October 3rd is the date to circle on the calendar.
Benavidez, who has challenged champion Demetrious Johnson twice, will attempt to work his way back into the title shot conversation with his fellow Russian opponent.
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Namajunas and Hill both members of Team Melendez on Season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF 20). Namajunas lost in the tournament finals to Carla Esparza, while Hill also lost to Esparza in the opening prelim elimination bout.
Namajunas’ fight with Nina Ansaroff atUFC 187 was cancelled due to Ansaroff missing weight and falling ill.
Hill defeated Emily Kagan at the TUF 20 Finale and lost a unanimous decision to Tecia Torres at UFC 188.
With Johnson defending the belt against John Dodson at UFC 191, the winner of Benavidez vs Bagautinov will likely leapfrog into the title shot conversation.
The #2-ranked Benavidez comes in with three-fight win streak, while Bagautinov has won eleven of his last twelve fights. He lost to Johnson at UFC 174.