Joseph Benavidez broke his upcoming bout with The Scrap on Wednesday afternoon, shortly before UFC officials confirmed the rematch between Benavidez and Jussier Formiga on the UFC Minneapolis card in June.
Benavidez (27-5) finished Formiga with a first-round TKO in their initial scrap in 2013. Benavidez holds wins over some of the best at 125-pounds, defeating Dustin Ortiz, Alex Perez, and the current champion, Henry Cejudo.
Formiga (23-5) is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. In his most recent scrap, he beat the undefeated Deiveson Figueiredo via decision at UFC Nashville last month. Formiga also holds wins over Sergio Pettis, Ben Nguyen, and Ulka Sasaki.
The bout between Benavidez and Formiga is a #1 contender’s match for a shot at the flyweight champion, regardless of the outcome of Cejudo vs Moraes at UFC 239. In an interview with The Scrap, Benavidez shared that his bout with Formiga could be the last of the flyweights, with the fate of the division still lingering.
Also confirmed for the Minneapolis card is a lightweight fight between Drew Dober and Marco Polo Reyes. A rematch between former champions, Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler has also been scheduled.
UFC on ESPN 4 will go down inside the Target Center in Minneapolis on June 29.