Recap & Highlights: DWTNCS2, Week 8 – Hardy scores another quick knockout while Moffett, Nzechukwu & Smith get contracts

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series concluded season 2 tonight. This will be the last we see of it on UFC Fight Pass, as next season things will switch over to ESPN+.

Week 8 was headlined by controversial heavyweight knockout machine Greg Hardy, who was having his second fight of the season after winning a developmental contract in week 1. Current CFFC lightweight champion Joe Lowry was the co-headliner and LFA vet Bobby Moffett filled out the rest of the card. Here’s who scored contracts on the last week of season 2:

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Live Results: DWTNCS S2, Week 8 – Hardy Vs. Gordon

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 – UFC Training Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series is entering the final week of season 2 before they will make the switch to ESPN+ next year.

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Exclusive: An interview with PFL’s Kelvin Tiller

I had the privilege of speaking to PFL heavyweight Kelvin Tiller this past week. One of the most exciting and surprising fighters in the PFL tournament. I spoke to ‘The Mama’s Boy’ about what drives him to fight and how he got there along with what the future holds for him as he enters the semi-finals.

Richard Ferraina: Hey Kelvin, how are you? I’m glad I was able to snag you for an interview because you’ve been one of the most exciting fighters to watch in this PFL tournament right now. First thing, I wanted to bring up your nickname ‘The Mama’s Boy’. I resonate with that because I’m very close with my mother as well. Continue reading “Exclusive: An interview with PFL’s Kelvin Tiller”

Recap & Highlights: DWTNCS S2, Week 6 – Jeff Hughes, Sodiq Yusuff & Jim Crute get contracts as Nick Newell falls short

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series is back with one of the most anticipated headliners this season has to offer. ‘Notorious’ Nick Newell, who was born with a congenital amputation of his left arm, is looking to prove that he belongs in the UFC.

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Live Results: DWTNCS S2, Week 6 – Newell Vs. Munoz

Tuesday, July 24th 2018 – UFC Training Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series returns for week 6 with possibly the most anticipated headliner of the season. ‘Notorious’ Nick Newell, who was born with congenital amputation of his left arm, gets his crack at a UFC roster spot. The question has been, is a ‘tryout’ of sorts even necessary? Newell is 14-1, with two knockouts and nine submissions and a former title challenger of then-WSOF champion and current UFC star Justin Gaethje, which is his only loss. Newell will face undefeated lightweight Alex Munoz.

The card kicks off at @ 8:00PM ET/5:00PM PT on UFC Fight Pass.

Main Card (UFC Fight Pass 8:00PM ET/5:00PM PT)

  • Lightweight bout: Alex Munoz def. Nick Newell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Jim Crute def. Chris Birchler via TKO (punch) (R1, 4:23)
  • Featherweight bout: Sodiq Yusuff def. Mike Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Heavyweight bout: Jeff Hughes def. Josh Appelt via TKO (punch) (R1, 4:26)
  • Featherweight bout: Chase Hooper def. Canaan Kawaihae via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 28-26)

Live Results – UFC Hamburg: Shogun Vs. Smith

Sunday, July 22nd 2018, Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany

The UFC returns to Hamburg, Germany today for the first time since UFC Fight Night 93: Arlovski Vs. Barnett. Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua, who could be fighting for a title shot according to Daniel Cormier, takes a three-fight win streak into a short notice fight against Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith. Smith is looking to crack into the rankings with a win after Shogun’s original opponent, Volkan Oezdemir, was pulled in favor of a bout at UFC 227.

Glover Teixeira is looking to pick up his second win in a row and keep his name in title shot contention with a win over Corey Anderson, who was also a short notice replacement after Ilir Latifi had to pull out with an injury. There are also some fun debuts on the card, including former WSOF fighter Abu Azaitar and former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Nad Narimani.

The early prelims kick off on UFC Fight Pass @ 10:30AM ET/7:30AM PT then move to FOX Sports 1 for the prelims @ 12:00PM ET/9:00AM PT and continue with the main card @ 2:00PM ET/11:00AM PT.

Full results below:

Main Card (FOX Sports 1 2:00PM ET/11:00AM PT)

  • Light Heavyweight bout: Anthony Smith def. Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua via KO (punches) (R1, 1:29)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Corey Anderson def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Middlewieght bout: Abu Azaitar def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Heavyweight bout: Marcin Tybura def. Stefan Struve via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Welterweight bout: Danny Roberts def. David Zawada via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Lightweight bout: Nasrat Haqparast def. Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 12:00PM ET/9:00AM PT)

  • Lightweight bout: Damir Hadzovic def. Nick Hein via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Welterweight bout: Bartosz Fabinski def. Emil Meek via unaniumous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Featherweight bout: Nad Narimani def. Khalid Taha via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Aleksandar Rakic def. Justin Ledet via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-24)

Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass 10:30AM ET/7:30AM PT)

  • Bantamweight bout: Manny Bermudez def. Davey Grant via technical submission (triangle choke) (R1, 0:59)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Darko Stosic def. Jeremy Kimball via TKO (punches) (R1, 3:13)
  • Bantamweight bout: Pingyuan Liu def. Damian Stasiak via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Recap & Highlights: PFL 4 – Palmer and Harrison dominate while Siler, Tiller and Barroso keep the underdog spirit alive

The second round of PFL‘s featherweight and heavyweight fights went down last night. Lance Palmer, who stopped Bekbulat Magomedov for the first time in his career in the first round, took on Jumabieke Tuerxun in the main event while Andre Harrison, who won a decision against Tuerxun in the first round, faced first round winner Nazareno Malegarie.

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Live Results – PFL 4: Palmer Vs. Tuerxun

Thursday, July 19th 2018, Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York

It’s almost playoff time for the PFL! The second set of fights at featherweight and heavyweight go off tonight, and it’s crucial that the fighters get finishes early and often if they want to advance in the standings. Here’s the breakdown: 6 points for a first round finish, 5 points for a second round finish, 4 points for a third round finish and 3 points for a decision win, and here are the current standings:

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Recap & Highlights: DWTNCS S2, Week 5 – Maycee Barber, Edmen Shahbazyan and Domingo Pilarte will join the UFC

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series was back this week with an exiting women’s strawweight headliner.

LFA vet and promising prospect Maycee Barber faced former DWTNCS winner Jamie Colleen who hoped to pick up a contract this time. Both fighters have a combined seven finishes in eight fights.

Austin Vanderford, the fiancé of Paige VanZant, got his wish for a shot in the UFC and faced Team Alpha Male’s Angelo Trevino. Here’s who scored contracts and how the fights went down.

Middleweight bout: Edmen Shahbazyan def. Antonio Jones via TKO (punches) (R1, 0:40)

The opening bout of the card didn’t last long. Edmen Shahbazyan, a Ronda Rousey prospect, made it seven knockouts in seven fights as he finished Antonio Jones 40 seconds into the first round, landing a barrage of punches before dropping him and having the fight called. That performance was a no-brainer for a UFC contract.

Welterweight bout: Austin Vanderford def. Angelo Trevino via submission (rear-naked choke) (R2, 2:42)

The first round of this fight is everything you’d hope for in an MMA bout. Both fighters were landing early, with Vanderford having the slight advantage. Trevino shot for a takedown and wound up getting Vanderford’s back before Vanderford slipped out and it was back to the feet. After a couple exchanges, Trevino landed a right that dropped VanderfordTrevino went for the finish, even getting full mount at one point, but Vanderford survived the end of the round. The second round started with more trading exchanged before Vanderford now rocked Trevino. Trevino, clearly hurt, shot for a takedown, but Vanderford took his back and eventually locked in the rear-naked choke for the win.

Middleweight bout: Chibwikem Onyenegecha def Anthony Adams via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

The first round of this fight was very close. Lots of leg kicks were thrown by Onyenegecha and a nice spinning back fist was landed by Adams, but not much else happened. The second round was more of the same. The third round continued the technical fight, with both fighters staying outside their range, when with under two minutes left the lights went out. When the lights came back, both fighters went for it, hoping to steal a win. Onyenegecha wound up picking up the split decision win.

Bantamweight bout: Domingo Pilarte def Vince Morales via technical submission (rear-naked choke) (R2, 1:52)

The 6’0 Domingo Pilarte had the size and reach advantage going into this bantamweight bout, but Vince Morales did a good job of covering his distance in the first round, landing a few clean shots. Nearing the end of the round, Morales caught Pilarte inside and dropped him twice, cutting him open and ending the round on top with Pilarte leaking. Pilarte came out shooting in the second round, failing to get the takedown originally but after catching Morales’ leg on a counter, tripped him to the mat. Pilarte got to Morales’ back and locked in the rear-naked choke to put Morales to sleep. The comeback win for Pilarte was enough for a UFC contract.

Women’s Strawweight bout: Maycee Barber def Jamie Colleen via TKO (elbows) (R3, 4:15)

The first round started with Colleen landing some punches before Barber closed the distance and took the fight to the fence, landing some elbows in the process. After a quick break and some nice right hands that landed from Colleen, Barber brought it back to the fence to end the round. The second round was pretty much Colleen’s right hand versus Barber’s kicks. Halfway through the round Barber landed a takedown and controlled top position until it ended. Maycee Barber came out in the third taking the fight back to the cage and keeping it there for nearly four minutes before hitting a takedown. With under a minute left, Barber landed some brutal elbows, opening Colleen up and getting a stoppage victory. Maycee Barber’s UFC dream of being the youngest champion in history is still alive and well as she will be joining the strawweight roster.