Round 1: Zhang with a combination. Elkins tries to get the fight to the ground. Zhang applies a guillotine but Elkins defends and obtains top position. Zhang gets back to full guard. Elkins stands and lands a right hand and jumps back in Zhang’s guard. Elkins works his style of ground and pound. Elkins advances to half guard. Zhang works to get back to full guard. Elkins maintains his position and lands a hard elbow. Elkins moves to full mount. Zhang gives up his back. Elkins works for a rear naked choke. He has both hooks in. Elkins flattens him out and lands punches. Elkins landing punches but the punches are coming slower and slower. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Elkins.
Round 2: Elkins goes for an early takedown but Zhang defends. Zhang goes for a guillotine on the second takedown attempt. Elkins gets top position and takes Zhang’s back. It looks exactly like the first round. Elkins is simply the better grappler. With both hooks in, Elkins lands punches to the side of Zhang’s head. Zhang gets back to half guard. Elkins advances to side control. Zhang gets back to his feet. Elkins goes for a single leg takedown. Again Zhang goes for a guillotine choke. Elkins on top and inside Zhang’s half guard. Elkins lands punches to the body and head with Zhang pressed against the cage. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Elkins.
Round 3: Elkins lands a right hand to start the final round. Elkins goes for a takedown and Zhang drops down for a guillotine again. Elkins gets free but Zhang has top position this time. Elkins out grapples him and obtains top position, again. Elkins goes back to ground and pound tactics, landing elbows to the head of Zhang. Elkins moves to mount. Zhang gets back to half guard. Elkins applies the body lock and lands right hand after right hand. Zhang defending well. Elkins can’t finish with the rear naked choke but has controlled Zhang the entire bout. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Elkins. The judges score the fight 30-37, 30-26, 30-27 for Elkins.