Preliminary Card | Featherweight · 145 lbs
Darren Elkins defeats Diego Brandão via 3 Round Decision
|13-2-0||Pro Record At Fight||15-7-0||Climbed to 14-2||Record After Fight||Fell to 15-8|
|+230 (Moderate Underdog)||Betting Odds||-280 (Moderate Favorite)|
|Portage, Indiana||Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|28 years, 3 days||Age at Fight||24 years, 11 months, 1 day|
|145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs)|
|5'10" (178cm)||Height||5'7" (171cm)|
|71.0" (180cm)||Reach||64.0" (163cm)|
|Gym||Jackson Wink MMA|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir
- Date: Saturday 05.26.2012 at 10:00 PM ET
- Referee: Herb Dean
- Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 7 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
- Brandão Total Disclosed Pay: $15,000
- Elkins Total Disclosed Pay: $28,000
Brandão vs. Elkins Wiki Update Wiki
The seventh bout of UFC 146 saw Darren Elkins take on Diego Brandao in the featherweight division.
Brandao landed a superman jab with a leg kick behind it then stuffed a takedown. Elkins kept driving for the takedown and eventually got it against the cage but Brandao hit a Kimura switch and got on top. Elkins attacked with a Kimura of his own but Brandao escaped and stood. Brando rocked Elkins with a flying knee and followed him to the mat, landing elbows in side control. Brandao stood and waited for Elkins to come to him, rocking him with a right hook and dropping him with follow-up punches then passing to side control. Brandao backed off and stood then came down with a huge right hand, but Elkins took it and continued fighting from his back. Brandao continued to pour on the damage to the horn.
Both men slowed a bit to start the second, but it was Brandao landing the better combos as Elkins came up short on most of his combos. Brandao slipped on a kick attempt and Elkins jumped on him, working short punches in the guard. Brandao landed a big elbow from his back as Elkins failed to generate power from the top. Brandao rolled but Elkins stayed on him and kept his hips on the mat, landing with more power toward the end of the round. Elkins moved to full mount and turned up the heat with ground and pound in the final minute, nearly finishing him, but Brandao rolled out of danger and survived.
Elkins got an early takedown in the third round and continued his steady assault from the exhausted Brazilian's guard. Elkins moved to full mount midway through the round and again picked up the pace with his punches, working the body especially hard. Brandao tried to find life in the final minute and got a takedown of his own then stood and landed a big punch coming down in the guard, rallying late. Brandao landed some big punches late, but it may have been too little, too late.
The judges scored the bout 29-28 across the board for Elkins.
Speaking with Joe Rogan following the fight, Elkins said, "My whole camp was, he comes out hard, he comes out swinging and fights with a lot of emotion, so we knew I had to survive the first few minutes, find a rhythm and get the win."
Brandão vs. Elkins Fight Predictions
Brandão vs. Elkins Fighter Tweets
If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.
- I got all this for my ear last night and that was the third time I drained it! Ear is looking a ton better! http://t.co/mTLssDC7
- 5 days
- thanks to my sponsors @RYUapparel @Revgear @TrainingMask and @LexaniWheels. Also local 597 Pipefitters and IPTA
- 2 days
- Would like to thank my sponsors @RYUapparel @Revgear @TrainingMask and @LexaniWheels. Also local 597 Pipefitters and IPTA
- 3 days