Dana White’s tuesday night contender series review

A closer look at the action from the first installment of season 3

As the newly built UFC Apex opened it’s doors for the first time, 8 more fighters stepped into the Octagon in an attempt to earn a UFC contract. Here we take a closer look at the 4 fights.

Punahele Soriano vs Jamie Pickett

Jamie Pickett appeared on DWTNCS back in 2017, but lost to current UFC staple Charles Byrd. One first round finish later and Pickett was back to face Punahele Soriano at middleweight. Soriano had never gone past the first round in his career with his longest bout at 3:36. He was clearly trying to continue the trend and was landing some big shots on the American in the first, which had UFC president Dana White on his feet. However, Pickett showed an incredible chin and saw out the first 5 minutes. As the fight drew on, Soriano’s gas tank was starting to deplete and he turned to his all american wrestling to help secure the win. Punahele Soriano saw out a unanimous decision victory on the judges scorecards and improved his record to 5-0.

Hannah Goldy vs Kali Robbins 

Next up was a pair of strawweight’s as Hannah Goldy (5-0) faced Invicta FC veteran Kali Robbins (6-2). Goldy took the lead early, circling back and allowing Robbins to move into her striking range. In both rounds 1 and 2, Robbins struggled to cut off the cage, but eventually did so in round 3 but it appeared to be too little too late as Goldy denied Robbins opportunities to score on the ground. Goldy finished strong as she landed knees in the clinch and punches on the ground after Robbins failed a takedown.

Brendan Loghnane vs Bill Algeo

An entertaining featherweight battle between the two most experienced fighters on Tuesday’s card saw Brendan Loughnane (17-3) squared off against Bill Algeo (12-4). Loughnane had fought in the UFC before, back in 2012 as he stepped in on short notice against Mike Wilkinson. He ultimately went on to lose the fight and since then has only lost 2  out of his last 12. Across the cage was another experienced fighter in Bill Algeo. The American had been a world champion in 2 other organizations and was looking to make it to the big lights of the UFC. The two went back-and-forth for 3 rounds in an exciting contest, with Loughnane proving to be the more consistently accurate striker. In the first round, leg kicks were effective for Loughnane and bothered Algeo. However, he upped the aggression in the second, absorbing damage to land a few good shots of his own including a straight right that appeared to damage Loughnane’s nose. However, it was Loughnane who landed the more superior shots and saw out a unanimous decision victory as looked to earn a UFC contract.

Yorgan De Castro vs Alton Meeks

Next up was Yorgan De Castro vs Alton Meeks at heavyweight. De Castro was 3-0 heading into this fight against college wrestler Meeks who was himself 3-0. Meeks was a training partner for UFC Light Heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir when he fought Daniel Cormier for the title. As expected, Meeks came out looking to tie De Castro up early, pushing him against the fence and taking him down to the ground. De Castro’s showed great takedown defense, which allowed him to get the fight back onto the feet where it was clear that his low kicks and high knees were a problem for Meeks. After Meeks grimaced after a low leg kick, De Castro landed again and this time it dropped him to the canvas. Yorgan pounced on the grounded Meeks and finished the fight via TKO with just 15 seconds remaining in round one.

Check out the full results below. 

Punahele Soriano def Jamie Pickett via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Hannah Goldy def Kali Robbins via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Brendan Loughnane def Bill Algeo via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Yorgan De Castro def Alton Meeks via TKO (leg kick and punches) Round 1- 4:45

 

Dana White awarded UFC contracts to Punahele Soriano and Yorgan De Castro.

 

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