Darren Elkins reveals why he has not retired yet


Darren Elkins reveals why he has not retired yet
Darren Elkins reveals why he has not retired yet © Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The UFC veteran Darren Elkins is far from done! He has been fighting since 2010; he still looks forward to fighting. Elkins has fought against well-known opponents like Charles Oliveira and Alexander Volkanovski. Elkins recently fought against TJ brown and claimed a fabulous submission victory.

The veteran is 39 years old; he participates in 1-2 matches in a year.

He looks forward to taking a break for now and said that he will most likely return in the earlier phase of 2024.

Elkins does not believe in temporary retirement, where fighters leave the sport and come back again. He confirms that when he leaves, he will be gone forever.

Darren Elkins on retirement

In a recent interview, Darren Elkins expressively spoke about his retirement and explained why he hasn’t left yet.

“The reason why I haven’t retired yet is because I do love it. It’s not the money,” Elkins said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “It’s not the fame. It’s cool. I like that stuff – don’t get me wrong.

But it’s the being able to compete and still do this and get this feeling like I do right now. I’m going to miss it when I’m gone. I want to be one of those guys that I finish my career and say, ‘Man, I did everything I wanted to do.’ I’m not coming back.

Elkins on when he will fight again: I don’t want to be a guy that retires and comes back, and retires and comes back. When I’m done, I’m done, and I’m going to do it on my own terms and it’s going to be awesome.

I’m not coming back in December. Just like this one, I think maybe if I take a little bit more time and let my body recover – I don’t have to fight like I used to, three times a year. I’m not the young guy anymore.

A couple times a year is great. Maybe March – I’m thinking maybe March. That’d be a good time for it. Give me a little time to enjoy the holidays and let’s get back in here in March”.