Your Complete Guide to Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series

Last Updated: 8/29/17

With all of the “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series” fighter signings and fight announcements that have been going on, it’s been understandably hard to keep up! Below is a compiled list of all of the fighters and fight announcements so far (both of which MMA Today has confirmed with sources). Once the action starts we’ll also have DWTNCS recap and analysis on these pages.

Starting July 11th the show will air at 8 PM EST every Tuesday on UFC Fight Pass and will include five live fights. Matchups will feature up-and-comers looking to break into the UFC and veterans who are fighting to stay in the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion. These fighters will fight in the “TUF Gym” in Las Vegas, NV, in front of UFC brass including UFC President Dana White, and UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard. MMA Today has confirmed that unlike the popular UFC reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” the bouts will indeed count towards fighters’ professional records. In addition, MMA Today has confirmed that unlike bouts in the actual UFC, main events of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” will be three rounds instead of five. Fighters who are to be featured on this UFC Fight Pass series are periodically being flown out to UFC Headquarters in Las Vegas to get their medicals done and film promos for upcoming episodes. The first episode is set to air the Tuesday July 11th- the week after International Fight Week.

The UFC has announced that an alternate audio feed featuring UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber and rap icon Snoop Dogg will be available to Fight Pass users.

Update (7/2): MMA Today has also learned that fighters aren’t all guaranteed a shot at the UFC.  Many of the less experienced prospects can still get a contract with an impressive performance, but it seems their primary goal may just be to gain exposure and may be sent back to the regional circuits to gain more experience.  Sources tell MMA Today that the UFC will not be signing every fighter who wins on the show. At the conclusion of each show it is expected there will be an announcement as to which fighters UFC President Dana White has decided to bring into the UFC.

Update (7/3): Per Steve Kelliher of Tapology, fighters will receive $5,000 to show and $5,000 if they win.  Fighters are all on one fight deals with Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and will have all medicals paid for by the promotion.

Update (7/7): While there was speculation that WMMA fighters would NOT be featured on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” MMA Today has discovered that female fights will indeed take place on this UFC Fight Pass original.

Update (7/8): The UFC has announced that there will be two “traditional” commentary teams in addition to the “alternate” commentary team of hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg and UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber.  The UFC will alternate commentary teams of Dan Hellie (play-by-play) and former UFC veteran Yves Edwards (color) with Dan Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and current UFC lightweight Paul Felder (color).  Former Invicta sideline reporter and current UFC on FOX sideline reporter Laura Sanko will be on sideline duty as well.

Update (7/10): MMA Today has learned that fighters will not be wearing Reebok gear as UFC fighters are contractually obliged to do, but instead will exclusively be wearing gear as part of another apparel deal.  Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” has paired with “Gruntstyle LLC.”  Just like the Reebok deal, no sponsors will be allowed on the fighters’ shorts/shirts and no fight banners will be allowed either.  In addition to the apparel deal, MMA Today has learned that an expected crowd of only 100 people is expected to be on hand tomorrow.  The fights are closed to the public and fighters’ families and friends are the only ones allowed into the TUF Gym premises.  Finally, MMA Today has learned that the pacing for “DWTNCS” is expected to be fast and furious with the main event beginning no later than 9:45pm EST.  Fights are expected to go back to back with no extensive breaks in the action.

Update (8/1): The UFC announced on their broadcast that 8/29 would indeed be the final episode of the Contender Series for the time being, and no additional cards would be scheduled right away.  In addition, MMA Today has learned that Dana White has told multiple fighters featured on the Contender Series that they would be placed on a card to be featured on the hit series “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

Below you will find a list of fighters that MMA Today has confirmed will be on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series”, preceded by all of the matchups confirmed for the show by MMA Today and other sources.

