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:

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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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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