Tim Elliott, 33, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, United States earned his fifth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The mixed martial arts veteran was one of the “UFC on ESPN 13” winners.
Competing professionally since 2009, Elliott made his UFC debut in 2012. The firs four opponents he defeated in the promotion were Jared Papazian, Louis Gaudinot, Louis Smolka and Mark De La Rosa.
Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 13” took place on the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on July 15, 2020 in the United States or July 16, 2020 in the UAE. In the co-main event, Elliott fought Ryan “Baby Face” Benoit, 30, of Dallas, Texas, USA in the flyweight division.
Marc Goddard served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges, who all scored it 29-28 in favor of the fighter in the red corner.
In the end, Goddard raised the hand of Elliott. The Lee’s Summit native was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
This is the third time Elliott won a professional MMA bout via unanimous decision. Winning at “UFC on ESPN 3” improved his professional MMA record to 16 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw.
On the other hand, it was Benoit’s third loss in the UFC. He now has 10 wins and 7 losses.
“UFC on ESPN 13” is the second UFC event to take place on the UFC Fight Island where 12 countries were represented namely Brazil, Canada, England, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Romania, Sweden, Tunisia, the UAE, the U.S. and Wales. Elliott and Benoit were two of the nine representatives of the U.S.
In the main event, Calvin Kattar, 32, of Methuen, Massachusetts, USA fought Dan “Dynamite” Ige, 28, of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA in the featherweight division. The former won via unanimous decision.