Joseph Benavidez will shoot for his fourth straight win on home soil. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
UFC 192 grew by two on Monday, as the event received a pivotal flyweight clash between Joseph Benavidez and Ali Bagautinov, plus a women’s strawweight tilt pitting Rose Namajunas against Angela Hill.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced the new bouts via the Houston Chronicle. UFC 192 takes place Oct. 3 at Houston’s Toyota Center, headlined by a light heavyweight title clash between new champ Daniel Cormier and challenger Alexander Gustafsson.
Texas native Benavidez is 7-2 since making the drop to flyweight in 2012, his only losses coming in title fights against divisional kingpin Demetrious Johnson. The 31-year-old Team Alpha Male product is currently on a three-fight winning streak, most recently outpointing John Moraga at UFC 187 in May. Benavidez holds victories over such top-10 flyweights as Jussier da Silva, Ian McCall and Dustin Ortiz.
Bagautinov also challenged Johnson for the UFC belt and suffered a lopsided unanimous decision, then failed a post-fight drug test for erythropoietin (EPO). The Russian “Puncher” will return from a 16-month absence after serving his year-long suspension from the UFC.
Namajunas and Hill were teammates on Gilbert Melendez’s squad during the 20th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Hill was eliminated by Carla Esparza in the opening round, while Namajunas made it to the season-ending title bout, where she was also tapped by Esparza. Namajunas has not competed since that defeat, while Hill most recently suffered a unanimous decision loss to Tecia Torres at UFC 188.