Though the fight lasted less than a round, Joseph Benavidez and Tim Elliot put on a flyweight war to headline the UFC 172’s prelims. Coming off a loss to the flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson, Benavidez had a lot of pressure on him coming into this fight with #9 ranked Tim Elliot. Benavidez, A Team Alpha Male product out of California, suffered his second loss to Demetrious Johnson via brutal first round knockout.
If there was ever a time to win a fight for Benavidez, now was the time. A perennial top contender for the flyweight championship, ‘Joe B Wan’ looked a little slow in this most recent fight, getting taken down by the taller and rangier fighter 3 times in the first few opening minutes. To Elliot’s credit, it looked like he was stifling Benavidez’s offense form the get go. Benavidez found himself on the bottom position more often than he ever has in a single fight, however, he was never there for too long. Benavidez has some of the best wrestling and hips in the division.
After an iffy opening sequence for Benavidez, he finally found his rhythm and began to land some hard punches and counter strikes. In a scramble coming off a Tim Elliot takedown attempt, Benavidez locked on his signature guillotine choke, though Elliot countered beautifully, getting out of the choke, but not danger. After a few more moments, Benavidez found himself passing Elliot’s guard and cranking a mounted guillotine. Elliot found himself stuck, with his arms pinned at his sides, forcing him to tap out with his feet, a rare occurrence in the UFC.
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