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.
- Anton Turkalj announces withdrawal from Week 7 DWCS headliner
- Chris Duncan vs. Manuel Gaxhja OFF Week 5 DWCS card hours before showtime
- 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
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 Light Heavyweight Bout: Igor Poterya def. Łukasz Sudolski via first-round TKO.
Middleweight: Caio Borralho def. Aaron Jeffery via unanimous decision, (29-28 x2, 30-27).
Lightweight: Daniel Zellhuber def. Lucas Almeida via unanimous decision, (29-28 x3).
Heavyweight: Rizvan Kuniev def. Edivan Santos via third-round TKO.
*Contract Winners: Daniel Zellhuber and Igor Poterya.
Featured Welterweight Bout: Michael Mallott def. Shimon Smotritsky via first-round submission
Flyweight: Carlos Hernandez def. Daniel Barez via split decision, (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Bantamweight: Fernie Garcia def. Joshua Weems via first-round KO.
Middleweight: Joseph Holmes def. Shonte Barnes via second-round submission.
Lightweight: Genaro Valdéz def. Patrik White via second-round TKO.
*Contract Winners: Genaro Valdéz, Fernie Garcia, Carlos Hernandez and Michael Mallott.
Featured Bantamweight Bout: Christian Rodriguez def. Reyes Cortez via unanimous decision, (30-28 x3).
Heavyweight: Martin Buday def. Lorenzo Hood via first-round TKO.
Flyweight: Jake Hadley def. Mitch Raposo via second-round submission.
Lightweight: Slava Borshchev def. Chris Duncan via second-round TKO.
Flyweight: Maria Silva def. Kathryn Paprocki via unanimous decision, (30-27 x3).
*Contract Winners: Maria Silva, Slava Borshchev, Jake Hadley and Martin Buday.
Featured Bout: Solomon Renfro vs. Jonny Parsons (Welterweight)
Valesca Machado vs. Piera Rodriguez (Straweight)
Caio Borralho vs. Jesse Murray
Armen Petrosyan vs. Kaloyan Kolev
James Barnes vs. Pedro Falcão
Featured Lightweight Bout: Kolton Englund vs. Manuel Torres
Lightweight: Javid Basharat vs. Oron Kahlon
Featherweight: Olivier Murad vs. Xie Bin
Bantamweight: Christian Quiñonez vs. Long Xiao
Flyweight: Qihui Yan vs. Karine Silva
Middleweight: Jansey Silva vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev
Featured Welterweight Bout: Yohan Lainesse vs. Justin Burlinson
Featherweight: Jonas Bilharinho vs. Canaan Kawaihae
Lightweight: Achilles Estremadura vs. Maheshate
Flyweight: Zhifa Shang vs. Juan Puerta
Flyweight: Lun Qiu vs. Erisson Ferreira
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)