VIDEO: Tim Elliott Leaves Opponent Unconscious and Bleeding as Veteran Submits Su Mudaerji on Short Notice at UFC Vegas 83

Published 12/09/2023, 11:14 PM EST

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In a surprising turn of events, Tim Elliott, despite a recent bout just over six weeks ago, accepted a main-card bantamweight fight against Su Mudaerji at UFC Vegas 83. The fight was billed as a new guard vs. old guard matchup, alongside being contested at 135 lbs, due to the short notice nature of the matchup. In a swift turnaround, Elliott, coming off a defeat to Muhammad Mokaev at UFC 294 in October, seized the chance for redemption against Su Mudaerji.

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Elliott had explained his decision during the media day. He attributed the quick turnaround to the guidance of his manager and the favorable conditions offered for the fight. And his performance showcased why many fans and analysts considered him a favorite coming into the matchup as he finished ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ in the very first round!

Tim Elliott chokes out Su Mudaerji at UFC Vegas 83

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The fight between Tim Elliott and Su Mudaerji highlighted Elliott’s unconventional approach to mixed martial arts. The younger fighter seemed puzzled at Elliott’s movements and technique. Despite being the rangier fighter, Mudaerji had a tough time getting a bead on Elliott. And Elliott also demonstrated his unique skill set as he shut down Mudaerji’s attempts to deny him his gameplan.

Elliott highlighted his veteran savvy as he pressured constantly and eventually secured a takedown. He then passed into side-control where he set up a beautiful arm triangle choke. The move left Su Mudaerji bleeding and almost unconscious before the referee stopped the fight!

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During the post-fight interview, Elliott mentioned how much his team supported him in preparation for the short notice bout and mentioned that he had been facing financial difficulties, which prompted him to take on the dangerous young fighter. He also revealed to Paul Felder that, “There’s things I want to do that I’ve never got to do in my career, and I’m running out of time, and I want to show that now.”

The victory not only underscored Elliott’s resilience and adaptability but also hinted at his determination to make the most of every opportunity in the latter stages of his career. And in another statement on the media day, Elliott revealed how fighters struggle to make money in the fight game and the difficulties that come along with it.

Elliott was struggling financially before accepting the short notice fight

Recalling his past struggles, Elliott acknowledged the difficulty of making ends meet in the fight game, highlighting his own journey from financial constraints to stability in the UFC. Now in his second stint with the promotion, Elliott entered his 20th fight under the UFC banner at UFC Vegas 83.

The veteran fighter stated, “I’m just now making money in the UFC, I’ve been at this game a long time and I’m finally making good money. So I know what it’s like to pinch pennies and have to sleep on people’s couches and work while you’re trying to train. It’s not easy.”

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Elliott’s statement about finally making good money underscores the challenges faced by fighters in a demanding and often financially constrained profession. His journey from adversity to financial stability serves as a testament to the resilience required to navigate the intricacies of the fight game. However, with his win against the dangerous Su Muduaerji now secured, Elliott can focus on training for his next fight with fewer concerns distracting him.

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Do you think Tim Elliott’s statements about fighter’s income highlight a side of the fight game fans may not be aware of? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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I am Dushyant Patni, a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. My passion for Mixed Martial Arts started because my father used to be a boxer and a martial arts fanatic. It passed down to me as my first pair of boxing gloves were his old ones! Prior to joining EssentiallySports, I honed my writing and editing skills across various organizations as a writer and an editor.
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