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Elliott vs Bagautinov highlights

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UFC 167 LIVE BLOG RECAP

Tim Elliott (10-3-1) vs. Ali Bagautinov (11-2)

Round 1

Kim Winslow again. But, why?

Big opportunity for both of these guys here on the main card of one of the biggest events of the year. Hope they deliver.

Elliott is daring Bagautinov to hit him in the face. That's not usually a smart idea.

Not a whole lot happening here. Feeling out process, I guess?

Bagautinov lands a right hand. Some red on the face of Elliott.

Bagautinov tags Elliott with a knee and a right hand. Hurt him briefly. Elliott is OK now, maybe.

Good jab by Elliott. Bagautinov with a nice sambo throw. Elliott back up. These guys don't look or fight like flyweights.

Elliott is doing a nice job avoiding those slams of the Russian. Bagautinov landing though. And there it is again with a right hand and a left head kick. Wow. Elliott might have gotten saved by the bell.

10-9 Bagautinov -- He might be the most powerful flyweight in the UFC. He's landing punches and Elliott is trying to avoid the clinch -- and those slams -- like the plague.

Round 2

Bagautinov picks up Elliott for a slam, but Elliot grabs a guillotine. It was tight, but Bagautinov throws him off like a rag doll. Wow. That was insane.

Elliott on top in guard. Ground and pound by Elliott. Bagautinov gets up. Ali lands a big right hand. Elliott eats it. Then a left. Dude doesn't get cheated on those punches. Are we sure he's 125?

Another right hand and another. Elliott is having trouble landing. He has good head movement, though.

Elliott goes for a takedown. Wild scramble. They both end up standing. Time running down in the round.

Another solid right by Bagautinov and the round comes to an end.

10-9 Bagautinov -- The powerful Russian is landing heavy shots and outgrappling Elliott, too. Just a tough matchup for Elliott. Big physical strength advantage.

Round 3

Elliott is pushing the pace. Bagautinov is still counterpunching. Front kick to the face by Ali. That was sweet.

Elliott's corner told him Bagautinov was tired. He's not as tired as they want to believe.

Bagautinov lands a combination. Elliott is throwing volume, but not connecting and doing no damage.

Ali lands a left, then a right. A combination now. Big right hand by Bagautinov. Elliott lands a three-punch combo to Bagautinov's face. The most significant strikes for him. Can he capitalize?

Just 90 seconds left. Elliott hasn't pressed the issue all that much. Bagautinov lands a combination. Hard right.

Bagautinov lands a head kick. Not flush, but it sounded good.

Another combination by Ali. Elliott takes him down. Nice finish, but what it enough?

10-9 Elliott, Bagautinov 29-28 -- Bagautinov didn't throw as many punches, but he landed more and did more damage. Elliott is a tough kid and came forward the entire fight. I won't be shocked if one of the judges give it to Elliott, but Bagautinov deserves this one.

Official Result: Ali Bagautinov defeats Tim Elliott by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).

Analysis: Good call by the judges. Fun fight that can be looked at a couple of different ways. Both guys have a chance to do damage in the thin flyweight division. Bagautinov will be a tough matchup for anyone, because he's strong.

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