Since dropping to featherweight in June 2010, Darren Elkins has been untouched with five consecutive wins. If Elkins can defeat Chad Mendes on the next show, he wants a shot at the belt.
“If I beat Mendes, I should be next in line or one fight away from a title shot,” said Elkins to MMA Fighting. “I’m taking the fight on short notice. This would be six in a row and I’d beat the guy who had a shot at the title whose only loss is to [Jose] Aldo.”
Elkins took four decisions before he finished Antonio Carvalho in three minutes at UFC 158. He is replacing an injured Clay Guida when he fights Mendes.
Mendes’ only loss came to champion Jose Aldo over a year ago. His last two fights he’s finished in the opening round, including a 33 second knockout to Cody McKenzie.
They are a go as the main event of the preliminary card of UFC on FOX 7. That’s on Saturday, April 20, from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.