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Darren Elkins was red-hot heading into UFC on Fox 7, he had dropped to featherweight five fights before and was sporting a perfect record since then. That changed on Saturday when he met the No. 1-ranked fighter in the division, Chad Mendes.
It took Mendes just 68 seconds to bring the streak of Elkins to an end.
After the fight, the third winner of the night for Team Alpha Male said, “It was a quick finish and if I could do that every time, I would. Overall, I got in there and I felt great. After the Aldo fight, I really worked on my standup-I'm just starting to find myself in the standup world. Props to Darren for taking the fight on short notice. I knew he was tough.
He's a tough, tough dude, but I just stuck to what I knew. It was another first round finish, and hopefully there’s more of those to come. I don’t know if people are afraid to fight me, it’s a chance to beat me and a chance to move up in title contention.
I want to remain active because you only have so much time to remain active in the sport, but I'd like to wait for the winner of the Aldo vs. Pettis fight. I want that belt.”
As for Elkins, he made no excuses for the loss, “I had a great training camp coming into tonight. Chad is a tough guy. He caught me and did his job putting me away. Hats off to him.”