On Tuesday night, the fourth of 10 episodes on season four of “Dana White’s Contender Series” is set to air. On this episode, 10 fighters will perform in hopes of being offered a UFC contract.
Follow along throughout the evening for live updates from the action which is set to take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Main Card (8:00PM EDT / 5:00PM PDT) (ESPN+)
Four Fighters Signed To The UFC
At the end of the night, UFC President Dana White signed Collin Huckbody, Jeffrey Molina, Rafael Alves and Jamie Pickett.
“His dues have been paid in full,” said White, mentioning how Pickett deserved his contract.
Bout 5: Jhonoven Pati (6-3) vs. Jamie Pickett (10-4) (Middleweight)
Third Times The Charm For Pickett
In his third appearance on “Dana White’s Contender Series,” Jamie Pickett got a win on the show for the first time, finishing Jhonoven Pati in the second round with punches. The flurry stunned Pati on the feet with punches, knocking him down eventually and ending the fight.
The more recent of Pickett’s appearances on the “Contender Series” was in 2019, losing to the undefeated Punahele Soriano.
Pickett mentioned in his post-fight interview that he considered quitting MMA before being booked for Tuesday’s fight.
“Where I come from there’s not a lot of opportunities. That’s why I got stab wounds,” said Pickett after the fight.
Pickett’s last fight before his appearance on Tuesday was last November, winning the Ring of Cage Middleweight Championship over Joseph Pyfer.
Bout 4: Rafael Alves (18-9) vs. Alejandro Flores (17-2) (Lightweight)
Alves Stops Flores In The Second With A Choke
A close fight ended suddenly in the second round after Rafael Alves caught Alejandro Flores in the second round with a guillotine choke.
The submission came after Flores got the takedown, with Alves being able to quickly slip a choke from the bottom to win.
Alves came into this fight on a four-fight winning streak, although his last fight was over a year ago. His most recent fight, which came in March of 2019, saw Alves defeat Felipe Douglas to become the interim Titan FC Lightweight Champion.
Alves and Flores were the most experienced fighters on the card, having 46 professional MMA bouts combined.
Bout 3: Jeffrey Molina (7-2) vs. Jacob Silva (6-2) (Flyweight)
Molina Gets Scorecard Win Over Silva
A close striking battle went to Jeffrey Molina in the third bout, getting a unanimous decision win over Jacob Silva. Molina’s two biggest moments were late in the first and second round, stunning Silva with stikes before the rounds ran out of time.
“Dropping him in the first was like, ‘alright, I got ya,'” said Molina after the fight, reflecting on how his first part of the success was late in the first round.
Silva, a FFC Flyweight Champion, had a six-fight winning streak heading into the bout. Molina came into the bout on a six-fight streak as well.
Bout 2: Anthony Romero (7-0) vs. Mike Breeden (8-2) (Lightweight)
Romero Wins Scrap With Breeden To Remain Undefeated
Remaining undefeated, Anthony Romero won an aggressive battle via decision over Mike Breeden. The fight saw Romero out-strike Breeden, although it was nowhere near a one-sided battle.
The first two rounds were the best for Romero, connecting with punches and clearly hurting Breeden with leg kicks. Breeden was able have a much better third round, walking forward Romero and out-striking him in what seemed like a second wind of momentum.
The leg kicks caused trouble for Breeden late in the fight, being wobbled numerous times due to his leg injuries in the closing minute.
“[He’s a] super tough guy and I’m thankful for the match he gave me,” said Romero after the fight, crediting Breeden.
The win kept Romero undefeated, with all of his previous wins being in regional promotion “King of the Cage.”
Bout 1: Collin Huckbody (7-2) vs. Kyron Bowen (9-4) (Middleweight)
Huckbody Earns Sudden Win
This week’s episode kicked off with a quick win for Collin Huckbody, who stopped Kyron Bowen in the second minute with an arm triangle choke. The finish came after Huckbody had control on the ground, trying for a guillotine choke before getting the finish in full mount.
“Tonight I just went out and did everything I trained and practised,” said Huckbody confidently in his post-fight interview.
The win was the fifth consecutive win from Huckbody in professional MMA, with two of the more recent wins being an arm triangle choke as well.