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.
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.