With Allan Nascimento out, Tim Elliott steps in to face Sumudaerji at UFC Vegas 83

Sumudaerji has a new opponent for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night event.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Tim Elliott will step in to face Sumudaerji at UFC Vegas 83, which takes place this Saturday at the UFC APEX. Elliott replaces Allan Nascimento who was forced to withdraw with an injury. The fight will take place at 135 pounds.

The bout was first reported by Patrick McCorry, while Ag. Fight first reported Nascimento’s withdrawal.

Elliott looks to bounce back from a highly competitive submission loss to Muhammad Mokaev at UFC 294 in October. Prior to that, the 36-year-old picked up back-to-back decision wins over Tagir Ulanbekov and Victor Altamirano.

“The Tibetan Eagle” makes his return to the octagon for the first time since suffering a submission loss to Matt Schnell in the Fight of the Night at UFC Long Island in July 2022, which snapped the 27-year-old’s three-fight win streak.

UFC Vegas 83 will be headlined by a bantamweight bout between Song Yadong and Chris Gutierrez.

Guilherme Cruz contributed to this report.

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