After another great week of contender series fights last Tuesday, we saw another 4 contracts awarded. Bringing the total to 16 contract winners in 18 total bouts that have happened this season as there continues to be more rapid growth to the UFC roster.
Also, if that wasn’t enough to excite the fighters competing this week and give them a little more motivation then I’d say the fact that just last Saturday at UFC Fight Night Smith Vs Rakic, Impa Kasanganay who earned a contract on episode 2 of this season, earned his first win in the UFC over season 3 contender series vet Maki Pitolo. Meaning that a win here from any one of these 10 fighters could see them making an immediate impact in MMA’s biggest proving ground.
We have another full fight card with 5 fights upcoming Tuesday night. Will the contracts keep on rolling in by the handful, Or will we see our first rabid decline in this season’s contract winners,? The card order is as listed below.
Opening bout (155 Lightweight)
Tucker Lutz (9-1) -9th ranked Lightweight US Notheast (-225 favorite) vs. Chase Gibson (9-4) -37th ranked Featherweight US West (+220 underdog)
2nd bout (205 Light Heavyweight)
William Knight (7-1) -1st ranked Light Heavyweight US Northeast (-150 favorite ) vs. Cody Brundage (5-0) -19th ranked Light Heavyweight Missouri (+120 underdog)
3rd Bout (135 Bantamweight)
Jose Johnson (11-5) -3rd ranked Bantamweight Missouri (-235 favorite) vs. Ronnie Lawerence (5-1) -2nd ranked Bantamweight Tennessee (+200 underdog)
Co-main Event (125 Flyweight)
Jimmy Flick (14-5) -1st ranked Flyweight US Southwest (+140 underdog) Vs Nate Smith -9th ranked Flyweight US Midwest (-145 favorite)
Main Event (145 Featherweight)
Melsik Baghdasaryan (4-1) -79th ranked Featherweight US West (-155 favorite) Vs Dennis Buzukja (4-1) -47th Featherweight US Northeast (+125 underdog)
Tucker Lutz Via 2nd Round KO/TKO
William Knight Via 1st Round KO/TKO
Jose Johnson Via 3rd Round Via KO/TKO
Nate Smith Via Unanimous Decision
Melsik Baghdasaryan Via 1st Round KO/TKO