Wichitan Tim Elliott, fresh off winning this season’s “The Ultimate Fighter” competition, will take on world champion Demetrious Johnson on Saturday night for the Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight title.
The card from Las Vegas will be televised on FS1 at 9 p.m.
Elliott (13-6) won “TUF 24,” a 16-fighter tournament with weekly elimination bouts. Unlike other seasons, “TUF 24” brought together 16 flyweight fighters who were champions in other organizations with the promise of a title shot against Johnson to the tournament winner.
Elliott came to the series after a three-year stint in Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he was 2-4 and fired from the organization. He became a champion in Titan Fighting Championships, which helped land him a berth in the “TUF 24” series.
Johnson (24-2) will be making his ninth title defense and is a 10-1 favorite.
“I like to fight and I’m having a good time,” Elliott said on the series. “I feel like I’ve worked my whole life for this and finally it’s going to pay off a little bit.”
Elliott was a state-champion wrestler at 125 pounds while at South High. He later won an NJCAA championship for Labette Community College at 125, then wrestled at Central Oklahoma before beginning his mixed martial arts career.