Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Training Partner to Return to Action Against Tim Elliott at UFC 272

Published 12/24/2021, 6:45 AM EST


UFC veteran Tim Elliott will return to action on March 5, 2022. He will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s training partner Tagir Ulanbekov in an important fight in the flyweight division.

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Elliott is currently the number 12 ranked flyweight and is coming off a one-sided loss. He took on Matheus Nicolau at UFC Fight Night 194 and lost the fight via a unanimous decision. He went into that fight on the back of a two-fight win streak, but failed to keep his momentum going. Elliott signed with the UFC in 2012 and came into the promotion with an 8-2-1 record.

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However, he lost four of his six fights before being cut. The four-time winner of bonuses in the UFC made a comeback in the promotion after winning The Ultimate Fighter. Tim Elliott faced Demetrious Johnson and lost the fight via a unanimous decision. Since then, he hasn’t been able to find consistency and his current record is 17-12-1.

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Tagir Ulanbekov is one of the rising stars of the UFC. He is a training partner of the UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and has shown a lot of promise. He is currently on a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 in the UFC. His last fight was a tough one for him, and he came through via a split decision. Just like his partner Nurmagomedov, he is a grappler and won six fights via submission. However, his task is cut out at UFC 272 against a crafty veteran like Elliot.

Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell at UFC 272

One of the biggest prospects in the UFC will make his return at UFC 272. Bryce Mitchell is ranked 11 in UFC’s featherweight division and he’s being considered as the next big star. He is undefeated in his professional MMA career and has a 14-0 record. ‘Thug Nasty’ is known for his submission game and also won the submission of the year in 2019 for his submission to win over Matt Sayles. However, Mitchell hasn’t fought since October 2020, and ring rust might be a cause of concern for him.

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His opponent Edson Barboza is a UFC veteran. He is one of the most devastating strikers in UFC history and has fought some of the biggest names in the sport. They rank Barboza number 10 in the featherweight division, who is looking to bounce back from a loss.

His last fight was against Giga Chikadze at UFC Vegas 35, which he lost via TKO in the third round. He is 22-10 in his professional MMA career, and a win over a rising star like Mitchell will help him get back to fighting top contenders.

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UFC 272 is looking like a great card till now. They would look to add huge fights to flourish competition. Who do you think comes out on top between Tim Elliott and Tagir Ulanbekov? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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