The fourth season of Dana White’s Contender Series is set to return this summer.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the highly anticipated series will begin a little later this year. It is scheduled to start on August 4th and will continue through September. DWCS will stream on Tuesdays from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Recently announced by MMAFighting, one of the anticipated matchups of the season features Canadian lightweight Anthony “The Genius” Romero (7-0) taking on Mike “Money” Breeden (8-2). Romero is on a 15-fight win streak which includes his near perfect amateur career. At just 23-years-old, the Dodge Sports fighter went 9-1 as an amateur and has a perfect professional record. The Para Bellum/Niagara Top Team prospect spent most of his professional career fighting for the King of the Cage promotion. Romero last fought at Ohio Combat League 7 in March where he got a quick 58-second TKO against Jake Miller, capturing the promotion’s lightweight title.
Breeden was successful in his previous three fights. The 31-year-old defeated Henry Lindsay by TKO at Ultimate Blue Corner Battles last April, Chel Erwin-Davis by TKO at LFA 67 in May, and took out Brandon Jenkins with a flying knee at LFA 77 in September. The Glory MMA fighter is the 4th ranked of 24 active Minnesota pro lightweights.
The Scrap had a chance to speak with Romero and his manager Matt Dodge about the upcoming fight. “The Genius” stated that he’s been keeping up with his training regimen during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Not even a quarantine situation can stop me from running, pad work and cardio training. MMA is my life. It’s like breathing for me. When you love something, you always find a way to make it work”.
Romero expressed his excitement of getting the call for what will be the most important job interview of his MMA career. “My manager Matt Dodge called me early one morning with the news. I felt like I was still dreaming when he told me about my Contender Series match. The first thing I did was run downstairs screaming and hugged my parents together in a huge bear hug. They have been there for me since the beginning and I was so happy to be able to share this proud moment with them. I am excited to turn my lifelong dream into a reality. I’ve been training and fighting for this chance for a long time and I’m putting everything I have into this huge opportunity. I want to extend my thanks to the Contender Series for selecting me for the show. I also want to thank everyone that has supported my MMA career throughout the years”.
Dodge spoke highly of Romero and said he is thrilled for his athlete. “We could not be more excited for the opportunity in front of this special young man. With the UFC focusing on it’s global push to become a top international sport, Canadian MMA needs a new face. Anthony Romero has everything you look for in a superstar and we believe he is primed and ready to carry that level of responsibility into the UFC”.
Romero will be the second Canadian to ever compete on the Contender Series. Fellow Canadian Aaron Jeffrey fought Brendan Allen on the show last summer. When asked how it feels to represent his country as a professional fighter Romero stated, “I am so proud to represent Canada… I want to make my hometown of Welland, Ontario proud and show the world that Canadians are big players in the MMA game”.