At UFC on Fox 7, featherweights Darren Elkins and Chad Mendes will lock horns to see who moves up the rankings, where Jose Aldo is currently the champion. This news comes from MMA Junkie, and is a huge bout that will showcase two of the best featherweights in the world.
This will be a short-notice bout for Elkins, who is coming off an impressive TKO over dynamic striker Antonio Carvalho. With this victory, Elkins has won five straight since dropping down to featherweight. A win over Mendes would be his biggest to date, earning him a top spot in the division’s rankings.
Thus far in Elkins career, he has shown a relentless grappling attack that his opponents rarely match. His cardio has proven to be a huge advantage time and time again, and his power makes him a formidable opponent standing.
Mendes was originally scheduled to face Clay Guida, but an injury forced Guida to bow out. Now Mendes finally has an opponent lined up in a durable Elkins that will certainly gauge where he is at this point in his career.
Coming into this fight, Mendes is on a two-fight winning streak, finishing his past two opponents via KO. A win over Elkins would give him the chance to fight for the belt again, which will be defended between Aldo and Anthony Pettis.
Both of these fighters have an exceptional wrestling game, making this fight intriguing on the ground. Also, both have shown KO power in their fighting career, so it should be an entertaining scrap from start to finish.