Coming off his competitive loss this weekend to UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, Tim Elliott says he is done competing at flyweight and that the weight cut “killed” him.
On Saturday, Tim Elliott almost etched his name into the annals of UFC history, coming remarkably close to channeling his inner Matt Serra and shocking the world with a first round stoppage of a dominant champion. After nearly submitting Demetrious Johnson with a d’arce choke, Elliott ended up losing the next four rounds on all three judges scorecards.
But it turns out Elliott almost channeled Travis Lutter as well. After the fight, Elliott revealed that his drop off was, in part, due to a difficult weight cut and that he was ready to come in overweight and forfeit his title shot but his coaches wouldn’t let him.
“The weight cut killed me,” Elliott said at the post-fight press conference. “The morning of the weigh-ins I was hurting pretty bad. The first time I’ve ever told my coaches I was done. I told James Krause I wasn’t going back in the sauna, told him I would give up the 20 percent, I didn’t care about the belt. He made me get back in there, he made me cut the weight, and I appreciate that he did that…I was hurting after the first round. Not my cardio but my muscles, my stomach. I was cramping a little bit and I know that’s from the weight cut.”
This was hardly Elliott’s first go around at 125 pounds. He was the Titan FC flyweight champion and earned his shot at Johnson’s belt by winning season 24 of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, competing and making weight four times over the span of a few weeks. In fact, this is his second stint in the UFC, having amassed a 2-4 record in the promotion from 2012-2015 with three of his losses coming against current top 10 flyweights. Elliott’s other loss during that run was to now tenth ranked bantamweight John Dodson who made the move up after his own loss to Johnson (this one his second), something Elliott plans to imitate.
“I’d like to go up to [bantamweight]… Everything about this sport is fun for me. I do it because it’s fun. It doesn’t pay that well, so I feel like I could really compete at 135. I’ll do better there when I feel good and I feel strong.”
Despite not being able to perform at his best, Elliott gave the pound-for-pound king one of his stiffest tests to date, turning in an outstanding performance that earned him some new fans and had the crowd chanting his name at points, something Elliott was happy about.
“I’m a fighter for the fans. I’m not wearing girl pants and talking trash. I want to get fans through fighting, not anything else. A lot of people [say] it’s not the fight game any more, it’s the entertainment game but it’s not to me. I love to fight, I love fighting, nothing makes me happier.”
One of those fans is UFC President Dana White. Elliott said that though he hasn’t secured a UFC contract yet, after the fight White told him the UFC was keeping him around. Even if they don’t though, Elliott says he’s perfectly content with his fighting future.
“He told me I wasn’t going anywhere but I got told that before. Sean Shelby told me after my John Dodson fight that if I fight like that I’ll always have a job in the UFC. Then a couple fights later, I was cut. But I don’t really care too much about that. If they don’t want me here then I can get fired here and I’ll go fight somewhere else. I’m going to fight no matter what. It doesn’t matter if it’s for the UFC or anywhere else, I’m going to go out on my shield and give it everything I’ve got.”
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So @MightyMouseUFC is live streaming on Twitch right now… Just a few hours before a title fight, NBD #TUFFinale https://t.co/togt4dRFED
— Champions MMA (@ChampionsFight) December 4, 2016
Gray spent a lot of time responding to people about this.
Thanks to the wonders of social media, when the real thing comes up short, one can always morph into Gray “The Cyber Bully” Maynard.
— Ryan Hall (@ryanhall5050) December 4, 2016
Real American hero.
I gotta be the first announcer to talk about fights, live, while @danhendo shoves a beer down the back of my shirt. Its the little things!
— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) December 4, 2016
Same number of defenses as all the other champions combined.
4 those of u w amnesia! #TimElliot put on a great showing but Champions adapt, find the weakness & exploit it @MightyMouseUFC #AndStill @ufc pic.twitter.com/8cdbOBiEle
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) December 4, 2016
I thought that was me! Haha great slam fam! I’ll pass you the king of slam crown,tell your daughter she’s a Princess now, mine knows already https://t.co/Pg5r1wiL0M
— Rampage Jackson (@Rampage4real) December 4, 2016
Had ellenberger for main dish, now it’s time for a side of rice-cerrone #makeUFCgreatagain #easymoney #ufc
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) December 5, 2016
Amazing display of world class skill last night between @MightyMouseUFC and @TElliott125 !! Tremendous respect for you both. #FlyweightsRule
— Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) December 4, 2016
Somehow I had no idea these two were married until this.
After a win in the co-main event, @JoeJitsu tells @MeganOlivi there’s only one fight he wants: “Demetrious.” https://t.co/ZV639Jgw4J
— UFC (@ufc) December 4, 2016
Just finished getting drug tested by USADA #UFCSacramento
— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) December 4, 2016
Tyron is now in full chase Conor mode but after 205 he might not catch as much hell for it.
For all you @TheNotoriousMMA fans Hashtag #AskKenny or #AskTyron if you want to see this scrap #ufc
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) December 4, 2016
People will champion Elliott postfight but speaks to me DJ can roll into off-kilter defense like this, adapt and still take over the fight.
— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) December 4, 2016
I am not.
Of course https://t.co/pGWUkM3fbp
— Kyoji Horiguchi (@kyoji1012) December 4, 2016
If you don’t like DJ, I don’t like you.
Damn!! Might Mouse just gave Elliot a nose honk in round 3!! https://t.co/nvRz1qikze
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) December 4, 2016
If everyone would be honest. This man right here @MightyMouseUFC is the absolute best! Better than all of us! #realtalk ALL OF US!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 4, 2016
What a weak fighter Carla is. She doesn’t want to fight the best, she makes excuses so she can get an easy fight. I want to be the best. For my last fight, I asked to fight the best in the division. Unfortunately she don’t feel in the same way. Carla and other names in the division turned down the fight. I was left with no other option than Cortney. I took that fight with the promise that if I won, I would fight Carla. Now she is still refusing to fight me. You want money little girl? Step in the octagon and fight. I have the cars I want, 2 houses and money in the bank at 27 years old. You know why? Because I accept challenges. I fought twice in the last 6 months and I didn’t choose none of my fights and I will never choose. I lost my fight for the tittle with pride and I was not waiting for a easy fight to get back in the win column. I was out for a year before fight for the tittle and you are talking about 8 months out? The first thing I said when I talked to the matchmakers was: Please give me somebody on the top 5!! You can find excuses and run but you won’t disappear, I will see you soon. Português nos comentários pq ficou muito grande. #teamgadelha #ufc #mma
A photo posted by Gadelha Claudia (@claudiagadelhaufc) on Dec 3, 2016 at 6:05pm PST
If I remember correctly, I showed up, weighed in, and stepped in the cage to fight you Claudia Gadelha TWO times. And YOU did not show up!!! The second time because you cut so much freaking weight that you went to the hospital. I also showed up on TUF 20 expecting to fight you (that makes it 3x), and again, YOU did not show up. Why?? Because you were too heavy to make the weight!!! Sorry if I walk around at 125lbs, and you get up to 155lbs. Too scared to fight people your own size?? I’ve proven time after time I will show up to fight you, but just because you scream and cry like a little brat, does not mean you will bully me into your way. Trust me, the fight will happen. I wasn’t scared to fight you then, I’m not scared to now. I haven’t had a full camp in 2 years, so I think it’s fair to ask for that. When I take this fight, I want to be at my best. I’m going in there to win. Cookie Monster out drops the mic
A photo posted by Carla (@carlaesparza1) on Dec 3, 2016 at 8:26pm PST
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