Elkins is a regular underdog in the UFC, yet he has managed to
win four straight fights.
Most recently, he outworked Steven
Siler for 15 minutes at UFC
154 to earn a decisive unanimous decision (30-27 on all three
“I was a little bit of an underdog it seemed,” Elkins told the
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “He had a couple of good wins.
I was coming off a three-fight win streak. He was too. Overall I
liked the matchup. I thought I was going to be the better wrestler
and I thought I was going to be the stronger fighter. It happened
to be that I felt stronger than him and I wore him down.”
Elkins delivered another workmanlike performance, using his
takedowns to nullify Siler’s striking and an active game on the
ground to prevent Siler’s submissions.
“My first takedown I got on him was against the cage,” Elkins said.
“I was just kind of working off the cage, throwing some knees, and
when I went for that trip, I just felt like I overpowered him. From
there, when he came in charging forward, I landed a few good double
legs and just felt like I had my timing down that night.”
Siler was no slouch. He entered the fight on a three-bout win
streak that included a win over Cole Miller.
By outpointing him, Elkins scored his fifth victory in six UFC
“I think I’m getting up there,” Elkins answered when asked where he
stands in the featherweight division. “I think my next fight I need
a bigger name, maybe a top-five, top-10 guy in the division and I
hope they’ll give it to me. I think I’ve got to get a couple of
those before I get really in the mix.”
It’s no mistake that Elkins has found success at 145 pounds. To
make the weight, he has to stay focused, and the drop from 155 has
worked well so far.
“I am a different fighter,” he said. “I have to focus a little bit
more on my strength and conditioning and my diet. Since I’ve
dropped down to 145, my diet’s changed a lot. The strength factor
-- I am a lot stronger than almost everybody I’ve fought so far at
featherweight, so that’s a huge advantage for me, and size-wise, at
155, I’m fighting taller guys and I’m usually the taller guy at
Elkins likes how he matches up with opponents in the division, but
he’s still the underdog come fight time and that’s fine with
“Every fight I’ve had pretty much in the UFC, I’m the underdog,” he
said. “The betting odds, I’m always at least a little slight
underdog or a huge underdog. I love the role. It motivates me. I
just keep training harder, and that gives me the motivation because
everybody doubts me. It pushes me every day.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 35:35).