Current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson has a new opponent for his championship on Saturday in Las Vegas in The Ultimate Fighter 24 winner, Tim Elliott. The season finale of The Ultimate Fighter aired on Wednesday night, with Elliott knocking off Hiromasa Ogikubo in the final fight to determine who would become the next challenger to Johnson’s championship. (Elliott’s victory occurred months ago, but the episode did not air on television until Wednesday.)
Johnson is currently ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC and will be taking on a fighter with a 2-4 record in his UFC career. Johnson (24-2-1) last defended his championship against Henry Cejudo back in April, giving him eight consecutive defenses of his Flyweight Championship since becoming the first man to hold the title in September 2012.
Having to withdraw from his most recent fight against Wilson Reis back in July, Johnson will be ready to go on Saturday in Las Vegas when he takes on the challenge from Elliott, who holds the distinction of having won TUF 24. The two men have virtually zero distinction from one another in age (Johnson is 30, while Elliott is 29) or body size (Johnson is 5’3″ 125 pounds and Elliott is 5’7″ 125 pounds).
Elliott defeated Charlie Alaniz, Matt Schnell, Eric Shelton, and finally Ogikubo, in order to move him on for a championship opportunity. He won the inaugural Titan FC Flyweight Championship in July 2015, defending the belt twice, with his most recent victory coming Pedro Noble in March. The 29-year-old from Wichita, Kansas, still holds the championship despite his foray into UFC.