Ali Bagautinov lived up to the immense hype in the UFC’s 125-pound division as he delivered another strong performance at UFC 167 against Tim Elliott. The powerful Russian flyweight passed a severe test in Las Vegas against the previously no. 7 ranked Elliott in recording a well-earned unanimous decision victory.
“Puncher” is a Combat Sambo world champion who recorded his 12 victory in 14 career fights. If not for Elliott’s remarkable chin, it would have been his 10th finish; but as he showed in a loss against the hard-hitting John Dodson, Elliott has the type of whiskers that most fighters would be jealous of.
After an impressive stoppage victory over Marcos Vinicius at UFC Fight Night 28, the Russian Sambo ace has shown he’s worthy of a possible top-five opponent moving forward. Bagautinov is an exciting fighter with plenty of pop while Elliott is an impressive fighter who now takes a step backwards as a result of the defeat.
Bagautinov showed himself to be the better fighter as he was able to land the harder shots throughout the course of the fight. Elliott had him in danger with a second-round guillotine choke attempt, but Bagautinov was able to shake his opponent off thanks to an impressive slam. While Elliott pushed a frenetic pace throughout, he was on the receiving end of hard strikes that made the judges’ unanimous verdict a seemingly foregone conclusion.
The judges scored the intense battle 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28 in favor of the Russian. It was a result that Bagautinov was certainly deserving of.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports