The recorded portion of the Ultimate Fighter season 24: Tournament of Champions ended on Wednesday Night, with Tim Elliott defeating Hiromasa Ogukubo. The season pitted 16 regional flyweight champions from all across the world, and put them all in a tournament with the winner of the entire contest, getting a chance to challenger long time UFC flyweight champion, and pound for pound great, Demetrious Johnson for his belt on Saturday Night, as part of the season finale.
Elliott, who entered the tournament as the Titan FC champion, had previously had a stint in the UFC, where he went 2-4. Elliott will enter Saturday’s contest as an extremely large underdog to Johnson. Johnson, who is the only person to even win the UFC flyweight title, has successfully defended the belt 8 straight times
Johnson has also defeated Joseph Benavidez (twice) and Henry Cejudo, who were the two coaches of the fighters during the season. Benavidez and Cejudo will face each other on Saturday as the co-main event.
The last time the UFC rewarded a Ultimate Fighter season champion with an immediate shot at the UFC champion was season 4. During that season, Matt Serra won the tournament and was given a shot at UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre. Serra won the title, after knocking St. Pierre out in the first round, in arguably the biggest upset in MMA history. If Elliott can beat Johnson on Saturday, his upset will also go down as one of the best in history.