Gabriel Benitez and Billy Quarantillo put on an absolute war to open UFC Vegas 31 inside APEX in Las Vegas. In what was an absolute war inside the Octagon, Quarantillo got the better of Benitez at UFC Vegas 31.
There were moments in the fight for both the fighters, with Quarantillo earning a knockdown in the first round, while Benitez earning a knockdown in the third round.
Both the fighters brought their everything inside the Octagon in what a brutal fight between both the fighters. When everything was said and done, it was Billy Quarantillo who triumphed over an equally tough Gabriel Benitez to take home a third-round stoppage win.
Both Benitez and Quarantillo showed great heart and resilience in what was a potential “Fight of the Night” performance from both the fighters. While Quanrantillo showed his striking prowess, it was his ground game that really stole the show at UFC Vegas 31.
It was the grappling and the takedown of Quarantillo showing his elite conditioning to jump back to the winning column after his first loss at the hands of Gavin Tucker in his last fight in December 2020.
What went wrong for Gabriel Benitez against Billy Quarantillo?
Gabriel Benitez showed great heart in his fight against Quarantillo, however, he failed to make the necessary adjustments to negate the damage he suffered in the first round. While he was able to land vicious shots, almost ending him in the first minute of the third round, he just couldn’t capitalize it.
Additionally, Quarantillo’s ground game looked very impressive as he threatened to submit Benitez on various occasions, keeping him second-guessing his approach.
While both the fighters showed a variety of attacks, showcasing their skillset, Quarantillo’s damage on Benitez’s eye and his constant pressure proved to be too much.
While taking nothing away from Benitez, Billy Quarantillo looked more composed, and disengaged whenever he felt more pressure or found himself in danger situations.
With the win, Billy now has 4 wins in his 5 UFC appearances. He has looked extremely impressive ever since earning his UFC contract at Dana White’s Contender Series and will look to challenge a top-ranked opponent next.