Tim Elliott feels like UFC 'spit in my face' by not paying full purse after UFC on FOX 26 scratch

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WINNIPEG – Tim Elliott is not happy with his treatment from the UFC following the late scratch of his UFC on FOX 26 bout vs. Pietro Menga.

Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC), who hit the 126-pound flyweight limit ahead of Saturday’s event at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, will only receive the “show” portion of his fight purse, according to UFC officials.

That doesn’t sit well with Elliott. He said he’s done everything in his power to be an upstanding member of the UFC roster, and considering Menga (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) caused the fight to be canceled by failing to weigh in, the former 125-pound title challenge is perplexed why he won’t be paid every contracted dollar.

“I’ve taken fights on short notice. I’ve fought highly ranked guys. I fought the No. 1 guy in the world my very first fight in the UFC,” Elliott told MMAjunkie. “I fought Demetrious Johnson for a world title after weighing 162 pounds after getting out of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ house, making weight four times in four weeks. I feel like I’ve been a company man. I feel like I’ve done everything the UFC has asked. I’ve bent over backwards to try to make a career and be a guy that they can rely on and can count on. Then I fight these unreliable guys.

“The fact of the matter is: The money’s there. They were going to pay him his money. They were going to pay me my money. They had money there for a guy to win and a guy to show. Now that a guy’s not showing up, that money’s nowhere to be found. I don’t understand it.

“It hurts, because I feel like I’ve been a guy that is reliable, that they can count on and a guy that will make weight every time no matter what. I feel like I’ve proven that. I feel like I’m getting spit in my face. I feel like I’m not getting the respect that I deserve. They said that they’ve never gave a fighter who showed up and made weight his ‘show’ and ‘win’ money – but that’s not true. Ian McCall made weight; his opponent did not make weight. Ian McCall got his ‘show’ money; Ian McCall got his ‘win’ money. That’s how it should be.”

Elliott said the situation is particularly frustrating because of all the resources he put into training camp for UFC on FOX 26. He moved to Las Vegas, where he bought a house, and was relying on the funding he would receive from winning, the UFC’s Athlete Outfitting Policy and perhaps a fight-night bonus.

After news broke the fight was off, Elliott received criticism for not agreeing to fight Menga at a catchweight. Elliott said he would have been down for that if Menga approached him with the information he wouldn’t make weight. Elliott had his own trouble cutting down to the necessary limit, he said, but got the job done. Because of that, he has little respect for fighters who can’t do the same.

“I just bought a house in Las Vegas. I have a 2-year-old daughter, and I’m trying to make a career out of this,” Elliott said. “I’m getting older. I’m not the guy who says, ‘I’ll fight anybody, any time.’ Them days are over. There was a time where I was that guy, but I feel like I’ve paid my dues in this sport. I’ve been in the UFC for a while. This is my second stint in the UFC, and it just hurts that the promotion don’t get behind tried and true guys that make weight, that show up, that fight short-notice fights. It’s bull(expletive).

“I’m not going to sign any more fights with guys that have missed weight, guys that have backed out,” he continued. “I’m done with that (expletive). I have a family that relies on me, and they need this money, and I need the money. It’s not all about fighting. Don’t get me wrong, I love to fight. It’s one of my favorite things in the world, but I need to be compensated for my time and for my effort. I spent two months in Las Vegas. It was a super expensive camp. I just bought a house there. It’s pretty (expletive) that they’re going to cut a fighter’s pay in half because someone can’t do their job.”

Elliott’s circumstances aren’t completely negative, though. He said the UFC has already offered him a spot on the UFC 219 card Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, but at this point no opponent has been discussed. He said he’s not trying to get on the UFC’s bad side by being vocal about his lack of payment, because he’s simply speaking out about what he feels is right.

If he can fight at UFC 219, Elliott said he would be happy to do so. However, he said the UFC better offer an opponent who has a squeaky-clean history when it comes to missing weight and fight withdrawals, because otherwise he’s not going to step in the octagon.

“I hope they don’t (get angry with me), because I love fighting in the UFC,” Elliot said. “I take pride in my work. I feel like I’m blessed to have the opportunities that I do. They have. They offered me a quick turnaround Dec. 30. I haven’t heard of an opponent yet, but I’m in. I want to fight. I need the money. But, in the future, I feel like guys should be compensated, or guys should be held accountable for missing weight. That’s not the case. It’s easy for a fan to say, ‘Ah, he’s a (expletive). Oh, he’s not a real fighter.’ They don’t know because they’re not real fighters. They have no clue.”

