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Jared Papazian drops third straight in octagon

Mixed martial arts: Burbank-trained fighter loses to Tim Elliott at ¿The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.¿

December 15, 2012|By Grant Gordon

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.

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"Elliott fought a good fight and was the better man tonight," said Alberto Crane, Papazian's lead trainer at Burbank Gracie Barra. "Jared has a heart of a lion and will continue to improve and will be back."

While the scores reflected an easy night for Elliott, it certainly wasn’t, as the fight – like many of Papazian’s recent bouts have been – was action-packed with the latter having his moments, as well.  That didn’t soften any bad blood on Elliott’s end, though.

“Fight was super tough,” Elliott said. “I hit him with hard shots and he rocked me more than once in that one.

“All the guys at 125 pounds are good guys and deserve to be here except for the one I just fought. Hopefully he’ll get his walking papers today.”

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