UFC featherweight Darrick Minner is set to take on veteran Darren Elkins at UFC Vegas 32. The Nebraskan native is eager to display the best version of himself to date as he looks to secure his third consecutive victory and ascend through the ranks.
When conversating with Minner, it’s evident that he’s oozing with confidence heading into this giant opportunity. The 31-year-old shared a particular key that he believes will give him the edge over his UFC Vegas 32 opponent. In addition to that, the streaking featherweight feels that his gains being made at Glory MMA & Fitness are continuous with each training camp. All in all, Minner appears more than ready for the challenge ahead.
Darrick Minner Interview
One thing that’s obvious when examining Minner’s career is his tenacity and unwillingness to give up. He didn’t allow his Contender Series defeat or his UFC debut loss to dissuade him from his goals and dreams. In fact, since his debut, Minner has rattled off two straight victories, each in impressive fashion. Now, he feels like the best version of himself to date under the guidance of James Krause.
“Yeah man I feel like every camp I get better,” Minner replied. “I feel like I finally have a really good mind controlling my career in James Krause. I don’t have to think, he just tells me what I need to do, what we need to get better at, and I just follow his lead. It’s awesome having someone step into that role. After so many fights of not having that, to get my own guy — my own critic — my own everything. Then being surrounded by so much great talent in the gym is a great situation.”
Not only does Minner’s current training regime give him confidence, but his resume does as well. Before joining the UFC, Minner picked up submission wins over Clay Collard and Terrance McKinney. He also gained solid experience by sharing the cage with UFC competitors Jordan Griffin and Kevin Croom. Needless to say, Minner’s past has aided him for the present and the future.
“You can’t really say too much about who we’ve fought because when you look at the names on that dude’s (Elkins) record he’s fought the who’s who of the last generation and this one,” Minner began. “The thing with my career is people don’t understand who I’ve fought already. You’ve mentioned a lot of the names already and those are all guys I fought on the local scene. So I know I’ve beaten a lot of tough competition, but I don’t think it’s a battle of who’s fought the tougher competition. I don’t think people realize the names I’ve fought too, just because I only have three fights in the UFC.”
So Minner has a more than adequate resume to go along with his ever-improving talents. The Glory MMA affiliate shared a key that he believes will factor heavily into his hand being raised at UFC Vegas 32.
“Man I think if I stay disciplined I’ve got the edge everywhere,” he affirmed. “He obviously has a really good gas tank, but I proved in my last fight that I have a gas tank too. So I feel like I have the edge everywhere. I just feel like it’s my time and if I stay disciplined about what I do it’ll be a really good performance.”
With a win over Elkins at UFC Vegas 32, Minner will be in a prime position to receive even bigger opportunities. He’s only a couple of wins away from taking on a ranked featherweight, giving him the chance to see a number next to his name in the near future.
“I’d like to get Darren (Elkins) out of the way and then start finding guys to fight in that top-20, top-15 and just go from there,” Minner said. “The way I see it, one or two more wins puts me in the rankings. Really I just want to fight though and that starts with Darren Elkins. Then we’ll see what the rest of the year brings.”
You can catch this featherweight showcase bout this weekend on the UFC Vegas 32 main card. You can view the main card on ESPN?ESPN+ beginning at 7:00 PM (EST).
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