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Flyweight Pietro Menga doesn't weigh in for UFC on FOX 26, fight with Tim Elliott scrapped

WINNIPEG – A flyweight fight on the prelims at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 26 card has been scrapped on the day of the weigh-ins.

Pietro Menga (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will not weigh in today at the early and official weigh-ins for the event. Because of that, his bout against Tim Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) has been scratched from the lineup. A UFC official made the announcement at the official weigh-ins.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Menga-Elliott was scheduled as part of the FS1 prelims. One of the bouts from the UFC Fight Pass prelims likely will move up to fill out the six-fight FS1 portion of the card, which would leave UFC Fight Pass with just one opening bout.

The undefeated Menga, from England, was to make his UFC debut at the event. He has not fought since a July 2016 knockout of Spencer Hewitt at Bellator 158, and now his layoff before returning will be even longer.

Menga took the fight with Elliott on short notice after Elliott’s original opponent, Justin Scoggins, had to withdraw with an injury. Earlier this week, he told MMAjunkie he wanted to put on an impressive performance in his promotional debut, then get another fight when the UFC returns to London in March.

“I’d like to go in, put on a huge performance, win this fight, go to UFC-London, and really announce myself to the UFC fans and Manchester fans and U.K. fans,” Menga said. “Then, in 2018, I want to be talking about title fights, talking serious about title fights.”

A UFC official confirmed to MMAjunkie Elliott will be paid his show money. But Elliott also quickly started lobbying with the UFC brass on Twitter hoping to be paid both his show and win money.

The UFC on FOX 26 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Danny Roberts vs. Nordine Taleb

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC newcomer Pietro Menga aims to exploit Tim Elliott's fighting style: 'He's all over the place'

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WINNIPEG – Pietro Menga has only positive things to say about Tim Elliott’s character. When the topic of his fighting style comes up, though, the tone turns far more critical.

Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC), who welcomes Menga (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to the octagon on Saturday at UFC on FOX 26, has one of the more unique and awkward fighting styles on the UFC roster. Several opponents have figured him out, but it’s rarely an easy accomplishment.

Menga said he hopes to make it look like a cakewalk in the FS1-televised flyweight preliminary bout, which takes place at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, prior to the main card on FOX. He said there’s nothing special about the way Elliott competes, and he plans on showing that in his UFC debut.

“I like how he carries himself. He doesn’t try to be something he’s not,” Menga told MMAjunkie. “He’s not fake, and he brings the fight. I don’t personally like the fighting style he’s got. I’m going to show why it doesn’t work on fight night, and I’m going to exploit him with my style and my weapons.

“I don’t like watching (him fight),” he continued. “It’s a professional sport. The fundamentals are clean; it should be pretty to the eye. He’s all over the place. He’s a wild one. But it’s mixed martial arts. We’re all martial artists, and we present ourselves our own way. My style of martial arts is going to be much superior to his style on fight night.”

Menga’s confidence is promising for a fighter who wasn’t even part of the UFC roster as of two weeks ago. Elliott originally was booked to fight Justin Scoggins, but the bout fell apart on short notice when Scoggins suffered a spinal injury. That opened the door for Menga, who has been pleading for his UFC opportunity for several years.

It’s been a long push to get signed by the UFC, Menga said. After the long wait, his plan was to travel to Las Vegas and attend the open tryouts for Season 27 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. He was on the cusp of booking his flight when news of Scoggins’ injury came across the wire, and that’s when he knew his opportunity had finally arrived.

“It’s something I’ve kind of had in the back of my head for a while now with (debuting in the UFC on) short notice,” Menga said. “Once I decided to go through ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ I thought we’d forget about it for now. Then ironically it does happen, and now I’m really grateful for the position I’m in, the opportunity.

“I’d much prefer to go down the route I’ve gone down. I just wanted it to come a lot sooner,” Menga continued. “Either I’ll find my way, or I’ll make one. I wasn’t finding my way, so I decided I was going to make one. Now I’ve gone back to finding a way through UFC matchmakers getting in touch with me. I’m really happy with that.”

