Episode 2 of Dana White’s Contender Series aired tonight and Dana White handed out 5 contracts to fighters. Ironically there were 5 fights tonight so that makes it a perfect 5 for 5 today!
This is the second time in the history of the Contender Series where all five winners were awarded contracts on a single episode. It also happened in Week 3 of Season 3 in 2019 and that’s it. Here is a breakdown of each fight on the show.
Dustin Stoltzfus vs. Joe Pyfer
This fight saw Dustin start out taking body shots while each guy was also going back and forth with calf shots. Pyfer would take down Stolzfus and then Pyfer would go for choke but Dustin broke free. Stoltzfus attempts a triangle. Elbow from Pyfer. He lands a right hand and Stoltzfus looks for a heel hook. He sits up into a takedown attempt and Pyfer latches onto a guillotine. As Stoltzfus lifts and slams him, Pyfer attempts to post on his arm, which dislocates on impact. Gruesome and unfortunate end to the fight, though Pyfer bears no ill will towards Stoltzfus and we have a 1st round win.
Dustin Stoltzfus wins by 1st round Stoppage.
Adrian Yanez vs. Brady Huang
This was a real quick fight so here we go with the breakdown. Low kick from Huang and he briefly takes Yanez to the fence. Huang steps in with a lead right and gets blasted by a 2-3 that knocks him out standing. He somehow manages to stay on his feet, but the follow-up shots crumbled him. Huang still somehow stays upright, but he’s clearly done, and in comes the ref.
Yanez picks up the win by 1st round TKO.
Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Cory McKenna
This Is the first women’s fight of the season and it went the distance. McKenna knocks down Demopoulos and controls her on ground with elbow shots for most of the 1st. Then they stand up and Cory locks in a submission but doesn’t have enough time to get it on fully and the bell rings. Second round is much of the same tactics where Vanessa goes for kicks and shots and Cory counters by taking down Demopoulos. Demo reverses the position but before she can do anything the round ends and now we get to round 3. Round 3 continues the trend and the fight goes the distance.
Cory McKenna wins by decision 30-27.
T.J. Laramie vs. Daniel Swain
This fight starts off with an exchange that sees Swain follow with a head shot that misses and he falls to the ground where Laramie gets him in position and starts hitting him from guard. TJ lands big shots to the body and goes for a few guillotines. This process goes on for rest of the first round. Laramie, before the round ends, lands more blows to body and when they go back to their coaches you see Swain in alot of pain saying he can’t breath and he basically throws in the white flag because of his ribs being too damaged which is causing the breathing issues.
TJ Laramie wins by stoppage.
Anthony Adams vs. Impa Kasanganay
This was a great back and forth fight until the last round. First round saw Adams take the round with his combinations and his kicks which were effective and smart. Kasanganay would respond back here and there but Adams has this round locked up. Second round saw both fighters landing big shots and just letting loose. Halfway thru the round Impa took down Anthony and kept him on the ground for the rest of the round and that gave him round 2. The deciding round saw Adams frozen and unable to think of what to do. Impa would take Adams down right away which Adams was able to get out of but Impa would follow that with punches and knees to the body that bothered Adams. Another take down by Impa occurred towards the end of the fight and he easily dominated the 3rd round and locked up the decision win with a 29-27 score.
Impa Kasanganay wins by decision victory.
Dana White would go to the back to deliberate and wound up being impressed by all 5 winners with their performances and gave them all contracts.
On to episode 3 next week and let’s see who gets a contract then.