Dana White’s Contender Series: Season 4 Episode 7 Play-by-Play

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

Quick Results:

Bout 1: Kyle Driscoll def. Dinis Paiva via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 2: Danyelle Wolf def. Taneisha Tennant via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 3: Michael Lombardo def. Korey Kuppe via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Collin Anglin def. Muhammadjon Naimov via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 5: Jordan Williams def. Gregory Rodrigues via TKO, Punches (RD 1, 2:19)

Play-by-Play:

Bout 1: Kyle Driscoll (11-3) vs. Dinis Paiva (13-7) (Featherweight)

Paiva landed a right cross in the first minute of the fight that dropped Driscoll. Driscoll finished a combination in the second minute with a knee to the head that connected. He attempted a takedown shortly after, putting Paiva against the cage in a body lock. Paiva was able to leave the position and return to striking in under a minute. Driscoll got a single leg takedown in the third minute of the round, getting on the back of Paiva on the ground. Paiva got to his feet while Driscoll was on his back. Paiva went up and down from his knees a few times before he left the position in the fourth minute of the round.

A pause came in the first minute of the second round after Paiva was accidentally kicked in the groin. The fight resumed moments after. Driscoll connected with a clean right hook early in the round. Paiva stopped a takedown attempt a minute into the round. He stopped another a minute later. An eye poke to Paiva caused another brief stoppage in the third minute of the round. Driscoll was the more active striker on the feet, although neither fighter landed anything big in the second round.

Driscoll had an aggressive start to the third round, backing Paiva up with punches. Paiva was able to stop a takedown a minute into the round. Paiva dropped Driscoll in the third minute of the round with a counter left hand. Driscoll was quick to get up, shooting for a takedown, putting Paiva against the fence. Paiva was able to get a takedown from the position, getting half guard on top. Paiva went into full guard for a moment. Driscoll tried for an armbar from the bottom, although after he lost it Paiva was able to take side control. Back in full guard, Driscoll failed to attempt an armbar from the bottom. Driscoll swept Paiva in the final minute of the round, taking the back of Paiva. Driscoll lost the position after failing to secure an armbar. Driscoll got on the back of Paiva again before the round concluded. After three rounds, Driscoll was given the win (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Driscoll 10 10 9 29
Paiva 9 9 10 28

Bout 2: Danyelle Wolf (0-0) vs. Taneisha Tennant (3-0) (Featherweight)

Tennant landed numerous leg kicks early in the fight. Wolf connected with some punches in the first minute of the round. Wolf charged forward with a punch combination that stunned Tennant, causing her to slip. Tennant put Wolf against the cage in a clinch, although Wolf was able to get out of the position quickly. Tenntant had another takedown attempt in the final minute of the round.

Tennant tried for two takedowns from a clinch in the second minute of the round, although Wolf was able to leave the position shortly after both times. Like the round before, Wolf was landing at a higher frequency of punches. A pause came in the third minute of the fight after an eye poke to Wolf. A doctor checked Wolf out before the fight resumed. Tennant continued to connect with leg kicks. Wolf caught a leg kick to dump Tennant in the fourth minute of the round. Tennant had Wolf on her backfoot in the final minute of the round, connecting with a flurry of punches and kicks. Tennant put Wolf against the cage in a body lock before the round concluded.

An eye poke early in the third round to Tennant stopped the fight, causing Tennant to scream while backing up. The fight resumed after Tennant said she is able to continue. Tennant clinched up with Wolf after, separating after. Tennant put Wolf against the cage in the second minute of the round, with Wolf trying to resist a takedown from the position. Wolf pulled guard, attempting a guillotine choke from the bottom position. Tennant endured the choke for a minute while trying to escape the choke. Tennant moved into side control, popping out of the choke with a minute to work. Tennant went from her feet to the ground a few times, as Wolf was able to stop her from settling into side control. Wolf got the unanimous decision win after three rounds (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Wolf 10 9 10 29
Tennant 9 10 9 28

Bout 3: Korey Kuppe (8-3) vs. Michael Lombardo (10-2) (Welterweight)

Lombardo connected with a good right hand in the first minute of the fight. Lombardo put Kuppe against the cage in a clinch in the second minute of the fight. He earned a takedown a minute later. Lombardo connected with punches and elbows from the top. Kuppe tried for a triangle choke from the bottom that didn’t connect. The fight returned to the feet after Lombardo left his position on top. Kuppe tried for a guillotine choke late in the first round that put Lombardo in danger. The fight went to the ground, where Kuppe kept the choke until the round ran out of time.

Lombardo put Kuppe against the cage in a clinch to start the second round. Lombardo kept pressed on Kuppe for half of the round, landing punches periodically from the position. Lombardo got a takedown in the third minute of the round, taking full guard on top. Lombardo kept the position until the round ended. Kuppe mocked Lombardo after the round ended.

Lombardo got a body lock on Kuppe to start the final round. Kuppe pulled guard, taking the fight to the ground. They returned to the feet in the final minute of the round. Lombardo slammed Kuppe down for another takedown. Lombardo kept on top of Kuppe until the fight ended. Lombardo won after three rounds of battle (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Kuppe 10 9 9 28
Lombardo 9 10 10 29

Bout 4: Muhammadjon Naimov (5-0) vs. Collin Anglin (7-1) (Featherweight)

The first round started with fast paced striking from both fighters. Naimov landed a clean spinning backfist a minute into the fight. Anglin clinched with Naimov in the second minute of the fight. Naimov reversed the position, landing some knees to the body before Anglin left the clinch. Anglin got a takedown from a clinch in the fourth minute of the fight. Anglin got on the back of Naimov. Naimov was able to escape the position and return to the feet with a minute to fight. Naimov connected with a few clean punches that clearly hurt Anglin. Anglin got another takedown with half-a-minute left to fight. Anglin had side control on top.

Naimov landed a hard right hand in the opening minute of the second round. Anglin clinched with Naimov a few times, being able to land strikes from the position. A pause came in the second minute of the round after a knee hit the groin of Anglin. Anglin put together a series of knees in a clinch, putting together some punches after leaving the position. Anglin got a double leg takedown in the fourth minute of the round, getting on the back of Naimov. Anglin landed punches when not attempting a rear naked choke. He transitioned into full mount with under 30 seconds left in the round. He kept in control on the ground until the round ran out of time.

The third round opened with both fighters throwing wild punches. Anglin put together a series of punches a minute into the round that backed Naimov against the cage. Naimov started to come forward and connect with his own punches, although he was clearly more hurt by punches. Naimov shot for a takedown in the second minute of the fight that Anglin stopped. Anglin continued to connect punches on the feet that were hurting but not dropping Naimov. Another takedown was stopped later in the round. Anglin swept Naimov in the fourth minute of the round for a takedown. Anglin put in a rear naked choke on the ground, although Naimov was able to escape the position and take side control on top. Naimov threw short elbows until the fight ran out of time. Anglin picked up a victory via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27 & 29-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Naimov 10 9 8 27
Anglin 9 10 10 29

Bout 5: Gregory Rodrigues (7-2) vs. Jordan Williams (8-3) (Middleweight)

Both fighters connected with punches in the first minute of the fight. Williams stopped a takedown attempt in the second round of the fight. Williams landed a right hand that hurt Rodrigues in the third minute of the fight. He put together a combination of punches that dropped Rodrigues, ending the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Rodrigues
Williams

 

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