Darren Elkins on Getting Over His Loss to Chad Mendes
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.25.2013
He faces Hatsu Hioki at UFC Fight Night 27…
MMAjunkie Radio interviewed UFC featherweight fighter Darren Elkins last week. Elkins is set to face Hatsu Hioki at UFC Fight Night 27. Below are some highlights:
Elkins on his loss to Chad Mendes: "It took me a little while, getting over a loss like that (to Mendes), and being in a position that could've put me right there to be a top contender. It was a huge opportunity. I took it, and I didn't win that one. He capitalized on a mistake I made. I got over it, and now I'm just trying to get better again and take this fight and start another win streak. The last time I lost in the UFC, I lost to (Charles) Oliveira, and that's when I went on my five-fight win streak. So I'm hoping to start another streak like that."
Elkins' thoughts on the Hioki fight: "I'm pretty excited about (Hioki). (Fights against top-level guys is) what I wanted – that's where you want to be at, to be at the top part of the weight class. My ultimate goal is to be a world champion. Money's nice too. You add the temptation and the greed aspect in there. But I'd rather be world champion. You're going to make good money if you become world champion. People are going to know who you are, and at least I'd know I'd accomplish something I set out to do. That's more of a personal thing for me – hit the goals I set and accomplish them."
Elkins on Hioki's decision losses: "You watch his fights, obviously, and the only way he's really lost is by a decision. He doesn't get finished. He can kind of hold on to you. I'm going to have to put the pressure on him and I can't be comfortable no matter where the fight's going. If it's standing, I'm going to have to stay really busy and put on a show there. If we're on the ground, I'll have to stay busy and not make it a boring fight as much as I can. But hopefully it doesn't come to that."
Elkins on fighting in his home state: "I've got a huge crowd coming down – teammates, family, I'm a (Union) Local 597 pipefitter, too, when I'm not fighting. A lot of those guys are coming down, and it's going to be a huge fight for me."