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Benavidez, Makovsky to Clash at UFC 196

Top flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez will kick off 2016 in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 6, as he risks his number one ranking against the No. 8-ranked Zach Makovsky in UFC 196 action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

UFC 196 is headlined by the world heavyweight championship rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Jan. 8.

Unbeaten in four straight, Benavidez has used wins over Tim Elliott, Dustin Ortiz, John Moraga and Ali Bagautinov to sail to the top of the division, and with a victory over Makovsky, who has won five of his last seven, he hopes to make his case for a shot at 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson.

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