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Fallout: Tim Elliott Deserves Respect, Henry Cejudo Deserved The Win

Well, who saw that coming? I know I said the winner of TUF wouldn’t stand a chance against Demetrious Johnson, but Tim Elliott really acquitted himself against the long time champ. The match showcased exactly why mixed martial arts is so entertaining. The element of the unknown made for a bit of a nail biter even when it became apparent that Elliott wouldn’t be able to keep up his success. Even so, he proved that he has a tremendous amount of talent and could certainly become a major threat if given the chance improve.

Elliott threatened Johnson in the first round with some solid grappling and striking to take the opening frame. It had the makings of an upset written all over it. But the champion would once again show what he’s made of and adjust his game plan to play to his strengths. Still, it was truly unusual, and kinda of riveting, to see Johnson threatened at all. Elliott’s ability to create chaos is uncanny and it once again made for a thrilling contest. With some game planning and better entries with his striking, Elliott really could become one of the elite. No one likes eating crow, but I’ll admit that Elliott is a one of a kind fighter. Here’s hoping he continues to grow.

The two other elite flyweights on the card put on a show, but the outcome was a little sketchy to say the least. Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo battled it out for three rounds in the co-main event. While Benavidez may have had the edge it terms of strikes landed, Cejudo landed the harder shots and pushed the action for much of the match. Heading into the contest Benavidez was the odds on favorite. After the contest Cejudo proved that he’s a lot better than people gave him credit for. We’re already seeing some new wrinkles in Cejudo’s game since his recent camp switch. His timing still needs a bit of work but it’s much improved. With time and the right seasoning, we could be seeing Cejudo once again challenge for the flyweight belt in no time.

What’s your opinion on the flyweight main events?

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