31-Year-Old UFC Flyweight 15-8-1
June 19, 2018 Tim Elliott News
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Elliott recently underwent right knee surgery, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Elliott reportedly tore every ligament and meniscus in the knee, so it's a fairly significant development and the 32-year-old is in line for a lengthy absence moving forward. There's yet to be any sort of update on a timetable, but it's safe to assume Elliott won't be back in the Octagon until well into 2019. Elliott most recently secured a bounce-back submission win over Mark Delarosa in December at UFC 219, bringing his career record to 15-8.
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Fantasy AnalysisFighting with a heavy heart due to the recent passing of his former coach Robert Follis, Elliott dominated an overmatched Delarosa in all aspects of the fight. He landed his only takedown attempt and was credited with a 54-4 edge in the total strike department. Elliott remains one of the most underrated fighters in the company and he should continue to make noise in a thin flyweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisElliott will earn an opportunity to fight in December after all, following a debacle that left him without a partner for Winnipeg's card, due to Justin Scoggins' injury and Pietro Menga's inability to make weight. In his most recent bout, Elliott was bested by Ben Nguyen via submission in June, but is looking to get back on track against a newcomer in Delarosa. "The Bumblebee" will be making his first appearance in the promotion, and holds a perfect 9-0 record a professional, with his latest victory occuring at Combate 15 in late June against Mahatma Chit-Bala Garcia Avalos.
Fantasy AnalysisIt appears as though Menga had some kidney problems after attempting to go from 155 pounds a couple weeks ago, to just 126 ahead of this bout. Elliott was originally slated to face off against Justin Scoggins, but he withdrew due to a spine injury, and now the 30-year-old will have to wait for his next opportunity within the promotion. During the course of 2017, Elliott defeated Louis Smolka via unanimous decision in April, and fell to Ben Nguyen in June.
Fantasy AnalysisElliott was originally scheduled to face off with Justin Scoggins in Winnipeg, but a spine injury forced Scoggins to withdraw. He has been replaced by UFC newcomer Pietro Menga, who is currently undefeated with a 13-0 professional record. The two have very different fight styles, but Elliott has experience and durability on his side.
Fantasy AnalysisThe fight will be the third appearance for Elliot -- the Ultimate Fighter 24 winner -- in 2017. He's 1-1 over his past two fights, collecting a unanimous decision win over Louis Smolka and a 49-second submission loss to Ben Nguyen. Scoggins is 11-4, losing his most recent fight in June to Yuta Sasaki.
Fantasy AnalysisElliott paid for his decision to replace the injured Joseph Benavidez (knee) on late notice. Coming off a win over Louis Smolka in which he landed an insane 12 takedowns, Elliott got a bit sloppy during a ground exchange with Nguyen and he found himself tapping out moments later. It should be pointed out this ending was more the result of Nguyen looking exceptional than Elliott making any glaring mistake, but the end result is the same. Despite the loss, Elliott remains one of the better fighters in the UFC's thin 125-pound division.
Fantasy AnalysisElliott defeated Louis Smolka in the "Fight of the Night" performance in April just a few months after taking Demetrious Johnson the length of the scheduled five-round bout. He won't take much time away from the octagon and will look to build off the momentum from his last couple fights, squaring off against Ben Nguyen -- who's won three of his first four UFC fights.
Fantasy AnalysisWhen a fighter scores 12-of-14 takedowns and racks up nearly nine full minutes (8:58) of control time, they are likely to earn an easy win. That's exactly what occurred for Elliott on Saturday. Elliott was always a solid fighter, but he has looked considerably better since his return to the company in December. He gave flweight champion and pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson all he could handle in their title fight in December, and he rolled over Smolka here. The 30-year-old Elliott has a ton of experience against high-level competition and that is something that should help him immensely moving forward.
Fantasy AnalysisThere's no shame in losing to champion Demetrious Johnson, especially when you take him five rounds, and that's exactly what Elliott did last December. It was Elliott's fourth straight loss in the UFC, though he did take a break in the middle of that stretch to pick up three wins under the Titan FC banner. If he's looking to move back up the flyweight rankings, Smolka isn't a bad start, even though he's lost two in a row.
Fantasy AnalysisElliott deserves all the credit in the world. He nearly pulled one of the greatest upsets in the history of MMA in Round 1 when he had a very deep guillotine locked in, but DJ managed to survive, and although Elliott was competitive the rest of the way, that was the only time he truly threatened to win the bout. Elliott ended up winning the total strike battle by a count of 110-86 and he also scored on all six of his takedown attempts. It was quite a performance from a guy who released by the company only a year and a half ago. Elliott had to win a reality show to get his chance, but he proved on Saturday that he is certainly a worthy member of the UFC roster. He should be mighty proud of his performance.
Fantasy AnalysisThis one is a surprise. Elliott had lost three fights in a row, but they were all against quality competition (Ali Bagautinov, Joseph Benavidez, Zach Makovsky). The flyweight division is really lacking for depth, so it's a shock they let the talented Elliott go. Still only 28-years-old, Elliott is going to resurface shortly in another promotion.