Benavidez (19-4) is coming off a first-round knockout loss to champion Demetrious Johnson in his last outing. It was the first time the 29-year-old had been finished in his seven-year fighting career. He’s gone 4-2 since dropping to the flyweight division from the 135-pound weight class. His only losses are to Johnson.
Elliott (10-4-1) is also coming off a loss in his last outing. He was defeated by rising star Ali Bagautinov by unanimous decision at UFC 167 on Nov. 16. A win over Benavidez would quickly move him into title contention.
Bagautinov added to his resume at UFC 169 on Saturday night with an impressive victory over John Lineker.