Surging featherweight Darren
Elkins has answered the call to face Chad Mendes
in the wake of Clay Guida’s
UFC on Fox 7.
Sherdog.com confirmed the booking with a source close to the bout
following an initial report from MMAJunkie.com on Tuesday morning.
UFC on Fox 7 takes place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose,
Calif., and is headlined by a lightweight championship showdown
between reigning titlist Benson
Henderson and ex-Strikeforce ruler Gilbert
Elkins, 28, has won five straight fights since dropping to 145
pounds in 2011. Following his controversial unanimous decision win
Omigawa, the Hoosier has fought impressively, dominating
Zhang and Steven
Siler, and pulling off a come-from-behind victory over “TUF 14”
Brandao. Most recently, Elkins picked up a technical knockout
win over Antonio
Carvalho, stopping the Canadian in 3:06 this past Saturday at
One year younger than his opponent, Mendes has won back-to-back
fights since failing in his bid to capture the UFC featherweight
title from Jose Aldo last
year. “Money” fought twice more to close out 2012, stopping
McKenzie with a brutal body blow before knocking out Octagon
Meza last December at UFC on FX 6.