Evan Elder

The Phenom

USA

Nabs first UFC victory
LightweightUFC
July 15, 2023
Elder defeated Genaro Valdez via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 49 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a major response from Elder on the heels of a tough-luck loss to Nazim Sadykhov this past February. In what was essentially a 15-minute stand-up brawl, Elder was the much more composed fighter. He picked his spots and landed with authority the entire bout. Elder was knocked down by Valdez in Round 2, but bounced right back up and finished the frame with a 37-22 edge in total strikes landed. This fight wasn't anywhere near as lopsided as the laughable 30-26 mark one judge handed out, but it was a clear-cut victory for the 26-year-old California native, his first in three tries with the UFC.
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Slated to fight Valdez
LightweightUFC
May 18, 2023
Elder will take on Genaro Valdez in a lightweight contest at a UFC event on July 15 in Las Vegas, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN reports Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Elder, like his opponent Valdez, will be looking for his first UFC victory. He has youth on Valdez, although both have only fought in two UFC contests. Both fighters will be looking to right the ship and prove they belong in the UFC come mid July.
Tough break in TKO loss
LightweightUFC
February 18, 2023
Elder lost to Nazim Sadykhov via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 0:38 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
You can't help but feel for Elder here. After not being the least bit competitive in a unanimous decision loss to Preston Parsons in his UFC debut last April, he looked strong in this one and was up two rounds on all three judges scorecards despite entering as a healthy +180 underdog. Evan appeared to be tiring as the first progressed, but he had an unquestioned edge in the power department and was responsible for the biggest moment of the fight following a first-round knockdown of Sadykhov. Ultimately, referee Mark Smith called the doctor in early in Round 3 to take a look at a massive gash about Elder's eye, and the fight was immediately called off. It's rare to see a fighter's stock rise in a defeat, but that was the case for Elder here. He still needs to find a way to secure his first UFC victory his next time out, however. One the bright side, he'll take home an extra $50,000 after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Hoping for better results in February
LightweightUFC
November 1, 2022
Elder will take on Nazim Sadykhov at the UFC event on Feb. 18, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Elder did not have a great showing in his UFC debut back in April when he fell to Preston Parsons by unanimous decision. He had only three days notice, however, so he will hope the extra time better helps him prep for a fighter in Sadykhov who will be making his UFC debut.
Not competitive in UFC debut
LightweightUFC
April 23, 2022
Elder lost to Preston Parsons via unanimous decision (26-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Making his UFC debut on extremely late notice, Elder -- who is just 25 years of age and trains with the Diaz brothers in Stockton, California -- was routed in his maiden voyage with the company. He allowed a pair of takedowns in each of the first two rounds and spent well over two minutes being controlled in each of the three frames. All told, Elder landed just 34 total strikes compared to 121 from Parsons. The good news is that Elder will almost certainly receive a second opportunity with the company due to his willingness to "save" this bout.
Making UFC debut Saturday
LightweightUFC
April 20, 2022
Elder will fight Preston Parsons at the UFC event on Saturday, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Elder will be taking the place of Louis Cosce, who tested positive for COVID-19. Elder has a 7-0-0 record as a professional and was last in the Octagon in December. Parsons fell via TKO in his UFC debut last July.