The return of “Dana White’s Contender Series” didn’t disappoint, as three men would end up receiving contracts to fight for the UFC.
Inside the APEX Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the fourth season of the series on ESPN+ featured some of the top fighters from all over the world. Some of them were returning to the UFC, while others were coming off of fights not that long ago. In the end, White ended up giving contracts to Jordan Leavitt, Uros Medic, and Dustin Jacoby.
The first fight of the night saw Leavitt (8-0) compete just a few weeks (July 17) after he beat Leivon Lewis at LFA 85. “The Monkey King” would slide his way for a takedown and would get a slam to open the fight against Luke Flores. Leavitt was able to control the pace of the bout on the floor. He then locked in the arm-triangle, forcing Flores to tap before the end of the first round.
Now expecting a baby, Leavitt impressed White enough to earn himself a contract.
THAT'S HOW YOU START A SEASON! 🤩
Jordan Leavitt gives us everything on #DWCS!
📺 Tune in now on ESPN+ pic.twitter.com/oLgz2AZQ6A
— UFC (@ufc) August 5, 2020
The next bout saw Uros Medic impress with impressive strikes against Mikey Gonzalez. The 27-year-old Medic (6-0) last fought in May 2019, but there were no signs of ring rust for him. He would utilize his kicks to land a big liver shot that severely affected Gonzalez. While Gonzalez would fight back, Medic continued with his attack, striking his opponent while on the floor. Eventually, the referee saw enough.
White liked what he saw, eventually giving the Serbian fighter a contract.
🇷🇸 Uros Medic made a strong case to sign!
Watch the final fight now on E+ pic.twitter.com/LuTvwT5DIC
— UFC (@ufc) August 5, 2020
The last contract given might have been one that White has to convince himself to hand out.
Making his return to the UFC, Dustin Jacoby (12-5) earned a win over Ty Flores, although he had to battle fatigue late in the fight. Jacoby was in control of the fight from the get-go, landing body attacks, and eventually strikes to the face. Patient with his shots, Jacoby would end up landing 60 strikes in the second round. With Flores bleeding from the mouth and getting hit on the floor several times, referee Herb Dean didn’t stop the fight. It might have helped Flores, as Jacoby appeared fatigued by the third round.
While the third round was more competitive, Jacoby earned the win. He landed 117 significant strikes in the bout, the most by a light heavyweight in a Contender Series fight.
In a flyweight bout, Jerome Rivera defeated Luis Rodriguez via unanimous decision, but neither earned a contract.
DWCS Main Card (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
Dustin Jacoby def. Ty Flores via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-27)
Uros Medic def. Mikey Gonzalez via TKO (2:12 into round one)
Jerome Rivera def. Luis Rodriguez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Jordan Leavitt def. Jose Flores via arm-triangle choke (4:15 into round one)