Less than two hours later, he got it, as he will step in for Benavidez and face Australia’s Nguyen at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Winner of The Ultimate Fighter 24, Elliott began his second run in the UFC by giving flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson one of his toughest battles. And while he lost the decision to “Mighty Mouse,” Elliott bounced back last month with a Fight of the Night win over Louis Smolka. Now he will attempt to keep those winning ways going against the always exciting Nguyen, who has finished two of his three Octagon victories over Alptekin Ozkilic and Ryan Benoit.