|Born||May 16, 1984|
Portage, Indiana, United States
|Other names||The Damage|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||145.5 lb (66.0 kg; 10.39 st)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Portage, Indiana, United States|
|Team||Duneland Vale Tudo |
Team Alpha Male
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: December 16, 2013
Darren Keith Elkins (born May 16, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he fights in the Featherweight division. As of November 13, 2018, he is #14 in the official UFC featherweight rankings.
Elkins was born in Hobart, Indiana and competed all four years in wrestling for Portage High School. Elkins placed seventh as a freshman, qualified as a sophomore, third as a junior, and was a State Champion as a senior. Darren also won multiple freestyle state championships as a youth. Elkins then went to college for two years and wrestled at University of Wisconsin Parkside, but didn’t earn a degree.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Elkins made his UFC debut on the preliminary card of UFC on Versus 1, where he defeated Duane Ludwig via TKO after Ludwig suffered a serious ankle injury after being taken down by Elkins in the first round.
His next bout took place on the preliminary card of UFC on Versus 2 against Charles Oliveira. Elkins took Oliveira down early, but his opponent quickly attempted a triangle choke. Oliveira then transitioned to an armbar, which forced Elkins to submit.
Elkins won a unanimous decision over Zhang Tiequan on October 8, 2011, at UFC 136. After several failed guillotine attempts from Zhang, Elkins was able to dominate him from top position including at several points mounting him and pounding away with strikes.
Elkins defeated TUF 14 winner Diego Brandão on May 26, 2012, at UFC 146. Elkins utilized his top game with ground and pound to win the second and third rounds, earning him the unanimous decision victory.
Elkins fought fellow featherweight prospect Steven Siler on November 17, 2012, at UFC 154. After dominating the fight for three rounds, Elkins was awarded the unanimous decision victory, moving him to 4-0 at featherweight and 5-1 overall in the UFC.
Elkins faced Antonio Carvalho on March 16, 2013, at UFC 158. Elkins won via first round TKO stoppage after landing strikes that rocked Carvalho followed by a knockdown, prompting the referee to intervene.
After taking virtually no damage in the fight against Carvalho, Elkins made a quick return and faced Chad Mendes on April 20, 2013, at UFC on Fox 7, replacing an injured Clay Guida. He lost the fight by 1st round TKO.
Elkins faced Hatsu Hioki on August 28, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 27. After getting hurt by a body kick late in the first round, Elkins rallied in the last two rounds and won the fight via unanimous decision.
Elkins was briefly linked to a matchup with Tatsuya Kawajiri on September 20, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 52, but the bout never materialized as Kawajiri was sidelined indefinitely with a detached retina.
For a third consecutive fight, Elkins appeared on an international card where he faced Robert Whiteford on October 24, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 76. He won the fight via a dominating 30-27 unanimous decision, almost finishing Whiteford on one occasion. 
