MMA Preview – Tim Elliott vs Ryan Benoit at UFC on ESPN 13

THE FACTS

When is UFC on ESPN 13? Thursday 16th July, 2020 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN 13? Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

What channel is UFC on ESPN 13 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 13? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

THE STATISTICS

Stats sourced via ufcstats.com
Stats sourced via Ewan Lavender's UFC Form Guide

THE LOWDOWN

Tim Elliott and Ryan Benoit brace the heat on Fight Island desperate for a win as Benoit heads back down to flyweight to take on the veteran.

Elliott has lost five of his last 10 fights and is coming off three losses on the bounce. After not fighting for two years, Elliott got submitted by Deiveson Figueiredo. He then met Russian prospect Askar Askarov losing a decision and then got submitted again in his last outing against Brandon Royval which sees him slumped at the bottom of the flyweight form table.

Benoit has also lost five of his last 10 failing to string two wins together. He has also only fought twice since 2016 – a brilliant head kick knockout over Askhan Mokhtarian in November 2017 but is coming off a loss and split decision against Alateng Heili which was at bantamweight.

THE PREDICTION

Benoit has shown little consistency in the octagon but if his win/loss streak continues he will be looking at a win. However, despite Elliott’s dire form, he is a wily old veteran who still has the skills. In particular, his grappling which should be enough to shut Benoit down and earn a decision.

Winner: Elliott via Decision

Ewan Lavender's UFC Form Guide

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