Evan "The Phenom" Elder
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs.
Evan Elder (born March 11, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist and former college football player. He currently competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Elder began training at the age of 12 and soon developed a passion for martial arts. At 16 years old, he moved to Alaska to train with renowned MMA coach Robert Follis; it was there that he developed his unique style and technique which have helped propel him to success. After graduating from high school in 2006, Elder attended Eastern Washington University on a full scholarship for football where he played four seasons as a wide receiver and defensive back. During this time period he also continued his martial arts career by competing regularly at local promotion shows around Seattle area before turning pro following graduation in 2011.
In 2012, Evan made his debut in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs Team Sonnen season 17 tournament advancing all the way to finals against current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier; although defeated via unanimous decision Evan impressed many with performances throughout earning him multiple fight of night honors across tournaments finale rounds alone. Following his stint on TUF 17 , Elder went onto compete several more times under smaller promotions such as Shine Fights & KOTC securing multiple titles including KOTC 155 lb title along way before signing up with UFC early 2014 making his promotional debut against fellow castmate Issac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 177 event held in Sacramento California . Winning fight via split decision put Evan on map officially kick-starting promising career inside octagon generating much hype among fans alike due impressive showing other fights since first signing culminating into being crowned Interim Lightweight Champion after defeating then reigning Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo at Madison Square Garden 2016 during historic Fight Night card . In 2018 , emerging victorious over unbeaten contender Chris Weidman earned him undisputed lightweight crown solidifying himself one best pound 4 pound athletes sport today having defended title twice since gaining possession belt last 3 years .. Moving forward into new decade future looks bright for “The Young Gun” as continues journey towards becoming greatest lightweight fighter ever seen ..