Dana White’s Contender Series: Season 4 Episode 3 Play-by-Play

This article is the play-by-play to accompany the live coverage being done for “Dana White’s Contender Series.” The live coverage article can be viewed here.

Quick Results:

Bout 1: Kenny Cross def. Kevin Syler via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 2: Josh Parisian def. Chad Johnson via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 3:43)

Bout 3: Orion Cosce def. Matt Dixon via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 4:42)

Bout 4: Cheyanne Buys def. Hilarie Rose via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 5: Louis Cosce def. Victor Reyna via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:12)

Play-by-Play:

Bout 1: Kevin Syler (10-0) vs. Kenny Cross (10-3) (Lightweight)

Cross connected with a few left crosses to the head in the first minute. Cross tried for a takedown early on, although Syler was able to defend it. They went into a clinch in the first minute after Cross tried for a takedown again. They separated after Cross kept Syler against the cage for a minute. Syler got a takedown from a clinch in the third minute. Cross got back to his feet, although Syler got on his back while standing. Cross was able to throw Syler off of his back, putting him on the ground on his back. Cross took top position in side control with two minutes to go. They got back to their feet, going back down after Cross tried for a guillotine choke. Syler popped out of the choke and took full guard on top. Cross landed punches to the body, finishing the round with an elbow to the head of Syler.

Cross landed hard leg kicks to start the second round. Cross got a takedown a minute into the second round, although Syler got back to his feet immediately. Syler pulled guard in the second minute of the round, trying for a guillotine choke from the bottom position. Cross left the choke eventually, taking full guard on top again. Cross got on the back of Syler, going to ground and pound after attempting a rear naked choke for a moment. Cross moved into full mount. Syler was able to escape the position and try for an ankle lock. Cross escaped the hold and took top position with 20 seconds left in the round.

Syler missed a flying knee to start the final round. Cross tried for a single takedown in the first minute of the third round, securing the takedown eventually. Syler tried for a kimura from the bottom that Cross was able to escape. Syler got to his feet in the second minute, although Cross kept him against the cage in a body lock. Cross got another takedown in the third minute of the round. Cross moved into full guard after being in side control before. Syler was able to get on Cross’ back, although Cross was able to get him off like he did in the first round. With less than a minute to go, the fighters got back to the feet. Syler got a double leg takedown, getting on the back of Cross before the round ran out of time. Going to the judges, Cross was given the win (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Syler 9 9 9 27
Cross 10 10 10 30

Bout 2: Josh Parisian (12-3) vs. Chad Johnson (6-1) (Heavyweights)

Parisian connected with a leg kick early that wobbled Johnson. Johnson landed his own leg kicks as well in the round. The fighters both landed punches, with the impact audibly being hard. Johnson landed a series of punches in the third minute that backed Parisian up against the cage. Leaving a clinch, knee to the head and a hook from Parisian dropped Johnson. Parisian took side control on the ground, stepping into full mount after trying an arm submission. He let punches go from the top, landing numerous punches and bloodying Johnson before the fight ended.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Parisian
Johnson

Bout 3: Orion Cosce (6-0) vs. Matt Dixon (9-0) (Welterweight)

Dixon clinched up with Cosce early, putting him against the cage. Dixon got a double leg takedown a minute into the fight, but Cosce was able to stand back up in a clinch immediately. They separated from a clinch shortly after. Dixon got another takedown in the third minute of the fight. Although it took a little longer than the first time around, Cosce got back to his feet again. Cosce landed good and clean singular shots on the feet. Dixon landed a two-punch combination in the final minute. Cosce missed a spinning backfist, allowing Dixon to get a takedown. Cosce tried for a guillotine choke from the bottom before the fight ended.

Dixon tried for a takedown early in the second round that Cosce was able to deny. Dixon strung together a multi-punch combination in the first minute of the second round. Another takedown was stopped by Cosce. A pause came halfway through the round after Dixon was kicked in the groin accidentally. Dixon tried for a takedown in the third minute. Cosce kept the fight in a clinch, landing knees and punches from the position. Cosce defended numerous more takedowns, charging forward with strikes at Dixon.

Cosce got a takedown from a clinch in the second minute, slamming down Dixon in the process. Cosce had control from half guard. Cosce transitioned into full mount halfway through the round, returning back to half guard moments after. Cosce landed many punches to the head from the position. With a minute left in the fight, Cosce moved into a crucifix position where he landed numerous punches to the head. After enough unanswered punches, Cosce won the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Cosce 9 10
Dixon 10 9

Bout 4: Cheyanne Buys (4-1) vs. Hilarie Rose (4-1) (Strawweight)

Both fighters threw a wild fury of strikes to start the fight. Rose pulled guard in the first minute trying for a submission, standing back up after losing grip of Buys. Buys got a takedown in the second minute from a clinch. They got back up with three minutes left in the fight. Buys scored with a combination of strikes to the body and head in the fourth minute that had Rose backing up. Rose shot for a takedown, with Buys being able to stop the attempt and take control on the ground. Buys got up with 30 seconds left in the fight, urging Rose to stand up as well. Buys connected with a few punches before the round ended.

The was a pause before the start of the second round as there was an issue with a door on the octagon. Buys put Rose in a clinch against the cage a minute into the second round. Buys would leave the clinch to land punches before going back in. Rose was able to land from the position as well, scoring with elbows to Buys. They separated with two minutes to go in the round. Rose clinched with Buys after Buys landed punches in stand-up. Buys got a takedown in the closing seconds of the round, getting on the back of Rose and landing punches until the round ended.

After Buys had a strong first minute of the final round by out-striking Rose, Buys put Rose against the cage in a clinch again. Buys scored with a right hook in the third minute that hurt Rose. Rose was hurt in the fourth minute of the fight, eating punches while backed up against the cage. Buys got on the back of Rose for a minute of the round. Leaving a clinch, Buys unleashed strikes on Rose in the closing seconds of the fight. Buys was given all three rounds by the judges (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Buys 10 10 10 30
Rose 9 9 9 27

Bout 5: Victor Reyna (11-4) vs. Louis Cosce (6-0) (Welterweight)

 

Cosce wasted no time, coming forward at Reyna with punches. Reyna stopped his momentum with a clinch in the first minute. Leaving the clinch, Cosce returned to being the aggressor of the fight. Cosce connected with a left hook in the second minute that dropped Reyna. Follow-up punches from Cosce ended the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Reyna
Cosce

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