In a battle between two great submission wrestlers with well-rounded skills, they say that the fights usually end up staying on the feet. Somehow I doubt that will be the case in this 145 pound bout. You're either going to see a quick submission or a war of attrition for three rounds. Darren Elkins (12-2, 2-1 UFC) meets Tiequan Zhang (15-1, 1-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout at UFC 136.
Elkins is currently sitting at number 20 and Zhang is currently unranked on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings. Elkins is there due to his close win over highly-ranked Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 131, while Zhang is still looking for a defining victory in the UFC. This featherweight fight will be on the preliminary card, which will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Elkins: 27 years old | 5'10" | 71" reach
Zhang: 33 years old | 5'8" | 69" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
After picking up 8 wins in 9 fights on the regional circuit including a win over Bellator fighter Pat Curran, Darren Elkins entered the UFC at UFC on Versus 1 as a late replacement for Spencer Fisher. His opponent Duane Ludwig badly injured his ankle and Elkins picked up a TKO victory. His next outing was a lot tougher though, where he was submitted in 41 seconds by Charles Oliveira. After that, the wrestler decided it was time to drop to 145 and he made a successful debut at UFC 131 when he defeated former Sengoku standout Michihiro Omigawa by decision.
Tiequan "The Mongolian Wolf Zhang is the UFC's first Chinese fighter and made his debut in the WEC, where he went 1-1. He quickly submitted Pablo Garza in his debut, but dropped a decision to Daniel Downes in his next outing. After the merger they decided to give Zhang just about the easiest opponent the UFC had to offer - Jason Reinhardt. As expected, Zhang won quickly by guillotine and now steps up to face the much tougher Elkins.
Why should you care?
Zhang's status as the only Chinese fighter in the UFC makes him very unique, and he's got a crazy guillotine choke too. Elkins can hang with just about anyone though, so it's likely to be an ugly but entertaining battle.
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