- Short-Notice Replacement: Tim Elliott steps in to fight Sumudaerji at UFC Vegas 83.
- Flyweight Ranking Implications: Both fighters aim to climb the flyweight ranks.
- Exciting Main Card: UFC Vegas 83 features pivotal matchups in multiple divisions
This weekend’s UFC Vegas 83 card has gained a significant addition with a short-notice bout featuring former title challenger Tim Elliott against top flyweight contender Sumudaerji.
Elliott Steps in for Nascimento Against Sumudaerji
Originally scheduled to face Allan Nascimento, Sumudaerji now prepares to meet Tim Elliott in the Octagon. The UFC Vegas 83 Elliott Sumudaerji matchup came together following Nascimento’s unexpected withdrawal. Elliott, currently ranked #11 in the flyweight division, will face #12-ranked Sumudaerji, offering an opportunity for both fighters to improve their standings.
Change of Venue and Weight Class Adjustments
Initially set for China, UFC Vegas 83 marks the UFC’s return to the Apex facility in Las Vegas. With the short-notice nature of the fight, Elliott and Sumudaerji have agreed to compete at bantamweight, sparing Elliott the challenge of making the 125 lb. limit.
Looking to Rebound in the Flyweight Division
Both Elliott and Sumudaerji are eager to return to the win column in Las Vegas. Elliott seeks redemption following a submission loss to Muhammad Mokaev at UFC 294, while Sumudaerji aims to bounce back from a Fight of the Night performance against Matt Schnell.
Additional Key Fights at UFC Vegas 83
The UFC Vegas 83 Elliott / Sumudaerji showdown is part of a thrilling main card, featuring Khalil Rountree Jr. against Anthony Smith in the co-main event and a bantamweight headliner between Song Yadong and Chris Gutierrez.