Tim Elliott fought five rounds against UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson, but it appears that the TUF 24 champion’s days at flyweight are finished as he plans on moving up a weight class to bantamweight.
“I’d like to go up to (135 pounds),” Elliott said to MMA Junkie. “The weight cut killed me. The morning of the weight cut 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. I 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. But 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, when I feel good and I feel strong.”
Prior to returning to the UFC as a part of the reality show, Elliott was the Titan Fighting Championships Flyweight Champion. He relinquished the belt once he signed a new deal with the UFC. Jose Torres, who is the current Titan FC Interim Flyweight Champion, is expected to become the undisputed flyweight champion in the promotion.
As for Elliott, he will join John Dodson as fighters who have lost to Johnson and have moved up a weight class to the bantamweight division.