Tim Elliott vs.Ryan Benoit - 7/15/20 UFC Fight Night 172 Pick and Prediction

Tim Elliott vs.Ryan Benoit - 7/15/20 UFC Fight Night 172 Pick and Prediction Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Benoit vs. Tim Elliott

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 10:00 PM (UFC Fight Island)

The Line: -- Tim Elliott -125 / Ryan Benoit +100 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Tim Elliott and Ryan Benoit face off in a flyweight bout for the main event at UFC FIght Night 172 which will take place at UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates. Like the last few events, there will be no fans in attendance for this event. Elliott is the 12th ranked fighter in the UFC while Benoit is currently unranked. 

Tim Elliott is a fan favorite, but he is really struggling coming into this fight. Overall Elliott has a 16-11-1 record but he has lost three straight fights. In Elliott’s last fight against Brandon Royval at the end of May and he actually had four takedowns in that fight. In the second round Elliott made a bad decision and Royval finished him with an arm triangle. 

Overall Tim Elliott is averaging 3.41 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.53 significant strikes per minute. Elliott likes to get the fight to the ground averaging 4.31 successful takedowns every 15 minutes, and he tries 1.2 submission attempts during the same period. 

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Ryan “Baby Face” Benoit is another guy who many were excited about when he was coming into the UFC, but he hasn’t lived up to the expectations. Overall, Benoit has a 10-6 record, but since coming into the UFC he has only won three of his seven fights. Benoit’s last fight came against Heili Alateng and in that fight he was competitive and out stuck his opponent, 68-47 but he was taken down four times in that fight. 

Benoit is averaging 2.80 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.18 significant strikes per minute. He likes to keep the fight on the feet, only averaging 0.20 successful takedowns every 15 minutes. He also is averaging 0.2 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

The good news in this fight is one of these teams has to come away with a victory. Benoit struggled in his last fight stopping the takedown and that will let him down in this fight. Elliott is elite, getting the fight to the ground and that is going to be enough for him to come away with a victory.

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Shane’s Pick Tim Elliott -125

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