Dana White’s Contender Series Season 3 Episode 10 Full Report

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.

Dana White Contender Series Season 3 Episode 9 Full Report

In the second last episode of the third season of Dana White’s Contender Series, 10 more fighters compete for their spot on the UFC roster. 

Bout 1: Ricky Steele (5-0) vs. Phil Caracappa (8-0) (Bantamweight)

The first fight of the evening was a battle of two undefeated fighters. Ricky Steele was a competitor on Season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter, but withdrew after one fight due to injury. Phil Caracappa has found eight fights in the Ring of Combat promotion. Caracappa came forward with punches early on. They clinched up against the cage for a few moments and then separated again. Caracappa tried for a takedown for a whole minute before landing it. They got back up with two minutes left. Caracappa got another takedown in the final minute of the first round. Steele got up, but Caracappa stayed on his back. They went back to the ground with Steele in top position as the round ended. Steele got a takedown in the first minute of the second round, landing an elbow from above before trying for a guillotine. They got up and went back into clinch against the cage. In stand-up, Caracappa tried for another takedown but couldn’t get it. After being in clinch up against the cage for a while, Steele let his hands go, throwing a few punches. They went back to the ground in the final moments of the round as Caracappa slipped after missing a kick. They went back up against the cage in the final round. Steele landed a good elbow in this position. Caracappa landed some elbows which had Steel retreating. Steele got a takedown but found himself in a guillotine attempt. He escaped the hold and stayed on the bottom position until the round ended. In a split decision, Ricky Steele was favoured on two of the three scorecards (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2  Round 3 Total
Steele 9 10 9 28
Caracappa 10 9 10 29

Bout 2: Micol di Segni (7-2) vs. Mallory Martin (4-2) (Strawweight)

In the lighest weight class bout of the night, Italian fighter Micol di Segni faced Mallory Martin. After a minute of stand-up, Martin scored a takedown. Martin was in complete control on top position, transitioning seamlessly from side control to half guard many times, and while doing all of this landed strikes. Segni got up against the cage eventually, but Martin brought them back down short after. When they stood back up, Martin tried for a guillotine but wasn’t successful. They went back to striking for the final seconds of the first round. The first half of the second round had both fighters showing decend striking. Martin got a trip takedown. They got back up with a minute left in the second round. Martin got a second takedown as the round ended. Segni was getting absolutely dominated. In the final round, Segni was landing knees in a standing clinch. The fight went the distance with Mallory Martin getting the win (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Segni 9 9 9 27
Martin 10 10 10 30

Bout 3: Desmond Torres (7-1) vs. Steve Garcia Jr. (9-3) (Bantamweight)

In the third fight of the evening, bantamweights Desmond Torres and Steve Garcia Jr. faced off. When the match started you could tell Garcia had a huge size advantage. Torres chased after a takedown early in the fight but didn’t get it. After both fighters threw tons of strikes in a short amount of time, Torres got a single leg takedown which Garcia got up from immediately. Near the end of the first round, Garcia started to string together lots of shots, making Torres go into total defensive mode. Torres fell on the canvas and was given a few hammerfist strikes before the fight ended. Worth noting that Garcia missed weight for this fight (139.5 lbs in a 130 lb bout).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Torres
Garcia Jr.

Bout 4: Marcos Brigagao (11-0) vs. Jamal Pogues (6-2) (Light Heavyweight)

In the co-main event of the show, undefeated light heavyweight Marcos Brigagao faced Jamal Pogues. Right off the bat they were trading hard punches. Pogues scored a takedown a minute later. Pogues was clearly the better ground fighter. He tried for an armbar but couldn’t get it. When they stood back up in the final minute of the round, Pogues landed a good knee. Pogues got a third takedown to close out the round. Brigagao threatened a triangle choke but lost it. Pogues had another great round, landing many more takedowns and strikes in many positions. The final round felt like an identical one to the two before, with Pogues landing many more takedowns and grinding away at the tough Brigagao. The fight went the distance with Jamal Pogues getting the unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Brigagao 9 9
Pogues 10 10

Bout 5: Leon Shahbazyan (7-1) vs. Philip Rowe (6-2) (Welterweight)

The main event of this episode was Leon Shahbazyan versus Philip Rowe in a welterweight bout. After a minute of close stand-up, Shahbazyan caught a leg and took down Rowe, landing punches on the ground. Rowe got back up but was in full defense mode. Rowe had his moments in the round but Shahbazyan never backed down. Rowe put Shahbazyan up against the cage in the first minute of the second round. With Shahbazyan up against the cage, Rowe started to land a ton of punches. Shahbazyan possibly saved himself by landing a takedown. Rowe landed some shots in top position on the ground. Rowe had a large flurry of strikes at the end of the round, with the horn potentially saving Shahbazyan. Rowe had a quick start to the final round, dropping Shahbazyan with strikes and landing a few more before referee Herb Dean ended it. Rowe was able to overcome a failed first round, turning the tides and closing the show in the following six minutes. Philip Rowe came off as a real character in his post-fight interview.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Shahbazyan 10 9
Rowe 9 10

At the end of the night, Dana White awarded a contract to Philip Rowe.

