UFC Ultimate Fighter 24 champion Tim Elliott earned a decision victory over Louis Smolka at UFC On Fox 24.
While he was happy to earn his first win since returning to the UFC, the fighter feels that he was capable of more this past Saturday Night.
“I’m capable of a lot more,” Elliot said after the event. “I was too urgent. I didn’t have to be so urgent. I didn’t really stick to the game plan that well, but I’m still learning every day. I’m still getting better. I have a great group of coaches and a great group of guys behind me. I feel like even though this is my second run in the UFC, this is just the beginning for me. I’m not even too worried about the finish. I just want to do the things I’ve worked in camp. I want to fix the things that I didn’t have in the Demetrious Johnson fight. That’s why I left for Vegas. I tried to fill those holes. It didn’t happen the way I wanted to. I’ve got coaches telling me perfect things from the corner, and if I can just do a third of what they’re telling me, then I can beat anybody.”
One issue that affected his fight with UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson was his weight cut, that wasn’t a problem this time around.
“This weight cut, this camp, everything was perfect,” Elliot said. “I don’t know. I just felt like I was a little sluggish in there. I know I can do better. I know I can perform a lot better than I did tonight. I’m glad I got the win, but I expect a lot out of myself, and I want to prove to my coaches that I’m listening, and that I’m learning and that I can do the things they’re telling me to do.”
Prior to returning to the UFC through TUF 24, the flyweight star was the Titan Fighting Championships Flyweight Title.
Elliott is currently in the midst of his second UFC run, and holds a 3-4-0 record in the promotion.