Dana White’s Contender Series: Season 4 Episode 5 Play-by-Play

This article is the play-by-play to accompany the live coverage happening on the website. Live coverage of “Dana White’s Contender Series” can be found here.

Quick Results:

Bout 1: Tucker Lutz def. Chase Gibson via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 2: William Knight def. Cody Brundage via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:23)

Bout 3: Ronnie Lawrence def. Jose Johnson via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Jimmy Flick def. Nate Smith via Submission, Arm Triangle Choke (RD 3, 3:15)

Bout 5: Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Dennis Buzukja via Decision, Unanimous


Bout 1: Tucker Lutz (9-1) vs. Chase Gibson (9-4) (Lightweight)

Gibson had a good start, landing a few strikes on the feet including a superman punch. Both fighters got hit hard in the third minute by hooks. Lutz connected with a left hook in the fourth minute that knocked Gibson down. Lutz went to the ground, throwing punches to Gibson from the back. They returned to the feet moments before the round ran out of time.

Lutz was aggressive to start the second round, walking down Gibson with strikes. Lutz connected with punches in the third and fourth minute of the round that clearly shook Gibson.

The strong striking from Lutz continued at the start of the third round. Gibson got a takedown in the fourth minute, although Lutz was able to quickly reverse the position and get on the back of Gibson. Lutz threw punches from the back, similar to the position he had in the first round. Gibson tried for a rear naked choke in the final minute of the fight. Lutz was able to survive the round. Lutz got the win when going to the scorecards (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Lutz 10 10 10 30
Gibson 9 9 9 27

Bout 2: William Knight (7-1) vs. Cody Brundage (5-0) (Light Heavyweight)

Brundage shot for a takedown in the opening moments of the fight. He got on the back of Knight after some fighting on the ground. Brundage threw a flurry of punches to the head of Knight that went unanswered. They went back to the feet after Knight moved positions on the ground. Pressed up against Knight, Brundage tried for another takedown. Knight landed elbows to the head from the position that hurt Brundage. Going to his knees, Brundage was hit with more punches from Knight until the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 3: Jose Johnson (11-5) vs. Ronnie Lawrence (5-1) (Bantamweight)

Johnson put together some good strikes in the opening moments of the fight. Lawrence got a takedown in the first minute of the fight with a body lock. They returned to the feet halfway through the round after Lawrence controlled the fight on the ground. He got another takedown in the third minute, hopping on the back of Johnson. He tried for a guillotine choke while Johnson stood up. Johnson was able to toss him off of his back. Lawrence landed leg kicks that were seemingly hurting Johnson. Lawrence got his third takedown in the final minute of the round. 

Lawrence earned a takedown in the first minute of the second round. Lawrence landed strikes periodically from full guard. They stood up with roughly half of the round left. Lawrence got a takedown from a body lock after Johnson connected with some elbows. Yet another takedown was executed by Lawrence in the fourth minute. Johnson was able to get top position on the ground, landing hard punches from the position. Lawrence tried for an armbar late in the round that Johnson endured.

Lawrence got a takedown early in the round, although Johnson tried for a kimura from the bottom. They stood up after the kimura attempt, with Johnson scoring his ninth takedown moments after. After scoring another takedown, Lawrence kept control on the ground until the fight ran out of time. The fight went to Lawrence after 15 minutes (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Johnson 9 9 8 26
Lawrence 10 10 10 30

Bout 4: Jimmy Flick (14-5) vs. Nate Smith (6-0) (Flyweight)

Leg kicks wobbled Smith in the opening seconds of the fight. The fight went to the ground after Flick slipped while throwing a kick. Flick got on the back of Smith on the ground. Smith was able to roll out of the position eventually and take side control on top. Flick applied an armbar from the bottom that Smith was able to escape. Flick tried for a guillotine on the ground before getting on the back of Smith. While Flick was leading the fight, Smith did a good job to defend submissions. Flick transitioned and tried for a guillotine choke again. They got back to the feet with a minute left in the fight.

Flick got a takedown from a body lock a minute into the second round. Smith tried for a triangle choke from the bottom. Having escaped the choke, Flick landed short elbows from side control. Flick moved into full mount, attempting an arm triangle choke from the position. He transitioned into an armbar in the final minute of the round, moving back to a triangle choke after. Smith was able to stay in the choke until the round ran out of time.

Flick secured a takedown early in the final round, landing on top in side control. Flick moved from half guard into full mount in the second minute of the round. Flick tried for a choke for a moment on the ground. Moving into side control, Flick put in an arm triangle choke that made Smith tap out.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Flick 10 10
Smith 9 8

Bout 5: Melsik Baghdasaryan (4-1) vs. Dennis Buzukja (4-1) (Featherweight)

Baghdasaryan landed hard kicks and punches to Buzukja early in the fight. Buzukja stopped the momentum of Baghdasaryan by clinching in the first minute. Elbows in a clinch hurt Buzukja, causing him to back up against the cage. Baghdasaryan kept pressing forward with strikes. He scored a double leg takedown in the second minute, landing a punch while allowing Buzukja to stand up. Buzukja got a takedown in the final minute of the round, although Baghdasaryan was able to work his way back up to a body lock on the feet.

Buzukja scored with more strikes in the second round after the pace of Baghdasaryan slowed down slightly. Buzukja scored a takedown in the third minute of the round, although they got back to their feet and returned to striking shortly after.

Like the round before, Buzukja showed great improvements as Baghdasaryan continued to slow down. Buzukja pulled guard in the fourth minute, trying for an armbar from the bottom. Baghdasaryan was able to escape the hold eventually and return to the feet. Putting Buzukja against the cage, Baghdasaryan landed some punches late in the round. Needing judges to figure out who won, Baghdasaryan picked up the win (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Baghdasaryan 10 9 9 28
Buzukja 8 10 10 28


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