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Gabriel Benitez vs. Justin Jaynes rescheduled for UFC on ESPN 19 on Dec. 5

Gabriel Benitez is ready to fight.

The UFC featherweight is eligible to compete now that he’s no longer testing positive for COVID-19. His bout against Justin Jaynes, originally planned for  Nov. 14, has been rescheduled for Dec. 5 at UFC on ESPN 19.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the news to MMA Junkie after an initial announcement by Jaynes on Instagram.

Benitez (21-8 MMA, 5-4 UFC) last fought in May. He suffered a unanimous decision loss to Omar Morales at lightweight, a weight class above his usual division. The American Kickboxing Academy product is on a two-fight skid and 2-2 in his last four.

Meanwhile, Jaynes (16-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) fought in August at UFC on ESPN+ 32, where he lost to Gavin Tucker by submission. Prior to that, Jaynes was on a five-fight wining streak, which included a successful UFC debut against veteran Frank Camacho.

With the addition, the UFC on ESPN 19 lineup includes:

  • Jack Hermansson vs. Kevin Holland
  • Raoni Barcelos vs. Merab Dvalishvili
  • Bethe Correia vs. Wu Yanan
  • Jake Collier vs. Gian Villante
  • Maryna Moroz vs. Taila Santos
  • Cody Durden vs. Jimmy Flick
  • John Allan vs. Roman Dolidze
  • Damon Jackson vs. Ilia Topuria
  • Jamahal Hill vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Movsar Evloev vs. Nate Landwehr
  • Jose Quinonez vs. Louis Smolka
  • Gabriel Benitez vs. Justin Jaynes
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