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

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Tim Elliot will fight Ben Nguyen on June 11 at UFC Fight Night 110.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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.

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.