Formiga (23-5-0) enters the contest while in the midst of a four fight winning streak, defeating the four pack of Yuta Sasaki, Ben Nguyen, Sergio Pettis and Deiveson Figueiredo. Formiga has suffered five losses as a professional MMA fighter, and all of them came to past or present UFC fighters. Formiga hasn’t suffered a defeat in over two years, with that last loss coming against Ray Borg at UFC Fight Night 106.
Benavidez (27-5-0) will come into the fight while riding a two bout winning streak, defeating the duo of Alex Perez and Dustin Ortiz. Benavidez defeated Formiga in their first meeting at UFC Fight Night 28 in September of 2013 and that win came by first round TKO. Benavidez has twice before challenged for the UFC Flyweight Title, losing both times to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 152 and UFC On Fox 9.
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