UFC: Who earned contracts on week three of DWCS?

UFC, Dana White

Tonight, we saw more UFC contracts handed out in the third week of the 2021 season of Dana White’s Contender Series. We saw the most amount of fights we’ve seen all season as six fights took place tonight in the UFC‘s APEX.

So far this season, Dana White has been very generous with the contracts. The UFC president has shelled out ten contracts after two weeks. Last week, all five winners got a contract while in week one, White even gave a UFC contract to a fighter who lost.

With the promotion upping the amount of events they are hosting, they are constantly looking to add talent and The Contender Series is proving to be a gold mine for them. Tonight, the promotion ended up handing out another five contracts tonight.

UFC Contract Winners

Jailton Almeida

In the featured bout of the evening, we saw a battle of light heavyweights as Jailton Almeida (13-2) took on Nasrudin Nasrudinov (9-0). Nasrudinov entered the bout as the massive favorite and entered the contest with the same reputation as most fighters that come out of Dagestan.

However, it was Almeida who looked the most impressive in the grappling exchanges this evening. While everyone expected Nasrudinov to come forward and take Almeida down, we saw the opposite. Almeida’s strength gave Nasrudinov problems throughout the entire fight.

In the second round, Almeida landed a takedown and was able to work his way to the back of Nasrudinov. Once there, he was able to secure a rear naked choke and get the finish. Almeida’s dominant performance earned him a UFC contract.

Albert Duraev

The fourth fight of the night featured a battle of middleweights as Albert Duraev (13-3) took on Caio Bittencourt (14-6). Many were looking forward to this one and Bittencourt was riding a long winning streak as he was hoping to earn himself a UFC contract.

However, this fight ended up being incredibly one-sided in the other direction. Early on in the first round, Duraev was able to get a takedown and Bittencourt wouldn’t get back up. Duraev tied him up on the ground and use his ground and pound to secure dominant positions. Towards the end of the first, Duraev locked up a choke and got the tap. With his dominant win, Dana White gave him a contract.

Lakasz Brzeski

The third fight of the night featured a battle of heavyweights as Lukasz Brzeski (8-1-1) took on Dylan Potter (10-5). These two heavyweights wasted no time as both men started the fight throwing bombs. Immediately, Brzeski had the upper hand as he was landing big shots. However, Potter hung in there and threw back.

Both men looked absolutely gassed just halfway through the first round. For the rest of the fight, Brzeski pushed forward while Potter tried to hold him off. In the final round, Brzeski got a takedown and got the back of Potter. He sunk in a choke and initially it looked like Potter tapped however, upon further review, he was just fighting the hands.

Nevertheless, Brzeski got the submission win and earned himself a UFC contract as a result.

Jack Della Maddalena

The second fight of the evening paired up prospective welterweights Jack Della Maddalena (9-2) and Ange Loosa (7-1). This fight ended up being an absolute war as both men were going all out for a UFC contract.

Throughout the entire fight, it was Della Maddalena who was pushing forward and landing the better shots. In the second round, Della Maddalena slipped which allowed Loosa to get on top. In that, Loosa almost ended up securing an arm-triangle choke, however, Della Maddalena powered through.

In the third round, Loosa had success early in the round, but Della Maddalena turned things around about halfway through. Throughout the final couple of minutes, Della Maddalena put his foot on the gas and had Dana White standing up at the end. A sensational win that earned him a UFC contract.

Jasmine Jasudavicius

The first UFC contract of the evening went to Jasmine Jasudavicius (6-1) who defeated Julia Palestra (8-3) in an entertaining battle in the women’s flyweight division. This fight was back-and-forth, but there was a clear strategy for Jusdavicius.

The Canadian flyweight wanted to get the fight to the ground throughout. Palestra has great Muay Thai and you could tell when the two would exchange. However, Jusdavicius did a fantastic job of getting the fight to the ground throughout the three round contest.

In the first round, Jusdavicius was so dominant that she came within seconds of a finish. While it was a grinding performance, she did enough in Dana White’s eyes to earn herself a UFC contract.

Breaking down the UFC’s hot start with the Contender Series in 2021

UFC, Dana White

Last night we saw another episode of Dana White’s Contender Series. It was the UFC‘s second episode of the season and featured five fights. Ten prospective fighters were ready to go all out to earn themselves UFC contracts.

Last week, Dana White handed out five contracts during week one. In all the years of DWCS, it was the first time the UFC gave out a contract to both fighters featured in one of the bouts. The fight was so close that White gave the winner and loser a shot.

With five fresh faces added to the roster, attention turned to The Contender last night as well. The action did start relatively slow in the bantamweight division. Given how stacked 135 is for the UFC, I figured the bantamweights needed to go all out.

