Preliminary Card | Featherweight · 145 lbs | MMA
Darren Elkins defeats Michihiro Omigawa via 3 Round Decision
|11-2-0||Pro Record At Fight||12-9-1|
|Climbed to 12-2||Record After Fight||Fell to 12-10|
|+180 (Slight Underdog)||Betting Odds||-220 (Moderate Favorite)|
|Portage, Indiana||Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|27 years, 5 days||Age at Fight||35 years, 5 months, 2 days|
|145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs)|
|5'10" (178cm)||Height||5'6" (168cm)|
|71.0" (180cm)||Reach||68.0" (173cm)|
|Walkout Music||Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug|
|Gym||Neo Judo Academy Omigawa Dojo|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 131: Carwin vs. Dos Santos
- Date: Saturday 06.11.2011 at 09:00 PM ET
- Referee: Kevin Dornan
- Venue: Rogers Arena
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 1 of 12)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Prelims
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Omigawa Total Disclosed Pay: $8,000
- Elkins Total Disclosed Pay: $16,000
Omigawa vs. Elkins Wiki Update Wiki
The opening bout of UFC 131 featured Michihiro Omigawa taking on Darren Elkins in a featherweight contest. Omigawa came into the bout 0-1 in prior UFC competition, while was 1-1 in his UFC bouts.
Darren Elkins came out in the opening round throwing more volume than Omigawa, but the first minute was mostly a feeling-out process. Omigawa found some success with counter punches and landed a nice right hand while Elkins tried to find his range. Omigawa dropped down to a knee twice as he came into punch, showing his unusual style. Elkins landed a brief takedown but Omigawa quickly attacked for a leglock and Elkins quickly jumped back to his feet. The fighters kept a high pace throughout the round, Elkins landed a nice right in the final seconds, and it was still anybody's fight.
Omigawa opened up a small cut on the forehead of Darren Elkins early in the second round. Omigawa kept his hands low in an unorthodox stance, and kept the pressure up as Elkins circled. Omigawa was stuffed on a trip takedown. Elkins came over the top and landed a nice right hand, but overall it appeared to be Omigawa landing the more damaging blows. Elkins dove in unsuccessfully for a low single leg takedown with 30 seconds left, and Omigawa easily slipped free.
The third round started out furiously. Omigawa shot in and brought Elkins down, popped his head free of a loose guillotine attempt, and worked from within guard. Omigawa avoided a triangle attempt, maneuvered around to Elkins' back, but couldn't hold him down as the fighters reset standing. Blood began to flow more freely from Elkins's head, which was now coated in red. The fighters continued boxing for the remainder of the third, with Elkins seemingly not doing enough to have a chance at winning.
The judges scored the bout 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27, all in favor of Darren Elkins, a shocking decision that stunned all the people in the Octagon.