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“It Was Hurting Me”: Days After Allegations on Ex-Wife, Distraught Tim Elliot Discloses Heartbreaking Moments Amid Support From UFC Stars

Published 06/01/2023, 5:48 AM EDT

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Flyweight fighter Tim Elliot will be taking Victor Altamirano at UFC Vegas 74. It will be his first fight in over a year. However, during the media day for the weekend’s event, the Missouri native opened up about his personal life struggles after he found out his ex-wife was allegedly cheating on him with a former teammate.

Tim Elliot got engaged to former UFC star Gina Mazany in 2020. This was also the time when he had no idea about his ex-wife’s relationship with former teammate, Kevin Croom. He even mentioned earlier that they had been in a relationship throughout his marriage with Mazany.

Tim Elliot had a hard time dealing with his personal life

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The Missouri native had mentioned his wife cheating on him with his former teammate in a tweet last month, which he later deleted. Now during the media day, he came clean about trying not to bash them publicly. But it only worsened his pain. He said, “I’d come to my city… and people were telling me they heard me and Gina split because of this, … and in every interview, they were asking me how’s Gina.”

Tim Elliot mentioned how difficult it was for him to tell people what happened between him and his wife because they wouldn’t stop asking him about it. He said, “I was lying and making up excuses to protect these guys. Every time I did that, it was hurting me.” Elliot also revealed that he felt as if he was failing as a father during this period of his life. “I was shelling up. I wasn’t able to be a good dad. And I have felt like not a great person before and I felt like not a great fighter before, but I have never not felt like a great dad,” said Elliot.

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Flyweight fighter expresses gratitude to the MMA community for their support

Tim Elliot mentioned how hard it is for a fighter to ask for help. However, he decided to let people know about his personal struggles on social media. When people came to know about the situation, they offered to help Elliot with his predicament. After learning about other people’s experiences, the flyweight star was able to overcome the separation from his wife. Moreover, he received tremendous support from the MMA community as well.

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“The MMA community was like Lando Vannata messaged me on Twitter. He’s my favorite fighter to watch, I don’t know if he knows that, but he said some words of encouragement that really helped,” said Elliot. He mentioned that besides Lando Vannata, veteran Chris Leben and rising UFC star Sean Strickland also extended their help.

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Elliot said, “Chris Leben messaged me. I had legit fighters, fathers, and husbands coming to me and telling me. [Even] Sean Strickland tapped me on the shoulder and gave me some words of encouragement.” Tim Elliot was sure that he wouldn’t have gotten the help he needed to get out of his predicament if he hadn’t put it out there on social media. However, everything turned out to be okay for the flyweight fighter.

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Tim Elliot will be shifting his focus now to fighting Victor Altamirano this weekend. He’d hope to grab another victory, having won three out of his last four fights. But his last fight was at UFC 272. It has been a long time since then. We will have to wait and see how Elliot performs on his return.

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Himanga Mahanta is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He has a passion for combat sports and a deep understanding of the intricacies of MMA. With his expertise and extensive knowledge, Himanga provides in-depth coverage of UFC events and fighters, bringing his readers closer to the action and the athletes they admire.
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