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Contender Series 2021: Week 6

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05.26.2021 | 9:19 PM ET

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Contender Series 2021
  • Tuesday 10.05.2021 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: Brendan Fitzgerald, Laura Sanko, Daniel Cormier
  • Ring Announcer: Justin Bernard
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Laura Sanko
  • MMA Bouts: 5
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Bout   Info
Mike Malott   defeats   Shimon Smotritsky   via Submission, Guillotine Choke   0:39 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Carlos Hernandez   defeats   Daniel Barez   via Decision, Split   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Fernie Garcia   defeats   Joshua Weems   via KO/TKO, Overhand Right to Ground Strikes   2:10 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Joseph Holmes   defeats   Shonte Barnes   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke   2:46 Round 2 of 3, 7:46 Total Bout Page
Genaro Valdéz   defeats   Patrik White   via KO/TKO, Punches   0:44 Round 2 of 3, 5:44 Total Bout Page

Responses

2021.08.11 4:19 PM ET

bout announced

Fernie Garcia vs. Paul Capaldo at 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
2021.09.18 8:10 PM ET

bout announced

Patrik White vs. Genaro Valdéz at 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
2021.09.18 8:12 PM ET

bout announced

Shonte Barnes vs. Cody Brundage at 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
2021.09.18 8:13 PM ET

bout announced

Daniel Barez vs. Carlos Hernandez at 125 lbs (56.7 kg)
2021.09.18 8:15 PM ET

bout announced

Shimon Smotritsky vs. Mike Malott at 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
2021.09.22 4:31 PM ET

bout status update

Garcia vs. Capaldo Changed from Confirmed to Cancelled
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09.22.2021 | 7:47 PM ET

Predictions: 2 of 3 Winners, 0 Perfect, 100 Points   |   Tied for 703rd

Capaldo is out now?? That sucks!!
Really wanted to see him fight. Prospect to watch out for.

But Khusein Askhabov can step in and fight..
He is in Las Vegas training now after previous visa issues and haven't heard of a confirmed fight for him yet. So perfect opportunity! Hopefully he can step in for Capaldo! 
2021.09.22 8:59 PM ET

bout status update

Barnes vs. Brundage Changed from Confirmed to Cancelled
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09.24.2021 | 4:28 PM ET

Predictions: 3 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 215 Points   |   Tied for 331st

Does anyone find the single Contenders events more exciting than entire UFC Fight Night events?  

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2021.09.26 10:00 PM ET

bout announced

Shonte Barnes vs. Joseph Holmes at 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
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09.27.2021 | 12:07 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 230 Points   |   Tied for 266th

Barnes vs. Holmes
Joseph Holmes, SUB, R1
Neither of these guys is a natural LHW but it makes sense to fight there given the short notice for Holmes. Barnes has pretty much only fought cans and Holmes has subs and won a random Muay Thai fight

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2021.09.28 9:03 PM ET

bout announced

Joshua Weems vs. Fernie Garcia at 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
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10.03.2021 | 7:17 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 2 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 140 Points   |   Tied for 652nd

Smotritsky vs. Malott
Shimon Smotritsky, TKO, R1
I think Shimon Smotritsky is just all around a better fighter and Malott's head movement doesn't sit well with me. But hey i'm 0-3 with Canadian fighters on the Contender Series so *** do i know. Lmao

Barez vs. Hernandez
Carlos Hernandez, DEC
Should be a good scrap, little bias but going with my Illinois guy + grappling looks good and he can strike as well! Really like VFS Academy; they are turning young fighters to killers, very impressive.

Weems vs. Garcia
Joshua Weems, DEC
Pretty decent matchup here, Weems goes a little crazy sometimes if not careful he could give Garcia the better positions all night on the ground. Did not like Garcia's striking, both have decent grappling games. Probably the hardest fight to predict on this card but I think Weems aggression with the better standup will get it done. + last time Weemz fought Bantamweight was in 2019, wondering how he'll look on the scales.

Barnes vs. Holmes
Joseph Holmes, SUB, R1
Think Holmes will waste 0 time trying to get this on the floor. Barnes doesn't have the grappling to hang around long. Holmes seems to be the better all around fighter here with youth.

White vs. Valdéz
Patrik White, TKO, R2
From the few clips i saw of White i think his range management and striking, doesn't have 1 punch KO power but rather puts it on you with great efficiency. Also trains or did train with Medic and Carlton Minus, expecting him to be able to use his length and wrestling to keep it on the feet. Valdez didn't really impress me and had a lot more film, ground game doesn't look that good, only way i see him winning if late GNP or Sub; but if he can't get White down, White should punish him.

* Edited at 10.03.2021, 10:16 PM ET *

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10.04.2021 | 4:57 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 3 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 215 Points   |   Tied for 331st

Smotritsky vs. Malott
Shimon Smotritsky, TKO, R3
Yeeeah Smotritsky.

Barez vs. Hernandez
Daniel Barez, DEC
Gimme Barez.

Weems vs. Garcia
Fernie Garcia, DEC
Gimme Garcia.

Barnes vs. Holmes
Joseph Holmes, SUB, R1
Yeaahh.. Holmes.

White vs. Valdéz
Genaro Valdéz, TKO, R2
Gimme Valdez.

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10.04.2021 | 6:29 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 5 of 5 Winners, 2 Perfect, 340 Points   |   Tied for 24th with 7 others

Weems vs. Garcia
Fernie Garcia, DEC
**** I want to fade this bum but unfortunately Weems lacks the heart, despite this being a winnable fight.

