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Contender Series 2021: Week 4

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04.19.2021 | 12:15 AM ET

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Contender Series 2021
  • Tuesday 09.21.2021 at 08:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: ESPN+
  • Promotion: Dana White's Contender Series
  • Ownership:
  • Venue: UFC APEX
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • TV Announcers: Dan Hellie, Michael Bisping, Laura Sanko
  • Ring Announcer: Justin Bernard
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Laura Sanko
  • MMA Bouts: 5
  • Event Links:
Bout   Info
AJ Dobson   defeats   Hashem Arkhagha   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke   4:21 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Michael Morales   defeats   Nikolay Veretennikov   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Steven Nguyen   defeats   Theo Rlayang   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Kleydson Rodrigues   defeats   Santo Curatolo   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Victor Martinez   defeats   Jacob Rosales   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page

Responses

Tjl0106
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04.24.2021 | 10:00 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 225 Points   |   Tied for 96th

Arkhagha vs. Dobson
AJ Dobson, DEC
I believe that Hashem has beaten down tough competition but he had a 7 year layoff and hasn’t beat anyone of very good quality since his return. I think Hashem will come it rusty.

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2021.06.21 5:01 PM ET

bout announced

Jake Hadley vs. Kleydson Rodrigues at 125 lbs (56.7 kg)
2021.07.17 10:40 PM ET

bout announced

Manuel Gaxhja vs. Chris Duncan at 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
2021.08.19 12:25 AM ET

bout announced

Caio Bittencourt vs. Albert Duraev at 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
2021.08.25 9:48 PM ET

bout status update

Hadley vs. Rodrigues Changed from Confirmed to Cancelled
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09.13.2021 | 3:10 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 3 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 165 Points   |   Tied for 448th

Gaxhja vs. Duncan
Chris Duncan, TKO, R1
has fought real opponents, Gaxhja has never fought anyone with real experience.

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2021.09.15 4:25 PM ET

bout announced

Michael Morales vs. Nikolay Veretennikov at 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
2021.09.15 4:25 PM ET

bout announced

Steven Nguyen vs. Theo Rlayang at 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
2021.09.15 4:31 PM ET

bout announced

Kleydson Rodrigues vs. Santo Curatolo at 125 lbs (56.7 kg)
2021.09.15 4:32 PM ET

bout announced

Jacob Rosales vs. Victor Martinez at 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
koala421
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09.18.2021 | 10:17 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 3 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 175 Points   |   Tied for 286th

Arkhagha vs. Dobson
Hashem Arkhagha, TKO, R1
Yeah

Trymex
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09.19.2021 | 8:30 PM ET

Michael Morales vs Nikolay Veretennikov

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 2 Perfect, 250 Points   |   Tied for 56th

Well, completely bias here as you can see from my profile picture but I got Morales by 2nd TKO/KO.
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09.20.2021 | 11:20 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 200 Points   |   Tied for 188th

Morales vs. Veretennikov
Michael Morales
miles morales?

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Dirty Decision 90
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09.20.2021 | 11:50 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 3 of 4 Winners, 2 Perfect, 200 Points   |   Tied for 220th

Arkhagha vs. Dobson
Hashem Arkhagha, TKO, R2
All they do is fight in Jordan 🇯🇴

Nguyen vs. Rlayang
Steven Nguyen, DEC
Hopefully the reach & height plays out here

Rodrigues vs. Curatolo
Kleydson Rodrigues, TKO, R3
Brazilian always monsters

Dirty Decision 90
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09.20.2021 | 11:52 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 3 of 4 Winners, 2 Perfect, 200 Points   |   Tied for 220th

Rosales vs. Martinez
Victor Martinez, DEC
Mullets have ****** me lately so taking The Brick!!

pepelaugh
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09.20.2021 | 3:01 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 3 of 5 Winners, 2 Perfect, 215 Points   |   Tied for 179th

Rodrigues vs. Curatolo
Kleydson Rodrigues, DEC
Can't believe this fight is even odds. Kleydson has a massive size advantage.

2021.09.20 4:27 PM ET

weigh-in result

Jacob Rosales: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)
2021.09.20 4:27 PM ET

weigh-in result

Victor Martinez: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs)
2021.09.20 4:27 PM ET

weigh-in result

Kleydson Rodrigues: 126.0 lbs (57.2 kgs)
2021.09.20 4:27 PM ET

weigh-in result

Santo Curatolo: 125.5 lbs (56.9 kgs)
2021.09.20 4:27 PM ET

weigh-in result

Steven Nguyen: 145.5 lbs (66.0 kgs)
2021.09.20 4:27 PM ET

weigh-in result

Theo Rlayang: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs)
2021.09.20 4:27 PM ET

weigh-in result

Michael Morales: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs)
2021.09.20 4:27 PM ET

weigh-in result

Nikolay Veretennikov: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs)
2021.09.20 4:28 PM ET

weigh-in result

Hashem Arkhagha: 189.0 lbs (85.7 kgs)
2021.09.20 4:28 PM ET

weigh-in result

AJ Dobson: 184.5 lbs (83.7 kgs)
MMAFan223
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09.20.2021 | 7:42 PM ET

Predictions: 1 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 50 Points   |   Tied for 765th

Don't think any of these guys do much in the UFC other than the winner of the Flyweight fight.
morales1987
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09.20.2021 | 8:37 PM ET

Rosales,Rodrigues,Rlayang,Morales,Dobson 🙏 

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CrimsonChinGuru
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09.20.2021 | 9:20 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 2 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 125 Points   |   Tied for 599th

Arkhagha vs. Dobson
AJ Dobson, TKO, R2
All depends on who is applying the pressure, most of Arkhagha's opponents look out of shape. Dobson is gritty with aggression and a decent ground game, expecting it to stay on the feet unless Dobson does the takedowns. Really like Dobson here.

