Following the conclusion of the 24th season of The Ultimate Fighter we nowTIm Elliott will challenge Demetrious Johnson for his UFC flyweight title.
Elliot 13-6-1 and on his last run in the UFC went on a three-fight skid which led to the promotion letting him go. He clawed his way back through the regional circuit in the States and made his way through the TUF tournament of champions to earn his crack at Johnsonâ€™s strap.
If you doubt the challengerâ€™s chances and are debating whether to tune in to Saturday nightâ€™s action, â€˜Mighty Mouseâ€™ deserves your attention â€“ whoever he fights. This is why he deserves your attention.
#1 pound for pound
Whether you agree with how the UFCâ€™s official rankings are put together or not, itâ€™s almost universally accepted that Demetrious Johnson is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. If you were to take his skill set and apply it to any weight class the odds are heâ€™ll get his hand raised in victory almost every time. He has pretty much wiped out his division, hence the search for an opponent via The Ultimate Fighter.
Demetrious Johnson is the longest reigning champion in the UFC roster. His flyweight title reign has now lasted four years and two months, and includes eight defenses including victories over Henry Cejudo, John Dodson (twice), Joseph Benavidez, Ali Bagautinov, Cris Cariaso, John Moraga and Kyoji Horiguchi. He is only one title defense away from tying with Georges St-Pierre and two short of tying Anderson Silvaâ€™s record of 10, which is the most ever in promotional history.
A true world champion
At a time when other weight classes are held up, champions arenâ€™t defending their titles and there are more interim championships than we can count, thereâ€™s one thing you can rely on when it comes to the 125lb weight class â€“ a true world champion who is second to none. Johnson has consistently defended his title against the best fighters in his weight class and done so without any complaints. He takes on all comers and outclasses them with his skill, speed, agility and even rubber-stamps fights with finishes.