Tim Elliott vs. Ali Bagautinov
Round 1: They touch gloves. Elliot presses forward. He has his hands down and face forward. Bagautinov lands a right hand. Bagautinov looking to counter. They clinch. Bagautinov lands a solid right hand as they separate. Bagautinov lands a right hand followed by a knee. Elliot looks to get the fight to the ground but Bagautinov shakes off the attempt. Elliot steps in with a jab. Bagautinov secures a takedown but Elliot immediately gets back to his feet. Bagautinov lands a right hand. Bagautinov lands a combination followed by a kick in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Bagautinov.
Round 2: Elliot pushes forward. Bagautinov lands a right hand. He waits for Elliot to move in and meets him with strikes. Elliot steps in with a knee and Bagautinov takes him down. Elliot applies a guillotine choke. Bagautinov’s head is red, but he escapes. Elliot takes Bagautinov down. Elliot lands to the body. He postures up and lands more shots to the midsection. Bagautinov sweeps and gets back to his feet. Bagautinov lands a solid right hand followed by a left. Two minutes remain in the round. Elliot lands his jab. They exchange leg kicks. Elliot switches stances. His hands are still down by his side. Bagautinov lands a right hand. Elliot goes for a takedown. A scramble ensues. Bagautinov gets to his feet. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Bagautinov.
Round 3: Elliot quickly comes across the cage. He lands a right hand. Bagautinov delivers a front kick. They exchange jabs. Bagautinov lands a right hand. Elliot landing his jab. Elliot presses the pace. He lands a left hand. Bagautinov steps in with an uppercut. Elliot lands with a leg kick. Bagautinov lands a left followed by a right hand. He lands another right. Elliot lands a combination. He misses with an uppercut and they clinch before quickly separating. Bagautinov just misses with a head kick. He looks to get the fight to the ground but Elliot stuffs it. Bagautinov lands a left hand. Elliot slams Bagautinov. Bagautinov gets to his feet and Elliot lands a kick. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Elliot.
The judges scored the fight for Ali Bagautinov by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
“I wanted to make the biggest statement possible tonight. I give nothing less than 110 percent whether I’m in training or in the octagon and I think it showed. My cardio wasn’t as strong as I expected it to be in this fight. Physically I’m very prepared and able but I think the climate change and the nerves of visiting and fighting in America for the first time affected me.”
“I thought I did enough to win tonight. I won the third round for sure. I’ve left it in the hands of the judges my last two fights and I honestly think that they’ve beaten me both times. I guess I just have to go back to the gym and work harder to get the finish so this doesn’t happen again.”