The second week of the 2018 season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series just wrapped up with all five bouts ending inside of the distance, three of which occurring in less than two minutes. Matt Sayles closed out the show by TKO’ing Yazan Hajeh in just under two minutes into the fight. Anthony Hernandez had a phenomenal showing, completely knocking out Jordan Wright in just 40 seconds into the first round. After dealing with a varied kicking attack from Giga Chikadze for about two rounds, Austin Springer realized a third round rear-naked choke in just over four minutes into the final round.
In his second appearance on DWTNCS, Ryan Spann club and sub’d Emiliano Sordi in just 26 seconds into the opening round. Opening up the show, Dwight Grant scored a spectacular knockout when he landed a heavy overhand right to left hook combo on Tyler Hill in the second round. When the dust had settled, Dana White decided that he would award contracts to Grant, Spann, Hernandez, and Sayles.
Matt Sayles def. Yazan Hajeh by TKO at 1:57 of round 1: Featherweight
Sayles was looking for his right hand early in the fight, with Hajeh looking to get the fight to the ground. That right hand of Sayles fully landed, sending Hajeh to the ground. All sorts of ground strikes were dropped on Hajeh, one after another, until the referee had seen enough and called it off.
And Matt Sayles drops Hajeh early in this one! #UFCFIGHTPASS pic.twitter.com/ugXSgMUvhT— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) June 20, 2018
Anthony Hernandez def. Jordan Wright by KO at :40 of round 1: Middleweight
Wright came out light on his feet, moving around rather well. As soon as Hernandez closed the distance, he landed a right hand that rocked Wright. A flurry of punches were unloaded by Hernandez that had Wright in some major trouble, and a couple more vicious punches left Wright completely unconscious. Wow!
Austin Springer def. Giga Chikadze by submission (RNC) at 4:10 of round 3: Featherweight
Chikadze right away began launching his GLORY caliber kicks at his opponent. Springer closed the distance and brought the fight up against the cage, but Chikadze was able to work his way off into open space. A crisp cross landed flush to the face for Chikadze, rocking Springer, but Chikadze got taken down when he tried to follow up. Springer held down his opponent for a solid chunk of time, even if he didn’t dish out much offense, but Chikadze did get back up and landed some strikes before time ran out.
A mean liver kick from Chikadze, also known as the Giga Kick, opened up the second frame. Springer shot in and tried to take the fight back down to the mat, but Chikadze refused and returned to open space. Springer did a better job of setting up his takedown and blasted a double leg to put his opponent on his back with about 90 seconds left. Chikadze avoided any real damage and scrambled back to his feet where he attempted a rolling thunder kick.
A cross to Giga Kick started the final round, but Springer wore it rather well. Springer threw a kick but Chikadze caught and launched a straight that sent Springer falling backwards. Back on the feet, Chikadze continued to work his kicks, but Springer managed to scored another takedown, but this time moved into full mount. Chikadze exposed his back and Springer quickly attacked an RNC, forcing Chikadze to tap out.
Ryan Spann def. Emiliano Sordi by submission (Guillotine) at :26 of round 1: Light Heavyweight
A slick counter right hand dropped Sordi right out of the gate. As Sordi looked to get back to his feet, Spann quickly jumped on a standing guillotine forcing the tap. Although Sordi tapped, the referee was not in position to stop the bout right away, so Sordi ended up going to sleep. What a cool club and sub!
Dwight Grant def. Tyler Hill by KO at 2:08 of round 2: Welterweight
Grant opened up the bout with an aggressive overhand right hand as Hill marched forward behind his kicks. The pressure of Hill worked against him early as he would get stuck with punches anytime he got on the inside. Hill came out in the second frame marching forward like he did in the first, but this time actually threw a bit of volume. Just when it appeared as Hill was coming alive, a big punch from Grant sat him down. Hill would quickly recover and stand back up, but an overhand right to left hook knocked him right back down. One follow up ground strike landed before the referee stepped in to call off the fight.
Dwight Grant must have been working his right hand in fight camp:
The right from @DwightGrant drops @tylerzombiehill, but he recovers! pic.twitter.com/7CCmpgDqQ3— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) June 20, 2018