Darren Elkins
The Damage


Uses takedowns to snap losing streak
November 7, 2020
Elkins defeated Eduardo Garagorri via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:22 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN+ 40 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Elkins ate a solid left hand early, but it didn't phase "The Damage." He immediately went to the double-leg takedown and got Garagorri to the mat, dragging him right back down each time he got back to his feet. Elkins did eat a couple shots and narrowly avoided a few more power strikes, but racked up a ton of control time en route to winning Round 1. According to the telecast, Elkins was credited with a single-round featherweight record of five takedowns. Elkins went right back to the takedown in Round 2 and was largely effective, though Garagorri did land several power shots that opened him up whenever the fight was on the feet for an extended period of time. Elkins did manage to lift Garagorri off his feet and slam him to the mat for an exclamation point to finish Round 2. In the third, Elkins faced some adversity and ate a few massive shots, but he caught a Garagorri knee and used it to initiate another grappling exchange. He took Garagorri's back and made him carry his weight for a bit, but eventually locked in the choke that ended the fight. This was an absolute must-win for Elkins, who snapped a four-fight losing streak. The 36-year-old's days of being in the title picture are long over, but he's incredibly entertaining and is now a UFC record holder, securing more takedowns than anyone in the history of the featherweight division. He's also tied for the most appearances in the history of the weight class and said in his post fight interview that he'd like to get out there a few more times before thinking about retirement.
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Booked for Nov. 7
September 29, 2020
Elkins will take on Eduardo Garagorri in a featherweight matchup at the UFC event Nov. 7, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
Elkins will be making his first appearance in the Octagon since mid-May when he lost to Nate Landwehr via unanimous decision, marking his fourth consecutive defeat. The rough patch has included tough losses to current champion Alexander Volkanovski and veteran Ricardo Lamas, though his back is seemingly against the wall at the age of 36. Elkins will hold slight height and reach advantages over a younger fighter in Garagorri, a Uruguayan prospect that is fresh off his very first professional loss to Ricardo Ramos last November. Six of Garagorri's 13 professional victories have been earned by way of submission, though Elkins has been submitted just once in 33 total pro fights. As usual, Elkins will look to make things ugly for the relative newcomer, using a high-volume attack with little regard for defense.
Drops fourth straight fight
May 16, 2020
Elkins lost to Nate Landwehr via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
Elkins lived up to his nickname ("The Damage") in this one. Although this was a back-and-forth bout in which both men landed their fair share of shots, it was Elkins who emerged from the proceedings a bloody mess. It got so bad that referee Herb Dean had to call the doctor in late in Round 2 in order to make sure Elkins was fit to continue. In typical Elkins fashion, he survived to see the final bell, but Landwehr deserved this one. Elkins ripped off a shocking six-fight win streak from October 2015 to January 2018, but the 36-year-old has fallen on hard times since. Elkins has lost each of his last four fights.
In line to fight May 16
April 29, 2020
Elkins is being targeted for a featherweight matchup against Nate Landwehr on May 16 in Jacksonville, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Elkins needs a bounce-back fight after coming up short in his last three bouts, so the UFC will give him an opponent who has logged just one fight with the company. Landwehr, a former M-1 Global champion, was knocked out in the first round by Herbert Burns back in January. As for Elkins, he's a veteran brawler that is as tough as they come and typically a solid fantasy scorer, even in losses. He recorded 82 significant strikes and a takedown in a 2018 bout against current champion Alexander Volkanovski.
Unable to solve Ryan Hall
July 13, 2019
Elkins lost to Ryan Hall via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
Hall is arguably the most unorthodox fighter in the UFC, making him an exceptionally poor matchup for a straight forward brawler such as Elkins. "The Damage" does his best work from in close and that's impossible against an opponent such as Hall who is constantly on his bicycle and rolling around on the mat. The 35-year-old Elkins was in the title picture at this time a year ago, but he has now lost three fights in a row in a span of 364 days. Elkins is one of the toughest men walking planet earth and one of the sport's most respected veterans, but the UFC needs to be careful regarding who they match him up against moving forward.
To fight Hall in Sacramento
May 14, 2019
Elkins will face off against Ryan Hall in a featherweight matchup at UFC Sacramento on July 13.
Elkins is coming off of two straight losses, but his relentless, brawling style has allowed him to put up respectable striking numbers in each. He landed 82 significant strikes against Alexander Volkanovski a year ago -- a significantly greater mark that Jose Aldo was able to land last weekend at UFC 237. He'll now focus his efforts on Hall, who is 3-0 in UFC with a recent victory via heel hook submission against B.J. Penn in the first round. Hall has just three UFC fights, but has absorbed just a combined 17 significant strikes over that span. Elkins should be able to change that, provided he can avoid the takedown. His career takedown defense rate is a mediocre 57 percent.