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Joseph Benavidez out, Tim Elliott in against Ben Nguyen at UFC Fight Night 110

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As usual in this game, it pays to ask for what you want.

Following a callout to the UFC on Twitter, The Ultimate Fighter 24 winner Tim Elliott has been slotted to replace the injured Joseph Benavidez in a June 11 showdown against Ben Nguyen at UFC Fight Night 110. The UFC announced the switch Wednesday night.

Let me fill in for @JoeJitsu id love the @Ben10MMA fight @danawhite help me out!!

— Tim Elliott (@TElliott125) May 11, 2017

Elliott (14-7-1) rides into the bout fresh off a ‘Fight of the Night’ win over Louis Smolka last month at UFC on FOX 24, a performance which marked Elliott’s first official UFC victory since 2013.

Prior to that, the 30-year-old Elliott won a quartet of fights on TUF 24 to earn his second stint in the Octagon and secure a title shot against Demetrious Johnson. While Elliott fought gamely against Johnson, he ultimately lost a unanimous decision to the reigning UFC flyweight champion.

In Nguyen (17-6), Elliott now faces a promising flyweight prospect who has racked up a 3-1 record thus far in the UFC, with Nguyen having scored first-round victories over Alp Ozkilic and Ryan Benoit, as well as a decision over Geane Herrera. Nguyen’s only UFC setback came in a July 2016 contest against Smolka, which Nguyen lost via second-round TKO.

UFC Fight Night 110 takes place at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. A heavyweight collision between Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt headlines the event.

Source:: mma fighting