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TWO FIRSTS ON DANA WHITE’S CONTENDER SERIES

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Dana White’s Contender Series has lots of good things going for it and has started to get its sea legs under it. However week 6 while seeing some firsts; took a slight step backwards in the “excitement” department.




CHARLES “KID DYNAMITE” BYRD is the 1st to win twice on the show. Week one of the program he got JAMIE PICKETT to tap to an arm triangle in the 1st round; but couldn’t procure a contract. So he came back and this time defeated late replacement RANDALL WALLACE. Early on Randall attempted his own RNC to no avail and as the fight went on Charles’s dominance came out. In round 2 he was able to land some combos then a takedown and GNP. From there he got Wallace’s back and at 2:03 into round 2 Wallace tapped out to a RNC. With the 2nd win he also picked up a UFC contract.

23 year old featherweight GRANT DAWSON picked up the other contract. He’s now 12-1 with 9 submission wins and has never gone the distance. It’s going to be quite interesting how he can handle the huge upgrade in talent. He was able to take ADRIAN DIAZ down with relative ease and worked him from every angle. He locked in a RNC but Diaz survived thanks to the horn. Round 2 was more of the same and Diaz tapped at 1:15 to another RNC. It was pretty obvious by Dana’s, Sean Shelby’s, and Nick Maynard’s reactions he’d be receiving a contract.

KARL REED gassed pretty early versus CAMERON OLSON as Cameron took the fight into the abyss and won via unanimous decision. JAIME ALVAREZ; who was on TUF 24, did enough work and damage early against MARTIN DAY that the pounding he took in the 3rd round didn’t cost him the win. Alvarez said after, ” I know what I’m capable of, and that definitely wasn’t it”; regardless a win is a win and he got a unanimous decision out of it. In the 1st woman’s bout on the series; TIFFANY MASTERS handled herself well in the first two plus rounds. However, former KOTC strawweight champion JAMIE COLLEEN with just 17 seconds left got Tiffany to tap to an arm bar.

 

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