Joseph Benavidez’s lengthy layoff ends in the Windy City.
The top-ranked flyweight contender will meet Sergio Pettis at UFC 225 on June 9 at Chicago’s United Center, the promotion announced earlier this week following a report from The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Thompson.
Benavidez returns to action – 18 months removed from the split verdict he earned over Henry Cejudo at “The Ultimate Fighter 24” finale – after a torn ACL kept him from facing Ben Nguyen at UFC Fight Night 110 this past June. The 33-year-old has won six straight and has only suffered defeat at flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson’s hands over 14 promotional bouts.
Pettis will look to get back in the win column following a lopsided decision loss to Cejudo at UFC 218. The 24-year-old had won four straight on points prior to the December defeat, and meets Benavidez as the promotion’s fifth-ranked flyweight.
Also booked for the bill is a heavyweight tilt between Allen Crowder and Rashad Coulter, each vying for their first UFC victory. A main event has not yet been attached to the card.