Tim Elliott

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Tim Elliott
Born (1986-12-24) December 24, 1986 (age 37)
Arkansas City, Kansas, U.S. [1]
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Division Flyweight (2009–present)
Reach66 in (168 cm) [2]
Fighting out of Lee's Summit, Missouri, United States [3]
TeamGrindhouse / Glory MMA and Fitness (2011–2017, 2020–2022) [4] [3] [1]
Xtreme Couture (2017–2020) [5]
Next Generation MMA (2022–present) [1]
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu [6]
Wrestling NCAA Division II Wrestling [7]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total34
Wins20
By knockout3
By submission7
By decision10
Losses13
By knockout1
By submission6
By decision6
Draws1
Other information
Spouse
(div. 2023)
[8]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tim Elliott (born December 24, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is the former Titan FC Flyweight Champion. He has been professional competitor since 2009 and is in his second tenure with the UFC. He is a four-time winner of bonuses in the UFC, winning Fight of the Night three times, Performance of the Night once and won The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions. As of December 5, 2023, he is #10 in the UFC flyweight rankings. [9]

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Background

Elliott was born on December 24, 1986, in Arkansas City, Kansas. [1] When he was in fourth grade, Elliott moved with his father to Haysville, Kansas, where he started wrestling. [1] Elliott originally attended Campus High School where he was a state wrestling runner-up, but transferred to Wichita South High School during his junior year. Elliott then became a state champion at Wichita South his senior year in 2005. [10] Elliott was on the wrestling team at Labette Community College before transferring to the University of Central Oklahoma earning All-American honors, placing every year during his collegiate wrestling career and becoming the NJCAA wrestling national champion in 2007. [1] [11] He earned a bachelor's degree in Science and General Studies.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Elliott compiled a record of 8–2–1 in his first 11 fights before signing with the UFC, including a notable KO victory over former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Elliott signed with UFC on April 17, 2012. [12]

In his UFC debut, Elliott faced The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner John Dodson on May 5, 2012, at UFC on Fox 3, replacing an injured Darren Uyenoyama. [13] Elliott lost the fight via unanimous decision. [14]

In his second fight, Elliott faced Jared Papazian on December 15, 2012, at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale. [15] He won the fight via unanimous decision (30–25, 30–25, 30–26). The fight also earned him the Fight of the Night bonus. [16] [17]

For his third fight, Elliott faced Louis Gaudinot on August 31, 2013, at UFC 164. [18] He won the fight via unanimous decision. [19]

Elliott fought Ali Bagautinov at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013. [20] The bout marked his first appearance on the main card of a pay-per-view event in the fight. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. [21]

Elliott faced Joseph Benavidez on April 26, 2014, at UFC 172. [22] He lost the fight via submission in the first round. [23]

Elliott was expected to face Wilson Reis on August 23, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 49. [24] However, Elliott pulled out of the bout in the days leading up to the event. [25]

Elliott faced Zach Makovsky on February 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 60. [26] He lost the fight by unanimous decision. Following the fight, he was released from the organization. [27]

Titan FC

Elliott made his debut and faced former UFC Flyweight Iliarde Santos at Titan FC 34 for the inaugural Titan FC Flyweight Championship. [28] He won the fight by a dominant unanimous decision and picked up the Titan FC Flyweight Championship. [29]

For his first title defense, Elliott faced undefeated prospect and promotional newcomer Felipe Efrain at Titan FC 35 on September 19, 2015. [30] He won the fight by submission in the second round.

Elliott next faced former UFC Bantamweight Pedro Nobre at Titan FC 37 on March 5, 2016. He won the fight by unanimous decision for his second successful title defense. [31]

The Ultimate Fighter

On July 21, 2016, Elliott was announced as a cast member on the 24th season of The Ultimate Fighter. The winner of the show, won a chance to fight Demetrious Johnson for the UFC Flyweight Championship. [32] Despite being ranked as the number 3 seed, Elliott was selected as the first overall pick by former opponent Joseph Benavidez. [33]

In his first fight, Elliott faced 14th ranked 'Team Cejudo' fighter Charlie Alaniz. He submitted Aniz in the first round by bulldog choke. [34] In the quarterfinals, Elliott faced 6th ranked 'Team Cejudo' fighter and former Caged contestant Matt Schnell. Despite being struck with a devastating groin kick in the opening moments of the bout, he was able to recover and submit Schnell in the first round by front choke. [35] In the semifinals, Elliott faced 15th ranked 'Team Benavidez' teammate Eric Shelton. After two competitive rounds, Elliott was declared the winner by majority decision. [36] Elliott fought 5th ranked 'Team Benavidez' teammate Hiromasa Ougikubo in the final round. Elliott won the fight by unanimous decision 30–27 to win the tournament. [37]

