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Contender Series 2020: Week 8 Preview

Dana White’s Contender Series, season 4, gets back underway this Wednesday live from the UFC’s Apex Centre in Las Vegas.

The Contender Series was paused for six weeks, while Dana and the production crew hosted several shows in Abu Dhabi.

So far this season, 26 athletes have earned contracts, and the boss Dana White has been extremely generous, handing out no fewer than three contracts on the night.

Let’s take a look at the four bouts and competitors ahead of fight night.

Carlos Ulberg V Bruno Oliveira

Carlos Ulberg (2-0) will be looking to join his fellow City Kickboxing teammates inside the UFC.

Ulberg only has two professional mixed martial arts contests under his belt, which occurred in 2011, and 2018. Throughout 2019, Ulberg found himself competing in kickboxing bouts, winning all three matchups.

The 29-year old from New Zealand has all the right tools and guidance to make his transition into full-time MMA successful.

Bruno Oliveira (8-1) still hasn’t given up hope of securing a spot on the UFC roster. At 36, the Brazilian brings a three-fight winning streak to the table. Oliveria bounced back from a long lay off and finished Jared Gooden in 53 seconds of round number one at Titan FC 55.

Ignacio Bahamondes v Edson Gomez

The Chilean sensation, Ignacio Bahamondes (10-3), is the youngest fighter on the card by a large margin and one Dana White will be keeping a close eye on.

Bahamondes five-fight winning streak was snapped by Salvador Becerra at the end of 2019 and recently bounced back with a split decision victory over Chris Brown at LFA 90.

Welterweight Edson Gomez (6-1) is a force to be reckoned with. Gomez made his professional debut in 2015 and has quickly shown his ability to finish the fight.

The King of the Cage Welterweight Champion brings a 100% KO/TKO ratio into the octagon with him, 5 of those coming in the first round.

Vince Murdock v Luis Saldaña

Vince Murdock (12-3) looks to be the next from Team Alpha Males fight team to compete in the UFC.

Murdock’s appearance on the Contender Series maps a long road back to competition after undergoing surgical procedures for a rare medical condition.

The Team Alpha male veteran will be looking to build on his last two victories, which saw him finish Vikas Dahiya and Justin King.

Luis Saldaña brings a three-fight winning streak to Las Vegas with an overall record of (13-6).

The 29-year old has tasted defeat along the way in his development but has an impressive stat to his name. All 13 of Saldana’s wins have come by finish. He’s not a man to leave it in the hands of the judges.

Jared Vanderaa V Harry Hunsucker

There’s no better way to kick of a fight card than to let two Heavyweight slug it out.

Jared Vanderaa (10-4), nicknamed ‘The Mountain’ and on Wednesday night you’ll see why.

Vanderaa, who trains out of Dan Henderson’s Athletic Fitness Center, bounced back from his first loss in three years with a unanimous decision victory over Tony Lopez.

Vanderaa recently received his black belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu, although it’s not been called upon in recent years, his confidence will certainly be high.

Harry Hunsucker (6-2), didn’t have the best of starts to his MMA career going (1-3), since then Hunsucker has used his deadly punching power and slick submission skills to pull a five-fight winning streak together.

This is a matchup we’re you should expect heavy leather to be thrown. I’d be surprised if this goes the distance.


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