Dana White’s Contender Series: Season 4 Episode 8 Play-by-Play

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

Quick Results:

Main Card (8:00PM EST / 5:00PM PST) (ESPN+)

Bout 1: Jared Vanderaa def. Harry Hunsucker via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 3:34)

Bout 2: Luis Saldana def. Vince Murdock via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 0:44)

Bout 3: Ignacio Bahamondes def. Edson Gomez via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 2:31)

Bout 4: Carlos Ulberg def. Bruno Oliveira via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:02)

Play-by-Play:

Bout 1: Jared Vanderaa (10-4) vs. Harry Hunsucker (6-2) (Heavyweight)

The fighters clinched up early in the fight after Hunsucker charged at Vanderaa. Hunsucker landed a series of punches after leaving the clinch. Both fighters landed leg kicks periodically in the round. Hunsucker landed another hard two punches in the second minute of the round. Vanderaa put Hunsucker against the cage in the fourth minute of the round, scoring a takedown shortly after. Vanderaa landed a series of punches from the back that caused the referee to step in and end the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Vanderaa
Hunsucker

Bout 2: Vince Murdock (12-3) vs. Luis Saldana (13-6) (Featherweight)

Saldana seemingly tripped Murdock with a leg kick in the opening moments of the fight. Murdock was consistently advancing on the feet, although Saldana was the fighter landing a higher volume of strikes. Murdock clinched with Saldana after catching a flying knee in the fourth minute. They separated shortly after. Saldana connected with a wide variety of strikes in the first round. He became the advancing fighter in the later half of the round.

Saldana continued to control the fight through the second round. A true testament to the range of strikes he landed, Saldana connected with punches and kicks to both the head and body. 

Saldana landed a teep kick to the head early in the final round, landing a series of punches and another head kick to the head to drop Murdock. Saldana moved into full mount on the ground, throwing ground and pound until the referee stopped the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Murdock 9 9
Saldana 10 10

Bout 3: Ignacio Bahamondes (10-3) vs. Edson Gomez (6-1) (Welterweight)

Gomez put together a few hooks to the head against Bahamondes in the first minute. Bahamondez was able to stop two takedown attempts early in the fight. Bahamondes was connected with combinations, although Gomez was able to answer back with punches. Gomez had more takedown attempts blocked later in the round.

Gomez looked for a takedown early in the second round after charging forward with punches. Bahamones blocked the attempt then put together a series of punches to the head and body that made Gomez shell up. After landing a series of punches in close range, Bahamondes landed a teep kick to the head that dropped Gomez and stopped the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Bahamondes 10
Gomez 9

Bout 4: Carlos Ulberg (2-0) vs. Bruno Oliveira (8-1) (Light Heavyweight)

The fighters were throwing a fair output of strikes in the opening minute. Ulberg landed a right hand in the second minute of the fight, landing a follow-up two-punch combo that made Oliveira tower over and fall to the ground, ending the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Ulberg
Oliveira

 

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