This time, Darren Elkins didn’t need a legendary comeback in order to get his hand raised in the Octagon.
The Indiana-based featherweight put on a comeback for the ages in his UFC 209 victory over Mirsad Bektic last time out. But on Saturday, Elkins and Dennis Bermudez put on a good old fashioned, could-have-gone-either-way type of scrap in the co-feature bout at UFC on FOX 25.
And at the end of the well-contested affair at Nassau Coliseum, Elkins got the nod, earning two out of three 29-28 scores his way for the split decision and his fifth consecutive victory.
Elkins’ best round was the first, as he took Bermudez down earlier and stayed on his back for the bulk of the round. Elkins never came close to the finish, but Bermudez didn’t have any answers.
The second was the fight’s closed, as Lindenhurst, N.Y.’s Bermudez seemed to have things going his favor before Elkins landed two very strong knees to the head and likely stole the round at the end.
Round three was all Bermudez, who relentlessly pushed forward and landed strikes, but Elkins had enough gas left in the tank to get to the horn.
With the victory, Elkins improved to 23-5. Bermudez dropped to 16-7 with his second straight defeat.