Dana White’s Contender Series Episode Eight on October 19 Exclusively on ESPN+

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Dana White’s Contender Series Episode Eight on October 19 Exclusively on ESPN+

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Dana White’s Contender Series presented by ZipRecruiter continues exclusively on ESPN+ with episode eight Tuesday, October 19, at 8 p.m. ET from UFC APEX in Las Vegas.  

Each week, a new group of contenders, all looking to make their way into the UFC, will meet. Episode seven of DWCS saw three more athletes earn highly coveted UFC contracts:  lightweight Slava Borschev, flyweight Jake Hadley and heavyweight Martin Buday, bringing the total number of contracts awarded so far this season to 28.  

DWCS introduces some of UFC’s top prospects from around the world in a 10-episode season, with new episodes available every Tuesday evening exclusively on ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service. Showcasing approximately five bouts in each episode, prospects compete for the chance to earn a contract with UFC.  

Following Tuesday night’s fights, a total of 145 athletes throughout the series have earned UFC contracts, including two DWCS Season five, episode three contract earners – middleweight Albert Duraev and light heavyweight Jailton Almeida, who will be making their professional debuts at UFC 267 on October 30 and UFC Fight Night on November 13, respectively.  

Dana White’s Contender Series on ESPN+, Episode Eight Bouts: 

Welterweight – Jonny Parsons vs. Solomon Renfro 

Women’s Strawweight – Piera Rodriguez vs. Valesca Machado 

Light Heavyweight – Ciao Borrolho vs. Jesse Murray 

Light Heavyweight – Kaloyan Kolev vs. Armen Petrosyan 

Bantamweight – Pedro Falcao vs. James Barnes 


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Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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