Dana White’s Tuesday night contender series review

A closer look at the action from Week 2 of the contender series

For the first in Contender Series history, we had no finishes through the fights. After a controversial first week and Dana’s strong words regarding finishes, the fighters were looking to make a statement. Here we take a look at how the 5 fights played out.

Miguel Baeza vs Victor Reyna 

Opening the night was a Welterweight bout between Miguel Baeza (5-0) and Victor Reyna (10-3). After a slow start, Baeza floored Reyna with a right hand but he showed his guts though, battling through a tight choke before getting the fight back to the feet. In the second round, it was much of the same, Baeza was quickest to the punch and was landing at will. Baeza got the better of the grappling again and he finished the round strong with knees in the clinch that floored Reyna. The third round was a better round for Reyna but the first 10 minutes proved to be valuable as the fight went to the judges scorecards. Miguel earned a unanimous decision victory with all 3 judges scoring the fight 29-28.

Miles Johns vs Richie Santiago

Next up was a pair of Bantamweights as Miles Johns (8-0) squared off against Richie Santiago (7-2). From the first horn, it was clear that Johns was the superior fighter and was looking for the finish that UFC boss Dana White was looking for. A quick 1-2 from Johns floored Santiago twice in the first round and took the first with a 10-8 score. Despite Johns not listening to his coaches he continued to dominate the remaining two rounds and earned himself a unanimous decision victory on the judges scorecards (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

Kyle Daukaus vs Michael Lombardo

Middleweights were up next as Kyle Daukaus (6-0) went up against Michael Lombardo (4-2). Daukas nearly got the finish on a few occasions. It was Lombardo that tried to impose his game plan with his wrestling, but Daukaus repeatedly got the better of him. Daukaus almost had a triangle choke locked in at the end of round two and in round three he continued to get into full mount on a tiring Lombardo. The fight got away from Lombardo as all he could do was defend the continuous submission attempts as the fight ticked into the final seconds. Daukaus earned himself a unanimous decision win on the judges scorecards.

Justin Gonzales vs Zach Zane

In the co-main event of the evening Justin Gonzales (6-0) faced Zach Zane (10-7) at featherweight. It was probably the nights most dominating performance as Gonzales earned a trio of 30-26 scores on the scorecards. He put on a wrestling exhibition and repeatedly took Zane down and there was nothing he could do. Zane’s wild striking only made him more vulnerable to Gonzales’s wrestling and he spent almost the entirety of the bout on his back.

Tony Johnson vs Alton Cunningham 

In the main event, Tony Johnson (8-2) went up against Alton Cunningham (7-2) at light heavyweight. Within the first 15 seconds, Johnson landed a right hand which clearly wobbled the onrushing Cunningham and the rest of the round was spent clinching on the fence. It was clear to see Cunningham didn’t want to feel the power of Johnson again and continued to show off his grapple game and push Johnson up against the cage. However it was the clearer strikes landed by Johnson that caught the judges eye more and he saw out a unanimous decision victory on the scorecards.

Check out the full results below 

Tony Johnson def Alton Cunningham via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Justin Gonzales def Zach Zane via Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Kyle Daukaus def Michael Lombardo via Decision (unanimous) (30-25, 30-26, 29-27)

Miles Johns def Richie Santiago via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Miguel Baeza def Victor Reyna via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

 

Dana White awarded UFC contracts to Miles Johns and Miguel Baeza

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