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Old 03-19-2013, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Darren Elkins steps in for Clay Guida, meets Chad Mendes at UFC on FOX 7

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After his Saturday win at UFC 158, Darren Elkins was looking for a Top 10 opponent. The UFC will oblige him, and then some and in a hurry.

Elkins (16-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) stopped Antonio Carvalho (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) this past weekend with a first-round TKO to improve to 5-0 as a featherweight the first fighter to attain such a mark in the UFC.

The quick win put him in position for a quick return, and he'll step in for an injured Clay Guida and meet Chad Mendes (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 7 next month. Sources with knowledge of the fight told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the booking, though UFC officials have yet to make a formal announcement.

UFC on FOX 7 takes place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card, featuring a lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and final Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez, airs on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook.

Mendes vs. Elkins likely will take the featured slot on FX.

Elkins' win over Carvalho marked his first stoppage victory as a featherweight after four straight unanimous-decision victories. Although the former lightweight was dominant in his wins and frequently worked to end the fights, the nature of the unanimous decisions kept him flying under the radar at a quiet 4-0 at 145 pounds.

Prior to the fight with Carvalho, he told MMAjunkie.com he was seeking a stoppage in order to start making some waves. And he got it though it didn't come without controversy. Many believed the fight was stopped early when Carvalho quickly popped back to his feet just as referee Yves Lavigne was holding back Elkins from landing more punches. But even Carvalho admitted after the fight he was in trouble from the punches.

Before the TKO of Carvalho, Elkins had scored decision wins over Steven Siler, Diego Brandao, Michihiro Omigawa and Tiquan Zhang in the UFC.

Mendes has won two straight, both by first-round knockout, after losing a featherweight title fight to Jose Aldo at UFC 142. In that fight, the champ knocked him out with just one second left in the first round, which marked the first loss of Mendes' career.

But he came back this past July to stop Cody McKenzie with a body shot in just 31 seconds, and in December, he beat newcomer Yaotzin Meza with a knockout in less than two minutes.

Mendes, a Team Alpha Male product, has been plagued with opponent switches of late. He was supposed to meet Hacran Dias at UFC on FX 6 in December but was given Meza as a late replacement when Dias. The quick win in that fight had him back in a hurry and expecting to fight Manny Gamburyan at UFC 157 this past month. But Gamburyan suffered and injury and instead of throwing Mendes another late replacement, he was bumped to UFC on FOX 7 vs. Guida. Now, with Guida out, he'll have about a month to prepare for Elkins.

The latest UFC on FOX 7 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Champ Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez - for lightweight title
Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir
Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson
Matt Brown vs. Dan Hardy
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET)
Darren Elkins vs. Chad Mendes*
Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck
Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin
Myles Jury vs. Ramsey Nijem
Francisco Rivera vs. Hugo Viana
Jorge Masvidal vs. Tim Means
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 3:35 p.m. ET)
Roger Bowling vs. Anthony Njokuani
Clifford Starks vs. Yoel Romero
Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama
* - Not officially announced
http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...t-ufc-on-fox-7

I was hoping for a bigger name for Mendes. But good for Elkins for stepping in. He gets beat here because Mendes will keep it standing and use his better striking
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mendes by domination.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was really hoping it was Siver or even Swanson
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I like it. But I still think Mendes dominates. I'm still interested in a Mendes vs Edgar fight.
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I like it. But I still think Mendes dominates. I'm still interested in a Mendes vs Edgar fight.
I don't think Mendes would do well. I think he is a mini Edgar in the sense that they are very similar except Edgar is better everywhere.
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Much better fight. **** Clay Guida.
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I don't think Mendes would do well. I think he is a mini Edgar in the sense that they are very similar except Edgar is better everywhere.
I'm not so sure. I think it would be a competitive fight for sure. I think they are pretty equal when it comes to wrestling, actually Chad is probably the better wrestler but Frankie might be the overall better grappler. I think it would be interesting.

Edgar and Mendes are the same height, Frankie is a bit longer but Chad is probably the stronger of the two.
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I'm not so sure. I think it would be a competitive fight for sure. I think they are pretty equal when it comes to wrestling, actually Chad is probably the better wrestler but Frankie might be the overall better grappler. I think it would be interesting.

Edgar and Mendes are the same height, Frankie is a bit longer but Chad is probably the stronger of the two.
Frankie's wrestling has looked amazing. I doubt Mendes out wrestles him and Frankie has the better striking.
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Frankie's wrestling has looked amazing. I doubt Mendes out wrestles him and Frankie has the better striking.
Mendes wrestling is pretty damn solid. He is younger and closer to his wrestling prime not to mentioned he is the more accomplished college wrestler. I know that doesn't always translate but Mendes has shown good wrestling in MMA. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he was able to out wrestle Frankie. IMO it's a fight that needs to happen. They are both top 4 in the World IMO along with Aldo and Curran.
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Elkins has put on a solid run, but this will be too much for him.

Too big too soon.
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