The third season of Dana White’s Contender Series continues on ESPN+ from the new UFC APEX. In week eight, two additional fighters earned UFC contracts. This week’s episode will feature five new matchups of contenders looking to make their way into the UFC.
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 Nine Fights:
- Welterweight bout – Leon Shahbazyan vs. Phil Rowe
- Light Heavyweight bout – Marcos Brigagao vs. Jamal Pogues
- Bantamweight bout – Desmond Torres vs. Steve Garcia
- Strawweight bout – Mallory Martin vs. Micol Di Segni
- Bantamweight bout – Ricky Steele vs. Phil Caracappa
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