Tonight (September 1st) is Week 5 of season four of Dana White’s Contender Series, which highlights up-and-coming talent as well as some former UFC fighters looking for a second crack at the big time. Winners aren’t guaranteed a UFC contract, but it certainly helps to both win and impress at the same time. This season has been overwhelmingly favorable for fighters who do win, as 17 of 19 victors have gotten a contract.
As is the case throughout the summer, Dana White’s Contender Series streams live on ESPN+. For those outside of the USA, you can still watch it on UFC Fight Pass, starting at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. The full fight card is as follows:
Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Dennis Buzukja via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Jimmy Flick def. Nate Smith via submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 3, 3:15
Ronnie Lawrence def. Jose Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
William Knight def. Cody Brundage via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:23
Tucker Lutz def. Chase Gibson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Contracts awarded: Jimmy Flick, William Knight, Ronnie Lawrence