Tonight’s UFC 167 pay-per-view kicked off in the flyweight division as Ali Bagautinov took on Tim Elliot. The match-up of top flyweights would see Bagautinov put his name closer to the title discussion with a solid win win.
Bagautinov Edges Elliott
Ali Bagautinov kept Dagestan’s recent UFC hotstreak going tonight in Las Vegas by defeating Tim Elliott in tonight’s UFC 167 opener. While Elliott was constantly pressuring forward he did not land nearly enough strikes or takedowns as he should have. Meanwhile, Bagautinov landed power strikes throughout the course of their fight and also showed very good counter wrestling in the Octagon tonight.
Bagautinov has now won both of UFC fights and looks for a big bump in competition for his next fight. The loss is a tough one for Tim Elliott, as the close loss snaps his two-fight win streak.
Rd. 1- Kim Winslow is our referee tonight. Elliott is walking in with his hands low and taunting the Dagestani. Elliott showing good head movement early and AB connects on a few strikes in the clinch. Elliot shoots in but he is stuffed and eats a big right on the break. Hard punch and a big knee from the Dagestani. Nice combo by AB. Good jab by Elliott. Gorgeous counter takedown by AB and he lands a knee as Elliott scrambles up. AB connects and late with a punch and a headkick but is taken down when he tries to finish. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Bagautinov.
Rd. 2- Elliott pressure forward to start the round and his hands are still low. Nice right by AB. AB tags him with a 1-2 and a legkick. AB catches a knee and looks for a slam and he gets guillotined badly. AB slams out of the guillotine but Elliott scores the takedown in the scramble. Punches to the body by Elliott. AB misses an armbar but sweeps back to his feet. Huge right by AB and he connect again with a left. Body kick by AB. Elliot is stalking forward but not really throwing at all. AB takes top position after stopping a takedown but Elliott scrambles up. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Bagautinov (20-18)
Rd. 3- Elliott again storms forward and while he lands a right he takes several as well. Front kick to the face by AB. Combo by AB. Nice uppercut by AB. Good left by AB. Nice left by Elliott. Nice combinations by AB that Elliott is just avoiding that kill shot. Nice combination by Elliott. Good uppercut by Elliott as they break the clinch. Headkick by AB now. AB tries a takedown but Elliott stops it. Good right-left to a kick by Ali and Elliot lands a slight slam and a strike as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Elliot (29-28 Bagautinov).
Ali Bagautinov def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)