Dana White’s Contender Series - Season Six, Week One - Odds, Predictions, Picks
- The Contender Series is back and all geared up for season six
- Costa and Martinetti get the season started with flyweight fight
- Joseph Pyfer returns to the contender series for a chance at redemption
- Anton Turkalj opens as biggest betting favourite of the night at -235
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DWCS – Season Six – Week One Fight Card
Joseph Pyfer vs Ozzy Diaz – Middleweight Bout
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|Joseph “Bodybagz” Pyfer||TALE OF THE TAPE||Ozzy Diaz|
|6‘5“ (185cm)||Height||6‘4“ (193cm)|
|United States||Nation||United States|
|Team Balance||Team||California Mixed Martial Arts|
|1 Win||Current Streak||5 Wins|
Joseph Pyfer returns to the contender series once again after having lost his first shot at a UFC contract to Dustin Stolzfus who defeated Pyfer with a slam in the opening round which subsequently injured the UFC hopeful and ended the fight.
Pyfer is a well rounded fighter who has both submission skills as well as knockout power and always looks for an early finish.
Ozzy Diaz made a name for himself at LFA recently where he defeated Bruno Assis by first round KO in the main event.
Diaz, unlike Pyfer, has never made it to the third round of a fight and much like his opponent enters every bout with a kill or be killed approach.
With all that being said, this fight is almost certainly not going the full three round distance and we are in for a great but most probably short main fight.
Joseph Pyfer to win by KO/TKO/DQ in round one
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Farid Basharat vs Willian Souza – Bantamweight Bout
|“Ferocious” Farid Basharat||TALE OF THE TAPE||Willian “Colorado” Souza|
|5‘6“ (168cm)||Height||5‘11“ (180cm)|
|Xtreme Couture||Team||World Fight System|
|12 Wins||Current Streak||11 Wins|
“Ferocious” Farid Basharat enters the most important fight of his career so far and remains undefeated, both in his amteur MMA career as well as his pro MMA career.
He is a submission specialist who has finished five of his pro MMA fights by rear naked choke, and also boasts a first round head kick KO win to go along.
Willian “Colorado” Souza is a Jungle Fight veteran who always goes full speed ahead with striking pressure and has won most of his fights by first round KO.
Souza’s only loss came in his debut pro MMA fight back in 2017 but has won every fight in devastating fashion ever since.
Both of these fighters are willing to trade early and its likely we will see a first round finish.
Willian Souza to win by KO/TKO/DQ in round one
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Anton Turkalj vs Acacio dos Santos – Light Heavyweight Bout
|Anton “The Pleasure Man” Turkalj||TALE OF THE TAPE||Acacio “Pequeno” dos Santos|
|6‘4“ (193cm)||Height||6‘4“ (193cm)|
|GBG MMA||Team||Power Lotus Team|
|7 Wins||Current Streak||1 Win|
Anton Turkalj is a very well rounded MMA fighter from Sweden with a variety of different finishes on his resume including two rear naked choke submissions, ground and pound finishes as well as a spinning backfist KO in his most recent fight at Brave CF 50.
Acacio dos Santos made a name for himself fighting on the regional MMA scene in Brazil and while he has several knockout and submission wins, he has also gone the full distance several times, and this is something which could give him an edge in the later rounds.
Dos Santos has lost twice by submission so look for Turkalj to snatch the neck early in this one.
Anton Turkalj to win by submission in round one
Dennis Buzukja vs Kaleio Romero – Featherweight Bout
|Dennis “The Great” Buzukja||TALE OF THE TAPE||Kaleio “KO” Romero|
|5‘9“ (175cm)||Height||5‘10“ (178cm)|
|United States||Nation||United States|
|Longo and Weidman MMA||Team||Team Alpha Male|
|3 Wins||Current Streak||2 Wins|
While Dennis Buzukja has three first round knockouts to his name, he has won all the rest of his fights by unanimous decision, proving he is comfortable scoring points and going the full fight distance.
Kaleio Romero has started off his pro career with four submissions in a row, although the level of competition he was facing was not great as none of his opponents had winning records.
Romero is mainly a grappler but his most recent bout ended in a first round KO over Andy Perez, another opponent on a losing record.
This is Buzukja’s chance at redemption and his second shot at a UFC contract so do not expect him to leave it in the hands of the judges as he did last time he was on the contender series.
Dennis Buzukja to win by KO/TKO/DQ in round two
Alessandro Costa vs Andres Luna Martinetti – Flyweight Bout
|Alessandro “Nono” Costa||TALE OF THE TAPE||Andres Luna Maretti|
|5‘3“ (160cm)||Height||5‘7“ (170cm)|
|Brazilian Warriors||Team||Nova Uniao Guayaquil|
|5 Wins||Current Streak||13 Wins|
We start off the action with an exciting bout between two elite grapplers with several ground and pound finishes as well as submissions.
Alessandro Costa has put together a five fight winning streak to earn his spot on the opening episode of the season and has finished his last two fights with ground and pound strikes.
Andres Luna Martinetti has remained undefeated through both his pro and amateur MMA careers and can finish fights both on the feet as well as on the ground.
Martinetti defeated his most recent opponent, Paul Marquez Moreno, by calf slicer submission in the second round.
Andres Luna Martinetti to win by submission in round two
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|DWCS – Season 6, Week 1 Information|
|Event||Dana Whites Contender Series – Season 6, Week 1|
|Location||UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Date / Time||Tuesday 27th July – 7pm ET|
|How to watch||ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass|
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