Tim Elliott

Tim Elliott “fills in” for Joseph Benavidez against Ben Nguyen

Tim Elliott steps up

Tim Elliott (14-&) went to social media to lobby as a replacement for Joseph Benavidez who was set to take on Ben Nguyen (15-6), June 11.

Benavidez sustained an injury and was reported to be out of the fight. That’s when the Ultimate Fighter season 24 finalist Elliott asked to get the call.

Just a few short hours later Elliott was granted his wish. Elliott will fight the Australian native Nugyen at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

Elliott then went to Twitter to give praise to Benavidez and say that he was “filling in” for the injured fighter, not replacing him.

Elliott won last year’s TUF 24 season and earned a title shot against current flyweight champion and pound-for-pound best fighter, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. Elliott took Johnson to deep waters only to lose a unanimous decision in the champion’s toughest outing to date.

Elliott bounced back with a unanimous decision win over Louis Smolka at UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City, last month.

The UFC Fight Night 110 fight card from New Zealand airs on FS1 and is headlined by Mark Hunt vs. Derrick Lewis.