Darren Elkins Says He Knows A Flashy Performance Will Get Him A Title Shot
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.13.2013
He needs to impress...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Darren Elkins (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) said that he knows that he has to impress with his performances in order to get more buzz and a title shot. He will meet Antonio Carvalho (15-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the preliminary card of UFC 158 at Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday.
On what he needs: "I think a finish is what I need. I think it needs to be another entertaining fight or a finish, and that's something I'm going for. I think each time you get a finish, people notice a little more than just a regular win. A finish is kind of what I need. And I'm really starting to work on this media stuff a little bit more. I wasn't as into it as I'm getting to be, and I think the thing is I need to get my name out there and let people know who I am."
On MMA fighters in the Midwest: "I think it's a big Midwest thing around here. It's a little bit of a wrestler thing, but if you look at a guy like Keith Wisniewski, he's kind of the same way. He's not much of a talker and doesn't hype himself up, and he's been around forever. A lot of big fighters around here (are like that). I think it's a Midwest thing where we're hard workers and we're not prone to talking a lot of crap. We get in there, we do our job, and that's kind of the mentality most people have around here."
On his fight on Saturday: "I feel like a win this Saturday puts me in a great position. I definitely feel like if I get five in a row, they're definitely going to have to give me a big fight. I'm not saying this isn't a big fight – this guy's tough. He doesn't have as big of a win streak as me, but he's fought some tough opponents. I'm not looking past him."