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In the main attraction of the preliminary card, featherweight contenders Chad Mendes and Darren Elkins meet to gain possible title contemplation from the UFC brass.
Elkins makes a quick turnaround from UFC 158, where he knocked out Antonio Carvalho. Elkins is 5-0 as a UFC featherweight, defeating Carvalho, Steven Siler, Diego Brandao, Tiequan Zhang and Michihiro Omigawa along the way.
Mendes finds himself on a two-fight surge since failing to take the title from Jose Aldo in Brazil. In the UFC, Mendes has defeated Yaotzin Meza, Cody McKenzie, Rani Yahya and Omigawa to run his record to 4-1 with the company.
Both men are great wrestlers, so this may come down to a kickboxing match. Although Elkins showed power and improvements in his last bout, Mendes is the more refined striker training, with Duane Ludwig of Team Alpha Male.
It will be a close fight, but "Money" will walk away victorious again. There will be no shame in it for Elkins, who has looked great at 145 and could still be a contender down the road.
Prediction: Mendes def. Elkins via unanimous decision