Dana White’s Contender Series Week 5: 3 finishes, 3 contracts awarded

Check out the highlights and results from DWCS Season 3, Week 5

After a record-breaking week last time out, The Contender Series was back at 10 more fighters were vying for a coveted UFC contract. Opening up the night was a featherweight bout between Billy Quarantillo (12-2) and Kamuela Kirk (8-3). With the majority of fights on The Contender Series, there was an intensity to finish the fight and early. Kirk landed a takedown early on in the first round and it was one-way traffic for the rest of the first five minutes with Kirk having nearly 4 minutes of control time. However, in the second round, Quarantillo put the pressure on and was landing at will on a tiring Kirk. Billy was switching his attacks up and nearly had Kirk out of there towards the end of the second with many wondering how Kirk was still standing. As they went back to the corner, the coaches of ‘Billy Q’ told him ‘don’t let this kid breathe’. As the third round horn sounded Billy sprung into action and landed 8 unanswered shots which led to Herb Dean stepping in and ending the fight.

Next up was Jamahal Hill (6-0) vs Alexander Poppeck (9-3) at light heavyweight. From the off, it was clear to see why Hill had been compared to Jon Jones with his style. In a first-round which involved a low blow and eye poke from Hill, it was largely quiet. As the second round started, Hill found a home for a series of body shots which were hurting Poppeck and eventually the German dropped to the ground and a couple more unanswered shots forced the referee to stop the fight.

Lightweights were up next as Christian Lohsen (5-2) squared off against J.J. Okanovich (7-1). Both fighters were wrestling and submission specialists with a combined 9 submission win in their respective careers. The first round was dominated by Lohsen as he had over 3 and a half minutes on control mixed in with multiple submission attempts. However, with Okanovich training out of A.K.A, it was clear to see he was highly trained to defend submissions. Lohsen started the second round slow and was visibly gassed so J.J had a static target to aim at but he didn’t take advantage of that as the final two rounds dragged by and it was Okanovich who saw out a unanimous decision victory on the judges’ scorecards.

Highly touted Terrance McKinney was up next as he fought Sean Woodson at featherweight. The latter took the fight on 5 days notice and had to cut a high amount of weight to make it and standing at 6″2, it was no easy task. The fight followed the flow of the other three bouts as the first round was spent with McKinney on top through the first five minutes. Once again, submission attempts were on show, but Woodson did a fantastic job to fend off any tight squeezes. It was obvious Woodson wanted to keep this fight standing and as McKinney changed levels for a single leg, Woodson landed an almighty flying knee which knocked out McKinney instantly.

The featured bout of the evening was at middleweight as Ramazan Kuramagomedov (6-0) went up against Jordan Williams(8-3). The Russian was the biggest favourite on the card and we were treated to a fantastic 15 minutes of non-stop action. From the first horn, both fighters took the centre of the octagon and were taking it in turns to land with both showing great chins. However, Williams landed a left hook which ensured Ramazan perform the chicken dance and as Williams pounced, the horn sounded for the end of the first round.

The pair took the second round to recoup but both were still landing at will with great power. With Ramazan being a natural 170lbs fighter, it was Williams who had the power advantage throughout the fight. As the second round came to an end, Kuramagomedov landed a flying knee which barely moved Williams, who continued to come forward at a relentless pace. The third round followed suit of the previous two and it seemed like neither fighter was going to back down. Williams knocked the Russian down at the start of the third but he got straight back up and continued to press the action. As the result was read out, no-one quite knew how the judges had scored the fight, but it was Ramazan Kuramagomedov who edged out a split decision to remain unbeaten.

Check out some highlights of the fights below.

Ramazan Kuramagomedov vs Jordan Williams

Sean Woodson vs Terrance McKinney

J.J Okanovich vs Christian Lohsen

Jamahal Hill vs Alexander Poppeck

Billy Quarantillo vs Kamuela Kirk

Check out the main card results below. 

Ramazan Kuramagomedov def Jordan Williams via Decision (split) (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Sean Woodson def Terrance McKinney via KO (flying knee) Round 2- 1:49

J.J Okanovich def Christian Lohsen via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jamahal Hill def Alexander Poppeck via TKO (punches) Round 2- 4:29

Billy Quarantillo def Kamuela Kirk via TKO (punches) Round 3- 0:22


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