Confirmed Dana White Tuesday Night Contenders Series Lineups

Broadcast Tuesday Nights at 8 PM EST live on UFC Fight Pass

July 11th: Bessette vs. Holobaugh
Kurt Holobaugh* def. Matt Besette by knockout (punch) in Round 1
Zu Anyanwu def. Greg Rebello by knockout (punch) in Round 2
Boston Salmon* def. Ricky Turcios by unanimous decision
Charles Byrd def. Jamie Pickett by submission (head and arm choke) in Round 1
Joby Sanchez def. Manny Vazquez by unanimous decision

July 18th: Spohn vs. De Anda
Daniel Spohn def. Angel De Anda by submission (head and arm choke) in Round 1
Sean O’Malley* def. Alfred Khashakayan by knockout (punch) in Round 1
Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic by knockout (head kick and punches) in Round 2
Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora by unanimous decision
Casey Kenney def. Cee Jay Hamilton by unanimous decision

July 25th: Spann vs. Roberson
Karl Roberson* def. Ryan Spann by knockout (elbows) in Round 1
Kyle Stewart def. Jason Jackson by TKO (injury) in Round 2
Geoff Neal* def. Chase Waldon by TKO (punches) in Round 1
Alonzo Menifield def. Daniel Jolly by TKO (retirement) in Round 2
Dan Ige def. Luis Raul Gomez by submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 3

August 1st: Hawes vs. Marquez
Julian Marquez* def. Phillip Hawes by KO (head kick) in Round 2
Kyler Phillips def. James Gray by TKO (elbows and punches) in Round 1
Brandon Davis* def. Austin Arnett by unanimous decision
Carlos Candelario def. Ronaldo Candido by split decision
John Castañeda def. Cheyden Leialoha by unanimous decision

August 8th: Rodriguez vs. Jones
Mike Rodriguez* def. Jamelle Jones by KO (flying knee and punches) in Round 1
Julio Arce def. Peter Petties by TKO (punches) in Round 2
Alex Perez* def. Kevin Gray by technical submission (d’arce choke) in Round 1
Ricky Simon def. Donavon Frelow by split decision
Shelton Graves def. Everett Sims by TKO (punches and knees) in Round 2

August 15th: Byrd vs. Wallace
Charles Byrd* def. Buddy Wallace by submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2
Grant Dawson* def. Adrian Diaz by submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2
Cameron Olson def. Karl Reed by unanimous decision
Jaime Alvarez def. Martin Day by unanimous decision
Jamie Colleen def. Tiffany Masters by submission (armbar) in Round 3

August 22nd: Berzin vs. Nzechukwu
Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Anton Berzin by split decision
Benito Lopez* def. Steven Peterson by split decision
Mike Santiago def. Mark Cherico by knockout (punch) in Round 1
Joby Sanchez* def. J.P. Buys by TKO (punches) in Round 2
Jordan Espinosa def. Nick Urso by technical submission (d’arce choke) in Round 1

August 29th: Frevola vs. Flores
Matt Frevola* def. Jose Flores by submission (d’arce choke) in Round 2
Bevon Lewis def. Elias Urbina by KO (punches) in Round 2
Adam Antolin def. Casey Kenney by split decision
Lauren Mueller* def. Lauren Mueller by unanimous decision
Allen Crowder* def. Don’Tale Mayes by TKO (strikes) in Round 3

*= earned UFC contract w/ DWTNCS performance


“DWTNCS” Roster

Heavyweights (265lbs)
Kelvin Tiller (8-1/Shamrock FC)**
– Everett Sims (4-0/Fight Time)
Shelton Graves (6-3/Ring of Combat)
– Greg Rebello (22-7/CES)
– Zu Anyanwu (13-4/CFFC)
– Allen Crowder (8-2/Bellator MMA)
– Don’Tale Mayes (3-1/LFA)
Kyle Noblitt (8-0/Carden Combat Sports)**

Light Heavyweights (205lbs)
– Daniel Jolly (5-2/UFC)
– Dan Spohn (15-5/Hard Knocks Fighting)
– Cameron Olson (7-3/LFA)
Nick Roehrick (7-0/Combat Nights)**
Jamelle Jones (7-4/CFFC)
– Angel De Anda (18-5/Tachi PF)
Karl Reed (2-0/Stellar Fights)
Mike Rodriguez (8-2/CES)
– Alonzo Menifield (3-0/LFA)
– Anton Berzin (5-1/CFFC)
– Kennedy Nzechukwu (2-0/XFO)

