Round 1: Papazian comes out aggressive. Elliot takes him down. Papazian gets back to his feet. He lands a hard kick to the body. Elliot catches it and takes him down. Elliot moves to half guard. Papazian works back to full guard. Elliot moves to side control and goes for a guillotine choke. Elliot squeezes. Papazian is out of the choke. Papazian lands an illegal knee and Elliot is hurt. They’re checking on Elliot who was unable to stand following the knee. A doctor is in the cage. Elliot is still on wobbly legs. They let the fight continue, not sure they should have. Papazian turns up the ace. Elliot catches him with a left hand, dropping Papazian. Papazian gets up but Elliot takes him down and unleashes strikes. Elliot moves to the mount position and lands hard elbows and punches. Papazian gets to his feet. Elliot presses him against the cage. papazian lands a knee to the body and Elliot backs away. Papazian comes on strong. He lands a right hand. They clinch. Papazian presses Elliot against the cage. The round ends with Papazian missing with a kick and Elliot rolling for a knee bar. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Elliot.
Round 2: Elliot fires off a high kick that’s blocked. Elliot lands a right hand. Elliot drops down for a single leg takedown and gets it. He lands in side mount. He lands short elbows. Papazian is cut above his right eye. Papazian gets back to his feet. They’re separated. Papazian lands an uppercut, and another. Elliot secures a takedown. Papazian wall-walks back to his feet. Elliot lands a jump kick. papazian presses forward. Papazian jumps in with a knee and an uppercut. Papazian switches stances. They exchange right hands. Elliot delivers a kick to the body. Elliot locks up a single leg takedown. He lands punches on the ground. Papazian tries to stand as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 or Elliot.
Round 3: Elliot secures an early takedown, but Papazian gains top position. Papazian lands a few hammerfists as they’re stalled on the ground. The referee stands them up. Elliot lands a left hand. They exchange in the center of the Octagon. Elliot lands a left hand that drops Papazian. Elliot dives on him and advances to the mount. Elliot lands a series of punches. Papazian rolls. Elliot continues to punch him. Papazian gives up his gack and Elliot continues to pound away with punches. Papazian is a bloody mess. Elliot works to secure a rear naked choke. Papazian turns toward the choke and gets free from the submission but he’s still mounted. He gives up his back again. Elliot works for the choke. Elliot lets the choke go. Papazian works his way back to his feet. Elliot makes him pay with punches. Elliot ducks under and secures a takedown. He takes Papazian’s back. Elliot pounds away to the end of the round. They have words after the fight. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-8 for Elliot.
The judges score the fight for Elliot by unanimous decision. The scorecards read: 30-25, 30-25, and 30-26.