The third episode of “Dana White’s Contender Series” is set to air on Tuesday night with five more bouts. With the precedent set in the first two weeks of nine of the 10 bout winners being offered UFC contracts, expect some of the UFC’s future to compete on Tuesday night. Follow along with this blog for live coverage throughout the evening.
Four Fighters Awarded With Contracts
After the fights, UFC President Dana White gave contracts to Josh Parisian, Orion Cosce, Cheyanne Buys and Louis Cosce.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Parisian after learning he earned a contract.
“I’ve worked my whole life for this moment,” said Buys, thanking her family afterwards.
Bout 5: Victor Reyna (11-4) vs. Louis Cosce (6-0) (Welterweight)
Cosce Stops Reyna In The Second Minute
Getting a quick stoppage, Louis Cosce stopped Victor Reyna with punches in the first round. The win from Louis followed a win earlier in the card from his brother, Louis.
“As soon as I seen him crumble I knew I was gonna finish it,” said Cosce, talking about the end of the fight.
The fight kept Cosce undefeated, with all of them via stoppage as well since he kicked off his career in 2017.
Reyna appeared on the previous season of “Dana White’s Contender Series,” losing a decision to now-UFC fighter Miguel Baeza.
Bout 4: Cheyanne Buys (4-1) vs. Hilarie Rose (4-1) (Strawweight)
Buys Controls Rose Through Three Rounds
In the co-main event of the evening, Cheyanne Buys put on a dominating performance over Hilarie Rose to win via unanimous decision. The win saw Buys had control throughout with striking and clinchwork.
After the fight, Buys went over to UFC President Dana White, telling him that she has messaged him on Instagram for a long time.
“I’ve been writing him for two years,” said Buys in her post-fight interview.
Buys got her fourth-win-in-a-row, including wins in LFA and EFC.
Bout 3: Orion Cosce (6-0) vs. Matt Dixon (9-0) (Welterweight)
Cosce Continues Streak of Finish Wins
Remaining undefeated Orion Cosce stopped Matt Dixon late in the third round with grounded strikes. The finish came late in the third round, where Cosce landed a series of strikes from a crucifix position.
Dixon had a strong first round, taking down Cosce many times throughout. Once Dixon was able to stop the numerous takedown attempts from Dixon he was able to dictate the fight.
“Don’t count me out. I grew up in a rough life I know what it is to fight through adversity,” said Cosce in his post-fight interview.
The win was Cosce’s seventh as a pro, with all of them being finishes thus far.
Orion’s brother, Louis, is set to compete in the main event later in the night.
Bout 2: Josh Parisian (12-3) vs. Chad Johnson (6-1) (Heavyweights)
Parisian Gets Second Stoppage Win On Contender Series
Getting a first-round stoppage win, John Parisian stopped Chad Johnson in the first round with strikes. The fight
Parisian dropped Johnson by landing a knee and a hook while exiting a clinch. On the ground, Parisian threw elbows and punches from full mount to win the fight.
Parisian appeared on the 2018 season of “Dana White’s Contender Series,” defeating Greg Rebello on his episode. Not being offered a contract, Parisian was placed on a season of “The Ultimate Fighter” where he was eliminated on the fifth episode by Michel Batista.
Parisian has recently become a father as well.
“It has put some pressure on me but I think it’s good pressure,” said Parisian on having a child.
Bout 1: Kevin Syler (10-0) vs. Kenny Cross (10-3) (Lightweight)
Cross Gets Decision Over Syler
Kicking off the card, Kenneth Cross wrestled his way to a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Kevin Syler.
Cross was dominant through the first two rounds, controlling Syler on the ground for a large portion of the 10 minutes.
Syler was able to get a little more control late in the fight as the cardio of Cross started to wear off. Cross noted after the fight that he was tired.
“My striking and everything just felt not there,” admitted Cross after the fight, mentioning he apologized to UFC President Dana White once the third round ended.
Syler had competed on last year’s season of “Dana White’s Contender Series” as well, defeating Lance Lawrence via decision. Syler was not offered a UFC contract that time around. The fight on Tuesday ended his undefeated record.
Cross moved to five-wins-in-a-row with the win.