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Diego Brandão vs. Darren Elkins

Preliminary Card | Featherweight · 145 lbs

Darren Elkins defeats Diego Brandão via 3 Round Decision

Mmaweekly large Darren "The Damage" Elkins
Mmaweekly large Diego "DB" Brandão

Round 3

Darren Elkins Diego Brandão

"The Damage" "DB"

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)
Us United States   Nationality   Br Brazil
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
UFC 146
  • 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
  • Event Links:

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."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:36 PM ET
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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
Round 3 of draining the ear tonight!
4 days
21mL of fluid came out of my ear!
3 days
Getting ready to drain my ear again! Should I do a video and pics? #cauliflowerear
3 days
Had a great day seeing family and friends! Feels great to be home!
2 days
Thank you to the true warriors who serve and have served our country. #respect
2 days
Thank you to my management team for everything @paradigmsm
2 days
thanks to my sponsors @RYUapparel @Revgear @TrainingMask and @LexaniWheels. Also local 597 Pipefitters and IPTA
2 days
Feels great to be home, thank you for all the support, I really appreciate it.
2 days
Starting the day of with a bloody Mary to numb the pain! http://t.co/DxB5twOv
20 hours
@EddieWineland Thanks bro!
19 hours
Would like to thank my sponsors @RYUapparel @Revgear @TrainingMask and @LexaniWheels. Also local 597 Pipefitters and IPTA
3 days
@EddieWineland Hell yeah its go time!
5 days
Leaving for Vegas tomorrow! For #UFC146! Lets do this!
5 days
Had a great birthday! 28 feeling great!
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