Darren Elkins replaces Clay Guida, fights Chad Mendes at UFC on Fox 7

USA TODAY Sports

Days removed from his TKO win over Antonio Carvalho, featherweight Darren Elkins has agreed to a short-notice fight against Chad Mendes on April 20th at UFC on Fox 7.

Darren Elkins remained unbeaten at featherweight on Saturday, stopping Antonio Carvalho at UFC 158 in the first round. A 5-0 record certainly merits a step up in competition, and with Clay Guida injured, Elkins will be fighting one month later in San Jose against Chad Mendes. MMA Junkie reported the story earlier today.

Elkins (16-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is the only man with a 5-0 FW record in the UFC, and the win over Carvalho marked his first UFC finish at either LW or FW. Mendes is unquestionably the best opponent he's faced to date, and an upset victory would vault him into the title picture.

Mendes (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is crossing his fingers that Elkins can actually stay healthy for this one, as the former title challenger has lost Manny Gamburyan, Hacran Dias, and Guida to injuries in a 3 month span. He was left off of UFC 157 entirely and rescheduled for UFC on Fox 7 when Gamburyan withdrew and officials couldn't find a suitable replacement.

UFC on Fox 7 is slated for April 20th at the Shank Tark Shark Tank in San Jose, with Ben Henderson and Gilbert Melendez competing in the night's main event for Bendo's lightweight title. Elkins/Mendes is scheduled for the FX preliminary card.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker