If Darren Elkins had defeated Chad Mendes at UFC on FOX 7, it would have been interesting to see what the promotion would have done with the featherweight next, considering it would have marked his sixth straight win. Mendes, however, ended up knocking Elkins out in the opening round, and remains the division’s #1 contender.
Although Elkins won’t face another top ten ranked 145’er as a result of the loss, the rugged vet will fight an established featherweight at UFC Fight Night 27 in Hastsu Hioki. If Elkins can defeat Hioki Wednesday night, who not long ago was widely considered to be one of the planet’s top featherweights, it would be a great way to get back on track. As Elkins recently relayed on MMA Junkie.com Radio:
“It took me a little while, getting over a loss like that (to Mendes), and being in a position that could’ve put me right there to be a top contender,” Elkins said. “It was a huge opportunity. I took it, and I didn’t win that one. He capitalized on a mistake I made. I got over it, and now I’m just trying to get better again and take this fight and start another win streak. The last time I lost in the UFC, I lost to (Charles) Oliveira, and that’s when I went on my five-fight win streak. So I’m hoping to start another streak like that.”
“My ultimate goal is to be a world champion. Money’s nice too. You add the temptation and the greed aspect in there. But I’d rather be world champion. You’re going to make good money if you become world champion. People are going to know who you are, and at least I’d know I’d accomplish something I set out to do. That’s more of a personal thing for me – hit the goals I set and accomplish them.”
Elkins also credited Hioki for being a top level fighter, who it’s worth noting, has never been finished in over 30 fights. UFC Fight Night 27 will go down in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.