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10.04.2021 | 10:53 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 215 Points   |   Tied for 317th

Smotritsky vs. Malott
Shimon Smotritsky, DEC
seems the fighter with better record opponent, nice underdog

Barez vs. Hernandez
Daniel Barez, TKO, R2
good shape for barez, better opps record

Barnes vs. Holmes
Joseph Holmes, TKO, R2
barnes got opponents with awful record like 15-90/4-21/1-12, disgusting

White vs. Valdéz
Genaro Valdéz, TKO, R2
bad record for patrik white opponents, valdez seems solid

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10.04.2021 | 2:04 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 320 Points   |   Tied for 45th with 11 others

No 🔒 for this card

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10.04.2021 | 3:44 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 0 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 785th

White vs. Valdéz
Patrik White, TKO, R1
AK represent

2021.10.04 4:38 PM ET

weigh-in result

Patrik White: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs)
2021.10.04 4:38 PM ET

weigh-in result

Genaro Valdéz: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs)
2021.10.04 4:38 PM ET

weigh-in result

Shonte Barnes: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs)
2021.10.04 4:38 PM ET

weigh-in result

Joseph Holmes: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs)
2021.10.04 4:38 PM ET

weigh-in result

Joshua Weems: 139.0 lbs (63.0 kgs)
2021.10.04 4:38 PM ET

weigh-in result

Fernie Garcia: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs)
2021.10.04 4:39 PM ET

weigh-in result

Daniel Barez: 126.0 lbs (57.2 kgs)
2021.10.04 4:39 PM ET

weigh-in result

Carlos Hernandez: 125.5 lbs (56.9 kgs)
2021.10.04 4:39 PM ET

weigh-in result

Shimon Smotritsky: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs)
2021.10.04 4:39 PM ET

weigh-in result

Mike Malott: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs)
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10.04.2021 | 8:35 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 245 Points   |   Tied for 228th

White vs. Valdéz
Genaro Valdéz, TKO, R1
50/50 to me simply because Genaro hasn't fought in over a year whilst White last fought in February of this year.

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10.04.2021 | 10:34 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 5 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 320 Points   |   Tied for 45th with 11 others

Smotritsky vs. Malott
Mike Malott, SUB, R2
Mike Malott vs Shimon Smotritsky fight does not go to decision -155 2 units

Barez vs. Hernandez
Carlos Hernandez, DEC
Carlos Hernandez -110 3 Units

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10.04.2021 | 10:58 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 290 Points   |   Tied for 104th


Just read MIke Mallot's wiki and found this gem:


Six weeks later he would fight again this time forfeiting his purse to fly his opponent Michael Imperato (3-0) from Toronto to Trenton, Nova Scotia for the fight. Mallot, fighting for free, pulled off the upset by submitting Imperato in the first round with an armbar. In an interview after the fight Malott said "I fought for free for this fight. I don't do this for the money, I do this 'cause I love it. This is such an incredible feeling, I would pay and I have paid as an amateur."

On top of that, he's fought better competition, gimme Mallot by R1 KO

* Edited at 10.04.2021, 10:58 PM ET *

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10.05.2021 | 12:01 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 5 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 290 Points   |   Tied for 104th

Barnes vs. Holmes
Joseph Holmes, SUB, R1


Shonte Barnes lists his style as "Punch first, ask questions later..." I bet he taps as soon as the ugly man takes his neck, should be a banger though

* Edited at 10.05.2021, 12:08 AM ET *

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10.05.2021 | 12:54 AM ET

Predictions: 5 of 5 Winners, 2 Perfect, 355 Points   |   Tied for 16th with 6 others

Wow, Hernandez been around the block despite his pro record. Participated in the 2014 iteration of IMMAF championship in the amateur scene. Always have to show some respect to the guys that win/make it to the finals there.

Playing a Malott/Holmes/Hernandez parlay.
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10.05.2021 | 1:56 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 2 Perfect, 305 Points   |   Tied for 79th

Smotritsky vs. Malott
Mike Malott, TKO, R1
Malott had served the last several years as a coach within Team Alpha Male before making his comeback in an upset win against undefeated prospect Solomon Renfro (who will also participate in this DWCS season). Despite having long lay-offs, Malott has shown a great level in each of his recent fights showing himself to be a two-way finisher (KO and Submission). Smotritsky is undefeated and he also fought twice on the Bellator cards in Tel Aviv, but it is clear that Malott trains at a higher level and faced better opposition, as well as having more experience within the sport.

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10.05.2021 | 3:05 AM ET

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 255 Points   |   Tied for 190th

i think renfro actually poses more problems to Malott than Smotrisky does and he clubbed n subbed that guy
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10.05.2021 | 4:17 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 295 Points   |   Tied for 102nd

Smotritsky vs. Malott
Mike Malott, SUB, R1
Fought better competition

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10.05.2021 | 5:00 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 4 of 5 Winners, 0 Perfect, 215 Points   |   Tied for 317th

Weems vs. Garcia
Fernie Garcia, DEC
seems better fighter under all poin of view

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10.05.2021 | 8:31 AM ET

Man I can’t find any tape or anything on Patrik White

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10.05.2021 | 11:07 AM ET

@MMAWiseGuy

Predictions: 2 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 140 Points   |   Tied for 652nd

You have to go to his twitter and dig deep, not much film but clips 

* Edited at 10.05.2021, 11:07 AM ET *


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