Contender Series Week 8: The Final Prediction
Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series is coming to a close after eight weeks of action-packed fights. Each and every single week did not disappoint, and don’t expect the finale being any different. For the finale of the Contender Series we have Greg Hardy making his comeback after just making his octagon debut seven weeks ago on episode one. Tons of rising stars in the Featherweight, Lightweight and Light-Heavyweight divisions also set to compete. These are some of the closest fights as for talent goes on this week’s episode in which many wouldn’t be surprised if we see some upsets here (by the odds-makers). With that said, let’s breakdown the best bet for tonight’s Contender Series finale.
Bobby Moffett (-435)
I know what you are all thinking, yes Bobby Moffett is a very heavy favorite and even with that line there is value. Moffett is arguably one of the most UFC-ready fighters on tonight’s show with his experience and the skill set that he possesses. He is the most experienced fighter on tonight’s card with a 12-3 record and in two of those three defeats came against Thanh Le (Contender Series & TUF alumni) for the LFA Featherweight title and Roani Barcelos who just starched Kurt Holobaugh in a barn-burner at UFC Boise. Even with those losses Moffett has shown he is tough as nails and is always looking to bring it on fight day. Moffett is a very strong wrestler who has wrestled for most of his life all throughout high school which then he transitioned to BJJ where is now a BJJ black belt. Having that deadly combination of wrestling and jiu-jitsu has helped him amass 7 of his 12 wins by submission. Moffett also trains out of the well-renowned camp the MMA Lab with head coach John Crouch whom has been breeding these new young killers coming onto the scene like Sean O’Malley, Drakkar Klose, Te Edwards etc.
On the other side of the octagon opposing Moffett is Tennessee-native Jacob Kilburn. Kilburn is the youngest fighter on this week’s episode at just age 23 and five years younger than his foe Moffett. Kilburn has amassed a 6-1 professional record in just over a span of two years with four of his six wins coming inside the distance. Kilburn is a kickboxer by trade that uses a ton of kicks to keep his opponents at a distance. He does a very good job with his movement and mixing things up with a crazy arsenal of kicks to go along with his left jab and straight right. Although Kilburn being a good striker, he is also very hittable as he likes to keep his hands down and chin up when striking at a distance. In his most recent bout against Elvin Brito he was dropped in the first round before he was able to battle back to win a hard fought decision.
Many believe Kilburn is too green to be given this opportunity on the Contender Series as he still needs more time to develop into a complete fighter. He has not faced the kind of competition that Moffett has nor has he faced the caliber opponent that he’s going to face in Moffett tonight. This fight is just a stepping stone for Moffett to get to the UFC and make some noise in the stacked 145lb. division. Moffett has the tools to make a name for himself tonight and for years to come. Look for Moffett to run through Kilburn and get his name called by Dana White to get his UFC contract. Check out my predictions for the rest of the card below. Remember to wager responsibly and best of luck!
Contender Series Week 8 Predictions
Greg Hardy defeats Tebaris Gordon via KO/TKO
Kennedy Nzechukwu defeats Dennis Bryant via KO/TKO
Joseph Lowry defeats Devonte Smith via KO/TKO
Alex Gilpin defeats JR Coughran via Decision