TUF 24 winner and former title challenger Tim Elliot has cancelled plans to move to bantamweight, and instead will face Louis Smolka at UFC on FOX 24.
MMANewsline reported the news first, before it was confirmed by multiple outlets.
Elliot (13-7-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC) had a stint in the UFC dating from 2012-2015, where he went 2-4 with the promotion. The American was cut after he lost a third straight fight, but had success outside the promotion, winning the Titan FC Flyweight Championship and defending it twice. Elliot won TUF 24, and earned a title shot against Demetrious Johnson. Despite almost finishing the fight in round 1, Elliot lost a decision.
Smolka (11-3) is currently in the midst of the first losing streak of his career. The Hawaiian went 7-0 in his first seven, but suffered his first professional loss in his second UFC first, dropping a split decision to Chris Cariaso. Following the loss, the 25-year-old defeated Richie Vaculik, Neil Seery, Paddy Holohan and Ben Nguyen before suffering losses to Brandon Moreno and Ray Borg.
UFC on FOX 24 takes place live from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on April 15, 2017.