Dana White’s Contender Series Week 5 - Odds, Predictions, Picks
- Undefeated heavyweights Eduardo Neves and Michael Parkin feature in the main fight
- Erisson Ferreira returns to the contender series in search of a fight finish
- Amiran Gogoladze currently biggest favourite at -280
- Gomes vs Amanda to start off the night at Strawweight
DWCS – Season Six – Week Five Fight Card
Eduardo Neves vs Michael Parkin – Heavyweight Bout
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|Eduardo “Bbzao” Neves||TALE OF THE TAPE||Michael Parkin|
|6‘1“ (185cm)||Height||6‘3“ (191cm)|
|Eduardo Machado Team||Team||TFT MMA “Team Fish Tank”|
|5 Wins||Current Streak||12 Wins|
Eduardo Neves has finished every single one of his opponents by knockout leading up to this contender series fight vs Michael Parkin.
He started off his career fighting on the local Brazilian mixed martial arts scene at “Thunder Fight” and “Jungle fight” where he earned his first three wins before signing with LFA.
During his time at LFA he knocked out both of his undefeated opponents, Eduardo Silva and Andre Vieira in the first round.
Michael Parkin has been fighting since 2016 and is undefeated in both his amatuer and professional runs in MMA so far.
At pro level, Parkin finished all five of his opponents and did the same back in his amateur days, stacking up a total of twelve consecutive finishes.
Due to the level of opposition Eduardo Neves has faced, he has a huge edge going into this fight but do not underestimate the more experienced Brit.
Eduardo Neves to win by KO/TKO/DQ in round one
Amiran Gogoladze vs Darrius Flowers – Welterweight Bout
|Amiran “The Sniper” Gogoladze||TALE OF THE TAPE||Darrius “Beast Mode” Flowers|
|6‘2“ (188cm)||Height||5‘9“ (175cm)|
|13 Legion||Team||Chicago Fight Team|
|3 Wins||Current Streak||3 Wins|
Amiran “The Sniper” Gogoladze is a bona fide first round finisher fighting out of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia.
He started off his career with four fights on the Georgian regional scene before fighting in China and Kyrgyzstan and eventually signing for M-1 Challenge where he fought a decent level of opposition.
Gogoladze’s most recent loss came at the hands of Handesson Ferreira at “UAE Warriors 20” via unanimous decision, but “The Sniper” bounced back from the loss with three consecutive wins via first round finish.
His opponent, Darrius “Beast Mode” Flowers, does not have an MMA record typical of a fighter that the UFC would normally be eager to sign, especially with all five of his losses coming by way of submission or knockout.
However in his most recent fights, particularly the last two which took place under the LFA banner, “Beast Mode” finished both Daniel Gadley and Tim Hiley by vicious knockout, in the second and first round respectively.
This fight will most likely be a short one considering the finishing ability and willingness to trade from both fighters but Gogoladze has the slight edge having never been finished.
Amiran Gogoladze to win by KO/TKO/DQ in round one
Erisson Ferreira vs Jesus Santos Aguilar – Flyweight Bout
|Erisson “Gato” Ferreira||TALE OF THE TAPE||Jesus Santos Aguilar|
|5‘6“ (168cm)||Height||5‘3“ (160cm)|
|Eduardo Machado Team||Team||AVT|
|5 Wins||Current Streak||7 Wins|
Erisson “Gato” Ferreira spent his entire mixed martial arts career fighting in his home country of Brazil before being given his first contender series opportunity.
It was just last year when he defeated Qiulun Qiu via unanimous decision on the show, but ultimately did not do enough to impress the UFC brass and earn himself a contract, but here is again in an attempt to literally punch his ticket into the UFC.
Ferreira has five first round finishes on his record and he will be looking to add a sixth one in this fight, in order to avoid leaving in the hands of the judges.
Jesus Santos Aguilar is a highly skilled submission specialist who started his career off with a submission loss before earning five sub’s of his own alongside two decision wins.
He has fought a decent level of opposition throughout his career so far on the Mexican and United States regional scene but this will undoubtedly be his thoughts test so far.
Erisson Ferreira to win by KO/TKO/DQ in round one
Josh Wang-Kim vs Cameron Saiiman – Bantamweight Bout
|Josh Wang-Kim||TALE OF THE TAPE||Cameron Alexander Saiiman|
|5‘9“ (175cm)||Height||5‘9“ (176cm)|
|United States||Nation||South Africa|
|International Self Defense||Team||Team CIT|
|1 win||Current Streak||10 Wins|
Josh Wang-Kim took time to hone his skills and went 15-1 in amateur mixed martial arts before making the transition to pro.
Wang-Kim has won five of his pro fights with two knockouts, two submissions and one decision while his only loss came by way of disqualification due to illegal elbows.
He is a complete MMA fighter who can compete in any element of the sport whether it’s the stand up, clinch or ground game and has recorded a variety of finishes in his amatuer days too.
Cameron Saiiman is also a complete martial artist but excels mostly at grappling and most of his finishes have come by way of submission.
Saiiman is undefeated both at the amatuer and pro levels putting together ten wins in a row since he started back in 2015.
Josh Wang-Kim is much more experienced than his opponent going into this matchup and that’s why he’s the rightful favourite.
Josh Wang-Kim to win by submission in round one
Denise Gomes vs Rayanne Amanda – Women’s Strawweight Bout
|Denise Gomes||TALE OF THE TAPE||Rayanne Amanda|
|5‘4“ (163cm)||Height||5‘3“ (160cm)|
|64.0” (163cm)||Reach||66.9” (170cm)|
|Parana Vale Tudo||Team||Marajo Brothers Team|
|5 Wins||Current Streak||4 Wins|
Denis Gomes skipped the amatuer level and went straight to pro when she made her debut at “Aspera FC 57” and suffered her first and only defeat so far to a nine fight veteran in Gisele Moreira who defeated her via TKO in round two.
After the loss, Gomes would not lose another fight and stacked up four wins in a row before making her first appearance on “Invicta FC” where she defeated a 12-8 Milana Dudieva via TKO in the third and final round of the fight.
Her opponent and compatriot, Rayanne Amanda, also skipped the amatuer level and is a seven year veteran of professional mixed martial arts.
With eleven wins alongside five losses, Amanda is the more experienced fighter and also has a 3 inch reach advantage over Gomes.
Rayanne Amanda is a submission artist at heart while Denis Gomes is more of a knockout artist with four KO/TKO’s to her name.
Denise Gomes to win by KO/TKO/DQ in round three
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|DWCS 2022 – Season 6, Week 5 Information|
|Event||Dana Whites Contender Series – Season 6, Week 5|
|Location||UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Date / Time||Tuesday 23rd August 2022 – 20:00 ET|
|How to watch||ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass|
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