Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Darren Elkins is known as a grinder, and he sure brought it in his UFC 154 featherweight bout with Steven Siler. Six takedowns and a bevy of dominant positions and submission attempts allowed Elkins to completely control the bout, taking it on all three scorecards with 30-27 scores. Elkins moved to 4-0 at featherweight with the win.
The fight started off as a standup battle for the first minute with both men landing clean. Elkins pushed Siler against the fence and the men exchanged knees before Elkins got a takedown. Siler looked for subs from the bottom but Elkins did a good job of escaping danger and landing some big punches. Siler got up with about 90 seconds to go but was immediately taken back down.Elkins latched on a guillotine and they rolled back and forth, but Siler defended well.
Elkins caught a kick and took the fight to the ground early in the second round. After some good work in Siler's guard, Siler landed two big upkicks. Elkins pushed Siler's legs aside, took his back, and quickly sunk in a one-arm choke. Siler fought it off but Elkins locked up a body triangle and busted Siler up a bit with punches. Elkins got some blood out of Siler's nose and locked up a choke once again, but Siler fought through it once again.
The final round featured some more scrapping on the feet to start, and Elkins got the best of it. Elkins got a brief takedown and some more good work on the feet in before getting a second takedown at the halfway mark. Another takedown attempt gave Siler brief hope, a front choke, but Elkins escaped before the final bell.
Both men entered the fight on three-fight win streaks. This was Siler's first loss in the UFC.