Middleweights (185lbs)
– Karl Roberson (4-0/CFFC)
Chase Waldon (11-2/LFA)
Gabriel Checco (10-2/LFA)**
Ryan Spann (10-4/LFA)
– Charles Byrd (8-4/DWTNCS)
Justin Jones (9-2/Tachi Palace Fights)**
– Elias Urbina (3-0/Hero FC)
– Bevon Lewis (3-0/LFA)
– Jamie Pickett (7-2/Conflict MMA)
– Phil Hawes (4-1/WSOF)
Julian Marquez (5-1/LFA)
Douglas Usher (7-3/NFC)**
– Geoff Neal (7-2/LFA)
– Buddy Wallace (15-6/Global Knockout)

Welterweights (170lbs)
Kyle Stewart (8-0/LFA)
– Jason Jackson (7-2/Victory FC)

Lightweights (155lbs)
– Sidney Outlaw (8-3/Ring of Combat)
– Michael Cora (4-1/Titan FC)
– Matt Frevola (5-0/Titan FC)
– Jose Flores (7-0/STFC)
– Mike Santiago (20-9/HFC)
– Mark Cherico (11-1/Pinnacle FC)

Featherweights (145lbs)
Austin Arnett (16-2/Thunder and Lightning MMA)
– Lazar Stojanovic (12-5/LFA)
– Matt Bessette (22-7/CES)
Kurt Holobaugh (17-4/Titan FC)
Dan Ige (7-1/Titan FC)
– Luis Raul Gomez Alvarez (4-0/Fight Time)
– Thanh Le (6-1/LFA)
Brandon Davis (7-2/Mississippi Regional)
Ryan MacDonald (7-0/MCF)**
– Grant Dawson (11-1/Kansas City Fighting Alliance)
Adrian Diaz (11-4-1/Tachi PF)

Bantamweights (135lbs)
– Boston Salmon (5-1/LFA)
– Ricky Turcios (8-0/Fury FC)
– Sean O’Malley (7-0/LFA)
– Alfred Khashkyan (8-3/CXF)
– James Gray (4-1/XFC)
Kyler Phillips (4-0/LFA)
John Castaneda (13-2/Combate Americas)
– Cheyden Leialoha (6-0/Alaska FC)
Julio Arce (13-2/ROC)
– Peter Petties (5-2/Titan FC)
– Benito Lopez (7-0/KOTC)
– Steven Peterson (15-5/LFA)

Flyweights (125lbs)
Jose Torres (5-0/Titan FC)**
Ricky Calatayud (13-2/Mexico Regional)**
– Cee Jay Hamilton (11-4/LFA)
– Casey Kenney (6-0-1/LFA)
Carlos Candelario (6-0/CES)
– Joby Sanchez (9-2/JacksonWink Fight Nights)
– Manny Vazquez (11-2/Bellator)
– Nick Urso (10-3/LFA)
– Jaime Alvarez (6-1/Absolute Fighting Championship)
– Adam Antolin (12-3/Primal FC)
– Jordan Espinosa (10-5/Global Knockout)
– Kevin Gray (9-3/VFC)
– Ronaldo Candido (6-0/Shooto Brasil)
– Donavon Frelow (6-2/WSOF)
Ricky Simon (9-1/KOTC)
Alex Perez (17-4/CFFC)
– JP Buys (4-1/EFC)
Martin Day (5-1/Hawaii Regional)

Women’s Bantamweights (115lbs)
– Kelly McGill (2-1/Invicta FC)
Janay Harding (3-2/E-1)**
– Lauren Mueller (3-0/Gladiator Challenge)

Women’s Strawweights (115lbs)
– Jamie Colleen (3-1/KOTC)
– Tiffany Masters (2-0/KOTC)

*= no bout confirmed at this time
**= removed from bout (injury/UFC signing/miscellaneous reasons)

A special thank you goes to Shawn Bitter, Johnny Brown, MMA DNA, James Lynch, NorCal MMA and Steven Kelliher who initially reported a few of the above fights as well. Stay tuned to MMA Today for all of the latest updates, rumors and breaking news concerning “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”


*Bookmark this page, because once the shows start up we’ll link to MMA Today’s DWTNCS show previews, fight recaps and highlights, plus any other news that comes out of this exciting new series!*

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