The third season of Dana White’s Contender Series saw it’s finale on Tuesday, with five more fights including MMA fighters that aspire to earn a UFC contract.

Bout 1: Dylan Lockard (6-1) vs. TJ Brown (13-6) (Featherweight)

The first fight on the card was a featherweight battle between featherweights. Dylan Lockhard had a better but less experienced record, while TJ Brown has had many more professional fights before this. In the first 20 seconds of the fight, Lockard dropped Brown with some punches. Brown recovered and defended by trying to take control on the ground. A lot happened on the ground in this round with both fighters having big moments. With a minute left in the first round, Brown landed a knee to the grounded Lockard, which is obviously not allowed. A point was taken from Brown for this round. The fight resumed in stand-up. Brown landed a takedown as the round ended. In the second round, Brown got another takedown. Brown controlled Lockard on the ground for the whole round. The strikes landed on the ground started to show on Lockard’s face. Lockard got a takedown after a minute of traded strikes in the third round. Brown took Lockard’s back, then switched over into side control. Brown put in a side control which made Lockard tap out. Aside from the rocky first round, TJ Brown had a great performance.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Lockard 10 9
Brown 8 10

Bout 2: Ben Sosoli (7-2) vs. Dustin Joynson (5-0) (Heavyweight)

In the second fight of the evening, the show moved to the heavyweight division, with Ben Sosoli and Dustin Joynson facing off. Joynson was the first of four 5-0 fighters to fight on this card. The fight was paused after a couple of minutes due to Joynson getting hit in the eye. After a doctor checked him out, the fight had a anti-climactic ending. The fight was ruled a no contest.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Sosoli
Joynson

Bout 3: Sang Hoon Yoo (5-0) vs. Peter Barrett (10-3) (Lightweight)

Moving down to the lightweight division, undefeated Sang Hoon Yoo faced Peter Barrett. In the first minute of the round, Yoo landed a takedown with a clinch. In top position, Yoo landed very small punches before putting in an armbar which Barrett fought out of. When they went back to stand-up there was tons of chaotics strikes, mainly from Yoo. Early in the second round, Barrett put Yoo in a standing clinch up against the cage. Yoo had a much slower second round, with Barrett pushing the pace the whole time. Barrett landed numerous takedowns throughout the round. Early in the final round there was a pause at Barrett was kicked in the groin. Yoo had a better final round, coming forward with his aggressive strikes again. Their fatigue showed though, as there was tons of standing clinches. Barrett landed a takedown in the final minute of the fight, although they got up shortly after. The fight went the distance with the fighters swinging until it came to a close. The judges chose Peter Barrett as the winner of the bout (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Barrett 9 10
Yoo 10 9

Bout 4: Kailan Hill (5-0) vs. Impa Kasanganay (5-0) (Middleweight)

In the second last bout of the night it was a classic “two O’s one’s got to go” scenario, with middleweights Kailan Hill and Impa Kasanganay putting their undefeated streaks on the line. Very early in the bout, Kasanganay landed a takedown. When they got back up, both fighters were swinging for the fences with their strikes. Kasanganay landed another takedown before the first round concluded. In the second round, Kasanganay got on Hill’s back but didn’t do much. In stand-up, Kasanganay landed a few punches before getting taken down as the round ended. Kasanganay was in control on the ground for a few minutes before they stood up with 90 seconds left in the fight. They went on the ground again with Hill in control before the fight ended. When the fight went to the scorecards, the judges all gave a clean scorecard to Impa Kasanganay (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27). He became the first fighter of the night to extend his undefeated streak.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Hill 9 9 9 27
Kasanganay 10 10 10 30

Bout 5: Dusko Todorovic (8-0) vs. Teddy Ash (14-4) (Middleweight)

The final fight of the evening was undefeated Dusko Todorovic facing the more experienced Teddy Ash. In the opening moments, Todorovic went for a takedown against Ash. They spent the whole round up against the cage in a standing clinch, with Todorovic in control the whole time. Ash got a cut on his face below the eye during the round. The second round was somewhat quiet, although both fighters really started to unload in the final minute. Both fighters were quite bloody in the third round. The final round showed how tired both fighters were. Dusko Torodorovic extended their undefeated streak when they went to scorecards (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Todorovic 10 9 9 27
Ash 9 10 10 30

At the end of the show, Dana White awarded contracts to TJ Brown, Peter Barrett and Dusko Todorovic. In total, this season of the Contender Series signed 30 fighters and gave one fighter a developmental contract.