UFC featherweight Billy Quarantillo has a change of opponent for his scheduled matchup this summer at UFC Fight Night on July 17, in the UFC Apex.
Per MMA Fighting, multiple sources with knowledge of the change of opponent confirmed that Herbert Burns will withdraw from the bout due to injury. The thirty-three-year-old from Brazil has said to have torn his ACL and will undergo surgery in South Dakota, US. Billy Quarantillo will now have five weeks to prepare for a different challenge in Mexico’s Gabriel Benítez in July. The first to report the change of opponent was ESPN Deportes.
Despite weight-cut issues with Gabriel Benitez in the past, the contest remains at 145lbs. As it stands, Quarantillo and Benitez will clash on the seventh bout of the night on a promising-looking UFC Vegas 31 line-up.
Billy Quarantillo vs Gabriel Benitez
Billy Quarantillo’s (15-3) clean sweep since joining the UFC came to an end at UFC 256 in December, when suffering a unanimous decision loss at the hands of Canada’s Gavin Tucker. Tucker snapped the eight-fight win streak of Quarantillo, which dated back to 2016, following three consecutive wins with the promotion after impressing on Dana White’s Contender Series. The New York-born will be eager to get back on the horse and make a serious run in the featherweight division.
Gabriel Benitez (22-8) found himself back in the win column in December of last year after suffering two back-to-back losses. “Moggly” bounced back with a dominant win over lightweight Justin Jaynes, which granted him a performance bonus. Following the victory, Benitez was scheduled to face Jonathan Pearce at 145lbs. However, Benitez missed weight by 4.5lbs, forcing Pearce unable to take the fight. Benitez now looks to get his second win in a row against Billy Quarantillo.
Full UFC Vegas 31 line-up
- Max Holloway vs Yair Rodriguez
- Marion Reneau vs Miesha Tate
- Rodolfo Viera vs Dustin Stolzfus
- Islam Makhachev vs Thiago Moises
- Mateusz Gamrot vs Jeremy Stephens
- Ode Osbourne vs Amir Albazi
- Khalid Taha vs Sergey Morozov
- Guram Kutateladze vs Don Madge
- Billy Quarantillo vs Gabriel Benitez
- Francisco Figueiredo vs Malcolm Gordon
- Anderson dos Santos vs Miles Johns
- Amanda Lemos vs Montserrat Ruiz
- Phil Hawes vs Deron Winn
- Rodrigo Nascimento vs Alan Baudot
- Daniel Rodriguez vs Abubakar Nurmagomedov
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