Elkins faced Mirsad Bektić on March 4, 2017, at UFC 209. After being dominated the first two and a half rounds, Elkins rallied back in the third round and won by knockout due to punches and a head kick. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history.  He was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
Elkins faced Michael Johnson on January 14, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi. He won the fight via rear naked choke submission in round two. The trademark "Damage" weathered a first round storm to complete the comeback and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||24 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||24–6||Alexander Volkanovski||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov||July 14, 2018||3||5:00||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Win||24–5||Michael Johnson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi||January 14, 2018||2||2:22||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||23–5||Dennis Bermudez||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum||July 22, 2017||3||5:00||Uniondale, New York, United States|
|Win||22–5||Mirsad Bektić||KO (punches and head kick)||UFC 209||March 4, 2017||3||3:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||21–5||Godofredo Pepey||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko||July 23, 2016||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||20–5||Chas Skelly||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 196||March 5, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||19–5||Robert Whiteford||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka||October 24, 2015||3||5:00||Dublin, Ireland|
|Loss||18–5||Hacran Dias||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway||December 20, 2014||3||5:00||Barueri, Brazil|
|Win||18–4||Lucas Martins||Decision (split)||UFC 179||October 25, 2014||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||17–4||Jeremy Stephens||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson||January 25, 2014||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||17–3||Hatsu Hioki||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2||August 28, 2013||3||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||16–3||Chad Mendes||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||1||1:08||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||16–2||Antonio Carvalho||TKO (punches)||UFC 158||March 16, 2013||1||3:06||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||15–2||Steven Siler||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 154||November 17, 2012||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||14–2||Diego Brandão||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 146||May 26, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–2||Zhang Tiequan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 136||October 8, 2011||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||12–2||Michihiro Omigawa||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 131||June 11, 2011||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Featherweight debut.|
|Loss||11–2||Charles Oliveira||Submission (armbar)||UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko||August 1, 2010||1||0:41||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||11–1||Duane Ludwig||TKO (ankle injury)||UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones||March 21, 2010||1||0:44||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||10–1||Gideon Ray||Decision (unanimous)||Hoosier FC 1: Raise Up||November 20, 2009||3||5:00||Valparaiso, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9–1||Bryan Neville||TKO (punches)||Total Fight Challenge 17||October 10, 2009||1||1:27||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||8–1||Ted Worthington||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Duneland Classic 6||September 12, 2009||1||0:13||Crown Point, Indiana, United States|
|Win||8–0||Danny Rodriguez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Total Fight Challenge 15||May 30, 2009||1||1:36||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||7–0||Pat Curran||Decision (unanimous)||C3: Domination||November 22, 2008||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Won the C3 Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||6–0||Kenny Klein||TKO (punches)||C3: Summer Fight Fest 3||August 15, 2008||1||1:36||Highland, Indiana, United States|
|Win||5–0||Decarlo Johnson||Submission (guillotine choke)||C3: Corral Combat Classic 2||April 26, 2008||2||0:24||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–0||Atsuhiro Tsuboi||Submission (Von Flue choke)||Bodog Fight: Vancouver||August 24, 2007||1||1:55||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||3–0||Daniel Wanderley||TKO (corner stoppage)||IMMAC 2: Attack||April 21, 2007||1||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||2–0||Matt Joseph||TKO (punches)||Bourbon Street Brawl 3||April 4, 2007||1||N/A||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jeremy Markam||TKO (punches)||Bourbon Street Brawl 2||January 24, 2007||1||N/A||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
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- Anton Tabuena (2014-06-25). "Tatsuya Kawajiri out of UFC: Japan with detached retina". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- Ben Fowlkes (2014-10-25). "UFC 179 results, photos: Darren Elkins goes deep to down Lucas Martins". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- Steven Marrocco (2014-12-20). "UFC Fight Night 58 results: Hacran Dias outwrestles Darren Elkins for decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- Brent Brookhouse (2015-10-24). "UFC Fight Night 76 results: Darren Elkins grinds out Robert Whiteford for sweep". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
- Brent Brookhouse (2016-03-05). "UFC 196 results: Darren Elkins' grinding attack too much for Chas Skelly". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- Dave Doyle (2016-07-23). "UFC on FOX 20 results: Darren Elkins overcomes foul, beats Godofredo Pepey". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
- Dave Doyle (2017-03-04). "UFC 209 results: Darren Elkins stops Mirsad Bektic in thrilling comeback". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
- Shaun Al-Shatti (2017-03-08). "Darren Elkins and the impossible comeback". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
- Tristen Critchfield (2017-03-05). "UFC 209 bonuses: Teymur, Vannata, Elkins, Alcantara capture $50K awards". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
- "UFC on FOX 25 results: Darren Elkins turns in gritty performance to beat Dennis Bermudez". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-23. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
- Tristen Critchfield (2017-11-09). "Michael Johnson drops to featherweight, meets Darren Elkins at UFC Fight Night 124". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
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- Tristen Critchfield (2018-01-14). "UFC Fight Night 124 Bonuses: Stephens, Choi, Elkins, Reyes Receive $50K Checks". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
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- Staff (2018-10-23). "Darren Elkins meets Ricardo Lamas in UFC Buenos Aires co-headliner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
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