Darren Elkins didn't need long to get back on the horse after his recent victory in Brazil.
Elkins (18-4, 8-3 UFC), a Portage grad, picked up a unanimous decision win over Lucas Martins (15-2, 3-2 UFC) in October in Rio de Janeiro. Then earlier this month, he booked himself another ticket to South America.
Elkins will head back to Brazil, this time to Barureri, for UFC Fight Night 58 on Dec. 20. Elkins will meet Brazilian Hacran Dias (21-3-1, 1-2 UFC) on the preliminary card, which will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 (7 p.m.) ahead of the six-fight main card at 9 p.m.
Winning in Brazil is not an easy task for non-Brazilians in the UFC, so Elkins' victory over Martins already was an accomplishment. Winning two straight as an outsider in Brazil is even more rare.
Dias has dropped two straight fights, including a June decision loss to Oak Brook-based Ricardo Lamas.
UFC will skip Chicago in January: After three straight Januarys with a show in Chicago, the UFC will pass over the Windy City this winter in favor of Sweden.
The UFC and broadcast partner Fox held fight cards at the United Center on the Saturday in between the NFL's conference championship games and the Super Bowl from 2012-14 with UFC on Fox 2, UFC on Fox 6 and UFC on Fox 10. But this year, that event will be a stadium show in Stockholm.
The UFC is expected to announce its full schedule for the 2015 calendar year this week, so it remains to be seen if Chicago will make the cut. Aside from the three Fox cards, the promotion held a pay-per-view event, UFC 90, in Rosemont in 2008.
Kinser stops Shoaff in first round at HFC 22: Hoosier Fight Club 22 took place earlier this month in Valparaiso with a pair of unbeatens in the main event.
Kurt Kinser (8-0), from downstate Bloomington, needed just 51 seconds to submit Schaumburg-based Tom Shoaff (6-1) with an armbar in the event's headliner, handing Shoaff the first loss of his career and giving Kinser seven of his eight wins by stoppage.
HFC 22 featured nine stoppages in 11 fights. The two bouts that went the distance were dominant performances by a pair of local up-and-coming fighters in Dustin Pape (5-1), who won his fourth straight with a decision over Lafayette's Kyle Nickle (4-3), and Anne Malinoff (1-1), who got her first win as a pro with a decision over Jen Aniano (0-3).