Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2013

Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    The UFC's move to the new Fox Sports 1 channel is an exciting new adventure for the company. As of right now, there are three shows planned for the new network.

    The third planned show is set to take place in Brazil and will be headlined by light heavyweight contenders Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader. Both men are near the title picture, and a win would give them high consideration for a top contender's bout.

    Also on the card is a top flyweight feature between Joseph Benavidez and Jussier de Silva. It will be a high-level fight that could also provide a top contender.

    Here is a head-to-toe breakdown of that fight.

Striking

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    Neither man is going to be confused with Floyd Mayweather any time soon, that much is certain.

    However, Joseph Benavidez has been working with Duane Ludwig at Team Alpha Male as of late. He has looked very good in learning under him, showing off his skills on the feet by knocking out Darren Uyenoyama and Yasuhiro Urushitani as of recent.

    Jussier da Silva is a grappler and uses his striking as means of getting the fight down. He has never scored a knockout, though John Dodson has knocked him out in the UFC.

    There is no doubt about the fact that Benavidez is vastly superior. 

    Edge: Benavidez

Wrestling

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    In terms of offensive and defensive wrestling, both are advantages of Joseph Benavidez. That is not negotiable. 

    Benavidez is a collegiate wrestler that relies on his takedowns to control opponents. From there, he can utilize ground-and-pound or his underrated submission game to look to finish the fight.

    Jussier da Silva will have problems getting Benavidez down. Benavidez's level of wrestling is much higher than da Silva, so "Formiga" is at a huge disadvantage. 

    Edge: Benavidez

Submissions/Grappling

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    On one hand, the wrestling advantage goes to Joseph Benavidez. In the other, Jussier da Silva is a better pure grappler, as his jiu-jitsu is very high level.

    Benavidez is no pushover on the ground. In fact, he has a nasty guillotine choke that is a trademark of Team Alpha Male.

    Almost half of Jussier da Silva's wins are by submission, while the other half are by decision due to his grappling. I think it's obvious that the submission grappling of da Silva is world class.

    Edge: da Silva

Prediction

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    In MMA, styles make fights. In this fight, Joseph Benavidez has a great matchup in Jussier da Silva in the sense that it is almost tailor-made for him.

    Formiga will attempt to get Benavidez to the ground, but fail. Benavidez's wrestling is too strong and he is too quick for the Brazilian.

    Benavidez will use his superior striking to pick apart da Silva. From there, he will finish the fight and earn another title shot at 125.

    Prediction: Benavidez def. da Silva via TKO