Former title challenger Tim Elliott will face undefeated Russian Askar Askarov at UFC 246 in January.
Flyweights are set to throw down on the first PPV of the UFC’s 2020 schedule. On Friday, Askar Askarov announced via social media that he’d be meeting former title challenger Tim Elliott at UFC 246 in Las Vegas this January.
A report by MMA Junkie later confirmed the news.
The flyweight bout will see Elliott (15-9-1) looking to bounce back from a submission loss at the hands of Brazil’s Deiveson Figueiredo back in October. Since facing Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson for the 125lb title in 2016, Elliott has been trading wins and losses, going 2-2 in that stretch.
Elliott earned the shot against the former UFC flyweight champ after winning The Ultimate Fighter 24: Tournament of Champions.
Askarov (10-0-1) remains undefeated as a pro, but his UFC debut did not go exactly as planned. The Russian fighter, a veteran of ACB, faced Brandon Moreno at UFC Mexico City in September, where the pair battled it out in a fight that ended in a draw.
He’ll be looking for a more decisive outcome, mainly his first win in the octagon, when he faces Tim Elliott in Las Vegas.
UFC 246, headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone, will take place January 18, 2020 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.