Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series took a week off for the holiday, but came back tonight with an exciting headliner. Current LFA featherweight champion Kevin ‘The Angel Of Death’ Aguilar moves up to lightweight to take on the undefeated Joey Gomez. Here’s who got contracts tonight and how the action went down.
Lightweight bout: Jalin Turner def Max Mustaki via TKO (doctor stoppage) (R1, 5:00)
In the first fight of the night, Jalin Turner drew blood on Max Mustaki early before rocking him. After dropping Mustaki with a body shot, Turner pretty much controlled the rest of the round. Unfortunately, during the round Mustaki had broken his foot and the fight was called off after round one with a TKO win going to Turner.
Flyweight bout: Jordan Espinosa def Riley Dutro via TKO (punches) (R3, 4:58)
The first round of this fight was fun. Jordan Espinosa landed an early takedown, trying to find a submission before it got back up to the feet. Espinosa and Riley Dutro were each landing, with Dutro putting Espinosa on his butt at one point. At the end of the round, both fighters landed at the same time but Dutro is the only one who dropped. Espinosa ended the round on top. The second round stayed on the feet the whole time, with Espinosa clearly having the speed advantage. The third was more of the same until midway through when Espinosa landed a punch followed by a head kick which dropped Dutro, who eventually recovered and got the fight back to the feet. With no clock left, Espinosa landed a hard right which dropped Dutro again, and the referee called it with 2 seconds left. That was enough to score Jordan Espinosa a contract.
Featherweight bout: Ricky Palacios def Toby Misech via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
The first round was a back-and-forth affair, with both fighters landing hard punches and kicks. The second round was more of the same. Toby Misech came out in the third looking very tired, trying to land takedowns but was stuffed by Ricky Palacios. The body and leg kicks seemed to be the deciding factor which secured the win for Palacios.
Middleweight bout: Bevon Lewis def Alton Cunningham via TKO (knees) (R1, 3:01)
Bevon Lewis came out firing in the first round, landing some punches and clinching with Alton Cunningham and then landing some elbows before bringing it back to the center of the octagon. Lewis brought it back to the clinch quickly, landing some shots and putting Cunningham on the ground as he went for a failed rear-naked choke attempt. Cunningham got back to his feet, but Lewis landed some crushing knees that put Cunningham away and earned the Jackson-Wink standout a UFC contract.
Lightweight bout: Kevin Aguilar def Joey Gomez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
The first round of this featured bout went just as expected: heavy shots and a lot of blood. Kevin Aguilar and Joey Gomez landed hard shots early, with Aguilar opening Gomez up. Gomez then secured his first takedown of the fight and rained down elbows until he opened Aguilar up. The second round was more hard shots traded, as Aguilar connected on a couple straight rights. Gomez eventually got the fight back to the ground, keeping Aguilar on his back until the second round ended. After the first two rounds seemed to be in favor of Gomez, Aguilar stormed back in the third and won the battle on the feet, landing the more significant strikes. The judges saw it in favor of Kevin Aguilar, as he won via split decision.