darren-elkins-6.jpgFour straight wins is the mark many fighters have hit to get a UFC title shot, unless you’re a former champ migrating to another division, or you have highlight-reel finishes to spare. 

Darren Elkins (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) could pick up win No. 5 if he beats Antonio Carvalho (15-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 158, and yet most consider him a dark horse in the in the featherweight division. 

“It doesn’t really bother me,” he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I try to focus on the things that I can focus on. That’s not my decision. 

“If I let it get to me, it’s kind of a lost cause. Why I keep this streak going is I focus on one fight at a time. I don’t get ahead of myself. If I keep taking care of business, I’ll be there.”

UFC 158 takes place March 16 at Bell Centre in Montreal. Carvalho vs. Elkins serves on the FX-televised prelims following additional prelims on Facebook and main-card fights on pay-per-view.

Of course, it isn’t hard to make sense of the UFC’s decisions when looking at title contenders. Those who do big business or have recent high-profile wins get the best opportunities. To get to his current position, Elkins bested Michihiro Omigawa, Zhang Tiequan, Diego Brandao and Steven Siler, none of whom are ranked at 145 pounds. 

Meanwhile, featherweight Ricardo Lamas boasts four straight wins and is considered to be on the cusp of a title shot if he wins a rumored fight with Chan Sung Jung. 

Elkins, though, doesn’t dispute that he has work to do before he’s thought of in the same way. 

“I think he fought tougher guys on paper,” Elkins said of Lamas. “Obviously, he beat Hioki, who was ranked No. 2 at the time, so that gave him a lot of notice. He beat Cub Swanson, and he has a few more finishes than I do.”

Elkins, in fact, has no finishes at featherweight, but he’s working on changing that against Carvalho, who most recently bested Rodrigo Damm via split decision at UFC 154. 

“I think he’s a hell of a fighter,” Elkins said of Carvalho. “He’s beat some really top guys. He’s really low-key. I’m low-key, too. I’m not a guy who gets on Twitter to talk. But his fight style, he brings it.

“I definitely feel like I’ve got momentum, but I definitely can’t relax. Once you start getting that type of streak, you let your guard down sometimes, and that’s not what I want to do. An opponent like Carvalho is very dangerous, so I’ve got to stay on my toes and take nobody lightly.”

And if he gets the chance to fight champ Jose Aldo, Elkins said he’ll make the best of it. 

“Obviously, if you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” he said. “[Aldo has] definitely been up there for a long time. If you beat a champ like that, you’ve really got a name for yourself.”

For more on UFC 158, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie.com Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

There’s No Denying the Vanilla Gorilla

  • 6 days ago
  • 21 views

If he wins at Saturday's Titan FC 38, Chase Sherman hopes that his fourth win in a row will be enough to put him in the UFC. read news >>

Jose Aldo Declares, ‘I’m Going to Get My Belt Back; I’m Going to Beat Conor McGregor’

  • 4 days ago
  • 109 views

Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo declares that he will regain the title he once held, starting with beating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 for the interim belt. read news >>

Kevin Croom is Just a Few More Wins Away from the UFC

  • a day ago
  • 6 views

Following an erratic couple years, Titan FC veteran Kevin Croom believes he's back on track towards the UFC. read news >>

Undefeated Christian Lee Happy to Rack Up the Wins, Heading into ONE: Ascent to Power

  • a day ago
  • 8 views

Christian Lee is one of ONE Championship's top featherweight prospects, but he's happy racking up wins and biding his time before talking titles. read news >>

Zingano Returns Against Pena at UFC 200

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 views

With victories by knockout or submission in 15 of their combined 17 wins, Cat Zingano and Julianna Pena are two of the best finishers in the women's bantamweight division, so don't expect the judges read news >>

Who ya got?!? Fellow fighters predict Ben Rothwell vs. Junior Dos Santos

  • 27 days ago
  • 19 views

ZAGREB, Croatia – Who wins UFC Fight Night 86’s heavyweight headliner between former champion Junior Dos Santos and rising contender Ben Rothwell? Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, V read news >>

Can Undefeated Chazz Walton Keep First-Round Finish Streak Alive at Legacy FC 53?

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

Undefeated lightweight prospect Chazz Walton hopes to keep his first-round finish streak alive at Friday night's Legacy FC 53. read news >>

Now that Cage Warriors is back, Graham Boylan hopes to up the fun factor this time

  • 27 days ago
  • 31 views

Cage Warriors hasn’t held an event since November 2014, but when the promotion returns for Cage Warriors 75 later this month, there are no plans for another extended layoff. Graham Boylan has learned read news >>

Cummings wins; Perez, Taisumov, Stasiak get 1st Round victories

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

Zak Cummings handed Nicolas Dalby his first professional loss in the featured bout of the Fight Night Zagreb prelims, while Alejandro Perez, Mairbek Taisumov and Damian Stasiak all got first round vi read news >>

Lewis, Ngannou get TKO wins in Zagreb

  • 26 days ago
  • 7 views

Derrick Lewis wasted no time in defeating Gabriel Gonzaga in the first round of their co-main event clash at Fight Night Zagreb. Earlier, Francis Ngannou, Tim Johnson, Jan Blachowicz and Maryna Moroz read news >>