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After just four fights in his UFC career, Askar Askarov looked like a future flyweight title contender. The dominant dealings with veteran Joseph Benavidez on Saturday could be the final hurdle to getting him there

Askarov (13-0-1) landed the cleaner, harder hits and had his way to a unanimous decision in three rounds (30-27, 30-27,) with Benavidez (28-8) 30-26) at UFC 259 at APEX in Las Vegas

The 28-year-old Askarov comes from Dagestan, Russia He relied on a front kick against the body to consistently keep Benavidez off balance and level him with hard right hands. Askarov ended the round by taking Benavidez’s back in search of a choke

In the second round, Askarov gained complete control when he rocked Benavidez with two right backhand movements in the first minute that opened a cut under Benavidez’s left eye. Askarov took his opponent’s back back and spent most of the round with wearing him down with his weight

Askarov opened the third round with a question mark on his face and ended the fight with a series of flush strokes to complete the thorough win

Reigning 125 pound champion Deiveson Figueiredo is set to defend his title in a rematch against Brandon Moreno in June after the Flyweights drew a fight of the year in December that ended with The No three-tier Askarov, who played in his Thriller 2019 battled Moreno for its own draw could be next for a title shot, considering Benavidez is one place above him

Benavidez spent most of the fight with his hands down and taking an unusual amount of chances early on in the long-running division has now lost three straight times, including two free bouts against Figueiredo last year that featured him in UFC bouts 0: 4 occupied

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Askar Askarov

World News – CA – UFC 259 Results: Askar Askarov claims his place in the flyweight division with the dominance of Joseph Benavidez

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/mma/news/ufc-259-results-askar-askarov-asserts-his-place-in-flyweight-division-with-domination-of-joesph-benavidez/