28 Facts About Darren Elkins


Darren Keith Elkins was born on May 16,1984 and is an American mixed martial artist signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he fights in the Featherweight division.

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Darren Elkins placed seventh in the state of Indiana as a freshman, qualified for the state competition as a sophomore, placed third as a junior, and was a State Champion as a high school senior.

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Darren Elkins then went to college for two years and wrestled at University of Wisconsin Parkside, but did not finish his education at the university nor earn a degree.

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Darren Elkins made his UFC debut on the preliminary card of UFC on Versus 1, where he defeated Duane Ludwig via TKO after Ludwig suffered a serious ankle injury after being taken down by Darren Elkins in the first round.

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Darren Elkins took Oliveira down early, but his opponent quickly attempted a triangle choke.

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Darren Elkins was expected to face touted prospect Edson Barboza on November 20,2010, at UFC 123, but Darren Elkins was forced from the card with an injury and replaced by Mike Lullo.

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Darren Elkins made his Featherweight debut against world ranked Michihiro Omigawa on June 11,2011, at UFC 131.

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Darren Elkins won a unanimous decision over Zhang Tiequan on October 8,2011, at UFC 136.

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Darren Elkins defeated TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao on May 26,2012, at UFC 146.

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Darren Elkins utilized his top game with ground and pound to win the second and third rounds, earning him the unanimous decision victory.

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Darren Elkins fought fellow featherweight prospect Steven Siler on November 17,2012, at UFC 154.

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Darren Elkins won via first-round TKO stoppage after landing strikes that rocked Carvalho followed by a knockdown, prompting the referee to intervene.

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Darren Elkins faced Hatsu Hioki on August 28,2013, at UFC Fight Night 27.

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Darren Elkins faced Jeremy Stephens on January 25,2014, at UFC on Fox 10.

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Darren Elkins was briefly linked to a matchup with Tatsuya Kawajiri on September 20,2014, at UFC Fight Night 52, but the bout never materialized as Kawajiri was sidelined indefinitely with a detached retina.

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Darren Elkins faced Hacran Dias on December 20,2014, at UFC Fight Night 58.

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Darren Elkins faced Godofredo Pepey on July 23,2016, at UFC on Fox 20.

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Darren Elkins faced Dennis Bermudez on July 22,2017, at UFC on Fox 25.

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Darren Elkins faced Michael Johnson on January 14,2018, at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs Choi.

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Darren Elkins won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in round two.

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Darren Elkins faced Alexander Volkanovski on July 14,2018, at UFC Fight Night 133.

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Darren Elkins faced Ricardo Lamas on November 17,2018, at UFC Fight Night 140.

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Darren Elkins faced Nate Landwehr on May 16,2020, at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs Harris.

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Darren Elkins faced Luiz Eduardo Garagorri on November 7,2020, at UFC on ESPN: Santos vs Teixeira.

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Darren Elkins faced Darrick Minner on July 24,2021, at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs Dillashaw.

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Darren Elkins faced Cub Swanson on December 18,2021, at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Daukaus.

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Darren Elkins faced Tristan Connelly on April 30,2022 at UFC on ESPN 35.

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Darren Elkins was scheduled to face Jonathan Pearce on December 3,2022, at UFC on ESPN 42.

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