UFC 158: Darren Elkins is Being Overlooked on the Prelims

By Kevin Jaress
Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Elkins looks to win his fifth consecutive fight when he squares off against Antonio Carvalho at UFC 158.

Typically, fighters riding big winning streaks are showcased on an event’s main card. Elkins, however, finds himself in the middle of the preliminary card against a little-known opponent.

Elkins made his featherweight debut at UFC 131 versus Michihiro Omigawa. Elkins, who was a nearly three-to-one underdog to Omigawa, shocked MMA fans as he dominated the Japanese fighter on his way to a unanimous decision victory. Three lopsided victories later, Elkins remains waiting for a big fight.

Elkins addressed his feelings about fighting on the preliminary card with MMA Junkie Radio. “What can I do? It’s something that’s out of my hands,” Elkins said. “I wish I was on FX or the main card, or stuff like that, but it’s done and over with. I’m just going to focus on the future.”

One thing that may be keeping Elkins from being featured on a main card is his style of fighting. Elkins, who is an accomplished wrestler, uses his grappling skills to control his opponents. While his attack is effective, Elkins has failed to stop any of his six UFC opponents by way of punches or submission.

Elkins, however, fully expects to reach contender status with a win over Carvalho. “The winner will have a lot of momentum going into the year and will probably get a big fight…at least a top 10 contender.”

After a fifth straight victory, the UFC will have a difficult time keeping Elkins off the main card of a major event.

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