Last night, the UFC hosted their seventh and final episode of Dana White’s Contender Series for this current run. With the upcoming trip to Fight Island, the show is going to be taking a break for the next six week or so.
So far this year, the Contender Series has brought many new fighters to the UFC. In the six episodes leading into last night, Dana White had awarded 23 fighters UFC contracts through the first six weeks. White handed out three new contracts last night. Let’s take a look at the UFC newcomers.
Before we dive into the newest members of the roster, there were two fighters who didn’t get contracts last night. Michael Lombardo (11-2, 1 NC) and Kyle Driscoll (12-3) both won decisions, but the UFC president wasn’t impressed enough to give either man a contract.
The first UFC contract of the evening was handed out to Danyelle Wolf (1-0). The record there is not a typo, last night was her MMA debut. Wolf came in as a professional boxer having fought over 40 times professionally in the squared circle.
White alluded to the fact that Wolf benefits from fighting at featherweight. The UFC women’s featherweight division is extremely light, and the promotion is looking to build up that weight class for the champion, Amanda Nunes.
The fight Wolf had last night was very competitive with Taneisha Tennant. In fact, there were quite a bit of people that scored the fight for Tennant. Normally you wouldn’t see Dana White give someone like this a contract, but the lack of featherweights assisted here.
The second UFC contract of the evening was handed out to featherweight Collin Anglin (8-1). Anglin had a fight that made White give a standing ovation once the fight was over. It was an absolute war, and White praised both Anglin and Muhammadjon Naimov.
Naimov stared out the fight strong, and I gave him the first round. However, Anglin really started to go for it in the final two rounds and took that fight. He earned that UFC contract last night, and both men were very impressive.
After the event, White said that Naimov was extremely disappointed in himself. However, White said that Naimov is on the short list in case someone falls out so don’t be shocked to see him with the promotion sooner or later.
The final contract of evening was handed out to the fighter who had the most impressive performance to me. Jordan Williams (9-3, 1 NC) was on his third attempt to get into the UFC being on DWCS. Third time was the charm last night.
Williams took on Gregory Rodrigues, and he left little doubt that he deserved to be inside the octagon. Just before the halfway point in the round, Williams pushed Rodrigues back and landed a combination from hell that put Rodrigues out.
Williams screamed after he won the fight, “Give me my contract!”. The camera panned to the UFC president who had a big smile on his face. The talented middleweight finally made it to the big show.
GIVE. ME. MY. CONTRACT.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 16, 2020