In his most recent bout, Darren Elkins upset “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 winner Diego Brandao, but he still seems to be flying under the radar ahead of his UFC 154 matchup against Steven Siler.

“He’s coming off of three consecutive wins. I’m coming off of three consecutive wins,” Elkins told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “We’re both kind of under the radar. ... I figure the winner of this is going to be one of the first people at featherweight to be 4-0, so probably the winner of this fight gets a big step up.”

Elkins (pictured, right) has put together a notable run in the UFC after losing his debut as a lightweight in August 2010. Charles Oliveira armbarred him in just 41 seconds, but Elkins learned from the defeat.

“I think the Oliveira fight taught me a lot,” he said. “I thought my jiu-jitsu stuff was better than what it was.”

Elkins went back to learning submission counters and defense, which helped him score three straight wins via unanimous decision, including the victory over Brandao.

“He’s a tenacious fighter,” Elkins said of Brandao. “He comes out swinging and comes out hard. I watched his fights and I saw he kind of gasses towards the end, like towards the end of the first round, but usually he finishes people. I knew it’d probably be a different fight if I got past the first round.”

Although he took some damage early, Elkins worked his strategy perfectly and took over in the second and third rounds to grind out a win. He could employ a similar game plan Nov. 17 against Siler.

“He’s a well-rounded fighter,” Elkins said. “He’s aggressive. I’m just going to have to match his aggressiveness and have a good start from the beginning and don’t fade at all.”

Siler is 3-0 in the UFC. He submitted Joey Gambino with a guillotine choke in June and also holds wins over Cole Miller and Josh Clopton. Elkins knows that beating Siler would advance his position in the featherweight division, but he also knows that finishing his opponent would help him climb the ladder much quicker.

“Obviously I haven’t really had a lot of finishes in the UFC,” Elkins said. “I’ve really been trying to work on trying to get some finishes. I’d like to go for a finish.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:00:12).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Major Upset on The Ultimate Fighter 24 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago
  • 68 views

A major upset took place on the third episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions with the No. 13 seed taking out the No. 4 seed by TKO. read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 24: Ep. 4 Preview

  • 9 days ago
  • 3 views

The Ultimate Fighter was bound to see a few upsets, and the first major twist took place during last week's episode as No. 11 seed Adam Antolin knocked off No. 4 seed Damacio Page to give Team Cejudo read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter LATAM Episode 5 Preview: Team Griffin vs Team Liddell

  • 9 days ago
  • 10 views

After an eventful start to the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, the opening round matchups will come to an end this week and the quarterfinal fights will be announced. read news >>

Biggest Upset in TUF History Happened This Week | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 48 views

Arguably the biggest upset in the history of The Ultimate Fighter happened on the fifth episode of TUF 24: Tournament of Champions, which aired on Wednesday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 95: What If Cris Cyborg Actually Lost?

  • 6 days ago
  • 13 views

No one is anticipating Cris Cyborg is about to suffer a major upset at the hands of Lina Lansberg this weekend at UFC Fight Night 95. Actually, most people who’ve been watching the Brazilian througho read news >>

UFC Fight Night 95 results: Eric Spicely stuns Brasilia, submits 8-1 favorite Thiago 'Marreta' Santos

  • 5 days ago
  • 3 views

BRASILIA, Brazil – “The Ultimate Fighter 23” veteran Eric Spicely pulled off the first upset – and a major one – on a night of Brazil vs. America fights.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 95 results: Eric Spicely stuns Brasilia, submits 8-1 favorite Thiago 'Marreta' Santos

  • 5 days ago
  • 7 views

BRASILIA, Brazil – “The Ultimate Fighter 23” veteran Eric Spicely pulled off the first upset – and a major one – on a night of Brazil vs. America fights.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Eric Spicely Scores Big Upset Over Thiago Santos: UFC Brasilia Highlights | MMAWeekly.com

  • 5 days ago
  • 5 views

Eric Spicely scored a big upset over Thiago Santos on the UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg main card in Brasilia, Brazil on Staurday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 95 bonuses: Eric Spicely's huge upset of 8-1 favorite Thiago 'Marreta' Santos worth $50,000

  • 5 days ago
  • 9 views

BRASILIA, Brazil – Eric Spicely, Vicente Luque, Erick Silva and Luan Chagas each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Eric Spicely was told he'd been cut before UFC Fight Night 95 upset of Thiago 'Marreta' Santos

  • 5 days ago
  • 10 views

The sale of the UFC to WME-IMG turned out to be a blessing for Eric Spicely. The middleweight said he was informed he had been cut at the same time as being offered a fight with Thiago “Marreta” Sant read news >>