Benavidez injured; out of UFC Auckland bout with Nguyen

Joseph Benavidez confirmed via his twitter earlier this morning that he has suffered an undisclosed injury and will be unable to fight in Auckland against Ben Nguyen this June.

The bout between the two artful flyweights, which pitted veteran against rising star, was considered by many to be a potential future contenders match-up with the winner setting up a likely title shot against reigning champion Demetrious Johnson later in the year.

It is unknown at this time who the replacement opponent will be for Nguyen.

UFC Fight Night 110 takes place on June 11 at Auckland’s Vector Arena. The event will be headlined by a heavyweight collision between Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis.

Fight Card announced to date:

  • Mark Hunt v Derrick Lewis — heavyweight bout 
  • Dan Kelley v Derek Brunson — middleweight bout
  • Ben Nguyen v TBC— flyweight bout 
  • Ashkan Mokhtarian v John Moraga — flyweight bout
  • Dan Hooker v Ross Pearson — lightweight bout
  • Damien Brown v Vinc Pichel — lightweight bout
  • Alex Volkanovski v Mizuto Hirota — featherweight bout
  • Warlley Alves v Kiichi Kunimoto – welterweight bout
  • Luke Jumeau v Dominique Steele – welterweight bout
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