It may have taken Menga longer to get into the UFC than anticipated, but he can make up for a lot of lost time in is debut. Elliott is just over a year removed from challenging Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight title and has shared the octagon with a majority of the best fighters at 125 pounds in recent years.

Menga said he’s fully aware of the upside to beating Elliott and admitted he’s glad there’s not much time to over-analyze the importance of the moment.

“It’s amazing. It’s not a crazy build-up that I’ve had for month,” Menga said. “It’s fresh, and I’m good. I’m here to put on a performance and enjoy it. That’s the thing about this. I’m enjoying the process.”

Although he’s primarily concentrated on winning his debut, Menga said he can’t help but allow his mind to linger about what could happen after. The Manchester-born fighter would like nothing more than to compete at UFC Fight Night 127 in London on March 17, and if all goes well there, he said he’s looking at himself as a serious title contender by this time next year.

“I’d like to go in, put on a huge performance, win this fight, go to UFC-London, and really announce myself to the UFC fans and Manchester fans and UK fans,” Menga said. “Then, in 2018, I want to be talking about title fights, talking serious about title fights.”

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 26's Tim Elliott calls for 'TUF' victory paycheck in future seasons

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WINNIPEG – When the UFC crowned its first-ever women’s flyweight champion earlier this month, the feel-good story was of champ Nicco Montano going from rags to riches.

But for onetime UFC flyweight title contender Tim Elliott, the conclusion of “The Ultimate Fighter 26” brought a sour taste to his mouth when he thought of the money he lost competing on the reality show.

Elliott, who gave champ Demetrious Johnson a run for his money after winning “TUF 24,” believes there should be a check at the end of the reality show instead of an award.

“I got a piece of glass that says I won … and two motorcycles,” Elliott told MMAjunkie in advance of his FS1-televised fight against Pietro Menga at UFC on FOX 26, which takes place Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

When Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) was cast on the show, the gold at the end of the rainbow was the UFC flyweight title; the show’s winner was guaranteed a shot at Johnson.

In the meantime, contestants could count on $5,000 checks for their exhibition fights.

Elliott’s heart sank when he heard there would be a $250,000 payout for the winner of the show’s next season, which featured returning UFC welterweights looking for a shot at redemption.

To be fair, Elliott did earn a disclosed $100,000 for fighting Johnson, the same amount the finalists on “TUF 26” earned. And he got a bump in pay for his next fight, earning $25,000 to show and win.

Still, watching Roxanne Modaferri capture the same amount for a short-notice fight, Elliott couldn’t help but feel short-changed, and he vented about it (via Twitter).

Now Elliott is convinced the end-of-show bonus previously promised by the UFC should become a regular thing.

“I would much rather have $250,000,” he said. “They said my prize was to get Demetrious, which was great. But my pay was for that fight. My pay was for fighting Demetrious. I didn’t get anything really for winning.

“It kind of sucks, because I spent time away from my kid. I have a 2-year-old daughter, and I’m a stay-at-home dad. I spend every second with my kid, and to leave her for seven weeks for $20,000 is not worth it.

“It kind of hurt. But I was a guy who was let go by the UFC once before, and I was lucky enough to get re-hired. So I don’t have any hard feelings with the UFC. I think fighters should get their worth, and if I keep winning, I’ll get mine.”

Originally scheduled to face Justin Scoggins (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC), Elliott was forced to reset his career expectations for the fight when Scoggins withdrew with an injury. A meeting with undefeated UFC newcomer Menga (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) offers plenty of danger for a veteran like Elliott, so he will need to be in top form.

After all, if Elliott can’t stay in the win column, it will be really hard to meet his UFC goals, no matter what comes down the road with the reality show.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Justin Scoggins says 'spinal process fracture' has forced him out of UFC on FOX 26

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Justin Scoggins will look for a fresh start in 2018.

The veteran UFC flyweight today announced a “spinal process fracture” has forced him out of a matchup with Tim Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) later his month at UFC on FOX 26.

Scoggins (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) made made the announcement via Twitter:

“Unfortunately I will not be able to compete on December 16th in Winnipeg due to a spinal process fracture. Thank you for the support, I can’t wait to put on a show for you next year.”

UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement, and it’s not clear if a replacement will be sought.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Scoggins vs. Elliott was slated for the FS1-televised prelims.

