10 prospects have the chance at landing a UFC contract on Tuesday night when competing on “Dana White’s Contender Series.” They will compete on the second episode of the show this season, from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Follow along throughout the evening for live updates on the event.
Main Card (8:00PM EDT / 5:00PM PDT) (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass Canada)
UFC Offers Contracts To All Winners
UFC President Dana White handed out five contracts at the end of the show, giving contracts to Chad Anheliger, CJ Vergara, Saimon Oliveira, Chidi Njokuani and Josh Quinlan.
UFC has offered 10 contracts through nine fights this season, and a winner has not been denied a contract through two episodes.
Bout 5: Josh Quinlan (5-0) vs. Logan Urban (5-1) (Welterweight)
LFA Vet Quinlan Stops Short-Notice Opponent Urban Within Minute
Josh Quinlan extended his undefeated record in just a minute on Tuesday, stopping short-notice opponent Logan Urbina with a wild flurry of punches.
Quinlan visibly stunned Urban in the opening minute with a right cross. After seeing that Urban was hurt, Quinlan charged forward with quick punches until he scored a knockdown that finished the fight.
Quinlan has won all six of his fights via stoppage since turning pro in 2019. He moved to the “Contender Series” after three wins in notable promotion LFA over the past year.
Urban took the fight on short notice. He replaced Darian Weeks, who had to withdraw late last week due to COVID-19 protocol.
Urban had a four-fight stoppage winning streak heading into Tuesday, with most of the wins coming in the Ohio MMA scene.
Bout 4: Mario Sousa (12-1) vs. Chidi Njokuani (19-7) (Middleweight)
Bellator Vet Njokuani Scores Late Stoppage Win
Relentless ground and pound from veteran Chidi Njokuani scored him a stoppage victory against Mario Sousa on Tuesday’s co-main event, finishing the fight in the third round.
Njokuani got Sousa down in the third round with a knee to the body. After a steady pace strikes from half guard, an elbow eventually caused Sousa to cover up and end the fight.
Njokuani hurt Sousa early in the second round with a right cross while backing up. He then took Sousa down, allowing him to score with lots of strikes from full guard.
Sousa would have struggled even if the fight went to scorecards, as he was deducted a point in the first round due to two groin strikes on Njokuani.
Njokuani was one of the more experienced fighters to come through the “Contender Series” doors, having over 25 pro bouts. He most notably fought in Bellator from 2015 to 2019, putting together a promotional record of five wins and three losses.
Sousa was on a five-fight winning streak before Tuesday. He also earned a win on the 2020 season of the “Contender Series,” although his victory against Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz didn’t earn him a contract.
Bout 3: Saimon Oliveira (17-3) vs. Jose Alday (14-5-1) (Bantamweight)
Oliveira Wins In Return, Earns Close Split Decision
Saimon Oliveira continued his win streak on Tuesday, taking a close split decision win against Jose Alday (29-28 Oliveira, 29-28 Alday & 29-28 Oliveira).
Oliveira won the first and third rounds by landing takedowns on Alday and controlling him.
The victory put Oliveira on a five-fight winning streak. He was competing for the first time since late 2019.
Alday scored a quick win in his previous fight, stopping Marcos Lopez within a minute with strikes on a Combate Global card in May.
Bout 2: Bruno Korea (12-3-1) vs. CJ Vergara (8-2-1) (Flyweight)
Vergara Continues Finish Streak, Stops Korea In 41 Seconds
Fury FC Flyweight Champion CJ Vergara showed his aggressive striking on Tuesday, putting away Bruno Korea within a round with strikes.
Vergara was able to finish Korea in the first minute with a knee to the body. This came just moments after he visibly wobbled him with a short right hook while exiting a clinch.
Vergara was aggressive for the short fight, coming forward and looking for the finish.
Vergara hurt Korea early with a short right hook while exiting the clinch.
Vergara is now on a five-fight winning streak of finishes. His previous wins came from 2019 to 2021 in Texas-based MMA promotion Fury FC.
The fight was Korea’s second chance at a UFC run. He competed in the promotion in 2015, fighting once in the promotion after appearing on Season 4 of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.”
Bout 1: Muin Gafurov (17-3) vs. Chad Anheliger (10-5) (Bantamweight)
Anheliger Takes Split Decision Win Over ONE Veteran
Chad Anheliger had a close battle to open the show, defeating Muin Gafurov via split decision after three rounds (29-28 Anheliger, 29-28 Gafurov & 29-28 Anheliger).
The close fight was a matchup of Gafurov’s wrestling against Anheliger’s striking.
Gafurov got to work on the ground early, earning a double leg takedown in the first minute. He was then able to control Anheliger for a few minutes on the ground.
Anheliger’s biggest moment in the first round was right as they returned to the feet, as he scored a knockdown in the fourth minute with a knee to the head in the clinch.
Gafurov’s wrestling allowed him to control most of the second round, taking Anheliger down twice in the frame.
A tired Gafurov walked forward on Anheliger in the third round, although Anhliger got the best moments in – the Canadian scored in the clinch and even reversed a takedown attempt.
Gafurov, a former ONE Championship fighter, was getting the “Contender Series” call after a recent win on a UAE Warriors/EFC collaborative card.
Anheliger entered Tuesday on an eight-fight winning streak that dated back to 2016.