January 7, 2016 - 10:52 pm
A flyweight contender bout between Joseph Benavidez and Zach Makovsky will take place at UFC 196 on Feb. 6 at MGM Grand, the Review-Journal has learned.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials confirmed the bout on Thursday.
Benavidez has won four straight fights since losing to current champion Demetrious Johnson for a second time in 2013. He is 8-2 since dropping to 125 pounds in 2012, with both losses coming to Johnson. He is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Ali Bagautinov in October.
Makovsky, the former Bellator bantamweight champion, is 3-2 since joining the UFC. He is coming off a unanimous decision loss to contender John Dodson in May.
Tickets for UFC 196, which is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Fabricio Werdum and former champ Cain Velasquez, go on sale Friday.
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