Tim Elliot is currently preparing for the biggest fight of his professional MMA career when he challenges UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson for the gold, but he has competed in the UFC before and it didn’t end well for the flyweight.
“Honestly, I had no problems being cut by the UFC,” Elliott told MMA Junkie. “I thought it kind of sucked, but you’ve got to win. I felt like the only person who really beat me in the UFC was Joseph Benavidez. Zach Makovski laid on me and was a boring fight, John Dodson ran backward for three rounds, Ali Bagautinov ran backward for three rounds. I didn’t have the best performances and I could have definitely done better, but you’ve got to win. The UFC wants winners and I wasn’t winning. I get it. Being fired by the UFC and having my baby, it lit a fire under my ass,” Elliott said. “That’s what got me to where I’m at now.”
Being a father is something that has changed the title challengers life and he has made a transition to a stay at home dad.
“I’m a stay-at-home dad, so I spend every second with my kid, from the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes to bed,” Elliott said. “To leave her for seven weeks at a time when she’s growing and developing a personality, it was tough. (It was the toughest thing I ever had to do) by far.”
UFC Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale takes place on Saturday, December 3 from The Pearl At The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada with Demetrious Johnson and Tim Elliot headlining.