On week 4 of Dana White’s Contender Series, five bouts are scheduled to take place in Las Vegas. Winners have the chance of winning a contract with the UFC. Dana White and Sean Shelby are in attendance to evaluate the young prospects. These fights can be seen live on ESPN +.
Laura Sanko will once again deliver the cage side interviews with the fighters after each fight.
Dana White Speaks to Sanko, Contracts awarded: Allen, Mayes, Osbourne, And Arroyo. Syler didn’t a contract, most likely due to him not making weight.
Official Contender Series Fight Card (8 PM EST):
Brendan Allen def. Aaron Jeffery (6-1) via Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, at 3:23.
Allen caught Jeffery with a knee while standing that dropped his foe, which translated to him taking the back of the grounded Jeffery. Allen eventually sunk in the Rear Naked Choke and finished Jeffery with a submission.
Kevin Syler (9-0) vs. Lawrence (5-1) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).
Syler dominated a majority of the first two rounds. at the end of the second round, Lawrence escaped and took the top of Syler and landed very little from the top. Starting the third round, Lawrence began with a giant lump on his forehead. The lump came from the relentless ground-n-pound Syler has poured on in the first two rounds.
In round three, Lawrence pushing the pace. He continues to eat combos and body shots by Syler, and shoots a single and drives through for a double. Lawrence takes the back of Syler with over half-a-round going, has hooks in and could sink in the submission. Syler rolls through and takes the dominant position, which translates into the back.
Just thirty seconds left, Syler has a body lock and continues to strike from Lawrence’s back as the horn sounds ending the fight.
Arroyo (8-3) def. Regman (9-4) via Submission (head and arm choke) in Round 2, at 3:31.
Arroyo pushed the pace using his leg kicks and eventually a head kick that dopped Regman to the ground before he eventually sunk the head and arm choke in to finish his opponent.
Ode Osbourne (8-2) def. Armando Villarreal (5-2) via Submission (Armbar) in Round 1, at 4:39.
Ode Osbourne used his 73″ reach to pick Villarreal apart. Osbourne showed his speed inside the cage and caught his opponent with a nasty kick to the face knocking his mouthpiece out. After being taken down, Osbourne took some punishment from the bottom, as Villarreal dropped some nasty elbows on Osbourne. Osbourne stayed focused working towards an armbar, and pulled the trigger getting a verbal submission out of Villarreal near the end of round one.
Don’TALE Mayes (7-2) def. Ricardo Prasel (10-2) via TKO in round 1, at 4:59.
Prasel keeps looking to use the clinch and bring Mayes to the canvas. Mayes uses his power to work out of the clinch. Prasel using kicks as Mayes leaps in with a couple of heavy shots and then circles around the octagon.
WOW!!! At the ten-second warning, Mayes catches Prasel’s face with a brutal left from the southpaw stance and leaps on Prasel to force the referee to get in the middle of the action, giving Mayes his seventh career victory.
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).