Tim Elliott

USA

Targeted for June matchup
FlyweightUFC
March 24, 2021
Elliott is being targeted to face Su Mudaerji in a flyweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for June 26, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Elliott defeated Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision at UFC 259 in early March, and he'll attempt to build on his momentum at the end of June. Mudaerji has won his last three fights, most recently defeating Zarrukh Adashev via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Island 8 in January. Mudaerji carries advantages in both height and reach, as well as striking volume and defense. Elliott will need to neutralize this by constantly shooting for takedowns, though it's worth pointing out that Mudaerji has a respectable 77 percent takedown defense (through just four UFC fights).
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Leans on wrestling to secure win
FlyweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Elliott defeated Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was Elliott's best performance in years and one of his best over the course of two separate stints with the company. This is exactly how he has to fight in order to be successful. Elliott's stand-up game remains extremely limited, but he's an excellent wrestler with the ability to keep up a fantastic pace for an extended period of time. Those two attributes were more than enough to blow by Espinosa, who had no answers for the constant pressure of Elliott despite entering with an elite 90 percent takedown defense. Elliott's advanced age (34) and inconsistent ways make it unlikely that any prolonged winning streak is on the way in the future, but Elliott never turns down a fight and is capable of a big performance here and there, and that has value for a company which holds an event seemingly every week.
Espinosa fight moved to March
FlyweightUFC
December 22, 2020
Elliott's upcoming fight against Jordan Espinosa was bumped back to March 6 after Elliott tested positive for COVID-19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Espinosa evidently wasn't going to be in fighting shape within the next month. Rather than cancel the fight entirely, however, the UFC simply elected to delay the matchup until Espinosa is fully recovered.
Jan. 16 fight booked
FlyweightUFC
October 15, 2020
Elliott will take on Jordan Espinosa in a flyweight bout at the UFC event Jan. 16, MMA DNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Elliott last appeared in the Octagon on July 15 against Ryan Benoit where he lost via unanimous decision. He will be hoping to avoid his 10th career loss in the UFC in what will be his 15th bout with the promotion.
Reduced marijuana suspension
FlyweightUFC
September 3, 2020
Elliott was given a four-and-a-half month suspension for testing positive for marijuana, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Elliott's positive test was in connection with his mid-July bout against Ryan Benoit. He will not be eligible to return to the Octagon until October 14.
Faces drug suspension
FlyweightUFC
August 3, 2020
Elliott is under a temporary suspension by the NSAC after he tested positive for marijuana, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Elliott should receive his full suspension on Wednesday, but it is typically around nine months for a positive marijuana test. Elliott is coming of a win over Ryan Benoit via unanimous decision on July 16. That was a fight he took on short notice, which may have played a role in the positive test.