Dana White’s Contender Series Season 3 Episode 8 Full Report

On Tuesday, another episode of the Contender Series aired, with MMA fighters getting the opportunity for a UFC contract. On this week’s five fight card, the main event saw two undefeated light heavyweights in Herdem Alacabek and William Knight face off. Whether either of them or others earned contracts was determined by their performances. Let’s look at the first fight of the evening.

Bout 1: Karl Reed (6-1) vs. Julius Anglickas (6-1) (Light Heavyweight)

The first fight of the evening was also a light heavyweight bout. Former LFA Champion Julius Anglickas fought Karl Reed, who had an identical record of 6-1. Reed tried for a single leg takedown in the first minute of the fight. He couldn’t get it, with Anglickas staying standing up against the cage. They took turns having their backs up against the cage. Anglickas got the first takedown of the fight, getting on Reed’s back. Reed got back up, then they went back to stand-up with under two minutes left in the round. Reed his first takedown with over a minute left. Back to stand-up with a few seconds left in the round, Anglickas strung together a few good punches. Anglickas had a decent first minute of the second round, throwing kicks and punches. He landed another takedown after a few moments of looking for one. Just like last time, Reed got right back up. While up against the cage, there was a timeout called by the referee as Reed was hit in the groin. Anglickas landed another takedown when they resumed, but Reed got up immediately after. They were clinched up against the cage for long enough that referee Jason Herzog brought them back to stand-up. Reed got a takedown with a minute left in the second round. When they stood back up and separated, Anglickas had some good strikes again. In the final round, Anglickas had a great combination of knees and punches, then went into a body lock up against the cage. Anglickas got another takedown. On the back of Reed, Anglickas put in a rear naked choke which made his opponent tap out. 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Reed 10 9
Anglickas 9 10

Bout 2: Tony Gravely (18-5) vs. Ray Rodriguez (15-5) (Bantamweight)

In the second fight, we went to a lighter weight division in the bantamweight division for Tony Gravely versus Ray Rodriguez. Both fighters had quite experienced records. Gravely was coming forward with strong punches early on. He got a takedown in the second minute after Rodriguez landed a combo. After landing punches in top position, Gravely tried for a guillotine choke. He couldn’t secure it, as Rodriguez got up shortly after. Gravely got another takedown as the first round was closing out. Gravely had a good start to the second round, although Rodriguez landed a takedown and took his back in the second minute of the round. Gravely scored a slam takedown and then assumed the dominant position on the ground. Gravely tried for a rear naked choke with a minute left in the round. Rodriguez slipped out of the hold before the round ended. At the start of the final round, Rodriguez tried to come forward with a running strike but didn’t really connect. He slipped and had to fight out of a guillotine attempt. Rodriguez got on the back of Gravely. On the ground, Gravely took the back of Rodriguez and started to throw tons of punches. After numerous unanswered strikes, the referee stepped in and ended the bout.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Gravely 10 10
Rodriguez 9 9

Bout 3: Shanna Young (6-1) vs. Sarah Alpar (8-4) (Bantamweight)

The third fight was another bantamweight clash, with Shanna Young and Sarah Alper competing. Alpar was coming forward with strong punches at the start, landing a single leg takedown shortly after. Alpar landed another takedown and took Young’s back. She put in a rear naked choke which made Young tap out. Sarah Alpar got the third stoppage victory of the evening.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Young 9
Alpar 10

Bout 4: Brok Weaver (13-4) vs. Devin Smyth (9-1) (Welterweight)

On the co-main event of the show, Brok Weaver and Devin Smyth fought in a welterweight bout. Weaver came from the Island Fights promotion, with Smyth having a 10 fight record in numerous promotions. Right at the start of the first round, Smyth threw a kick and got a takedown. They stood up against the cage, with Smyth getting a slam takedown the second time. Smyth tried for many for takedowns throughout the round, but wasn’t as successful. At the very start of the second round the referee called a timeout as Smyth was hit with a low kick. Smyth shot for another takedown but it was defended by Weaver. Weaver got much more offense in through the second round. Smyth got a takedown in the final minute of the second round. Smyth’s corner was in his face screaming as the round ended. Weaver was landing even more punches in the final round, with Smyth stopping the flurries with clinches. The round ended after a dominant round by Weaver. The judges all picked Brock Weaver as the winner of the fight (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Weaver 9 10 10 29
Smyth 10 9 9 28

