LAS VEGAS – Ahead of his third fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Jared Papazian knew his job was likely on the line after falling in his first two appearances inside the octagon.
And Papazian fought tenaciously as if his job depended on it, but it was far from enough, as Tim Elliott spoiled the Burbank-trained fighter’s 125-pound debut – and likely his stay in the UFC – with a dominant unanimous decision win Saturday afternoon at “The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale” in Las Vegas at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
The fight, which led off the 12-bout card and streamed live on Facebook, saw Elliott (9-3-1) win by scores of 30-25 twice and 30-26. Two judges scored the final round 10-8 for Elliott, while all three scored it the same in the first round when Papazian (14-9) was penalized for an illegal knee to Elliott’s head when he was down. The bout was also the UFC Fight of the Night, as announced by UFC President Dana White at the post-event press conference, with both Papazian and Elliott awarded $40,000.