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After Winning Fifth-Straight Fight at UFC 158, Darren Elkins Makes Quick Turnaround to Face Chad Mendes at UFC on FOX 7

(“…and verily, Carvalho did’st invoke the accursed ‘What the fucketh is thy problem, good sir?‘ rule, but forsooth, it was all for naught.” / Photo via Getty Images)

When Clay Guida dropped out of UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez due to injury last week, it looked like Chad Mendes might be forced to beat up another outmatched palooka just to stay busy at the April 20th event in San Jose. (Such is his life — just body-shottin’ dudes who don’t deserve to be there, and collecting paychecks. It’s sad, really.) But Mendes’s latest replacement opponent could be an even tougher test than Guida was.

MMAJunkie reports that Darren Elkins — who just scored a first-round TKO over Antonio Carvalho during the UFC 158 prelims over the weekend — has gotten the call to step in against Mendes at UFC on FOX 7. Elkins’s latest victory increased his current win streak to 5-0 since dropping to featherweight in 2011, including previous wins over tough competitors like Diego Brandao and Michihiro Omigawa. If his name still isn’t ringing a bell, it’s probably because every single one of Elkins’s UFC fights have been relegated to the prelims; when somebody says that a fighter has “quietly amassed an impressive win streak,” this is exactly the kind of thing they’re talking about.

Unfortunately, Elkins’s match against Mendes likely won’t make the UFC on FOX 7 main card either — but a dominant win over a former title contender could change his fortunes significantly. Making that happen on a five-week layoff is easier said than done, of course. Your predictions?

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The12ozCurls- March 19, 2013 at 11:32 am
But it wasn't a total ass kicking loss. It was a UD and Swanson has show a hell of a lot of improvement as of late. I doubt anybody is turning down fights at this particular moment because the "Flow Chart of Doom" says that is a sure-fire way to get your walking papers when the UFC is heavy 100+ fighters.
Pen Fifteen- March 19, 2013 at 10:38 am
He's sure as shit not going to take a fight on 5 minutes notice, or 5 weeks notice, against a guy to whom he's already lost.
The12ozCurls- March 19, 2013 at 9:40 am
I am pretty sure Cub would take a fight on 5 minutes notice much less 5 weeks - but I see your point.
Pen Fifteen- March 19, 2013 at 8:56 am
Maybe Swanson didn't want to take a fight on 5-weeks notice with a guy like Mendes?
The12ozCurls- March 19, 2013 at 8:16 am
I am OK with Elkins but it should have been Cub Swanson.

Just sayin'
ReX13- March 19, 2013 at 6:49 am
Awwwwww yeeeeeeeaaaahhhhh Mendes stackin up them fantasy points for me
Fried Taco- March 19, 2013 at 6:35 am
I think Mendes will be able to stop Elkins' wrestling, and use his power to either knock him out, or at least get the decision.