Bout 5: Herdem Alacabek (5-0) vs. William Knight (4-0) (Light Heavyweight)

In the main event, undefeated light heavyweights Herdem Alacabek and William Knight fought for a potential UFC contract. In the opening minutes, both fighters were going wild with strikes. Alacabek landed a takedown halfway through the first round. He tried for a rear naked choke but couldn’t keep it in. Knight took top position in the final minute, where Alacabek tried for an armbar but didn’t get it. A lot of clinch strikes were thrown in the second round. Alacabek got a slam takedown halfway through the second round. Knight scored a takedown in the final minute of the round. He postured up and started to tee off on Knight. Knight landed a knee in the first minute of the final round which rocked Alacabek. Later on, Knight took Alacabek to the ground and went back to ground and pound. Knight landed an elbow that cut open Alacabek. The referee stepped in and ended the fight with under 30 seconds left in the contest.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Alacabek 10 9
Knight 9 10

At the end of the episode, Dana White offered contracts to Tony Gravely, Sarah Alpar, Brock Weaver and William Knight. White said he wants Alpar to drop a weight class and he wants to develop Knight.

Dana White’s Contender Series Season 3 Episode 7 Full Report

In the seventh episode of the season, Dana White’s Contender Series saw five more fights, with successful fighters having potential UFC contracts. It was an action-packed week with many stoppages, so let’s look at how it went down.

Bout 1: Jason Perrin (8-3) vs. Dwight Joseph (9-1) (Bantamweight)

The first fight was a bantamweight battle between Jason Perrin and Dwight Joseph. In the first seconds of the fight, Perrin caught a leg kick and got a takedown. They went back to standup, with Joseph trying for a takedown for not succeeding. Joseph got a slam takedown later in the round, taking his back briefly. The broadcast emphasized Perrin’s calmness. Throughout the round Joseph was out-striking. Another leg kick was caught and turned into a takedown by Perrin. Unfortunately for Perrin, Joseph put in a guillotine. He was deep in the hold and for a long time, but was able to eventually get out. In the final round, Perrin was on top position once again. He took Joseph’s back but didn’t do much. They stood back up with 90 seconds left. The fight went the distance. This was a fight where both fighter looked good. All three judges gave the fight to Dwight Joseph (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28). The result shocked Jason Perrin.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Perrin 9 9 10 28
Joseph 10 10 9 29

Bout 2: Andre Muniz (17-4) vs. Taylor Johnson (5-0) (Middleweight)

The next fight had a returning Contender Series fighter versus an undefeated fighter. Andrew Muniz, who has fought on the Brazilian edition of the Contender Series, faced Taylor Johnson, who has never seen a professional loss. Right out the gates, Gary was hit with a counter left hook which dropped him. Johnson took top position. He slammed Muniz to escape an armbar. They stood up and Muniz took Johnson’s back. He put in a rear naked choke which put a quick conclusion to the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Muniz
Johnson

Bout 3: Darrick Minner (22-9) vs. Herbert Burns (8-2) (Featherweight)

The night fight had a very experienced fighter in Darrick Minner versus Herbert Burns. Just like the last fight, this one got to the action quite quickly. Standing up against the cage, Minner was on Burns’ back. He got back on his feet and landed some hooks. Burns tried for a guillotine on the ground but couldn’t get it. Minner was in top position. He got caught in a triangle choke, which ended the bout.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Minner
Burns

Bout 4: Marilia Santos (10-2) vs. Lucrezia Ria (7-2) (Flyweight)

In the fourth fight of the night, Marilia Santos and Lucrezia Ria fought in a flyweight contest. The fight was on the ground for a few moments, with Santos in the dominant position. Santos landed some good punches. It looked as if she tripped when Ria threw some punches in her direction. On the ground, Santos tried for an armbar as the round was closing out. In the second round there was a great exchange of punches where both fighters were going all out with hooks. On the ground, Ria continued to have control for most of the round. Santos had a good first minute of the final round, continually coming forward and landing punches. Ria looked tired and defensive. On the ground, Ria tried for a guillotine. For the numerous minutes that they were on the ground, Ria was completely in control. The fight went the distance with both fighters showing great sportsmanship afterwards. Lucrezia Ria won via split decision with quite differing scorecards (30-27 Santos, 29-28 Ria & 29-28 Ria).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Santos 10 9 9 28
Ria 9 10 10 29

Bout 5: Harvey Park (12-2) vs. Omar Morales (7-0) (Lightweight)

In the main event of the evening, Harvey Park fought an undefeated Omar Morales. The first round was somewhat close and composed, until the final 20 seconds where both fighters started throwing wild punches. Morales had more outstanding moments in the first. Park tried for a takedown early in the second and ate some punches on the way down. He hurt one of his feet which left him standing up against the cage. Morales landed punches which dropped Park, and had referee Herb Dean intervene quickly.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Park 9
Morales 10

At the end of the night, Dana White awarded contracts to Andre Muniz, Herbert Burns and Omar Morales.

