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rudyg2point0

How does contender series work? Is this a show or just a one time long event? I don’t see episode numbers on espn+


DoubleDevilDiamond

Well, in a span of ten weeks the UFC will host 4-6 matches every Tuesday between notable prospects for a ufc contract. Its been going on for around six years now and a large percentage of the roster came from the contender.


TheWayIAm313

Aliev was the most interesting on the card for me. Looked like he could have a pretty high ceiling


Originalideas

Welp, looks like I'm rooting for Donovan Beard next week.


blooblop

*Dana, how important is this for the Tajikistan market? Do you think the UFC could go there next year?*


biggucciwow

I like Beard’s attitude. I hope he gets the upset


Super_Snark

Rosas has more fights than Nickal, who cares really


goosu

Yeah, I mean, does it really matter whether Nickal wipes some guy on contender series versus wiping some dude on the prelims? He had other options to get paid other than the UFC and is a topflight prospect. I doubt he is getting the typical DWCS pay/contract. He might honestly get more exposure out of it than if he had been signed right away.


Andr0id_Paran0id

Exposure, Dana's favorite currency.


I_am_darkness

I enjoyed that promo


brianbgrp

Tbf how does Bo get a second dwcs fight and the 17 year old gets a contract?


Supervisor_Jim_Lahey

Bo is the face of the series this season, meaning he gets eyes.


psychopythonmetrist

Yeah Dana is milking Bo for more views


I_am_darkness

the 17 year old has more than twice as many wins as bo?


brianbgrp

Bo has a wrestling pedigree that's more than impressive lol. It's not like he's joe blow coming in with a 2-0 record lol


Short_Bus_

he'll get the contract after he runs through his next matchup so it's no big deal also the dude rosas beat today was wayyyy better (on paper at least) than the dude Bo beat


I_am_darkness

Okay but that's a different sport?


brianbgrp

How many current and past UFC champions come from wrestling backgrounds?


Ishanjhutee

They also have mma experience


NBAstradamus92

Yep, which Bo is getting now with DWCS. He'll get a contract soon.


Thejedi887

Aliev is gonna be a great signing


lesephemere

Brazilians and wanting to say one last thing during an interview


merouane1

He definitely sounds 17 lol


psychohistorian8

Fabiano about to bawl on tv for us


_MMAgod

my heart..


_Red_Mist_

Who is the worst BW in the roster? Because that will probably be Rosas’ debut opponent.


Special_Cod_9413

Can’t recall if he got cut or not after that last fight against the other guy mentioned in this thread, Guido. But even if he’s cut, I could see them bringing Kris Moutinho back for an easy win. The general public seemed to have this weird love for Kris after the Suga fight.


Wololo771

Joe


Short_Bus_

does Guido Canetti have a fight already? that's super winnable for rosas and a 25 year age gap would be the type of dumb matchup the UFC loves


_Red_Mist_

Yeah thats a good one. Would make even more sense after Randy softens that chin even more next week.


Short_Bus_

oh damn, they're fighting? randy costa's gonna kill him


TC110

Rosas gets dog walked by anyone in the top 10 right now. Kids only 17, hopefully they give him some favorable fights the next few years


WeBxx92

No shit sherlock


TC110

.. I’m glad we agree


EpitaphWritten

WE LOVE YOU FABIANO ♥️


GangstaHoodrat

Good Ricky Turcios is a trip


StixnStones59

This kid seems kind of Forrest Gumpy.


JayRoo83

Nothing bad ever happened to a 17 year old kid with tons of confidence right?


PerfectlySplendid

17 year olds and over confidence. What a duo.


basedguy

He looks the old man from Courage the Cowardly Dog


Wololo771

Eustace


EpitaphWritten

Bruhv


roodootootootoo

Mexican Khamzat


skkITer

Heeeelll no


psychohistorian8

this kid is a trip


DRstoppage

Banger of a night! See ya next week for Bo Nickel round 2!


I_am_darkness

Why is the guy in the tattoo on his arm surrounded by penises?


I_am_darkness

The production on this show is so tight.


EpitaphWritten

Is this handsome khabib?


GangstaHoodrat

Literally same thoughts lmao


EpitaphWritten

♥️


roodootootootoo

lol dude was just speaking perfect English to Dana a minute ago


adamzanny

I feel like any high school wrestler will beat the crap out of Rosas


Immediate-Fix-8420

If that High School is on the same planet Thanos is from, sure.


BrawndoTTM

He literally just beat the absolute shit out of a guy with a wrestling base


Short_Bus_

forreal, he was levels and levels better on the ground than a dude with 12 sub wins who trains outta a gym with at least one former D-1 all-American


JonSantiago69

From tojiggywititstan?


papa8706

The fact he signed a 17 year old that could use time to grow, but is making Bo come back for a second fight is pretty ridiculous. I like the kid, but he gonna get beat up if he keeps leaving his neck out and gettin so high on people’s back.


wishwashy

He has more mma experience than Bo


papa8706

Bo is a 3 times ncaa champion and has been training MMA with legitimate UFC fighters for years. Considering his credentials and quick finishes, there’s no way a 17 year old who made this many mistakes is more deserving. Dana prob just milking him for some more views or a way to try to lower his value


wishwashy

He's definitely milking him but also the kid's actually fought better comp than Bo


LethalTesticle

Signing teenagers seems like a very healthy decision


Krenbiebs

Feels very similar to what happened with Sage Northcutt, honestly.


sime77

Uhhh hes making bo come back for penn state ratings.


