Simply 4 battles into his UFC career, Askar Askarov has actually looked like absolutely nothing but a future flyweight title competitor. Saturday’s dominant handling of veteran Joseph Benavidez might be the final hurdle to get him there.

Askarov (13 -0 -1) landed the cleaner, harder strikes throughout and had his method with Benavidez (28 -8) on the ground en route to a three-round unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at UFC 259 inside the PEAK in Las Vegas.

” This win indicates a lot to me since Joseph Benavidez is a true legend of the sport,” Askarov said. “It was an honor for me to face him.”

A 28- year-old local of Dagestan, Russia, Askarov counted on a front kick to the body to consistently keep Benavidez off balance in order to line him up with hard right hands. Askarov closed the round by taking Benavidez’s back searching for a choke.

The second round saw Askarov get total control as he rocked Benavidez in the opening minute with a pair of counter right hands that opened a gash below the left eye of Benavidez. Askarov went on to take his opponent’s back and invest the majority of the round utilizing his weight to wear him down.

Askarov opened Round 3 by landing a question mark kick to the face and ended up the battle strong with a series of flush strikes to complete the thorough success.

Ruling 125- pound champion Deiveson Figueiredo is scheduled to defend his title in a June rematch against Brandon Moreno after the flyweights integrated to author a fight-of-the-year contender in December that ended in a draw. The No. 3-ranked Askarov, who fought Moreno to a draw of his own in their 2019 thriller, might be next in line for a title shot thinking about Benavidez was ranked one spot above him.

” I still have some errors in my game I need to work on more difficult. I’m going to enhance my video game and I believe I’m ready for the title,” Askarov stated. “This is the message I wish to send to [UFC president] Dana White: Dana, all the guys I have actually battled in the UFC have been Top 1, Top 2, Top 3. I’ve fought all the top-ranked people and I beat them. I’m here. I’m all set for this title. It does not matter who has it, I want to fight for it.”

The loss was a destructive one for the 36- year-old Benavidez, leaving his future uncertain.

Benavidez spent the majority of the battle with his by far and took an uncharacteristic amount of opportunities early on. The long time department stalwart has actually now lost 3 straight including a set of uninhabited fights versus Figueiredo in 2015 which made him 0-4 in UFC title battles.

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