Dana White’s Contender Series Season 3 Episode 6 Full Report

On Tuesday, ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass aired the sixth of nine episodes of Dana White’s Contender Series. The show showcased five fights, ranging from the promotion’s heaviest to lightest weight class. Let’s start with the first bout where the heavyweights showcased their talent.

Bout 1: Michal Martinek (7-0) vs. Rodrigo Nascimento (6-0) (Heavyweight)

The first fight was a clash of two undefeated heavyweights. From the Czech Republic, Michal Martinek faced Brazilian Rodrigo Nascimento. Early in the fight Martinek had Nascimento up against the cage. He tried for a takedown but Nascimento ended up on top. After landing some strikes, Nascimento put in a arm and head choke which made Martinek tap out. 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Martinek
Nascimento

Bout 2: Rico Farrington (7-2) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (8-1) (Welterweight)

The next bout was a welterweight bout. Despite being fight win-loss records, the two fighters in this bout made up one-half of the losses from all fighters records tonight. The first round of the fight had close striking, even though Farrington had the reach advantage. Rodriguez landed many leg kicks. He also landed a takedown in the final moments of the first round. They continued to keep it mostly stand-up through all three rounds. Rodriguez rocked Farrington with punches early in the third round. Farrington found a home for his left cross in this round. At the end of the third Rodriguez took the fight to the ground and nearly ended it due to strikes. The judges gave Daniel Rodriguez the fight unanimously (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Farrington 9
Rodriguez 10

Bout 3: Mariya Agapova (6-0) vs. Tracy Cortez (5-1) (Flyweight)

The next fight was a flyweight battle between Mariya Agapova and Tracy Cortez. Cortez landed a trip in the clinch in the third minute after evenly matched stand-up. She took the back of Agapova and landed some punches. Agapova flipped around and took top position. They stood back up, still in clinch. Cortez landed knees in clinch and then got a takedown as the round winded down. Cortez scored another takedown only seconds into the second round. Agapova got up and grabbed a leg of Cortez, although she was brought back to the ground. Cortez showed off amazing wrestling. Cortez was on Agapova’s back for the rest of the round but never fully got in a rear naked choke. In the final round, Cortez came in with a takedown but Agapova nearly got the better of it, putting in a headlock. Cortez was able to push out of it and take Agapova’s back once again. They stood back up near the end, with the fight going all three rounds. Tracy Cortez got her victory in quite decisive fashion (30-26, 30-26 & 29-27). She was emotional after the fight, as she fights her brother and mother who have passed away. 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Agapova 9 9 9 27
Cortez 10 10 10 30

Bout 4: Aalon Cruz (7-2) vs. Steven Nguyen (6-0) (Featherweight)

In the co-main event fight, Aalon Cruz fought undefeated Steven Nguyen. The first round of the fight was strictly punches and kicks. Cruz was the one who threw more kicks throughout. Both fighters were in a close battle, until the final minute when Cruz landed a flying knee which ended the bout. Dana White, who was octagon-side motioned to Cruz that he had eanred his contract. 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Cruz
Nguyen

Bout 5: Fabio Cherant (4-0) vs. Aleksa Camur (4-0) (Light Heavyweight)

In the main event of this episode, two undefeated light heavyweights in Fabio Cherant and Aleksa Camur competed. Camur made his way out of the first round for the first time in his career. In the second round Cherant landed a good punch but Camur responded with a flying knee which dropped Cherant. Cherant was still in it, but Camur kept hitting him with hammerfist punches. The referee eventually called off the bout.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Cherant 10
Camur 9

After some time, Dana White decided to sign Rodrigo Nascimento, Tracy Cortez, Aalon Cruz and Aleksa Camur.

Dana White’s Contender Series Season 3 Episode 2 Full Report

Last week on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series we only had four fights on the card. For the first time this season we had a five fight card, with a main event between two fighters getting a second chance on the show. Let’s see who got UFC contracts after their performances.

