Clarksville, Tennessee’s Nate Landwehr earns 1st UFC win, decisions Darren Elkins in Jacksonville, Florida

Darren Elkins, Nate Landwehr (©UFC)

Darren Elkins, Nate Landwehr (©UFC)

Nate “The Train” Landwehr, 31, of Clarksville, Tennessee, United States was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 8,” also known as “UFC Fight Night 172.” It was his first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 11 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC on ESPN 8” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 16, 2020. In the third bout of the evening, Landwehr fought Darren “The Damage” Elkins, 36, of Portage, Indiana, USA in the featherweight division.

Herb Dean served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight contest has left in the hands of the three judges.

One judge scored it 29-28 in favor of the fighter in the blue corner. The two judges saw it 30-27 in favor of the same fighter.

In the end, Dean raised the hand of Landwehr. The Clarksville native was declared the winner via unanimous decision.


Winning at “UFC on ESPN 8” improved the professional MMA record of Landwehr to 14 wins and 3 losses. It was his second bout in the UFC.

On the other hand, Elkins now has 12 wins, 8 losses, 0 draw and 2 No Contests. He is now riding a four-bout losing streak.

The UFC held “UFC on ESPN 8” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while almost all major sports events were either cancelled or postponed. In the main event of the evening, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands knocked out Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris, 36, of Homewood, Alabama, USA in the heavyweight division.

Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey, 33, of Glendale, Arizona, USA and Miguel “Caramel Thunder” Baeza, 27, of Davie, Florida won the Performance of the Night bonuses, which were presented by HSS. Presented by Toyo Tires, the Fight of the Night was the featherweight bout between “The Terminator” Song Yadong (宋亚东), 22, of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and Marlon “Chito” Vera, 27, of Chone, Manabi, Ecuador.

Landwehr has been competing professionally since 2012. When he made his UFC debut at “UFC on ESPN+ 24” on January 25, 2020, he was knocked out by Herbert “The Blaze” Burns, 32, of Brazil.

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