The quest to determine the next big star in the UFC begins in August. It was recently announced that Dana White’s Contender Series will make its return on Tuesday, August 4 from the UFC’s APEX Center in Las Vegas. Who will be competing for their chance at glory?
Already on the program will be Adrian Yanez, Josh Parisian, Leomana Martinez, Joseph Pyfer, Chad Johnson, and Jerome Rivera. Now, the matchups for the first week have been revealed.
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- Ty Flores (7-2) v. Dustin Jacoby (11-5) – Light Heavyweight
The main event will feature Shamrock FC veteran Ty Flores v. journeyman Dustin Jacoby. Flores made his professional debut in 2015 and is currently on a five-fight win streak. His last fight was a TKO-win against Erick Murray. Jacoby has competed for XFO, World Series of Fighting, Titan, and Bellator. Making his debut in 2010, Jacoby is 3-2 in his last three fights, winning his last bout in June 2019 against Cody East.
- Uros Medic (5-0) v. Taylor Callens (6-0) – Lightweight
Making his debut in 2016, the 6’1 Medic has competed for AFC. His last fight was a TKO-win against Alonzo Leisholm Jr. in May 2019, his third win via knockout. Callens has fought for Valor Fights and Empire FC. His last fight was in 2018, beating Dawond Pickney via submission.
- Luis Rodriguez (11-1) v. Jerome Rivera (9-2) – Flyweight
Rodriguez, known as “Lazy Boy”, is currently on a six-fight win streak. He last fought in February, beating Dagoberto Ferreira via TKO. Rivera is on a two-fight win streak. The KOTC and LFA veteran last fought in January, beating Kendrick Latchman via submission, his seventh.
- Kevin Syler (10-0) vs. Kenny Cross (10-3) – Lightweight
The 26-year-old Syler from Bolivia appeared on Dana White’s Contender Series last year. He beat Lance Lawrence via unanimous decision. “El Nino Bala” beat France Aranda via submission in his last bout back in December. Cross is currently on a four-fight win streak. Competing for Lights Out Championship, “The Boss” beat Robert hale via TKO back in February, his sixth win via some of knockout.
Starting in 2017, the goal of Dana White’s Contender Series is to secure talent for the UFC. No fighter competing will have an existing UFC contract. White will then sign a fighter if they impress at any point. The show will air on UFC Fight Pass.