Last Tuesday night we saw another solid week of contender series fights as 3 more fighters earned contracts. That Brings the total this season to 19 contracts in 23 total fights, a steady stream of new talent to the roster.
One of those winners from last week was William Knight and he is already scheduled to make his UFC debut vs undefeated prospect Aleksa Camur later this month on September 26th at UFC 253.
That’s why I said last week all it takes is one great performance and a win on this season to be fighting in the ufc in a few week’s time. A big chance to make a splash and get a life-changing opportunity against the best in the world.
We have another full five fight card this Tuesday and we will see if the contracts keep rolling in or if they finally see a big drop off. The card order is as listed below
Opening bout (185 Middleweight)
Aliaskhab Khizriev (12-0) -163rd ranked Welterweight Worldwide (-285 favorite) vs. Henrique Shiguemoto (13-3-1) -6th ranked Middleweight Japan (+225 underdog)
2nd bout (135 Batemweight)
Mana Martinez (6-1) -15th ranked Bantamweight US Southwest (-145 favorite) vs. Drako Rodriguez (6-1) -2nd ranked Bantamweight Iowa (+115 underdog)
3rd bout (185 Middleweight)
Phil Hawes (7-2) -135th ranked Middleweight Worldwide (-425 favorite) vs. Khadzhimurat Bestaev 31st ranked Light Heavyweight US west (+325 underdog)
Co-main event (Lightweight)
Cameron Church (4-0) -50th ranked Lightweight US west (-150 favorite) vs. Sherrard Blackledge (4-0) -81st ranked Lightweight US west (+120 underdog)
Main-Event (205 Light Heavyweight)
Tafon Nchukwi (3-0) -1st ranked Heavyweight Virginia (-425 favorite) vs. Al Matavao (8-2) -2nd ranked Middleweight Alaska (+325)
Aliaskhab Khizriev via 2nd Round KO/TKO
Mana Martinez via 3rd round KO/TKO
Phil Hawes via 1st Round KO/TKO
Blackledge via 3 round Unanimous Decision
Tafon Nchukwi via 1st round KO/TKO