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Featherweight record-setter Darren Elkins wants Kron Gracie after big submission win

Featherweight record-setter Darren Elkins wants Kron Gracie after big submission win



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LAS VEGAS – Darren Elkins beat Eduardo Garagorri with a third-round submission Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 40 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Elkins, who snapped a four-fight skid for his first win since January 2018.

“Most of it went like I thought. His striking was crisper than I thought, but when we put together this game plan with the takedowns, we talked about being relentless. He’d get up and I’d go for another takedown. I kept on going for those takedowns. I knew I’d only be able to keep that pace. He wasn’t ready to keep that pace. I’m used to going that hard. That’s how I trained all camp. When he turned that back, I trained to take the rear-naked choke. He gave me the opportunity and I took it. It feels great. I’ve had a tough road to get back here. I kept working hard, kept my head down and kept on grinding. I’m back here with a good victory and a finish.”

Non stop pressure 😤@DarrenElkinsMMA brought the damage on his way to securing the choke!

[ #UFCVegas13 continues LIVE on #ESPNPlus ] pic.twitter.com/wNkHObdOQZ

— UFC (@ufc) November 8, 2020

“When I first started out, it was just great to be in the UFC. That was an accomplishment in itself. Now I’m breaking all kinds of records. I have the most takedowns in the featherweight division. I’m tied for the most appearances in the featherweight division. That just shows you my longevity. It’s been over 10 years I’ve been with this company. I’ve always liked fighting for the UFC and am glad to be doing what I love.”

Back and forth through ✌️

Then a BIG takedown from @DarrenElkinsMMA. #UFCVegas13 pic.twitter.com/EAeLx27AbJ

— UFC (@ufc) November 8, 2020

Darren Elkins

“I’d like to be back here around March. Me and Kron Gracie could match up. He’s been out for a while. Let’s try to do February or March. The last two fights, that’s the guy I’ve wanted to fight.”

To hear more from Elkins, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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