Chad Anheliger (11-5) took on Muin Gafurov (17-4). Anheliger was a massive underdog, but he was riding an eight-fight win streak. His constant pressure and activity was enough go get a split decision. After the performance, I didn’t think he’d get a contract, but Dana White surprised me and added the Canadian bantamweight to the promotion.

UFC Contender Highlights

After that first fight, we saw some tremendous action the rest of the night. CJ Vergara (9-2) looked like a flyweight destroyer last night in his bout with Bruno Korea (12-4). Vergara stormed out of the gate and finished Korea with a brutal knee to the body in the opening minute.

After that fight, we saw a war in the bantamweight division between Saimon Oliveira (18-3) and Jose Alday (14-6). Oliveira got the nod on the cards and was given a UFC contract by Dana White.

After that, we had back-to-back finishes to close the night. Nigerian middleweight Chidi Njokuani (20-7) dominated and stopped Mario Sousa (12-2) in the third round. Then the attention turned to the featured bout of the evening.

Josh Quinlan (6-0) took on Logan Urban (5-2). Quinlan was a huge favorite and he showed why. He completely overwhelmed Urban and stopped him in the first minute to stay perfect and earn a UFC contract.

Yes, you read that right, the promotion gave out five new contracts last night for the second straight week. Ten fighters have now been added to the UFC roster through two weeks on DWCS. Given how many fights the promotion puts on, it’s not surprising to see so many new additions right away this year.

Who earned UFC contracts on week one of Dana White’s Contender Series?

UFC, Dana White

Tonight Dana White’s Contender Series was back for the first time in 2021 with eight prospects hoping to win UFC contracts. It was a night full of action and these fighters seemed hungrier than ever to earn themselves a contract.

There were four great fights tonight and ultimately, Dana White ended up handing out a record number of UFC contracts for one night. The boss handed out five contracts and for the first time, there was one fight where the winner and loser were given contracts.

UFC Newcomers

Azamat Murzakanov

In the main event of the evening, we saw a battle of prospective UFC light heavyweights. Undefeated Russian prospect Azamat Murzakanov (9-0) took on Matheaus Scheffel (14-6).

Murzakanov was the biggest betting favorite of the evening. In the first couple of minutes of the fight, both men were just feeling out the range but they were swinging big shots.

You could tell that Murzakanov was just waiting for his opportunity to explode and get on the inside. Well, three minutes into the first round he did just that. He exploded with a huge combination that put Scheffel out cold. There’s a reason why there was a lot of hype around Murzakanov. He earned his UFC contract with an exclamation point.

AJ Fletcher

The first contract came from the very first fight this evening. AJ Fletcher (9-0) took on Leonardo Damiani (10-2-1) in the welterweight division. Both of these guys were being looked at as two highly valued prospects in the eyes of the UFC.

In the opening portion of the first round, Damiani was actually getting the better of the striking. He was the one backing Fletcher up and appeared to him in desperation mode at one point forcing Fletcher to shoot for a double leg takedown.

However, late in the round, everything changed. Fletcher opened up with a spinning back kick that seemed to give him confidence. Seconds later, he blasted Damiani with a flush flying knee that put the Italian out. That performance was enough to earn him a UFC contract.

Victor Altamirano and Carlos Candelario

One of the more anticipated matchups of the evening was the flyweight contest between Victor Altamirano (9-1) and Carlos Candelario (8-0). The UFC is always looking for flyweight talent and this matchup promised to be fireworks.

Candelario briefly retired after his first contender series appearance a few years ago, but his fire is back and he was looking for a contract. In the first round, both men came out extremely fast and both had success on the feet. Candelario stole the round with good takedowns and ground and pound.

In the second round, Candelario started out strong with his boxing. However, he looked a little tired and started going for takedowns. Altamirano defended takedowns well initially and was landing big shots of his own. Candelario was able to land takedowns late in the round and it proved to be a very close round.

In the third round, Altamirano really looked a lot better and took over. Candelario was slowing down and Altamirano started doing work to the body. Candelario had a good first two round, but Candelario hit a wall and Altamirano dominated the majority of the round.

The fight was razor close and Altamirano won a split decision. Because the fight was so close and both men brought it, Dana White gave both of them UFC contracts.

Joanderson Brito

The co-main event was a battle between Diego Lopes (19-3) and Joanderson Brito (11-2-1).This matchup between prospective UFC featherweights was a ton of fun. I was a little surprised by the start. Brito is known for his aggressive striking style, but he shocked everyone by coming out with a takedown attempt.

Lopes almost locked in an armbar halfway through the round and that forced Brito to stand up. From there, the two men spent the rest of the round just exchanging massive power shots. In the second round, we saw a lot of the same.

