Dana White’s Contender Series Episode One Full Fights
History is going to be made tonight at the very first Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series episode one takes place. The occasion is going to be headlined by a featherweight department clash as UFC veteran Kurt Holobaugh takes on Matt Bessette. Also, UFC veterans Joby Sanchez and Justin Jones contend, plus a huge heavyweight department bout works as the co-main event.
DWTNCS Featherweight Division Fight
Kurt Holobaugh (17-4-0) vs. Matt “The Mangler” Bessette (22-7-0).
Holobaugh is the present Titan Fighting Championships Interim Lightweight Champion, defeating Gesias Cavalvante to win the gold at Titan FC 44. Bessette is the present CES MMA Featherweight Champion and he does get in the battle riding a seven battle winning streak. Holobaugh completed one time in the UFC over four years earlier, suffering a consentaneous choice loss to Steven Siler at UFC 159. Bessette likewise spent a long time battling in Bellator MMA, where he holds a success over UFC veteran Diego Nunes.
Prediction: Bessette likes to just come forward and decimate his challenger with strikes, but Holobaugh has the better ground game and he uses that to notch a close choice win.
DWTNCS Heavyweight Division Fight.
Greg “Ribz” Rebello (22-7-0) vs. Azunna “Zulu” Anyanwu (13-4-0).
Rebello is entering the fight riding a two fight winning streak and he has actually invested the majority of his professional MMA career in the CES MMA promo. Anyanwu comes into this fight riding a 4 fight winning streak and he is the existing Cage Fury Fighting Championships Heavyweight Champion. Rebello was a cast member on the UFC Ultimate Fighter 11, suffering a defeat to Josh Bryant in the opening round of the truth show. Anyanwu likewise competed when in Bellator MMA, having actually beat JA Dudley by 2nd round TKO at Bellator 49.
Forecast: This battle is going to be a slugfest for as long as it lasts, however it is going to be Rebello ending up Anyanwu with strikes late in the preliminary.
DWTNCS Bantamweight Division Fight.
Boston “Boom Boom” Salmon (5-1-0) vs. “Pretty” Ricky Turcios (8-0-0).
Salmon is planning to rebound from the very first loss of his expert MMA career, which concerned Zac Riley at RFA 43. Turcios is going to be completing for the first time in almost a year, as his last bout came versus Trent Meaux at Fury Fighting Championships 12 in September 2016. Salmon is going to be completing beyond the Resurrection Fighting Alliance auspices for the very first time as a pro. Turcios likewise completed as soon as in Bellator MMA, having actually beat Steve Garcia by split choice at Bellator 151.
Prediction: Salmon is a striker who ends up fights and Turcios is a striker who normally goes the distance, Salmon surfaces Turcios with strikes late in the third round.
DWTNCS Middleweight Division Fight.
Justin “Black Dynamite” Jones (9-2-0) vs. Charles “Kid Dynamite” Byrd (7-4-0).
Jones is going to be entering the fight riding a 5 battle unbeaten streak and he hasn’t suffered a defeat in over two years. Byrd is returning to action for the very first time in just over a year, as his last bout was a triumph over Quentin Henry at Legacy FC 57. Jones battled two times under the UFC banner, dropping battles to the duo of Ron Stallings and Corey Anderson. Byrd is currently winless versus UFC veterans, having dropped a fight to Bojan Velickovic at the AXS TV Super Fights event in May 2015.
Prediction: Jones is excellent at mixing up his attack and Byrd is going to be a secret after a year layoff, Jones grounds and then ends up Byrd with strikes in the 2nd round.
DWTNCS Flyweight Division Fight.
Joby Sanchez (9-2-0) vs. Manny Vazquez (11-2-0).
Sanchez enters the fight riding a two battle winning streak, having defeated the duo of Martin Sandoval and Jesus Urbina. Vazquez is likewise getting in the battle on the strength of a 2 fight winning streak, that includes a win over Nate Williams at Bellator 175. Sanchez did win simply among 3 fights under the UFC banner, with that lone win coming by Tateki Matsuda at UFC Fight Night 59. Vazquez has previously challenged for the Legacy FC Flyweight Title, losing to Steven Peterson at Legacy FC 56.
Forecast: These are 2 fighters who have terrific ground video games, but Sanchez has the edge in the striking which brings him to a choice win.