After a stacked night of fights last Tuesday and multiple contracts handed out, we set ourselves for another night at the UFC Apex as the Contender Series returns. Will Dana White be as generous this week? 10 Athletes now prepare for their biggest opportunity yet and grab that UFC contract. Let’s have a look at the Contenders.
Joseph Pyfer v Dustin Stolzfus
Fighting out of Pennsylvania Joseph Pyfer (7-1) turned professional in 2018 and had quickly made a reputation for himself by finishing fights. The Middleweight’s career started with a 6 fight winning streak, which granted him a shot at the ‘Ring Of Combat’ Middleweight Championship. Three of those came by KO, two by submission with one decision win.
Dustin Stoltzfus (12-1) who also fights out of Pennsylvania, has not tasted defeat since 2015. Stoltzfus became the ‘FFA Middleweight Champion’ in 2017 and successfully defended the belt twice. He brings a 9-fight winning streak and a strong 42% submission rate to the table.
Adrian Yanez v Brady Huang
Adrian Yanez (10-3) has been competing professionally since 2014. The Bantamweights career has mainly taken place under ‘LFA’ and ‘Fury FC’ with one appearance in 2016 under ‘Bellator’. The Texas born has won his last three bouts, 2 coming via KO.
Brady Huang (11-1) known as the ‘Kung Fu Warrior’ has been making some serious waves in San Francisco, California. A Bantamweight with a 91% finish rate speaks for itself, 9 of his victories have came in the first round. His last outing occurred in February of this year as he travelled to Tokyo, Japan to take on Hidekazu Fukushima at Pancrase 312. Taking the victory back to the United States, 7 months later will earn the chance of a UFC contract.
Vanessa Demopoulos v Cory McKenna
Vanessa Demopoulos (5-1) comes into this bout the current LFA Strawweight Champion after defeating Sam Hughes just last month for the vacant title. This will mark Demopoulos’s third bout in 2020. A win over McKenna would take her to five wins on the bounce.
Cory McKenna (4-1) looks to further the Welsh’s recent success in the UFC. McKenna has spent her professional career competing under ‘Cage Warriors’ and has recently shown her finishing capabilities. In 2019, she secured wins over Fannie Redman and Giulia Chinello. The Hobbit has been out of action for over a year but, I’m sure she’s well prepared.
T.J Laramie v Daniel Swain
T.J. Laramie (11-3) comes in as the ‘PFC’ Featherweight Champion after his win over Andrew Cruz in December of 2019. At 22, Laramie has some good experience behind him. With three consecutive wins behind him, the Canadian has proved he’s got a great gas tank, he’s dangerous on the mat and can finish fights.
Daniel Swain (29-9-1) will make his 31st walk to the octagon on ‘Dana Whites Contender Series’ and look to make it three straight victories. Swain has been competing overseas in recent years under ‘Brave FC’ and ‘M1-Challenge’ in China. The stats speak for themselves with an 85% finish rate and a handful of first round finishes.
Anthony Adams v Impa Kasanganay
Fighting out of the highly regarded Elevation Fight Team Anthony Adams (8-1) will be making his second appearance on the show. Adams recorded 7 straight wins as a professional earning him the opportunity of competing on DW’s Contender Series 2018 and falling short dropping a split decision to Chibwikem Onyenegecha. Adams has been out of action for over a year, last noting a first round victory over Josh Cavan at LFA 57: Zalal vs. Mariscal.
Impa Kasanganay (6-0) is also making his second appearance on the show, putting his undefeated record on the line. He’s been out of action for over a year with three potential matchups being cancelled. Kasanganay’s last appearance on the show seen him defeat Kailan Hill by unanimous decision but not secure the contract on the night.
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