Brito ended up shooting for a takedown again in the second and Lopes almost got guillotine choke. Lopes came close a number of time on submissions, but Brito powered through. In the second, Brito landed some of the nastiest ground and pound I’ve ever seen and heard.

The final round started with both men embracing. However, the action didn’t last long. Lopes was accidentally poked in the eye by Brito and the fight was called off.

Brito was docked a point and they went to the scorecards. Ultimately, Brito got the decision win and because of the exciting action throughout, Dana White gave Brito a UFC contract.

DWCS Week 4 Recap: Who won UFC contracts last night?

UFC, Dana White

The UFC hosted their fourth week of the 2020 run of Dana White’s Contender Series. Up until now, White has been very generous giving out contracts through the first three weeks. Already, the promotion has welcomed 12 new fighters to the UFC.

Last night, there were some incredibly impressive performances. We saw finishes, and some solid action all around. With how impressive things were last night, the UFC shelled out four new contracts last night.

The UFC Welcomes Four New Fighters

White had nothing but glowing things to say about the winners of last night’s fights. Only one winner last night didn’t walk away with a contract and that was 23 year old Anthony Romero (8-0).

White said he wants Romero to continue to get better and gain more experience before jumping into the UFC. Now, let’s look at the four fighters who did get contracts.

Collin Huckbody

The first UFC contract of the evening was handed out to middleweight Collin Huckbody (8-2). Huckbody took on Kyron Bowen in the first fight of the night. Huckbody came into last night with five of his seven wins coming via submission.

When the fight started, Huckbody was able to get it to the ground pretty easily. He was able to work his way to mount and secured an arm-triangle for the first round submission. White was extremely impressed and gave the Minnesota based fighter a contract to jump into the UFC‘s middleweight division.

Jeff Molina

The second contact of the evening was handed out to flyweight Jeff Molina (8-2). Molina was in an incredible fight with Jacob Silva in the third fight of the evening. It was an entertaining flyweight scrap that left many saying that both guys deserved contracts.

White said how he loved the mentality that Molina fights with. He said he was perfect for the UFC and that’s what won Molina the contract. While Silva lost and didn’t get a contract, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the UFC sooner than later as well.

Rafael Alves

The third UFC contract was handed out to featherweight contender, Rafael Alves (19-9). Alves had a mishap entering the octagon when he did his signature backflip to entering the octagon. White mentioned in the post-fight press conference how he couldn’t stand that.

Despite that, Alves put on a very strong performance in his fight. He looked dynamic and explosive. He pulled off a slick guillotine in the second round to finish off Alejandro Flores. White called Alves a physical freak, and Alves was awarded a UFC contract.

Jamie Pickett

The final UFC contract of the evening was handed out to a guy who was making his third appearance on the Contender Series. Middleweight Jamie Pickett (11-4) had gone 0-2 in his first two attempt in trying to get into the UFC.

For Pickett, the third time was definitely the charm. Pickett looked fantastic last night and finished his opponent in the second round with an astonishing 22 punch combination. White loves fighters who go for the finish, and that finish was spectacular.

The UFC announces plans for their own hotel

2020 has seen the world go through something many of us would have never thought would have been possible. A global pandemic shut the world down. Despite the obvious obstacles, the UFC has still had a fantastic year full of incredible fights.

UFC President Dana White would be the first to say that pulling off this year has not been easy. They had to secure Fight Island for international UFC Fights. They have also had to take over two small hotels next to their APEX to house fighters in Las Vegas.

After last night’s Contender Series, White said that the UFC has something big in the works that would make the promotion completely self-sufficient moving forward.

A UFC Fighter Hotel

White announced last night that the UFC has secured an additional 10 acres of land that is by their APEX facility. The plan is to build a new hotel that will specifically meet the needs of the promotion. The new hotel is being built with a fighter first mentality much like the APEX was built.

“It will be more designed for fighters,” White said. “Just like the Apex was designed for fighting and putting on special events, this place would be designed exactly for what our needs are in a hotel.”

White said that the UFC‘s plan is to have the hotel completed sometime next year. While it was specifically asked, this is a move that goes beyond the pandemic. Even if the world returns to normal, this hotel is expected to be huge for fighters.

The UFC now will have it’s own place that fighters can come and stay. The UFC PI was designed so fighters could come train, rehabilitate, and get nutritional assistance. However, it was likely on the fighters to figure out arrangements when it came to staying somewhere.

Now, the UFC will not have to book up hotels in Vegas for their fighters. This will save them a lot of money down the road, and White said he expects the hotel to pay for itself very quickly. The UFC‘s Vegas home will now have just about anything a fighter would need.