Bout 1: Victor Reyna (10-3) vs. Miguel Baeza (6-0) (Welterweight)

In the first bout, we had Victor Reyna versus Miguel Baeza in a Welterweight bout. Despite the weight class, Reyna came in 7 pounds over the limit. After two minutes of uneventful stand-up, Baeza dropped Reyna with a right hand. The fight went to the ground where Baeza was in top position. Reyna tried getting up, letting Baeza take the back and try for a rear naked choke. They stood up in clinch where Reyna escaped the submission. At the start of the second round Reyna landed a punch which made Baeza fall. He got up shortly after and clinched up with Reyna. While Baeza had tons of dominant strikes throughout the round, at the end he was taken down twice by strikes. The second time he went down due to knees but was saved by the bell, with Reyna wanting the fight to be called. In the third round, Reyna was coming forward with strikes consistently. Reyna was landing shots from top position but got caught in a triangle choke as the fight ran out of time. All three judges gave Miguel Baeza the nod on their scorecards (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

FighterRound 1Round 2Round 3Total
Reyna991028
Baeza1010929

Bout 2: Miles Johns (8-0) vs. Richie Santiago (7-1) (Bantamweight)

The next bout was a Bantamweight contest. Miles Johns put his undefeated record against Richie Santiago. The first round had explosive fists from both fighters. Johns landed a takedown two minutes into the bout. In the opening moments of the second round, Santiago was knocked down by punches. He went to the ground to try for a hold but eventually brought it back to stand-up. He threw a few more punches and then landed another takedown. In the third round, Johns landed punches and knees that brought Santiago to the floor. Santiago hung on and stopped the roll that Johns was on. After they were on the ground for a little the referee stood them up. Both tired, they traded strikes until the fight came to a close. Miles Johns was given the unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

My Scorecard:

FighterRound 1Round 2Round 3Total
Johns10101030
Santiago99927

Bout 3: Michael Lombardo (8-1) vs. Kyle Daukaus (6-0) (Middleweight)

In the first round, another undefeated fighter in Kyle Daukaus fought Michael Lombardo. After both fighters fought in stand-up and clinching up against a cage, Daukaus tried for a guillotine from bottom position. They got back up but went back down shortly after as Daukaus threw Lombardo down. On the ground in the second round Daukaus showed a variety of submission moves on the ground, making him dominant throughout the round. In the final round, Daukaus got a takedown. He tried for submissions for a long time, having Lombardo completely on the defence throughout. He put in a rear naked choke at the end of the third round that Lombardo endured although it was close. Kyle Daukaus won the fight quite decisively (30-25, 30-26 & 29-27).

My Scorecard:

FighterRound 1Round 2Round 3Total
Lombardo99826
Daukaus10101030

Bout 4: Justin Gonzales (9-0) vs. Zach Zane (12-7) (Featherweight)

Attempting to continue the trend of undefeated fighters winning, Justin Gonzales fought Zach Zane. Right off the bat, Gonzales landed some hard strikes. On the ground, Gonzales stayed on top of Zane for most of the round. In the second round, Gonzales caught a kick and landed punches while holding onto the leg. On the ground, Gonzales tried for a rear naked choke. It never got put on well enough for a bout to end. Seconds into the final round Gonzales landed yet another takedown. They got back to their feet for a while where Gonzales landed a knee and some punches before landing yet another takedown. The fight went all 15 minutes with Justin Gonzales winning unanimously (30-26, 30-26 & 30-26).

My Scorecard:

FighterRound 1Round 2Round 3Total
Gonzales10101030
Zane99927

Bout 5: Alton Cunningham (7-1) vs. Tony Johnson (7-2) (Light Heavyweight)

The final bout of this episode was between people who didn’t have the best outcome in their last DWTNCS bookings. Alton Cunningham lost via stoppage in his first Contender Series fight. Also worth noting that was a Middleweight fight. Tony Johnson was taken off his Contender Series fight after being injured weeks before. On this show, they both had a second chance. Both fighters had hard strikes right off the bat. Johnson seemed to take control with punches and knees. Cunningham landed a takedown which slowed down the fight. There was a huge swelling above Cunningham’s right eye that started to develop in the first round. The second round had a lot of fighting up against the cage. After being up against the cage for a long time the referee separated the fighters. They exchanged punches at the end before the horn went. The decision for this bout was all three judges giving the win to Tony Johnson (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

FighterRound 1Round 2Round 3Total
Cunningham9101029
Johnson109928

At the end of the night Dana White decided that Miguel Baeza and Miles Johns will sign to the UFC. Baeza gave an emotional interview afterwards talking about how he does everything for his family.