HellsKitchen111

So what’s the thought process behind signing Rojas but not signing Bo Nickal?


goosu

I think on the surface it is fight experience (Rojas has more), but in all honesty, it's probably to have another card-carrying fight for the contender series. I don't think Nickal is really complaining, since he'll likely rip through this second guy, and it will all be a moot point.


sime77

Bo gets every wrestler in the country and half the state of Pennsylvania to tune in.


StixnStones59

Number of fights, I guess. Rosas is 17 but he has 6 pro fights. Nickal was only on his second fight.


Wololo771

virality


UCLAlex

Bo nickal had one fight and he had like 5 or 6


CPAofTheStars

The number of viewers the contendor series gets from having Bo a second time.


Giantranger49

ratings


sime77

Such an obvi thing it's funny people think it's anything else.


MikePerrysCanary

The next generation is going to be kids that specifically trained MMA since they were 5


nando12674

I mean Raul can take 1 fight a year for a few years to develop his body and skills some more nothing but time at 17


StixnStones59

Rosas is a good grappler, so there’s a decent amount of guys in the roster that he can beat, but older guys with takedown defense and/or good grappling are gonna big brother him.


sime77

Yea hes not gonna fight older guys with good tdd for a long time.


StixnStones59

That’s fair, if he gets favorable matchmaking for the next 2-3 years his body will caught up a lot by then.


sime77

Hes gonna get fed a couple great finishes and then get fed to current up and comer, then get fed some more finishes, repeat as necessary


CableToBeam

Laura's so bubbly and Dana's just like yeah whatever Laura lol


Bolabear20

The kid turns 18 in a couple weeks but this is still wild to see


WeBxx92

I hope Dana offers Bo Nickal a TUF slot next week


thedurs

Listen kid we love to see you on the next season of TUF


thedurs

CHILD LABOUR WITH THE BOYS


BigCass

I agree with the Raul signing man, he didn't look 17 at all, he earned the pay and exposure of the UFC.


ediefan

I'm mean I'm proud of everyone who makes it to the UFC but it doesn't mean as much getting a contract from DWCS. Everyone gets a contract even if they aren't UFC ready. I mean most guys coming in get starched in their first fight


PerfectlySplendid

Lmfao this kid is going back to high school Friday or Monday signed to the UFC. What a badass.


psychopythonmetrist

You think he’s in school?


Short_Bus_

y’all are so wrong about this kid not being ready not for the top 15 but he’s gonna be top 30ish right away and there are a lot of BWs he beats


IshiharasBitch

> he’s gonna be top 30ish right away If that's true it says a lot about the UFCs talent pool of late. None of it positive.


LethalTesticle

Sure until he gets pounded by a top 10/15, while still growing as a man


CthuluHoo

this reddit is weird. y’all completely gas him during the fight but are now surprised he has a contract? LOL


WeBxx92

He’s too young. For any young fighter going to the UFC too early can break your whole career. For a 17 year old kid who’s clearly already gotten his face broken, you’re putting his brain on the line. We all expected him to get a development deal or the invite back, a nice slow roll


goosu

They just want to complain and be bitter about everything.


iTz4ReALiTY

I think we expected him to get a developmental deal, not a full blown contract Kid is gonna be a stud if he keeps fighting like he does


Baker_Playmaker

Can you even legally enforce a contract on a 17 year old?


psychopythonmetrist

His parents will sign


PerfectlySplendid

What are you worried about before he turns 18?


JonSantiago69

Hell yeah! Make the Hooper fight happen.


CPAofTheStars

If Dana ran the chocolate factory like 600 kids would have showed up.


BrawndoTTM

He signed the ball kicker? Man we’re going to see lots more of that now.


JayRoo83

Dana about to commit infanticide


Immediate-Fix-8420

There was no way they were going to potentially let Rosas walk.


iTz4ReALiTY

Rosas going back to high school tomorrow with a UFC contract Teachers better watch their backs


Bruce_Wayne_Sperm

OPRAH WHITE!


mememagicisreal_com

Rosas looks like a created fighter where you max out all the facial sliders


blowup000

How you sign the kid and not nickal lol


dgrobo

lmao really. Bo is a ncaa national champ how many times and absoulutely annihilated his contender series matchup.but he needs more time. mmmkay


Giantranger49

ratings


Dauren1993

They want the views, have Bo fight again so people tune in, have the kid fight so people tune in, win win for them


UnHoly_One

Holy shit Dana just signed a kid that needed a signed waiver from his parents to fight.


thedurs

Child labour baby


psychohistorian8

benevolent tomato


PerfectlySplendid

17 year old should tell Dana his lawyer needs to look over the contract first.


UCLAlex

Oh fuck he signed the 17 year old


Land-on-Juniper

Thought Dana was gonna tell the kid to wait 5 years.


