UFC flyweight veteran Joseph Benavidez had to overcome an instance of bizarrely bad refereeing from Yves Lavigne to earn a TKO victory over Alex Perez.
As if taking home a TKO victory isn’t tough enough, the former flyweight title challenger Benavidez was forced to do it twice last night as he took on rising prospect Alex Perez on the TUF 28 finale prelims.
The fight seemed to be done and dusted when Benavidez started to rain down ground-and-pound on his man, causing Lavigne to intervene. Oddly enough, though, the veteran ref then decided to back away completely when he saw movement from Perez – restarting the fight and seemingly overruling his earlier decision to place himself between the fighters.
Thankfully, the outcome of the bout was not affected by this mishap and Benavidez was able to score the TKO win once again shortly after.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 1, 2018
Uhhhh, Yves Lavigne just called a fight by TKO. Then let it continue. That was one of the strangest things ever. Joseph Benavidez ends up finishing Alex Perez (again), walks Octagonside and asks matchmaker Sean Shelby, "Can I get a bonus for two finishes in one fight?"
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 1, 2018
The UFC’s flyweight division is in a position of real danger at present, with several of its top athletes at risk of being cut.
And while veterans like Benavidez will likely be amongst those allowed to stay and continue to compete at bantamweight, one would have to assume that a loss at 125lbs of any type at this point could put your future in the promotion in some serious danger.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena