Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed the fight to MMA Fighting following a report from Global BC. UFC Vegas 53 is expected to take place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Elkins and Connelly are both in need of a turnaround after recent setbacks. Elkins went toe-to-toe with Cub Swanson before getting caught by a wheel kick that led to a TKO loss this past December. Previously, he had won two straight in fights against Eduardo Garagorri and Darrick Minner.