Cub Swanson vs. Darren Elkins Added to Dec. 18 UFC Fight Night Card

By: Jay Pettry
Sep 30, 2021

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It may come as a shock that these two grizzled veterans with 44 combined Ultimate Fighting Championship appearances have never crossed paths.

The UFC added a featherweight matchup on its event lineup to the upcoming UFC Fight Night card on Dec. 18 on Thursday. With 20 UFC fights or more apiece, Cub Swanson (27-12) and Darren Elkins (26-9) had never faced one another, and the two will throw down at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

For the first time in over a decade, Swanson fell to strikes when he faced Giga Chikadze in May. The Georgian finished Swanson with a body kick and follow-up punches in 63 seconds to put an end to Swanson’s first win streak since 2017. Before beating Kron Gracie and Daniel Pineda in 2019 and 2020, respectively, “Killer Cub” had dropped four straight bouts to Brian Ortega, Frankie Edgar, Renato Carneiro and Shane Burgos.

The most experienced featherweight on the roster is Elkins, whose 22 appearances are tied with Max Holloway for the most in divisional history – and Swanson is alone in third with 20. Elkins holds the second-most amount of cage time at 145 pounds, while Swanson trails him in third place by a half hour. Elkins has won in his last two outings by stoppage, tapping Luiz Eduardo Garagorri in November 2020 before knocking Darrick Minner out in July. “The Damage” holds more wins on the scorecards than any other featherweight in organizational history, with 10.

The currently unnumbered UFC Fight Night card on Dec. 18 will go down inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, and heavyweights will take pole position when Derrick Lewis faces Chris Daukaus. Additional key bouts on the card include a bantamweight battle between Raphael Assuncao and Ricky Simon, while Amanda Lemos tries to carve out a strawweight title shot at the expense of Nina Nunes.

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