Dana White’s Contender Series has officially started back up.
After an insane 2020, the kick-off show for Season 5 took place on August 31st inside the UFC Apex Arena. To keep up with the news surrounding Season 5, The Scrap has your go-to guide for all things Contender Series.
- Olivier Murad announces DWCS fight on Oct. 12
- Jose Alday takes on Saimon Oliveira on 5 days notice, fights Sept. 7th.
- Jonas Bilharinho vs. Canaan Kawaihae set for Week 10 DWCS card
- Lorenzo Hood vs. Łukasz Brzeski canceled for Week 1 card
- Kolton Englund vs. Manuel Torres set for Oct. 25 DWCS card
Who has been confirmed to compete (no opponent yet)?
Featured Light Heavyweight Bout: Azamat Murzakanov def. Matheus Scheffel via first-round TKO.
Featherweight: Joanderson Brito def. Diego Lopes via technical unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Flyweight: Victor Altamirano def. Carlos Candelario via split decision, (29-28 x2, 28-29).
Welterweight: AJ Fletcher def. Leonardo Damiani via first-round KO.
*Contract Winners: AJ Fletcher, Joanderson Brito, Azamat Murzakanov, Victor Altamirano, and Carlos Candelario (becomes first loser to earn a contract won the show).
Featured Welterweight Bout: Josh Quinlan def. Logan Urban via first-round TKO.
Middleweight: Chidi Njokuani def, Mário Sousa via third-round TKO.
Bantamweight: Saimon Oliveira def. Jose Alday via split decision, (29-28x 2, 28-29).
Flyweight: Carlos Vergara def. Bruno Korea via first-round TKO.
Bantamweight: Chad Anheliger def. Muin Gafurov via split decision, (29-28 x2, 28-29).
*Contract Winners: Chad Anheliger, Carlos Vergara, Saimon Oliveira, Chidi Njokuani, and Josh Quinlan.
Featured Light Heavyweight Bout: Jailton Junior def. Nasrudin Nasrudinov via second-round submission.
Bantamweight: Mo Miller def. Brandon Lewis via unanimous decision, (30-27 x3).
Middleweight: Albert Duraev def. Caio Bittencourt via first-round submission.
Heavyweight: Łukasz Brzeski def. Dylan Potter via third-round submission.
Welterweight: Jack Della def. Ange Loosa via unanimous decision, (30-27 x3).
Flyweight: Jasmine Jasudavicius def. Julia Polastri via unanimous decision, (29-27 x3).
*Contract Winners: Jasmine Jasudavicius, Jack Della, Łukasz Brzeski, Albert Duraev, and Jailton Junior.
Featured Middleweight Bout: AJ Dobson def. Hashem Arkhagha via first-round TKO.
Welterweight: Michael Morales def. Nikolay Veretennikov via unanimous decision, (29-28 x2, 30-27).
Featherweight: Steven Nguyen def. Theo Rlayang via unanimous decision, (29-27 x2, 30-26).
Flyweight: Kleydson Rodrigues def. Santo Curatolo via unanimous decision, (30-27 x3).
Lightweight: Victor Martinez def. Jacob Rosales via unanimous decision, (29-28).
*Contract Winners: Victor Martinez, Kleydson Rodrigues, Michael Morales, and AJ Dobson.
Featured Bout: Łukasz Sudolski vs. Igor Poterya (Light Heavyweight)
Manuel Gaxhja vs. Chris Duncan (Lightweight)
Aaron Jeffery vs. Caio Borralho (Middleweight)
Lucas Almeida vs. Daniel Zellhuber (Lightweight)
Rizvan Kuniev vs. Edivan Santos (Heavyweight)
Featured Bout: Shimon Smotritsky vs. Michael Mallott (Welterweight)
Daniel Barez vs. Carlos Hernandez (Flyweight)
Paul Capaldo vs. Fernie Garcia (Bantamweight)
Cody Brundage vs. Shonte Barnes (Middleweight)
Genaro Valdéz vs. Patrik White (Lightweight)
Featured Bout: Anton Turkalj vs. Kaloyan Kolev (Light Heavyweight)
Olivier Murad vs. Xie Bin (Featherweight)
Silvana Gómez Juárez vs. Maria Silva (Flyweight)
Hugo Cunha vs. Martin Buday (Heavyweight)
Christian Rodriguez vs. Reyes Cortez (Bantamweight)
Who has been rumored to compete?
- TUF 29 Contestants
Regional Front Runners & Matchups to Watch
We decided to dedicate an area for names you should keep a close eye on. With fight news starting to slow down and many regional promotions putting on shows again, one can only imagine Sean Shelby & Mick Maynard will be watching closely.
Fighters who should get the contender series call this season:
- Justin Wetzell (7-1, Bantamweight)
- Levi Mowles (10-5, Bantamweight)
- Joe McColgan (8-3-1, Lightweight)
- William Gomis (7-2, Featherweight)
- Jay Perrin (10-4, Bantamweight)