Dana White’s Contender Series Week 2 Results
What a night of action. Five fights five decisions. I know Dana White is looking for “Killers” but strong ring presence and technicians still work as well. When the smoke cleared on Week Two of the Contender Series two more fighters realized their dreams and achieved the next step in their fight careers, a UFC Contract. Miguel “Caramel Thunder” Baeza and Miles Johns came away with wins and contracts.
Fight 1 Baeza** v. Reyna: This fight started slow but once both fighter found their range they began to let their hands go. Baeza showed why he was an undefeated fighter with a vast array of skills both on his feet and on the mat. With his opponent coming in significantly over weight Baeza stated he would have fought him even if he were a heavyweight! Great start to the night and congrats to the “Florida Boy” for coming to Vegas and handling his business.
Fight 2 Johns** v. Santiago: This fight looked like a bit of a mismatch from the eye test and that proved to be true from the on set. With Johns immediately connecting on multiple shot which floored Santiago. But once on the ground Johns struggled sealing the deal with a talented and savvy veteran who to this point all of his wins had come via submission. Overall Johns showed the talent it will take to make it on the UFC stage, all while fighting with a severely strained groin which he reinjured in round 2! #Warrior
Fight 3 Daukaus v. Lombardo: Fight #3 was seriously a fight for survival as Michael Lombardo did everything he could to simply stay in the match. That isn’t an indictment on his skills as he had his moments to be sure including cutting Kyle Daukaus in the early stages of the fight. This however was Daukaus’ night, the only issue was that he simply didn’t finish his opponent and he had ample opportunities to do so over the course of the fight. No contracts awarded for this fight but it was very entertaining.
Fight 4 Gonzales v. ZaneThis was a fight with both fighters coming in with solid winning streaks (8 & 9 straight). Yet one fighter showed to be the supremely talent fighter in the ring. From the opening bell Justin Gonzales controlled every aspect of the fight, with great ring generalship and wrestling background. However this was a fight Dana was a little disappointed in because of how easy Gonzales handled the fight yet didn’t continue to surge forward.
Fight 5 Johnson v. Cunningham: The main event came out with a thunderous flurry, with Alton Cunningham taking a heavy right hand followed by a strong kick to the right temple. Both attacks severely staggered Cunningham and put him on immediate notice. That however was the extent of the live action from Johnson as the remainder of the fight he was either pinned to the cage or on his back. How did he get a unanimous decision 29-28? Well let’s take it straight from the man himself, “I’m not looking for guys to just survive” Dana White said. And that’s what Cunningham did after being briefly hurt and his eye being severely impaired. He did a heck of a job surviving though, scoring numerous takedowns and landing shots of his own. But in the end it wasn’t enough, and his 2 career losses have both come in Contender Series matches.
Thanks again to the UFC for a great night of fights another great telecast from the ESPN+ crew and we look forward to more fight action in the weeks to come.