Elliott had Johnson on the defensive early on with choke attempts, but the flyweight champ’s wrestling and top game took over, and “Mighty Mouse” earned a unanimous decision. The bout was Elliott’s first official UFC scrap since July, 2015, when he was decisioned by Zach Makovsky.
After the bout, Elliottt reported that he plans to move to the bantamweight division for the following reasons (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’d like to go up to (135 pounds),” Elliott said. “The weight cut killed me. The morning of the weight cut I was hurting pretty bad. The first time I’ve ever told my coaches I was done.”
“I was hurting after the first round,” Elliott added. “Not my cardio, but my muscles. My stomach was cramping a little bit, and I know that’s from the weight cut.”
Now sure, Johnson boosters will argue that Elliott would have lost, even if his weight cut had gone smoothly. But, there’s no question that Elliott demonstrated how tough and resilient he is during the five round fight. After all, he was taking on the man who many believe is the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter. It will be interesting to see how Elliott performs at 135, and whether he can work his way into the title shot mix.