Return to the UFC

As a result of winning The Ultimate Fighter 24, Elliott won the opportunity to fight flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. He fought Johnson on December 3, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale for the flyweight championship. [38] Elliott lost the fight by unanimous decision. [39]

Elliott faced Louis Smolka on April 15, 2017, at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis. [40] He won the fight by unanimous decision. [41] The win earned Elliott his second Fight of the Night bonus award, and his first since returning the organization. [42]

Elliott faced Ben Nguyen on June 10, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 110. [43] He was submitted with a rear-naked choke in the opening minute of the first round. [44]

Elliott was expected to face Justin Scoggins on December 16, 2017, at UFC on Fox 26. [45] However, Scoggins pulled out of the bout in early December citing a back injury and was replaced by Pietro Menga. [46] The bout was cancelled as Menga failed to show to the weigh in because he did not make weight. [47] Elliott was offered the fight at catchweight at 131 pounds, which would have given him 10% of Menga's fight purse, but he declined. [48]

After the fight against Menga was cancelled, the UFC offered Elliott a fight at UFC 219, which Elliott only accepted under the condition he fights somebody who has never missed weight and has never backed out of a fight at the last minute. [49] Elliott fought promotional newcomer Mark De La Rosa at bantamweight. [50] He won in the second round by submission via an anaconda choke. After the fight, he dedicated the win to his coach, Robert Follis, who died earlier in the month. [51] For the fight, Elliott won a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, his first performance of the night bonus and third fight bonus in the UFC overall. [52]

Elliott tore his ACL in June 2018. He underwent successful surgery on it on June 14. He stated at the time that he expected miss at least a year before he could fight again. [53]

Elliott faced Deiveson Figueiredo on October 12, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 19. [54] He lost the fight via submission in the first round. [55]

Elliott faced Askar Askarov January 18, 2020 at UFC 246. [56] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. [57]

Elliot faced promotional newcomer Brandon Royval on May 30, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns. [58] He lost the fight via submission in the second round. [59] This fight earned Elliott his third Fight of the Night award. [60] Elliott accepted a fight against Tyson Nam at UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo, but the NSAC refused to allow him to fight since they placed him on a medical suspension after his previous fight. [61]

Elliott fought Ryan Benoit on July 16, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige. [62] He won the fight by unanimous decision, securing his first win since 2017. Prior to the fight, he had signed a new four-fight contract with the promotion. [63] On August 3, 2020, it was reported that Elliott had tested positive for marijuana after the fight and is facing a suspension. [64] Later that day, he posted to his Twitter blaming the positive test on taking the fight on short notice. [65] Elliott was suspended four and a half months and fined 15% if his purse by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on September 3, 2020, after positive for marijuana. The suspension is retroactive to June 17, 2020, and he will be eligible to compete again on November 2, 2020. [66]

Elliott was expected to face Jordan Espinosa on January 16, 2021, at UFC on ABC 1. [67] However, Espinosa tested positive for COVID-19 in late December and the pairing was moved to UFC 259. [68] Elliott won the fight via unanimous decision. [69] During the fight, Elliott accused Espinoza of being a "woman beater" after someone sent Elliott screenshot of messages between Espinoza and an unnamed girl along with images of choke marks on a person's neck. Espinoza responded by saying, "you don't know the whole story". Police stated that Espinoza had never been convicted of domestic abuse. [70]

Elliott was scheduled to face Su Mudaerji on June 26, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 190 [71] However, Mudaerji had to pull out off the bout due to a knee injury that required surgery. [72]

Elliott faced Matheus Nicolau on October 9, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 194. [73] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. [74]

Elliott faced Tagir Ulanbekov on March 5, 2022, at UFC 272. [75] He won the fight via unanimous decision. [76] 12 out of 17 media scores gave it to Ulanbekov. [77]

Elliot was scheduled to face Amir Albazi on June 25, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 38 [78] but pulled out due to undisclosed reasons. [79]

Elliot was scheduled to face Allan Nascimento on June 3, 2023, at UFC on ESPN 46. [80] However on April 28, Nascimento pulled out due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Victor Altamirano. [81] He won the fight via unanimous decision. [82]

Elliott faced Muhammad Mokaev at UFC 294 on October 21, 2023. [83] He lost the fight via arm-triangle choke submission in the third round. [84]

Elliott faced Su Mudaerji, replacing injured Allan Nascimento, on December 9, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 233. [85] He won the fight via arm-triangle choke in round one. [86] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award. [87]

