Week seven of Dana White’s Contender Series saw three contracts given out of the five bouts. Coincidentally enough, all three contract winners finished their opponents, with none of them reaching the third round. Join us as we discuss the results from an action-packed week of DWCS and what to make of the contract recipients!
- Christian Rodriguez defeats Reyes Cortez via Unanimous Decision – (30-27 x3)
- Martin Buday defeats Lorenzo Hood via TKO – Round 1 (4:56)
- Jake Hadley defeats Mitch Raposo via Submission – Round 2 (3:11)
- Viacheslav Borshchev defeats Chris Duncan via KO – Round 2 (0:28)
- Maria Silva defeats Kathryn Paprocki via Unanimous Decision – (30-27 x3)
The first contract was given out to Viacheslav Borshchev (5-1) following his brutal one-punch knockout against Chris Duncan. Duncan was previously scheduled to compete on DWCS a couple of weeks ago but his opponent was pulled from the fight due to weight cutting and health issues. Whilst it is unfortunate to see Duncan come up short in his rescheduled fight, it will not be the last time he puts his name on the UFC’s radar. And for Borshchev, wow. To come in as the lesser-known fighter and showcase his ultra-impressive striking put himself on the map as a legitimate prospect in the stacked lightweight division.
Jake Hadley (8-0) was awarded the second contract of the evening, which may have been the most controversial. Not only did the former Cage Warriors flyweight champion miss weight for this bout, but it also came out during the post-fight press conference that there were troubles with Hadley behind the scenes this week as well. So much so that when Dana White announced he would be rewarding Hadley a UFC contract, UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, left the APEX. Nonetheless, Hadley did have a solid performance against TUF 29 alum, Mitch Roposo, before getting the rear-naked choke finish in the second round. Be on the lookout for Hadley and who his UFC debut will come against because the matchmakers are going to want to test him early if Tuesday night is anything to go off of.
Last but not least, heavyweight fighter Martin Buday (9-1) earned his UFC contract and was not without some adversity. His opponent, Lorenzo Hood, landed some huge shots to start the fight and had Buday hurt badly and up against the fence. However, what left fans and the bossman, Dana White, so impressed was Buday’s ability to recover and then pour it on to secure the first-round finish with just four seconds remaining in the opening round. The big fella was able to wear his opponent out and quite literally drain the will out of Hood. Martin Buday will now look to give some fresh blood in a heavyweight division that is always looking for new talent.
What was your biggest standout performance from week seven of DWCS? Let us know in the comments below!
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