Ricardo Lamas vs. Darren Elkins Preview, Prediction and Tips

Check out our online fight preview for Lamas versus Elkins in the 145 lbs division this weekend… 

Fight Preview: Where, When and What Time?

Lamas vs. Elkins is one of five fights scheduled on the UFC Fight Night 140 main event. The action takes place on for Saturday, 17th November in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Expect the ringwalks for this bout at around 10pm local time.

 

Lamas vs. Elkins Betting Tips

The co-main event of the UFC Fight Night 140 will be a showdown between two featherweight veterans as former title challenger Ricardo Lamas goes up against Darren Elkins. Both fighters are coming off losses, which makes this a more interesting fight with major implications for the winner and loser.

Read our tips and predictions for the likely outcomes for how this featherweight bout can go, based on betting trends in the markets online.

Lamas to win outright

Lamas has long been a dominant force at 145 pounds, having fought then-champion Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title back at UFC 169. It was a losing effort, and Lamas has had mixed success in the Octagon since then.

Elkins is a tough fight for anyone, but has been very hittable in most of his fights. If Lamas is aggressive and accurate with his striking, he may be able to put away Elkins and walk out with the victory.

Elkins to win outright

Having carved out a reputation as a durable, gritty fighter, Elkins recently had a six-fight win streak broken by up-and-coming Australian Alex Volkanovski. That fight highlighted what has long been known as Elkins’ main vulnerability, his lack of striking defence and reliance on his ‘never say die’ attitude when it comes to being on the receiving end of shots.

While Lamas has not consistently shown that ‘one-punch’ KO power seen in some other fighters in the Featherweight division, Elkins can’t forward to be complacent in the striking game, as he may lose back-to-back fights for the first time in his UFC career.

Lamas to win by TKO/KO

Lamas has proven himself to be a diverse fighter, having won three victories each in the UFC via TKO, submission and decision (for nine overall UFC wins). Given Elkins’ potential to get rocked on the feet, it is likely that any finish for Lamas in this fight will be via TKO.

We do not recommend a bet on a Lamas TKO victory, simply due to the fact that Elkins has an almost inhuman ability to take punishment. However, if Lamas can rock Elkins on the feet before taking him down and finishing him off with some ground and pound, he may just be able to finish Elkins.

Fight to go the Distance

Twenty-six of Lamas and Elkins 55 combined fights have gone to the judge’s scorecards, a sign that both fighters are tough and hard to put away. Lamas may be able to hit Elkins with some good shots, but it will be hard for him to put Elkins away given his history of facing adversity in the Octagon.

The same can be said for Lamas, who has lost two of his last four fights via TKO/KO, but is generally a tough fighter who is hard to submit. Since this is a three-rounder, a bet on this fight going the distance may be a smart one to make here.

 

Our Prediction – Elkins via Decision

We hope we’re proven wrong, but we think that both fighters will engage on the feet due to both of them having solid grappling bases. This will result in a mostly lacklustre fight which will eventually go to a close, perhaps even split decision that could go either fighter’s way.

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