The third season of Dana White’s Contender Series will debut on its new home, ESPN+, on June 18 at 8 p.m ET. The bouts air live from the brand new, state of the art UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dana White’s Contender Series introduces some of UFC’s top prospects from around the world in a ten-episode season, with new episodes every Tuesday evening on the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service. The series has launched UFC careers for athletes including Sean O’Malley, Greg Hardy and Maycee Barber. Showcasing five bouts in each episode, prospects will compete for the chance to earn a contract with UFC.
Dana White’s Contender Series on ESPN+, Episode One Fights:
- Heavyweight Bout – Alton Meeks vs. Yorgan De Castro
- Featherweight Bout – Bill Algeo vs. Brendan Loughnane
- Women’s Strawweight Bout – Hannah Goldy vs. Kali Robbins
- Welterweight Bout – Brok Weaver vs. Leon Shahbazyan
- Middleweight Bout – Punahele Soriano vs. Jamie Pickett
How to Watch
ESPN+ is available through the ESPN.com, ESPNPlus.com or the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more. Fans can sign up for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, with no contract required.
ESPN+ is also home to 20 exclusive UFC on ESPN+ Fight Nights each year and is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in March and continuing through 2025. Fans can also get UFC 24/7/365 on ESPN+ – with anytime access to hundreds of hours of high-quality, on-demand UFC content, including the UFC’s greatest fights, biggest stars and full replays of select events and more. ESPN+ also brings fans the original weekly series Ariel & The Bad Guy, featuring MMA journalist and insider Ariel Helwani and professional fighter Chael Sonnen. Fans can also watch episodes of the groundbreaking new documentary series UFC: Destined.
UFC®, is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. UFC boasts more than 300 million fans worldwide, including 70 million social media followers across all of its digital platforms, and its programming is broadcast in over 170 countries and territories to one billion TV households worldwide in 40 different languages. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually and consistently sells out some of the world’s most prestigious arenas. Since 2001, UFC has been proudly headquartered in Las Vegas, supported by a network of employees around the world. UFC’s current roster of athletes features more than 570 men and women representing over 55 countries. UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand, and original content to fans around the world. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment, and fashion leader Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR, in what is among the largest transactions in sports history. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.
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