Dana White wanted finishes at the Contender Series, and rewarded everyone who stopped their opponents with a contract at Tuesday night’s Contender Series in Las Vegas.
Of all five winners, the UFC president announced the company is signing Sean Woodson, Jamahal Hill and Billy Quarantillo to exclusive deals.
Woodson took a lightweight fight with Terrance McKinney on days’ notice and scored a highlight reel knockout at the UFC Apex. After spending most of the first round defending from McKinney’s rear-naked choke attempts, Woodson had his opponent on his back early in the second round, but this time he escaped and landed a brutal flying knee to put McKinney out cold.
Undefeated Jamahal Hill (6-0) made the most of his shot at the Contender Series against German light heavyweight Alexander Poppeck (9-3). Hill attacked the body early on, hurting Poppeck with knees and punches.
Hill kept treating Poppeck’s ribs as his target in the second round, and it was a matter of time before he took him down and scored the TKO finish with elbows and punches.
In the first bout of the evening, featherweight Billy Quarantillo (12-2) had to dig deep to score an impressive TKO win. Kamuela Kirk (9-3) had a good start in the first round, dominating the exchanges, but the scenario changed when Quarantillo started attacking the body.
After a clear 10-8 in the second round, all Quarantillo needed was 22 second of punches and knees to force referee Herb Dean to stop the action with Kirk still on the feet, hearing an “unbelievable” from Dana White as he left the Octagon.
Ramazan Kuramagomedov and Jordan Williams slugged it out for three rounds in the main event of the evening at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. In an action-paced bout, Kuramagomedov, who moved up from 170 to 185 pounds for a chance to sign with the UFC, improved to 6-0 as a professional after a 15-minute war with Williams (8-3).
With scorecards probably all over the place going into the third round, Kuramagomedov and Williams went to war in the final five minutes, but neither fighter refused to quit. In the end, two judges gave the win for the Russian talent, who won ia split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).
Dana White said he disagreed with the judges, scoring it 29-28 for Williams, but didn’t sign either.
Christian Lohsen (7-2) took on JJ Okanovich (7-1) in a lightweight contest and made sure to take the fight to the ground as quick as possible, going for several submission attempts. Okanovich escaped every attack before landing good strikes from top position in the end of the round.
When the second round began, it was clear that Lohsen had few gas left in his tank. Unable to take his opponent down, he was tagged multiple times on the feet for the next 10 minutes. In the end, all three judges scored the bout 30-27 in Okanovich’s favor.
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