Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) episode 7 will air on ESPN+.
Your favorite mid-week snack is back for another Tuesday as Contender Series is set to hit the stage for week 7. Fans should wonder what the theme will be for this week, as week 6 seemed to be about the flying knee. The past few weeks have shown a number of highlight flying knee KOs, and what’s better than a flying knee finish?!
With another 4 contracts going out last week, episode 7 will have to amaze just to keep pace. Some of this season’s fighters have already been booked to fight in the UFC, like Hunter Azure (Week 3) just had a fight announced with Brad Katona, Yorgan De Castro (Week 1) has a fight scheduled against Justin Tafa, and Miles Johns (Week 2) is set to face Cole Smith. Hannah Goldy (Week 1) just made her UFC debut against Miranda Granger, after not getting a contract on the show originally.
The Scrap has predictions for the seventh card this season below.
Dwight Joseph vs Jay Perrin (Bantamweight)
Joel: I do not pick against New England. I’m Team Perrin and I see him getting the job done here against Joseph. Perrin is 8-3, two of those being split decision. He’s a very well rounded mixed martial artist and I see him having the advantage wherever the fight goes. Joseph is a finisher, with a 9-1 record. With his last two fights ending via rear naked choke and the majority of his fights not making it past round 2, we’ll see how he fairs against Perrin, who could easily go the distance if it needs to.
Jay Perrin def. Dwight Joseph via submission in round 2.
Connor: Perrin trains minutes away from where I grew up, so I am pulling for the home team here. Perrin is also on a 5-fight win streak and has shown the ability to win fights however it takes. He will have to represent the East Coast against a tough opponent. Joseph is currently sporting a 6-fight winning streak, meaning one streak will end.
Jay Perrin def. Dwight Joseph via submission in round 3.
André Muniz vs Taylor Johnson (Middleweight)
Joel: This is a weird matchup, considering Johnson is undefeated and Muniz is 17-4. I do not think experience wins here, Johnson is everything the UFC is looking for. Although only 5-0, all wins are finishes in round 1 except one which ended in round 2. I see the same thing happening in this matchup, Johnson will get his first-round finish and UFC contract.
Taylor Johnson def. Andre Muniz via TKO in round 1.
Connor: The question is who wins the battle on the ground? It will end up on the mat, Johnson is a wrestler. He tries to KO everyone and ends the fight with ground-and-pound more often than not. None of his fights have gone past round 2, he gets fighters out of the cage quickly. Muniz is very comfortable on the ground though, as he has 11 wins by submission in his professional career. He has shown the ability to KO his opponent, but he loves to use his chokes.
Andre Muniz def. Taylor Johnson via submission in round 2.
Herbert Burns vs Darrick Minner (Featherweight)
Joel: Again with the interesting matchups on this episode. Both men are coming off wins. Minner lost prior to his win. Burns is on a 2-fight win streak after being on a 2-fight losing streak. I guess I’ll have to watch this one and study more footage to make an educated prediction, however, I’m going to have to go with Herbert Burns getting his submission win. He’s on a roll, so we’ll see what he brings to the table.
Herbert Burns def. Darrick Minner via submission in round 2.
Connor: This may be a prime opportunity for Burns to make the jump to the UFC. Dana has been allowing more fighters in their 30’s into the UFC if they can remain active. Burns only has 2 losses that came in decisions, but has fantastic submission skills. Minner will be game for the challenge on the mat. Minner has an extensive list of submission victories on his resume. 19 submission victories as a professional actually, but he has also shown that he can be submitted too. Expect high-level ground work.
Herbert Burns def. Darrick Minner via submission in round 1.
Marilia Santos vs Lucrezia Ria (Flyweight)
Joel: Santos’ nickname is “Chocolate,” so I’m going with her. All jokes aside, she’s 10-2 and loves to make women tap. Her opponent though is one tough woman. Ria tends to finish her fights, she has a record of 7-2. Unfortunately, I can’t go with the cooler nickname, however, I can see Ria getting the win here and the UFC contract, representing Italy.
Lucrezia Ria def. Marilia Santos via submission in round 1.
Connor: Santos will need to show that she can finish fights. She has finishes on her record, but she has just as many decisions as she does finishes in total as a professional. Ria is a Judo fighter and has finished every one of her wins. I bet you could guess they were all by submission. She is riding a 5-fight win streak right now, and will look to roll right over her opponent and into the UFC. Santos will not just roll over though, as she should be ready for the ground exchanges and come with some tricks of her own.
Lucrezia Ria def. Marilia Santos via submission in round 1.
Omar Morales vs Harvey Park (Lightweight)
Joel: Harvey Park is a beast, but Omar Morales is built like Yoel Romero. At 33, he has a killer physique and is currently undefeated with a 7-0 record. He’s also representing Latin America. So yup, I’m choosing him. This dude is everything the UFC is looking for, even though he’s a bit older. He loves to finish fights and recently got himself a 58-second win at Bellator 204 before getting the call from Dana White.
Omar Morales def. Harvey Park via TKO in round 1.
Connor: Both of these fighters are in their 30’s which only goes even further to show that Dana is willing to sign an older guy if they can sell fights. Morales is undefeated and has won in whatever way presented itself. Park has an even longer list of finishes to his name. Park is also 6’0″ tall and has a great size for the lightweight division. Morales will still have a reach advantage despite being the shorter fighter. A common theme seems to be that when Park is set to fight, it does not last long.
Harvey Park def. Omar Morales via TKO in round 1.