Personal life

He was in a relationship with fellow UFC fighter Gina Mazany. [88] On July 28, 2020, Elliott announced on his Instagram that he and Mazany were engaged. [89] Elliott and Mazany have since divorced. [90] He has one daughter from a previous relationship. [91]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
34 matches20 wins13 losses
By knockout31
By submission76
By decision106
Draws1
Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win20–13–1 Su Mudaerji Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Song vs. Gutiérrez December 9, 202314:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesBantamweight bout. Performance of the Night.
Loss19–13–1 Muhammad Mokaev Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 294 October 21, 202333:03 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win19–12–1Victor AltamiranoDecision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Kara-France vs. Albazi June 3, 202335:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win18–12–1 Tagir Ulanbekov Decision (unanimous) UFC 272 March 5, 202235:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss17–12–1 Matheus Nicolau Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Rodriguez October 8, 202135:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win17–11–1 Jordan Espinosa Decision (unanimous) UFC 259 March 6, 202135:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win16–11–1 Ryan Benoit Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige July 16, 202035:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss15–11–1 Brandon Royval Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns May 30, 202023:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night.
Loss15–10–1 Askar Askarov Decision (unanimous) UFC 246 January 18, 202035:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss15–9–1 Deiveson Figueiredo Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson October 12, 201913:08 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win15–8–1 Mark De La Rosa Submission (anaconda choke) UFC 219 December 30, 201721:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesBantamweight bout. Performance of the Night.
Loss14–8–1 Ben Nguyen Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt June 11, 201710:49 Auckland, New Zealand
Win14–7–1 Louis Smolka Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis April 15, 201735:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United StatesFight of the Night.
Loss13–7–1 Demetrious Johnson Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale December 3, 201655:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor the UFC Flyweight Championship.
Win13–6–1Pedro NobreDecision (unanimous) Titan FC 37 March 5, 201655:00 Ridgefield, Washington, United StatesDefended the Titan FC Flyweight Championship.
Win12–6–1Felipe EfrainSubmission (guillotine choke) Titan FC 35 September 19, 201522:30 Ridgefield, Washington, United StatesDefended the Titan FC Flyweight Championship.
Win11–6–1 Iliarde Santos Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 34 July 18, 201555:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United StatesWon the inaugural Titan FC Flyweight Championship.
Loss10–6–1 Zach Makovsky Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch February 14, 201535:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss10–5–1 Joseph Benavidez Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 172 April 26, 201414:08 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Loss10–4–1 Ali Bagautinov Decision (unanimous) UFC 167 November 16, 201335:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win10–3–1 Louis Gaudinot Decision (unanimous) UFC 164 August 31, 201335:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win9–3–1Jared PapazianDecision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale December 15, 201235:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night.
Loss8–3–1 John Dodson Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 201235:00 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win8–2–1Josh RaveTechnical Submission (D'Arce choke)RFA 2March 30, 201210:28 Kearney, Nebraska, United StatesFlyweight debut.
Win7–2–1 Jens Pulver KO (knee)RFA 1December 16, 201122:12 Kearney, Nebraska, United StatesBantamweight bout.
Win6–2–1Kashif SolarinSubmissionCowboy MMA: Caged CowboysMay 21, 201110:57 Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States
Win5–2–1John McDowellTKO (punches)Art of War Cage FightsFebruary 26, 201112:56 Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States
Win4–2–1Victor DominguezDecision (unanimous)C3 FightsOctober 22, 201035:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win3–2–1Cody FullerSubmission (triangle choke)Bricktown Brawl 5June 25, 201032:34 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win2–2–1Michael CasteelSubmission (rear-naked choke)Bricktown Brawl 4April 2, 201012:01 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win1–2–1Victor VeloquioKO (punches)Bricktown Brawl 3December 11, 200910:33 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss0–2–1Jacky BryantTKO (punches)Bricktown Brawl 2August 28, 200910:52 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss0–1–1 Shane Howell Submission (triangle choke)Harrah Fight NightJune 27, 200932:25 Harrah, Oklahoma, United States
Draw0–0–1Jerod SpoonDrawBricktown Brawl 1May 8, 200935:00 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

[94]

Mixed martial arts exhibition record

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win4–0 Hiromasa Ougikubo Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions November 30, 201635:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 24 Final round
Win3–0 Eric Shelton Decision (majority)November 23, 201625:00 TUF 24 Semi-final round
Win2–0 Matt Schnell Submission (front choke)November 16, 201613:24 TUF 24 Quarter-final round
Win1–0Charlie AlanizSubmission (bulldog choke)October 12, 201611:51 TUF 24 Round of 16

*Date given is the air date of the episode. The actual dates of the fight are not released by the UFC

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