CHICAGO | The Region went 1-1 in the UFC on Saturday night in Chicago.
In his fight to open up the main card of UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Stephens at the United Center, Darren Elkins dropped a unanimous decision to Jeremy Stephens. But on the preliminary card, Eddie Wineland rebounded from a title-fight loss with a second-round TKO victory.
Elkins (17-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC), a former state champion wrestler at Portage, never could get his wrestling going against Stephens (23-9 MMA, 10-8 UFC), who picked up the win with a pair of 30-27 scores and a 29-28.
Stephens' striking was on point all night, and though Elkins threatened on several occasions with submissions when the fight did hit the canvas, Stephens was just a step ahead all three rounds.
On the prelims, though, Wineland, of Westville, got back on track after a September bantamweight title loss. Wineland (21-9-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) needed the first round to get going, then stopped Yves Jabouin (19-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) with punches late in the second.
Jabouin did solid work in the first round working high kicks. But in the second, Wineland walked through one of those kicks and landed a right hand that put Jabouin on his back. Wineland pounced and eventually had enough on the ground to pound the Montreal-based Haitian out.
"I didn't get off as early as I wanted to," Wineland said. "But no one's ever seen me fight on the ground. I saw the opportunity and pounded him out. In the past, I'd put somebody down and step back. But we pushed forward, jumped on him and finished the fight."