This week’s matchups function a pair acquainted names from previous seasons of The Final Fighter, together with a light-weight heavyweight who’s liable for one of many nastiest knockouts within the historical past of the truth present.
Plus, a number of veteran rivals and prime prospects can be vying to make an impression as they appear to land on the radar of the UFC brass.
With that stated, let’s check out the matchups for Week Two of Dana White’s Tuesday Night time Contender Collection.
The sunshine heavyweight most important occasion options two exhausting-hitting fighters who will each undoubtedly be gunning for a knockout on this featured bout on Tuesday night time.
Dan Spohn (15-6) could also be greatest remembered for his stint on The Final Fighter 19, when he made fairly the debut with a vicious 10-second knockout over Tyler King to punch his ticket into the home. The second Spohn laid out King within the opening seconds of the primary spherical, UFC President Dana White referred to as it “in all probability the nastiest” knockout he’d seen within the historical past of the truth present. Spohn made his solution to the semifinals earlier than having one lone battle within the Octagon, the place he misplaced a unanimous determination to Patrick Walsh. Since that point, Spohn has put collectively a powerful 7-1 document outdoors the UFC. with 4 of these victories coming by means of knockout.
In the meantime, Angel De Anda (18-5) is a veteran fighter from Modesto, California, the place he trains alongside former UFC bantamweight title challenger Michael McDonald. De Anda is greatest recognized for his vicious punching energy, as he is completed 14 of his 18 wins by means of knockout. De Anda has confronted a laundry listing of robust opponents on the regional scene and even managed to go three rounds with kickboxing legend Tyrone Spong. He has additionally put collectively a six-struggle win streak going into this most important occasion.
Given how Spohn and De Anda each like to search for the knockout, it is arduous to think about how this primary occasion makes it to the judges’ scorecards.
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Undefeated flyweight prospect Casey Kenney (6-zero-1) will look to maintain his good report intact when he steps into the DWTNCS this week. Kenney fights out of Tucson, Arizona, the place he is competed in a number of notable regional promotions, together with Tachi Palace Fights and Legacy Preventing Alliance. Kenney comes from a wrestling and judo background, which has led to 4 submission finishes out of six skilled wins.
CJ Hamilton (eleven-four) has the expertise edge on this matchup towards Kenney after spending the majority of his profession competing in promotions reminiscent of Titan FC and Legacy Preventing Alliance. Hamilton enters this battle off six wins in a row and one in every of his solely losses got here in a tough fought cut up choice to undefeated UFC prospect Jarred Brooks in 2015.
Sean O’Malley (7-zero) has already put collectively a spotlight reel by way of the early a part of his profession with 5 finishes in seven wins, together with 4 by knockout. In Arizona, O’Malley works alongside a slew of prime UFC fighters, together with Bryan Barberena and fellow undefeated fighter Drakkar Klose. Most just lately, O’Malley made fairly a splash with a spectacular wheel kick knockout at Legacy Preventing Alliance in March earlier than getting the decision to compete within the contender collection.
Alfred Khashakyan (eight-three) will attempt to hand O’Malley his first profession loss after arising beneath Edmund Tarverdyan, who’s greatest generally known as the top coach for former ladies’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Final December, Khashakyan pulled off probably the most spectacular win of his profession when he completed former UFC and Final Fighter competitor Chris Beal with a primary-spherical TKO.
With each fighters able to ending this struggle in a rush, anticipate fireworks when O’Malley meets Khashakyan.
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THAHN LE VS. LAZAR STOJADINOVIC
Following a run on The Final Fighter season 22 underneath head coach Urijah Faber, Thahn Lee (6-1) will look to point out off his progress since his time on the truth collection when he steps again into acquainted territory this week. Le made waves on the present as a really technical and artistic striker who landed a jaw-rattling knockout through the elimination spherical to get into the home.
Le will attempt to make an analogous influence this time round, however he’ll have his arms full with Lazar Stojadinovic (12-5), who fights out of the famed American Prime Group academy in Coconut Creek, Florida. Stojadinovic has gained eight fights in a row, together with a lopsided determination over veteran fighter Mike Richman in January, which earned him the look by the UFC on this showcase matchup.
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Sidney Outlaw (eight-four) is a reputation that simply sounds made for combined martial arts. The 25-yr-previous prospect trains underneath former Final Fighter competitor Dante Rivera at his academy in New Jersey, and he lately put collectively a two-battle win streak. Outlaw has stayed very lively all through his profession whereas competing in quite a few promotions across the east coast, together with a number of fights for Ring of Fight, which as soon as served as house to UFC fighters reminiscent of Chris Weidman and Uriah Corridor.
Michael Cora (four-1) might not have a reputation that stands out fairly like Outlaw, however he undoubtedly has a resume that earned him this chance. Cora is a “go huge or go residence” sort of fighter who has earned his final 4 wins in a row by knockout. In his most up-to-date struggle, Cora completely demolished opponent Will Starks within the first spherical. That struggle marked the third time in a row Cora has completed his opponent inside the primary spherical, so do not blink when he faces Outlaw within the struggle that may kick off the cardboard on Tuesday night time.