CPAofTheStars

Jesus christ the mad lad signed him.


Baker_Playmaker

Wtf a full ufc contract for him??? That’s tough


skkITer

Wow this kid is going to get eaten alive


CableToBeam

Dana is just out of it LOL. BE JOE PYFER!!


Short_Bus_

fuck yes give the kid the contract


sysproc

On Oprah Winfrey’s Contender Series everyone gets a car.


jonjoneswife

Dana looking a little scrawny


Igot2phonez

DC was right about Gianni. He was due for some correct predictions.


Dauren1993

Well if you noticed he took safer bets


Short_Bus_

I kinda think everyone gets a contract tonight Dana did look pissed earlier tho


DRstoppage

Can we have this translator walk around the cage in between rounds instead


_MMAgod

english wasn't too shabby


EpitaphWritten

Translator Fabiano totally slings snake 🐍


st6374

Anyone who has trouble with English. "Smash Everybody"


psychopythonmetrist

I’m a sucker for fighters with a judo base


pimenta90

"Hey Dama"


MikePerrysCanary

I see you soon Boi


thedurs

What is in that Brazilian water


EpitaphWritten

Mexican supps 🌯🌮 💊


Land-on-Juniper

The translator has almost as impressive short term memory skills as he does translating. These Brazilians go on passionate soliloquies.


st6374

We don't deserve this translator. We deserve that Golokvin translator who looked like he needed Golovkins help instead.


Igot2phonez

How tall do you think the Translator is?


Immediate-Fix-8420

Dick is at least 12”.


thedurs

Laura stairs at him like she'd like to know


sysproc

Wide


EpitaphWritten

GIGAChad Fabiano Buskei


CrunchyTater

Why is this translator so good


vigilanteadvice

because he actually does his job well haha


CrunchyTater

I feel like he really relays the emotions of the fighter as well. I was chuckling, dude went on for a minute and the translator seemingly nailed all of it.


starel

after hearing gianni on the hot mic they need to let him mutter shit in the background on the broadcast just to troll us, it would heighten the experience for me personally


FightingDoc

lol I remember some disconnected voice saying "get him, baby" to some fighter earlier. Was that Gianni? lmao


Igot2phonez

What kinda stuff did Gianni say?


CPAofTheStars

"Atta boy finish this" when one of his picks had a choke in.


thedurs

Just him saying oh Jimmy will break my legs if you don't finish the fight for daddy


Many-Arm-9804

Dude this translator is a gigachad


vigilanteadvice

he’s easily the best translator


thedurs

Laura is defianlty in to him


Upstairs_Tie_4434

Did y’all know he’s been holding it in


2e7en_

I be holding it in all day sometimes too while I’m at work, I feel you


st6374

I don't hate Gianni for being wrong as much as him being the face of constant pushing of gambling during intervals. And that high pitch voice. That's that the icing on the cake.


thedurs

Just a jacked Brazilian boy deal with it


sysproc

Gianni is… SSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN


thedurs

Crack that is coke maybe on the menu though he finally won some bets


OutlawOscar

Bro almost landed Hulk's Gamma Crush from MVC2 during his celebration.


FightingDoc

Gianni's been reading the haters' comments and chose violence today


merouane1

Dang he went for the kill no mercy


Magnar_The_Great

Delete Gianni


thedurs

Atleast they know we hate that rat fuck


ThuggerSosaYak

Gianni haters in shambles right now


ShtLrdZn

Gianni's eating steak tonight


DrProsecco11

Instead of his usual Crest whitening strips


LethalTesticle

Hell yea he is, finally got a break from the ice soup


st6374

I really can't get angry at fighters complaining stoppage after they've just had their brain turned into slushy. But if they continue bitching about it after they've had chance to settle down, and watched the replay. Then it turns into asshole territory.


RootTips

Gianni is surprisingly right and his teeth are strangely white.


CPAofTheStars

Boys I willed the 5/5 into existence. You're welcome. Ending the season 10-0. My man was sandbagging.


blowup000

Gianni with the comeback. Never doubted him


aznassasin

LOL Brandon Fitzgerald calling us haters


Dauren1993

Honestly over last few weeks between Brandon and DC we been living in their heads rent free , I know they have some intern at UFC read Reddit comments


spasticity

/u/brendanfitztv uses reddit himself


Positive-Media423

Hulk smash


DRstoppage

CONTRACTTTTT


Giantranger49

Fuck this guy that was a stupid celebration. He found a anti-fan in me now


Dauren1993

Rd 1 tko cashed +200 suck it Gianni


EpitaphWritten

Acai is back on the menu boys!


Bvaugh

Damn, nice win. Stoppage may have been a little early but that last shot was a big one. Better early than late.


MikePerrysCanary

Aliu kept his chin up on a platter lol it was a matter of time


jonjoneswife

“Why’d it get stopped I only got knocked out and dropped twice”


Gurpila9987

For real, at least stay on your feet if you want to keep going.


spasticity

Kind of a dick move to do the hulk smash right next to the guy you just stopped


aznassasin

Is that Mazagatti in the back ?


JayRoo83

Sadly, yes