Video: Gabriel Benitez Destroys Justin Jaynes in a First Round TKO

Published 12/06/2020, 12:11 AM EST


The third last fight of UFC Vegas 16 concluded with Gabriel Benitez securing a TKO victory over Justin Jaynes. The duo competed in a lightweight fight where ‘Moggly’ petrified Jaynes for a win. This was Gabriel’s twenty-second pro-MMA win and his sixth in the UFC.

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As anticipated, the duo flagged off the fight with their standup game. Both of them landed significant shots on each other, with an intention to secure a knockdown in the initial round itself. Benitez landed a combination of kicks to his body coupled with powerful punches to Jaynes’ face.

Later, ‘Moggly’ ended the fight with a brutal knee to the chest. Subsequently, as Jaynes hit the ground, he elbowed him to prompt a referee stoppage.

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Even in defeat, Jaynes didn’t hold back. He went forward and landed some quality right hands. One of them stuck Benitez on the face and left it red. The referee sensed an eye poke and stopped the fight in between, but the fight resumed real quick.

‘Moggly’ had been inconsistent with his fight streak of late. His last win had come in 2018 and he was staring at the prospect of a hat-trick of defeats had he lost at the UFC Apex.

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What’s next for Gabriel Benitez?

Benitez debuted with the promotion in 2014 and won 2 fights in a row. However, he has yet to record more than two consecutive wins after that. Now, with his win, he has done all he could to stay relevant in the promotion. The fighter will look to string together a series of wins and move closer to a ranking in the stacked lightweight division.

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Polishing his standup game and increasing his takedowns, can make him a sure shot righteous contender. For making his way ahead, Benitez could be matched up against Jordan Leavitt, who also secured an opening-round finish.

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Can ‘Moggly’ put together a series of wins and carry his form into 2021?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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