When he does return, Scoggins could be fighting for his UFC job. After decision wins over Josh Sampo and Ray Borg, the 25-year-old has suffered submission defeats to Pedro Munhoz (at bantamweight) and Ulka Sasaki (in his return to flyweight – and in a bout he was winning early).

Meanwhile, Elliott, who went 2-4 in his first UFC stint, briefly left the organization for a title reign with Titan FC. The 30-year-old then re-signed with the UFC, won “The Ultimate Fighter 24” to earn a title shot, and then suffered a hard-fought decision loss to champ Demetrious Johnson in December. He’s 1-1 since then with a decision victory over Louis Smolka (in a “Fight of the Night” performance) and a submission defeat to Ben Nguyen.

The latest UFC on FOX 26 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3:30 p.m. ET)

  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Danny Roberts vs. Sheldon Westcott

For more on UFC on FOX 26, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins added to UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

December’s UFC on FOX 26 lineup has a few flyweight addition.

UFC officials recently announced a fight between former title challenger Tim Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) and Justin Scoggins (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC).

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Elliott is just outside the top 15 and is an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings. Scoggins isn’t ranked.

Elliott, who went 2-4 in his first UFC stint, briefly left the organization for a title reign with Titan FC. The 30-year-old then re-signed with the UFC, won “The Ultimate Fighter 24” to earn a title shot, and then suffered a hard-fought decision loss to champ Demetrious Johnson in December. He’s 1-1 since then with a decision victory over Louis Smolka (in a “Fight of the Night” performance) and a submission defeat to Ben Nguyen.

He meets Scoggins, who could be fighting for his UFC job. After decision wins over Josh Sampo and Ray Borg, the 25-year-old has suffered submission defeats to Pedro Munhoz (at bantamweight) and Ulka Sasaki (in his return to flyweight – and in a bout he was winning early).

The latest UFC on FOX 26 card includes:

  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins

For more on UFC on FOX 26, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 110 video highlights: Ben Nguyen vs. Tim Elliott

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Ben Nguyen officially made a name for himself at UFC Fight Night 110.

Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) scored the biggest win of his career by using former title contender Tim Elliott’s (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) frenetic grappling against him, taking the back and sinking in a choke in the first round to earn an upset win.

The flyweight bout was part of today’s UFC Fight Night 110 main card, which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

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UFC Fight Night 110 results: Ben Nguyen dismantles Tim Elliott, chokes him out inside 1 minute

No one will be underrating Ben Nguyen’s ground game after his fight with Tim Elliott.

Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) used Elliott’s (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) frenetic grappling against him, taking the back and sinking in a choke in the first round to earn an upset win.

The flyweight bout was part of today’s UFC Fight Night 110 main card, which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The fight was over at just 49 seconds into the first round when Elliott tapped to a rear-naked choke, his only choice after Nguyen countered a head-and-arm throw by taking the back.

Elliott wanted the fight on the mat early, no doubt encouraged by a stinging head-kick and knee Nguyen landed in the opening exchanges. The move simply backfired when Nguyen secured back control and wouldn’t be bucked.

Having picked up two straight wins, Nguyen earns the second-fastest submission in flyweight history. Elliott drops to 1-2 after taking current champ Demetrious Johnson the distance this past December.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 110 results:

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Tim Elliott: For flyweights to stay relevant, they need to put their 'nuts on the line'

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – For someone who has never fought outside of the U.S. before, going all the way to New Zealand on relative short-notice call can be an intimidating thought.

That, however, is certainly not the case for onetime flyweight title contender Tim Elliott. One month after agreeing to step in for injured contender Joseph Benavidez against Ben Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Elliott (14-7-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) fights at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 event less than two months after his most recet octagon outing.

Adjusting to the radically different timezone and cutting weight after all the flying isn’t easy. In fact, Elliott admited, it “sucks.”

“But I’m not going to lose a fight because of an airplane ride,” Elliott told MMAjunkie ahead of the FS1-televised main-card scrap at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. “I’m not going to lose a fight because of lack of sleep. And I’m not going to miss weight for any of those reasons. Really, it’s just the way it goes. You’ve got to roll with the punches.

