way around too. He also has a slight reach advantage with a 68 inch reach compared to Benavidez reach of 65 inches. If he can manage to land one of those heavy hits, that belt could be his. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Deiveson Figueiredo Wins By TKO

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