Morales vs. Veretennikov
Nikolay Veretennikov, DEC
This could be a Jailton Almeida type of outcome with Morales being sneaky good. Nikolay heavy prospect with better film and better opponents, still edging Nikolay here really liked his game.

Nguyen vs. Rlayang
Theo Rlayang, TKO, R2
Thinking this is going to be a standup war, Nguyen leaves a little too many openings on the feet. Rlayang feints and standup look really really nice, will be interested if Nguyen gets him on the mat.

Rodrigues vs. Curatolo
Kleydson Rodrigues, DEC
Curatolo is fast on the feet and efficient, just really liked the all around game from Rodrigues especially his top pressure.

Rosales vs. Martinez
Jacob Rosales, DEC
Victor Martinez looks like he leaves some openings on feet due to winding up some power punches, Rosales is a savage in the standup with quick straight punches and gets his hands back fast. Should make the difference in the fight. Really a good 50/50 matchup.

* Edited at 09.20.2021, 9:27 PM ET *

Cheeseball
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09.21.2021 | 1:29 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 3 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 165 Points   |   Tied for 448th

Morales vs. Veretennikov
Nikolay Veretennikov, TKO, R2
This guy trains with Dariush apparently so I'm picking him.

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HiDefff
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09.21.2021 | 10:24 AM ET

Predictions: 0 of 0 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 799th

Anyone know why Arkhagha took a random 7 years off? 
andrewshaw2000
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09.21.2021 | 12:36 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 2 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 115 Points   |   Tied for 649th

Arkhagha vs. Dobson
AJ Dobson, TKO, R1
Both fighters are powerful and have that one punch knockout but AJ Dobson has pretty good footwork I see it ending early most likely first round

Morales vs. Veretennikov
Nikolay Veretennikov, DEC
I've got Nikolay winning he's the tougher fighter and has fought at a higher level than Morales. Nikolay does great work in the clinch landing knees for fun. I haven't seen Morales really being tested yet and this surly will be the toughest fight of his career so far.

Nguyen vs. Rlayang
Steven Nguyen, TKO, R1
Nguyen with the early finish tonight then getting the contract from the ufc, Rlayang has already showed some pretty worrying signs from his chin get almost flashed knocked out in a few of his fights. Nguyen has already proved he belongs in the contenders in his last fight and just got caught late on which happens its the fight game after all. Nguyen will use his reach advantage and height advantage and pick Rlayang apart for the early stoppage.

Rodrigues vs. Curatolo
Santo Curatolo, TKO, R1
This may be the closest fight to call on tonights card, both fighters look good but Kleydson has very limited film that I could find, Curatolo has crazy power in his hands and will look for that 1st round ko to add too his resume, But if kleydson gets out the first round I start to back him more as Santo has showed some gas tank problems after the first round

Rosales vs. Martinez
Jacob Rosales, DEC
I am backing the power mullet that is Jacon Rosales he looks like he is starting to shape up to be a great fighter and at 26 will only be getting better, his game is looking better in his recent fights if his gas tank is in check he will get the dec no problem

FistyMcKickerChoke
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09.21.2021 | 1:09 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 2 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 100 Points   |   Tied for 667th

Arkhagha vs. Dobson
Hashem Arkhagha, TKO, R2
I love having fights to watch while I eat dinner on Tuesday, so awesome. This one is gonna be a banger

Morales vs. Veretennikov
Nikolay Veretennikov, TKO, R2
All second round KOs, let's go

Nguyen vs. Rlayang
Steven Nguyen, TKO, R2
Rlayang has fought too many cans for me to trust he has the experience to handle this matchup

Rosales vs. Martinez
Victor Martinez, TKO, R2
How do you pick against Vic the Brick

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09.21.2021 | 3:01 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 3 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 150 Points   |   Tied for 477th

Arkhagha vs. Dobson
Hashem Arkhagha, TKO, R2
Gimme Arkhagha.

Morales vs. Veretennikov
Nikolay Veretennikov, DEC
Gimme the -ov.

Nguyen vs. Rlayang
Steven Nguyen, TKO, R2
I'll take the ninja.

Rodrigues vs. Curatolo
Kleydson Rodrigues, SUB, R2
I'll take rodrigues.

Rosales vs. Martinez
Victor Martinez, TKO, R1
Gimme Martinez.

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09.21.2021 | 3:10 PM ET

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 240 Points   |   Tied for 75th

Damn this is one of the hardest card to do picks for in awhile. Feels like all close pick-ems

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Mmagoru123
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09.21.2021 | 5:12 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 215 Points   |   Tied for 156th

Nguyen vs. Rlayang
Theo Rlayang, TKO, R2
KO loss to aalon cruz= insta fade 

* Edited at 09.21.2021, 5:14 PM ET *

MikeBoxLyfe
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09.21.2021 | 6:38 PM ET

I don't get it, how do we make picks when these guys have never fought in UFC before

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09.21.2021 | 6:41 PM ET

Predictions: 2 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 100 Points   |   Tied for 667th

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