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Darren Elkins extends his win streak to 5 with a controversial stoppage of Carvalho.
Featherweight Darren Elkins (16-2) got the first stoppage of his UFC career with a TKO victory over Antonio Carvalho (15-6) on the UFC 158 FX prelims. Elkins improved his win streak to 5 fights and he's now 5-1 in the UFC. Carvalho dropped to 2-2 as a UFC 145er.
The bout opened with Elkins looking to clinch right off the bat. Carvalho denied him the opportunity but mostly missed when he tried to flurry. "Pato" Started to land some solid shots and fended off Elkins' takedown attempt. Elkins landed a blow to the ear that wobbled Carvalho. Elkins followed up with a flurry and dropped him to the mat. Referee Yves Lavigne quickly stepped in to stop the action.
What was the high point of the fight?
The finishing flurry. Just a fantastic display of aggression from Elkins.
Where do they go from here?
Stringing together 5 consecutive wins isn't easy at any level in the UFC. But now it's time for Elkins to start eyeing the upper echelon of the Featherweight division. They've been looking to Hacran Dias a bigger test too matching these two up right now makes sense.
It's a rough night for Carvalho as he saw the end of his win streak in what some considered an early stoppage. He'll be back, though, with a chance to get back in the win column.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Watch it now. A fun fight from the Featherweights and you'll want to see the stoppage to decide whether or not Lavigne made a mistake.