Tim Elliot is minus an opponent at UFC Winnipeg later this month.
UFC on FOX 26’s Tim Elliot is going to need a new dance partner. That’s because planned opponent Justin Scoggins has been forced off the card due to injury. Scoggins announced the news via Twitter Sunday, noting that the injury was a spinal process fracture.
Unfortunately I will not be able to compete on December 16th in Winnipeg due to a spinal process fracture. Thank you for the support, I can't wait to put on a show for you next year.
— Tank Scoggins (@ScogginsFlow) December 3, 2017
Twenty-five year old Scoggins (11–4) was heading into UFC on FOX 26 in need of a win, having dropped two straight. He’d made his return to the flyweight division in June at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore. There, he was submitted by Japan’s Ulka Sasaki. Prior to that, he’d lost a bantamweight scrap against Pedro Munhoz.
A rough 2016 saw Scoggins withdraw from two high profile bouts, against Ben Nguyen and Ian McCall. Scoggins was hurt prior to the Nguyen bout, then struggled to make the flyweight limit against McCall. A brief move up to bantamweight resulted.
Elliot (14–8–1), meanwhile, is 1-1 since losing a hard-fought title challenge against Demetrious Johnson last year. He’s looking to bounce back from a submission loss to Ben Nguyen in June.
UFC on FOX 26 takes place December 16 at the MTS Bell Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Robbie Lawler faces Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC Winnipeg main event, a fight that is expected to serve as a title eliminator.
Update: Scoggins will be replaced by UFC newcomer Pietro Menga.