Darren Elkins has a chance to become the first UFC fighter to reach 5-0 at featherweight inside the Octagon when he faces Antonio Carvalho this Saturday night at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz.
Elkins (15-2) currently holds victories over such notables as Diego Brandao, Steven Siler and Michihiro Omigawa, but knows reaching five wins will place him in strong standing at 145 pounds.
“If I came out 5-0 in the division, I’ll be the first person with (a) 5-0 (record) at 145 pounds in the UFC,” said Elkins, in an interview with FiveOuncesOfPain.com. “I feel like that makes me deserving of at least Top-10. I’m focused on Carvalho, so I’m not thinking too much about that, but I definitely deserve that.”
Elkins has been with the UFC since 2010, when he defeated Duane Ludwig via TKO (injury). He lost to Charles Oliveira later that year, but has been perfect since moving to featherweight.
“This is the perfect weight class for me,” Elkins said. “I thought about cutting down to 145 before, but I’d fought most of my career as a lightweight. It’s not a bad cut for me. I think this is where I’m gonna end my career.”