After another eventful week in the contender series, we saw a return back to a bulk of contracts as four out of the five winners got their hands on a shot to the UFC. This now brings the total to 26 out of 32 winners receiving contracts this season, as well as one loser. We are back with another five-fight card this week, full event preview is listed below for the contender series episode 7.
Opening bout strawweight (115)
Kathryn Paprocki (3-1)- 312th ranked P4P US west (+175 slight underdog) vs. Maria Silva (8-0)- 34th ranked women Brazil (-210 moderate favorite).
Second bout lightweight (155)
Chris Duncan (7-0)- unranked lightweight worldwide (-135 slight favorite) vs. Slava Borshchev (4-1)- 240th ranked lightweight US (+115 near even).
Featured bout men’s flyweight (125)
Jake Hadley (7-0)- 5th ranked flyweight UK/Ireland (-300 moderate favorite) vs. Mitch Raposo (5-0)- 29th bantamweight US northeast (+240 moderate favorite).
Co-main event heavyweight (265)
Lorenzo Hood (12-4)- 11th ranked heavyweight US northeast (+300 moderate underdog) vs. Martin Buday (8-1)- 11th ranked heavyweight Europe (-400 heavy favorite).
Main-event men’s bantamweight (135)
Junior Cortez (5-1)-10th ranked featherweight Arizona (+165 slight underdog) vs. Christian Rodriguez (5-0)- 16th ranked bantamweight US midwest (-195 moderate favorite).
My picks: Silva via second-round submission
Duncan via second-round KO/TKO
Raposo via unanimous decision
Buday via first-round KO/TKO
Cortez via second-round KO/TKO
Be sure to check out our previous article featuring last week’s event. We are aiming to bring MMA fans around the world weekly articles highlighting all of the up-and-coming fighters for DWCS. Be sure to check in with us next week for another preview of episode 8 on Tuesday.