Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) episode 8 will air on ESPN+.
Week 8 brings a pair of light heavyweight and bantamweight fights that are sure to excite. With each week continuing to bring excitement, there seems to be no reason to believe that this week will be any different. The new UFC Apex has seen plenty of action this summer, and more contracts are sure to follow. If you have not been paying attention on Tuesday nights, it’s time to tune in.
It seems like every week, there is another fighter from Contender Series that is having a fight announced. The hope is that fighters step up to the big stage and bring the same energy to the UFC. If these fighters bring even a fraction of the tenacity they have shown on Tuesdays, they should be fine on Saturdays.
The Scrap has predictions for the eighth card this season below.
Karl Reed vs Julius Anglickas (Light Heavyweight)
Reed is a dangerous light heavyweight who has shown the ability to win fights in a variety of ways. His only loss came by way of a decision. That would be his only loss as an amateur or professional. He will look to add a 5th win to his streak on his way into the UFC. Anglickas, the Lithuanian, will hope to extend his win streak to 6. Anglickas has yet to see the judges score cards as a professional.
Julius Anglickas def Karl Reed via submission round 2.
Tony Gravely vs Ray Rodriguez (Bantamweight)
Gravely has a lot of experience with an 18-5 professional record, and his losses have come from some high-level competition. He has also main evented cards before, this is a talented fighter looking to prove they are ready for the next level, here is his chance. Rodriguez has also fought high-level competition, with his last loss coming to a fighter who is currently in the UFC in Chris Gutierrez. Rodriguez is 31 and may be watching his UFC window close, or he may burst through the window.
Tony Gravely def. Ray Rodriguez via TKO in round 2.
Shanna Young vs Sarah Alpar (Bantamweight)
Both women have a 2-fight win streak to show for, and will hope that a third win will punch their ticket to the UFC. A third finish in a row for Young would go to show that finishing fights is now her norm. 2019 has been a good year for Young as she is undefeated and heading into her third fight of the year, in the biggest fight of her career. Alpar needs to show that she can finish fights more regularly as she has many wins from decisions, and her last win was a split decision.
Shanna Young def. Sarah Alpar via submission in round 3.
Brok Weaver vs Devin Smyth (Welterweight)
Weaver again falls into the category of fighters looking to show they are finishers. He is 13-4, but 7 of his wins have been awarded via decision. You are doing something right if you are winning fights, but Dana wants finishes and killers. Weaver has an impressive 6-fight win streak coming into this fight also, so his confidence should be riding high. Smyth has a streak of his own, winning the last 9 fights. He has not lost since a decision loss in his professional debut. Be careful, Smyth likes to grab the neck, and his opponents do not like it.
Devin Smyth def. Brok Weaver via submission in round 1.
Herdem Alacabek vs William Knight (Light Heavyweight)
This featured bout showcases two undefeated light heavyweights putting their reputation on the line. Both fighters have finished each of their professional wins, and that should continue. There is not much more to say, sit back and enjoy, this may not last long, and someone will get knocked out.
William Knight def. Herdem Alacabek via TKO in round 1.
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