ByAndreas Hale, writer at
Senior Editor Of Champions @AndreasHale
Andreas Hale

Nobody expected to perform the way he did against at The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Despite being a big underdog, Elliott put together an excellent performance in a losing effort against Johnson and even had the UFC's #1 pound for pound fighter in a bit of trouble with a D'arce choke in the first round.

But although he gave Johnson a stiffer challenge than the rest of the division, Elliott's future isn't as a UFC flyweight.

"I'd like to go up to 135," Elliott said at the post fight press conference. "The weight cut killed me. It's the first time I had ever told my coaches that I was done. I was willing to give up my 20% of the purse and I didn't care about the belt. But my coach made me get in the sauna to cut the weight. I appreciate that he did that."

Elliott had mentioned to Champions earlier in the week that he struggled mightily with his weight in the house and it took everything in his power to not miss weight. He was iffy then about staying a flyweight and he confirmed that bantamweight will likely be in his future moving forward.

"I feel like I could really compete at 135 and I'll do better there," he said. "I was hurting after the first round. Not because of my cardio but my muscles were cramping because of the weight cut."

But the one thing he hasn't secured yet is a UFC contract. Even though he was the winner of the TUF24 tournament, Elliott has yet to receive a UFC contract even though he received some encouraging words from Dana White after his title fight.

"He told me I wasn't going anywhere but I was told that before," Elliott told Champions. "Sean Shelby told me that after the John Dodson fight that I'd always have a job in the UFC and a couple of fights later I was cut. But if they don't want me here, I'll go fight somewhere else. I'm going to fight no matter what. Whether it is the UFC or somebody else."


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