“Sometimes (expletive) doesn’t happen exactly like you wanted, and you can either let it hurt you or you can just move on with it. I’m trying to stay positive. I have great coaches here with me, and I couldn’t be more ready, really.”

Although Elliott wasn’t exactly in prime shape when he took the scrap, having just gone on a month-long vacation, he says the transition into camp mode was easy. After all, he basically inherited the same coaches and team who were preparing Benavidez for Nguyen. Even the gameplan, Elliott says, stayed the same.

If anything, the whole thing feels kind of like a vacation.

“I get to come to a new country,” Elliott said. “I get to do what I love to do. And they’re going to give me money to do it. So, I couldn’t be happier about the situation, or the opponent, or the people that I have with me. Life is good. Everything is good.”

Things do seem to be going well for Elliott, No. 15 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings. After winning Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Elliott fought champ and pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight crown. He lost, but gave Johnson a tough battle.

For his next outing, at UFC on FOX 24, Elliot was paired with tough up-and-comer Louis Smolka. This time, not only did Elliott put on an uniquely engaging grappling battle, but he also walked away with the unanimous-decision win and a “Fight of the Night” bonus.

Now Elliott, who hasn’t hid his feelings on the “turd of a fight” with Johnson, expects another award-winning battle against Nguyen.

“He’s very technically sound, he’s very durable, and he’s very tough,” Elliott said. “And these are the fights that I live for. I want a knockdown, drag-out, bloody ‘Fight of the Night’ kind of fight, and I think Ben is a good opponent for that.”

As far as the future goes, Elliott is fine going with the flow. Should UFC President Dana White follow through on his threat of closing down the flyweight division, for instance, he would just move up to bantamweight. In fact, he’d be more than open to a scrap against friend and former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw.

But Elliott does said there are things that can be done to raise interest for the smaller guys.

“My record is not that great – excitement is all I have,” Elliott said. “And I think that’s what the fans want to see. The only way the 125-ers are going to stay relevant is they go out there and they put their nuts on the line. And I feel like I do that. And I feel like, you know, Demetrious Johnson does do that some, but he’s also a little bit reserved. He doesn’t fight with the same passion that some guys – I say some guys – like I do.

“He’s good. He’s technically good. But people want to see more than that. You’ve got to put something special out there if you want to get paid as something special. I hope things go well for him. I hope they don’t shut the division down. But it’s not going to hurt my feelings none if they do it. That’s just the way it goes.”

To hear more from Elliott on Johnson, the future of the flyweights and his own, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumorssection of the site.

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Champ Demetrious Johnson took his UFC feud public, and here's how the flyweights responded

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Could the UFC flyweight division be disbanded just five years after it was introduced? Champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson claims that’s been one of the threats made by the organization.

Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), who’s largely been a company friendly fighter while reigning as the only 125-pound champion in history, revealed this week that his relationship with UFC brass has taken a sharp turn south in recent weeks after it was suggested his next title defense be against former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).

Among other things, “Mighty Mouse” claims UFC President Dana White threatened to shut down the entire flyweight division if MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighter didn’t accept the fight with Dillashaw for UFC 215 in August. Johnson thought it was unfair for Dillashaw to receive an immediate title shot without having competed in the weight class, and he wanted financial assurances if his opponent missed weight.

Moreover, Johnson said No. 5-ranked flyweight Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was most deserving of the next shot, and making that fight would keep the division in order as “Mighty Mouse” attempts to set the all-time UFC title defense record with his 11th in his next fight.

The reactions to Johnson’s stance have varied, but for the most part, his fellow fighters – and specifically fellow flyweights – have stood behind the champion’s stance. Henry Cejudo, Ben Nguyen, Tim Elliott, Zach Makovsky and Jarred Brooks also weighed in.

Here they are:

What happens next remains to be seen. Johnson has aired his grievances in a very public way, but he said his relationship with the UFC is far from irreparable. He would be willing to fight Dillashaw or Borg, but first his conditions must be met, which Johnson doesn’t view that as an unreasonable request.

If Johnson is to be believed, the UFC is willing to ax a weight class with more than 25 active fighters because the champion won’t play ball. Johnson encouraged the company to follow through on that threat if it’s something truly even being considered.

Fighter unrest has been a common theme for the UFC in recent months. Johnson is just the latest example, but if his situation gets worse, the ramifications could be more extreme than any previous feud.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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