Ryan Benoit
Baby Face

USA

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Injury Head
Est. Return 10/1/2021
Suffers injury against Adashev
FlyweightUFC
Out
August 1, 2021
Benoit has been diagnosed with a leg injury following Saturday's loss against Zarrukh Adashev, according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com.
ANALYSIS
Benoit has been diagnosed with a fractured fibular head following Saturday's loss, and his team confirmed that he will stay in the hospital at least until tomorrow due to swelling. It remains to be seen what his projected recovery time will be, but it sounds as if he will be out of the Octagon for a while.
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Losing streak hits three
FlyweightUFC
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July 31, 2021
Benoit lost to Zarrukh Adashev via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN 28 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was a crushing defeat for Benoit and one that may very well spell the end of his time with the UFC. The soon-to-be 32-year-old found himself in dire straits from the very start. He ate a couple massive leg kicks from Asashev in the opening minutes of the fight and was never able to recover. Benoit did score a huge knockdown in Round 1, but was unable to close the deal. Benoit has lost three in a row and is without a victory dating back to November 2017.
Medically cleared for return
FlyweightUFC
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July 5, 2021
Benoit (not injury related) has been medically cleared to return to action, according to Nolan King and John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com.
ANALYSIS
Benoit has been cleared to return to action and his fight against Zarrukh Adashev has now been rebooked for UFC Vegas 33, scheduled to take place July 31. The bout will take place at flyweight.
Fight scrapped
FlyweightUFC
Out
May 7, 2021
Benoit will no longer fight Zarrukh Adashev on UFC Vegas 26 card, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This isn't exactly a surprising outcome after Benoit had trouble standing on the scale to weigh in for the bout. He ultimately came in three pounds over the limit while being helped by his team, leading to the Nevada Athletic Commission's decision to cancel the fight.
Heavy following shaky weigh-in
FlyweightUFC
Out
May 7, 2021
Benoit came in three pounds over the 126-pound limit for Saturday's bout versus Zarrukh Adashev, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benoit struggled to weigh-in initially, having issues balancing on the scale. He was escorted off the scale by doctors to get checked out but was allowed to weigh-in again after that and came in over the limit. It remains to be seen if the fight is still on, but he would presumably have to forfeit part of his purse if that's the case.
Set for May 8 bout
FlyweightUFC
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February 11, 2021
Benoit will clash with Zarrukh Adashev on the May 8 card, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benoit lost a close one to Tim Elliott via unanimous decision last July and was handed a six-month medical suspension following the fight due to a right thumb injury. With that now seemingly in the rearview, he can focus on getting prepped for a chance to rebound from back-to-back losses against Adashev, who has opened his UFC career with a pair of losses. Benoit and Adashev both stand 5-foot-5, though Benoit does hold a three-inch advantage in terms of reach.