Darrick Minner


Can't solve Ryan Hall
December 11, 2021
Minner lost to Ryan Hall via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-29) at UFC 269 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Minner deserves credit for rolling around on the mat with Hall and not tapping out, but his fight IQ in this bout appeared questionable, at best. Minner appeared to have a significant edge on the feet on the rare occasions in which the two men were comfortable striking, which makes his decision to willingly engage Hall in a ground battle all the more baffling. Minner is a ground specialist himself, so maybe that explains his choice, but Hall is on a different level entirely and it showed in this fight. The defeat snaps a two-fight winning streak for Minner as he falls back to .500 (2-2) overall during his brief run with the company.
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Facing Ryan Hall at UFC 269
September 18, 2021
Minner will take on Ryan Hall at UFC 269 in Las Vegas on Dec. 11, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Both fighters will be looking to get back in the win column in this one. Minner is coming off a second-round TKO defeat against Darren Elkins in July, while Ryan Hall was knocked out in the first round by Ilia Topuria in that same month.
Flames out, crashes in second round
July 24, 2021
Minner lost to Darren Elkins via TKO (punches) at 3:48 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Minner looked to have the fight well in hand as Round 1 came to a close, as he ended up on top of the veteran landing hard elbows to the head. Minner decided before the fight that he was going to submit Elkins, however, and his stubbornness in this regard cost him the fight. After going hard for a choke in the middle of the round, it was clear Minner had burned out his arms, which allowed Elkins to get on top and find the finish. This isn't the first time we've seen Minner exhaust himself going for submissions. He will need to exercise more restraint if he wants to continue winning fights at this level. Minner falls to 26-12 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Matchup with Elkins on tap
May 21, 2021
Minner will face Darren Elkins in a featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night on July 24, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Minner picked up his second UFC win in February over Charles Rosa, and he'll attempt to do the same against a veteran of the promotion in July. Elkins lost his previous four bouts before defeating Eduardo Garagorris via submission (rear-naked choke) in November.
Dominates in second consecutive win
February 20, 2021
Minner defeated Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27) at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
Minner dominated this fight from start to finish as he earned 12:34 of control time. Minner even registered a knockdown in Round 2. Rosa threatened with some guard submissions, but Minner wisely defended. This is the first time Minner had been to a decision since 2017. He proved he's not just an early finisher Saturday.
Booked for February bout
December 18, 2020
Minner will take on Charles Rosa in a featherweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 20, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Minner last fought in September, when he defeated T.J. Laramie via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:52 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night. With the win, 22 of his 25 career victories have come via submission. He'll take on Rosa, who has alternated wins and losses in his first eight fights under the UFC banner, most recently defeating Kevin Aguilar via split decision in June. Rosa has an edge in height, but Minner carries an advantage in reach.