Former UFC flyweight title contender Joseph Benavidez has pulled out of his scheduled flyweight bout against Ben Nguyen at UFC Fight Night 110 due to a torn ACL. It did not take long for the promotion to find someone to replace Benavidez at the event as Nguyen has a new opponent.
Nguyen (17-6) may have lost one former title challenger, but he gained another in Tim Elliott (14-7-1), who will step in to replace Benavidez at the event. UFC officials announced the switch late Wednesday night.
Following his first stint with the promotion that ended in a release due to three consecutive losses, Elliott earned his way back into the promotion through “The Ultimate Fighter 24” tournament where he earned an immediate title shot at UFC flyweight champion and pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson. Although he put up one heck of a fight, Elliott came up short in his title fight opportunity against Johnson at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale last December. He rebounded from that loss by earning a unanimous decision over Louis Smolka in the “Fight of the Night” at UFC on FOX 24 in April.
On the flip side, Nguyen is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Geane Herrera at UFC Fight Night 101 in November. He has won three of his four fights under the UFC banner.
UFC Fight Night 110 takes place on July 11 in Auckland, New Zealand at the Vector Arena. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 while the prelims will air on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1. Mark Hunt vs. Derrick Lewis will headline this event in a heavyweight bout while Derek Brunson vs. Daniel Kelly will serve as the co-main event in a middleweight bout. Here is the updated card for the event:
Mark Hunt vs. Derrick Lewis
Derek Brunson vs. Daniel Kelly
Tim Elliott vs. Ben Nguyen
Ashkan Mokhtarian vs. John Moraga
Dan Hooker vs. Ross Pearson
Damien Brown vs. Vinc Pichel
Mizuto Hirota vs. Alex Volkanovski
Warlley Alves vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Luke Jumeau vs. Dominique Steele