TUF 24 Finale Features Missouri’s Elliot
The Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) is a leading developmental promotion to the UFC.
Although RFA’s Alexandre Pantoja was eliminated from The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions in the semifinals by way of Unanimous Decision, a Missourian became a tournament finalist for the second consecutive season thanks to Kansas City/Lee’s Summit-based RFA veteran Tim Elliot.
Elliot fought for the RFA between late 2011 and early 2012. After surviving possibly the most competitive season of the show against 15 other champions from smaller organizations (the Round of 18 featured eight finishes, six by submission) Elliot faced UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson for the belt in his return to the promotion following an initial 0-3 run.
Johnson shot out of the gate with a takedown, cartwheeling into an armbar. He faced trouble early in the first with Elliot using short blasts to set up a guillotine choke. When the choke is released, Johnson fends off a D’arce choke and flips into the dominant position and looks for the same guillotine stoppage. When the fight returns to the feet, Elliot is bent, placing his hands on his knees as he attempts to rest. He works elbows from mount before the horn.
This truly was a sign of things to come as the first was close but Johnson controls the remaining 20 minutes without a doubt.
Elliot must defend another takedown as the second begins but gives up his back in the process which leads to the standard rear-naked follow-up. The challenger works out of the position, now on his back but remaining offensive with a shot at a reverse triangle. Johnson looks for a kimura lock before another armbar. The attempts score him points as he takes the round even after ending it on bottom.
Another failed RNC in the gives Elliot enough time to land hands on the then eight-time-defending champion. A triangle goes nowhere and Elliot is defending again from bottom but taking elbows. The point-fighting style of Johnson is making this fight go almost exactly as many expected, but it continues into the championship rounds.
The fourth is routine as Johnson flows from north-south position to side control into the rear-naked he has been locking in at will. Elliot is then the victim of a crucifix, one arm being pinned down by the legs of Johnson and the other being pinned by an arm of Johnson who then uses the free limb he has to land volume strikes. Johnson takes the fourth by being glued to Elliot’s back again before another kimura-armbar.
The final round appears to be just a formality as Johnson goes for the neck again but almost half the round passes with nothing to note. “Mighty Mouse” looks for the arm submission until yet another fight goes to the scorecards in his favor.
Demetrious Johnson def. Tim Elliott via Unanimous Decision (49-45, 49-46, 49-46)