Darren Elkins
The Damage
Gets dominated in Argentina
FeatherweightUFC
November 17, 2018
Elkins lost to Ricardo Lamas via TKO (punches and elbows) at 4:09 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ANALYSIS
Elkins simply couldn't get anything going in this one, as Lamas stuffed his takedown attempts and battered his face and legs on the feet. "The Damage" is rightly lauded for his toughness but has taken an obscene amount of punishment in his last five fights, which may lead some to question if he is long for this sport. He has now suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his career, and holds a 24-7 record in professional MMA
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Set for Argentina co-main event
FeatherweightUFC
October 23, 2018
Elkins will take on Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight matchup at UFC Argentina on Nov. 17.
ANALYSIS
Elkins had been riding a six-fight winning streak before his last time out, when he hanged tough with up-and-coming Alexander Volkanovski but ultimately fell short via decision. He'll draw a tough customer in Lamas, against whom he owns a two-inch reach advantage. Elkins has the ability to withstand any type of beating -- hence the nickname "The Damage" -- so if he enters as an underdog, he could represent a worthwhile fantasy play. He sports better striking volume and takedown numbers than Lamas, though Lamas has been facing a much higher caliber of competition over the last five years.
Displays toughness in lost to Alex Volkanovski Saturday
FeatherweightUFC
July 14, 2018
Elkins lost to Alexander Volkanovski via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Boise, Idaho.
ANALYSIS
Elkins is stupidly tough. As has been the case time and time again, "The Damage" has proven that he can take plenty of it and keep in ticking. It didn't result in a victory on Saturday, but any other mere mortal would have been stopped in Round 1 and Elkins not only saw the final bell, but he was returning fire on Volkanovski until the dying seconds of the bout. Elkins is limited from an athletic standpoint and he doesn't have much power left in his hands at age 34, but his ability to take a beating gives the Indiana native a chance in most every fight he competes in. The loss snaps a six-fight win streak for Elkins.
To fight Alex Volkanovski at UFC Boise
FeatherweightUFC
May 9, 2018
Elkins will fight Alex Volkanovski at UFC Boise on July 14, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Elkins (24-5) has won his past six fights, notably defeating Michael Johnson via second-round submission and completing a huge comeback over Mirsad Bektic. His opponent, Volkanovski, is an impressive 17-1. Notably, he secured a victory over the previously undefeated Jeremy Kennedy at UFC 221 via second-round knockout.
Scores another come-from-behind win
FeatherweightUFC
January 14, 2018
Elkins defeated Michael Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:22 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in St. Louis.
ANALYSIS
This is becoming a habit for Elkins. He fell far behind in the first round of this fight. Johnson was beating him to the punch and preventing all takedown and clinch attempts. In the second round, Elkins came out and scored an early takedown. From there he transitioned to the back and finished with the joke. It might not always be pretty for "The Damage," but he is now riding a six-fight winning streak in the UFC.
Draws Michael Johnson for UFC St. Louis
FeatherweightUFC
December 5, 2017
Elkins will face Michael Johnson in a featherweight contest at UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan. 14 in St. Louis, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Elkins is taking on a recent lightweight in this matchup, which could be good or bad. He's down two inches reach-wise to the southpaw Johnson. However, "The Damage" has been on a solid five-fight win streak lately. We'll have to wait and see how he does against tougher competition like Johnson though. Elkins is 24-5 overall.