Darrick Minner


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.
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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.
Scores easy submission win
September 19, 2020
Minner defeated T.J. Laramie via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:52 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Easy work. Minner may have entered as a significant +270 underdog, but he had zero difficulty immediately grabbing a hold of the neck of the -330 favorite and quickly choking him out. Minner himself was submitted by Grant Dawson in his company debut back in February. Still, the result shouldn't come as much of a surprise given the fact 22 of Minner's 25 career wins have come via submission. The 30-year-old Nebraska native can clearly compete with any man in the division on the ground, but the extreme lack of power in Minner's hands seems likely to be his ultimate downfall.