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Report: Jussier Formiga vs. Joseph Benavidez Agreed for UFC Fox Sports 1 Event in Brazil

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WEC fighter Joseph BenavidezA battle between top flyweights Jussier “Formiga” da Silva and Joseph Benavidez has been agreed to for the as yet unannounced UFC on Fox Sports 1 #3 event planned for September in Brazil.

Brazilian website Globo.com first reported the bout.

One of the most highly touted fighters entering the UFC’s 125-pound division, Formiga (15-2) fell short in his promotional debut, losing by TKO to John Dodson.

He bounced back in may of this year, winning a unanimous decision over Chris Cariaso at UFC on FX 8 in Brazil.

Benavidez (18-3) was part of the UFC’s four-man flyweight championship tournament, defeating Yasuhiro Urushitani in the opening round, but losing to Johnson in the final.

He has since put together back-to-back victories over Ian McCall and Darren Uyenoyama.

UFC on Fox Sports 1 #3 was initially planned for Sept. 4 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The event has faced an uphill battle in Porto Alegre, however, and may instead circle back to Belo Horizonte, where the promotion held UFC 147 a year ago.

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