Joseph Benavidez Faces Tim Elliott at UFC 172

February 3, 2014
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Joseph BenavidezThe UFC 172 fight card gained a new match-up between top ten ranked flyweights on Monday.

No. 2 ranked Joseph Benavidez will face No. 8 ranked Tim Elliott on April 26. UFC officials announced the bout.

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.

UFC 172 takes place on April 26 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md. Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones puts his title on the line against challenger Glover Teixeira in the main event.

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  • Big Tuna

    Not sure the UFC is a better product with the addition of the three smaller weight classes. In two years we’ve yet to see any memorable fights, rivalries or polarizing figures.

    • Wolf Ticket

      Korean Zombie pulled off the first “twister” submission in the history of the UFC, and his fight with Poirier was considered by some as FOTY in 2012.

      I was also impressed by Fabers run last year and if Cruz comes back healthy, that division will be great.

      But you are right that those divisions need a bit more time to develop, but I really like we have them.

    • shakejunt

      you don’t remember benavidez, of all people, getting slept?

      i’ll give you the last one, but we’re getting there.