An incredibly fruitful season of Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) continues tonight (Tues., Aug. 23, 2022) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+ with another episode heavy on international talent.
Last week’s Episode 5 became the third episode this season in which all five winners earned promotional contracts. Denise Gomes was the only one of the lot to go the distance, as Cameron Saaiman landed a vicious one-hitter quitter, Jesus Santos Aguilar snatched up a tight guillotine, Darrius Flowers separated Amiran Gogoladze’s shoulder with a slam (watch it), and Michael Parkin ended a frantic main event in 1:57 via rear-naked choke.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old Yusaku Kinoshita (5-1) fights 6’4” Jose Henrique (5-0) in the Welterweight featured attraction. One fight prior, unbeaten Middleweights Matej Penaz (6-0) and Seriques Dumas (6-0) square off at 205, while Rodrigo Lidio (12-2) and Mateusz Rebecki (15-1) meet in a Lightweight tussle originally planned for Week 3. The evening’s sole women’s fight sees Russia’s Viktoriya Dudakova (5-0) take on Brazil’s Maria Silva (8-0), while former TKO Featherweight champion, Alex Morgan (11-4), opens the card opposite reigning CFFC kingpin, Blake Bilder (6-0-1).
‘Contender Series’ Quick Results:
Yusaku Kinoshita vs. Jose Henrique
Matej Penaz vs. Sedriques Dumas
Rodrigo Lidio vs. Mateusz Rebecki — Rebecki def. Lidio by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:05 of Round One
Viktoriya Dudakova vs. Maria Silva — Dudakova def. Silva by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Alex Morgan vs. Blake Bilder — Bilder def. Morgan by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:15 of Round One
‘Contender Series’ Play-By-Play Results:
170 lbs.: Yusaku Kinoshita vs. Jose Henrique
205 lbs.: Matej Penaz vs. Sedriques Dumas
155 lbs.: Rodrigo Lidio vs. Mateusz Rebecki
Round one: Rebecki tanks a head kick and knee to spin Lidio to the mat with a single-leg. On top in guard. Lidio scooting to the fence, looking to stand a minute in. Rebecki grabs the front headlock as he stands, avoids a knee on the break. Another shot from Rebecki, who carries Lidio to center cage before slamming him down into half guard. Lidio has an underhook, can’t use it. Rebecki working to pass, and as Lidio tries to turn into him, Rebecki wraps up a no-hooks RNC for the finish.
Final result: Rebecki def. Lidio by submission (rear naked choke)
115 lbs.: Viktoriya Dudakova vs. Maria Silva
Round one: Low kick and right hand from Silva. Dudakova wades into the clinch, gets double unders, and muscles Silva down into guard. Short punches from Dudakova. One minute in. Silva has a foot on Dudakova’s hip, can’t make space. Dudakova stands over her, drops a right hand to the body. Two minutes in. Right hand into side control, Silva regains full. Elbow from Dudakova. Two minutes to go.
Nice diving right. Brief attempt to pass to half guard. Silva’s avoiding a lot on the ground, but not doing a ton to stand. Now Dudakova stands and lets her up with a minute to go. She puts Silva right back against the fence. Nice whizzer throw and she’s on top in guard again. 10-9 Dudakova.
Round two: Dudakova cracks her with a counter right and puts her on the fence. Jockeying for position, but it’s Silva who ends up on top in half guard. Dudakova tries to sweep, only to wind up mounted. One minute in. Silva staying tight, short elbows. Impressive flexibility from Dudakova to regain guard. Upkick met by low kicks from Silva. Silva lets her up. Quick clinch, Silva takes her to the fence and fights off an outside reap. Two minutes to go.
Whizzer kick by Dudakova puts her on top in guard again. Short punches. Silva kicks her off, doesn’t have time to stand. One minute to go. Body and head punches from Dudakova, who waves her up. Dudakova appears to hurt her knee/ankle while backstepping, but manages to attempt a flying scissor takedown. Inversed in the final seconds, good punches from Silva. 10-9 Silva.
Round three: Dudakova assures the doctor that she’s okay but she does not look steady on her feet. Despite this, she hits another takedown in the early going. Nice attempts to scramble by Silva but all she manages to do is regain guard. One minute in. Side control for Dudakova. Looking for the crucifix, landing punches. Two minutes in. More punches from Dudakova. Shoulder strikes. Silva tries to scramble up and Dudakova takes her back with two minutes to go.
Both hooks in for Dudakova. One minute to go. Silva fighting the hands but unable to separate. Dudakova lands short shots until the bell. 10-9 Dudakova.
Final result: Dudakova def. Silva by unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Alex Morgan vs. Blake Bilder
Round one: Bilder circling to start. Morgan steadily advancing. Nice leg kick. One minute in. Morgan 1-1-2 falls short. Head kick attempt, low kick lands. Slow fight so far. Another Morgan low kick two minutes in. Bilder splits the guard with a cross, his first real punch of the fight. Morgan low kick, Bilder body kick. In one swift motion, Bilder cracks him with a right cross, jumps on his back, and wraps up the RNC. Morgan escapes the first one, but Bilder puts it back in to force the tap.
Final result: Bilder def. Morgan by submission (rear naked choke)
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