The fifth bout of UFC 172 was a battle between high-ranking flyweights, as Joseph Benavidez recovered from a wild first round exchange with Tim Elliott to score a guillotine choke victory.
Elliott, ranked eighth in the UFC’s official rankings, scored several takedowns to begin the bout, including a picturesque hip throw. He then attacked with elbows in the back crucifix against Benavidez, who is ranked #2 in the UFC’s official flyweight rankings. The +330 underdog Elliott looked like he might beat the predictions of the event’s oddsmakers.
But Benavidez, of California’s Team Alpha Male, would escape to catch the Missouri native in a guillotine choke in a transition — a move Benavidez would dub the “Joe-a-Constrictor” in a post-fight interview. The two tumbled around the mat, with Elliott finding both his arms trapped. Elliott was forced to tap with his feet.
Benavidez, coming off a failed attempt to win the UFC Flyweight title last December, improves his MMA record to 20-4 with the victory. Elliott falls to 10-5-1. The match ended the Fox Sports 1 preliminary broadcast.
At UFC 172, Joseph Benavidez defeated Tim Elliott by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:08 of round one.