Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliott
We’ll conclude the prelims with a flyweight tilt between Joseph Benavidez and Tim Elliott.
Benavidez (19-4) is fighting for the first time since suffering his first career knockout in a loss to Demetrious Johnson for the UFC title. Prior to that, he had won three straight, including TKOs over Jussier Formiga and Darren Uyenoyama.
Elliott (10-4-1) had his two-fight win streak halted when Ali Bagautinov downed him last November. He is 2-2 in four Octagon bouts.
Round 1: Moments in and Benavidez had a possible guillotine, the special submission of Team Alpha Male. Elliott gets out, though, and lands a nice shot. Hip toss takedown from Elliott and he takes the back, but Benavidez rolls, they roll again and Elliott gets a crucifix for a brief moment. The arm is trapped by Elliott, who ties it behind his back, but get gets free. Elliott into guard on top with three minutes to go. Good start for Elliott. Benavidez kicks and powers out, getting to his feet, but eats a right. Huge right from Benavidez connects, as it appears he has a cut above his right eye. Elliott with another takedown, but Benavidez reverses. He’s working to control the head, possibly snapping on a guillotine. He moves to side control, attempts to mount, but can’t quite do it. Benavidez gets the mount and still has a potential choke. It’s all over, as Elliott submits. He tapped with his feet, as his arm was trapped.
Joseph Benavidez def. Tim Elliott via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:08 of Round 1