Former UFC flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez made sure nobody forgets about him, submitting Tim Elliott in the main event of the UFC 172 prelims.
Benavidez (20-4) locked up his ninth career submission by trapping both arms and locking in a guillotine choke from the mount in the first round.
“It was a wild fight. That’s a wild man,” he said. “He was an awesome opponent and brought out the best in me. He made me fight and I had no choice.
“He is a super tough guy.”
Benavidez went ahead and named the choke, calling it a “Joe-A-Constrictor” in the post-fight interview. It was his first submission victory since a 2010 WEC win over Wagnney Fabiano.
“That was a great fight, it was fun,” he added.
Benavidez rebounded from a 2013 knockout loss to Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweigh title. Since 2010, his only losses have come to “Mighty Mouse” for the belt.
That was the first submission loss in Elliott’s (10-4-1) 15-fight career and snapped a two-fight win streak.