As the fifth season of the Dana White’s Contender Series comes down to the final episode we saw another exciting week again last week, as always more contracts were given out as five of the six winners punched their tickets to the big show. That now brings the total to 38 out of 48 winners receiving contracts this season, as well as one loser.
We have a return to a five-bout event for the season final going down this Tuesday. With only one chance remaining for the fighters this season, we will see how hard these last competitors fight for these last contracts. It has been a pleasure bringing you all your Dana White’s Contender Series previews on what is my second full season, and I look forward to keeping it going many seasons to come.
The full Dana White’s Contender Series event preview is below:
Opening bout men’s flyweight (125)
Zhifa Shang (32-7)- 2nd ranked flyweight China (+160 underdog) vs. Juan Puerta (22-6)- 1st ranked flyweight US west (-190 slight favorite).
Second bout men’s featherweight (145)
Jonas Bilharinho (8-2)- unranked featherweight worldwide (+125 slight underdog) vs. Canaan Kawaihae (6-1)- 34th ranked featherweight US west (-145 slight favorite).
Featured bout men’s flyweight (125)
Lun Qiu (14-7)- 13th ranked flyweight China (+370 moderate underdog) vs. Erisson Ferreira (10-1)- 57th ranked flyweight Brazil (-490 heavy favorite).
Co-main event welterweight (170)
Yohan Lainesse (7-0)- 2nd ranked welterweight Quebec (+210 moderate underdog) vs. Justin Burlinson (6-0)- 20th ranked welterweight UK/Ireland (-265 moderate favorite).
Main event lightweight (155)
Achilles Estremadura (7-0)- 13th ranked lightweight Canada (-400 heavy favorite)
vs. Mahesshate (5-1)- 13th ranked welterweight China (+300 moderate underdog).
My picks: Shang via split decision
Kawaihae via 3rd round KO/TKO
Ferreira via 2nd round KO/TKO
Burlinson via 2nd round submission
Estremadura via unanimous decision