According to UFC.com, two-time UFC Flyweight Title Challenger, Joseph Benavidez (20-4) returns to the Octagon on Nov. 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas for UFC Fight Night 57. He will take on #12 UFC Flyweight, Dustin Ortiz (14-3).
Benavidez bounced back from being finished for the first time, losing via knockout to current UFC Flyweight Champion, Demetrious Johnson in a rematch in his hometown of Sacramento. He submitted Tim Elliott back in April at UFC 172, earning a Performance of the Night Bonus for his first-round Guillotine. “Beefcake” was born in Texas and is known for being a die-hard San Antonio Spurs fan. He will have the opportunity to redeem himself from the loss in Sacramento when he fights not too far from where he was born.
Ortiz is currently on a 2-fight winning streak with his last three fights ending in razor-thin split decisions. He suffered his first loss in the UFC to former title challenger, John Moraga, before edging Ray Borg and Justin Scoggins out in his next two bouts. He made his UFC debut last year in November, finishing Jose Maria Tome in the final round. Ortiz trains out of Roufusport in Milwaukee, home to World Champions Ben Askren and Anthony Pettis.
Also on the card, Paige VanZant (3-1) will face Kailin Curran (3-0). This fight was originally scheduled for UFC Fight Night 54 in Halifax. Unfortunately, due to an injury, the fight has been postponed a month later, as reported by UFC.com.
This will only be the second time the UFC has held an event in Austin, the first being UFC Fight Night 22 back in 2010, headlined by Nate Marquardt and Rousimar Palhares. This will be the eighth event held in the state of Texas.