Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) episode 5 will air on ESPN+.
Contender Series has been putting on a show since the Independence Day break. Five fights turned out five contracts in a historic return, then four contacts in the following week, which makes 9 contracts earned in 10 fights. It appears that Contender series has returned in all of its glory.
It seems like the new trend will be the old trend, exciting finishes, and plenty of contracts going out to talented fighters. Dana sent a clear message, he wants “killers,” and so far it seems like the message has come across loud and clear.
The Scrap has predictions for the fifth card this season below.
Billy Quarantillo vs Kamuela Kirk (Featherweight)
Connor: Kirk has never been finished in his career, his only two losses have come by way of decision. Kirk is tough for sure, and has shown a knack for finishing fights as of late, finishing his last 3 fights all in the first round. The 25-year-old will look to take advantage of this opportunity. Quarantillo has only been finished once in his career, so this should be a showing of two tough fighters who are fighting for a life-changing contract.
Kamuela Kirk def. Billy Quarantillo via submission in round 2.
Jamahal Hill vs Alexander Poppeck (Heavyweight)
Connor: Fans are in for a treat with this battle between the undefeated Hill, and Poppeck who boasts a 9-2 record. Hill will have to show the ability to finish the fight here, as most of his wins have come from a decision, while Poppeck loves to finish fights with his ground-and-pound. Hill has fought at heavyweight and light heavyweight, divisions that UFC currently needs stars for.
Alexander Poppeck def. Jamahal Hill via TKO in round 1.
Christian Lohsen vs JJ Okanovich (Lightweight)
Connor: Lohsen is a submission specialist, is only 24 years old, and is 6’2″ as a lightweight. He has 6 submission victories on his record and holds a 7-1 professional record. With the lights bright on Tuesday night, will “Hollywood” live up to his name and put on a show? Okanovich trains at AKA with championship-caliber training partners. The Bosnian Bomber will be game for the challenge on the mat as well, racking up 4 submission victories to his own credit. I expect a high level grappling match to wow fans in this fight.
JJ Okanovich def. Christian Lohsen via unanimous decision.
Sean Woodson vs Terrance McKinney (Featherweight)
Connor: McKinney is 7-1 as a professional, finishing every win with 6 submission victories to his name. McKinney’s one loss came in a doctor stoppage where he injured his leg early in the fight. The 24-year-old has shown his chokes are dangerous, but has the ability to take whatever is given to finish the fight. Woodson is undefeated at 27 years old, he is just missing the finishes from his record, and a finish here would help propel Woodson into the biggest MMA promotion. There is a lot of hype behind both of these fighters, don’t miss this one!
Terrance McKinney def. Sean Woodson via submission in round 1.
Ramazan Kuramagomedov vs Jordan Williams (Middleweight)
Connor: Williams was on last season of Contender Series and won his fight via ground-and-pound, but the result was changed to a no contest after testing positive for cannabis metabolites. He is back and ready to show that he does belong in the UFC and that he can stay clean. However, his opponent is daunting, as Kuramagomedov holds an undefeated professional record. Kuramagomedov made a quick stop by the PFL last year and now has his eyes on joining many other rising Russian fighters in the UFC. Williams has also spent time fighting in Bellator recently, hoping to make the jump to a larger stage.
Ramazan Kuramagomedov def. Jordan Williams via unanimous decision.
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Connor “Rags” Rogowsky is a co-owner of The Scrap and its current President. Rogowsky played football and track collegiately, and holds a Masters of Science in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. Make sure to follow Rags on Twitter (@rogowskyc).