DWTNCS 8: Dana White Contender Series 2018 Season ends with 3 contracts, a big Greg Hardy KO
Las Vegas, Nevada – Dana White’s Greg Hardy experiment rolled on as the big man authored a vicious, no frills knockout of undefeated regional competitor Tebaris Gordon in a DWTNCS 8 main event that lasted mere seconds. Hardy (2-0, #228 World) came out mixing winging haymakers with crisp straight punches that left Gordon (3-1, #305 World) flattened in just 17 seconds. Hardy has a long way to go to make people forget about the domestic abuse past that ended his NFL career, but his striking skills are certainly developing and his athleticism is frightening in the 265 pound ranks. That’s two wins in two fights in the Contender Series, but it wasn’t enough for Hardy to earn a contract yet as he’ll stay in Dana’s developmental program for now. Read on for quick recaps and highlights of the other four fights, including three more contract winners to cap an awesome DWTNCS 2018 season!
1) Bobby Moffett gets a contract
2) Kennedy Nzechekwu gets a contract
3) Devonte Smith gets a contract
Contract Winning Round 1 KOs
Green light heavyweight prospect Kennedy Nzechekwu (6-0, #119 World) entered DWTNCS season 1 with some hype thanks to his Jon Jones-esque frame but he authored a tentative, if perhaps overly criticized performance, in decisioning east coast talent Anton Berzin. Nzechekwu enjoyed a favorable matchup in his second Contender Series try against the slower, smaller, and less athletic Dennis Bryant (5-2, #212 World) and had no trouble pulling the trigger this time. Marine Corps veteran Bryant was game and tried to wade into the pocket swinging, but Nzechekwu got the job done quickly with a pair of left head kicks for the round 1 TKO.
Meanwhile at lightweight, Devonte Smith (8-1, #198 World) cashed in as an underdog against a more credentialed opponent in CFFC champ Joe Lowry (8-1, #105 World). Lowry brings toughness befitting a steel worker, but he couldn’t avoid Smith’s sharp jab in the opening minutes. When Lowry shot for a takedown, Smith responded with Travis Browne style elbows to the side of the head that left him briefly unconscious on his knees! After picking up the contract, Devonte Smith called out recent TUF alum John Gunther looking for revenge for his only pro loss on the regionals.
D’Arce Brothers in the DWTNCS 8 Openers
Featherweights Bobby Moffett (13-3, #153 World) and Alex Gilpin (12-1, #80 World) both took out lesser-known opponents with round 2 D’Arce choke finishes, but that’s where the similarities end in their DWTNCS 8 performances. Five time AXS TV vet Moffett chose the direct approach, taking down wild striker Jacob Kilburn (6-2, #524 World) and dominating him from mount for most of round 1 before finishing in round 2. Easy work for Moffett, as far as cage fights go, and enough to get him a contract:
Gilpin chose to engage in a firefight with JR Coughran (6-1, #334 World) that saw both guys pick up the pace and land serious leather over the course of the first five minutes. As soon as the one-time ACB winner Gilpin decided to take the fight to the mat, he advanced to dominant position and squeezed out a D’Arce of his own. Gilpin’s win may have been a little bit less dominant than Moffett’s, but give him credit for making it a whole lot more exciting! Unfortunately for Gilpin this was a tough week for contract competition, and really both men looked like future UFC competitors in this spirited battle.
DWTNCS 8 Quick Results:
265: Greg Hardy (2-0, 2-0 DWTNCS, ex-NFL star blacklisted for domestic abuse, #228 World) TKO1-17 Seconds Tebaris Gordon (3-1, 1-0 LFA, #305 World)
155: Devonte Smith (8-1, V3 champ, win vs Justin Edwards, #198 World) TKO1-Browne Elbows Joe Lowry (8-1, CFFC & V3 champ, #105 World)
205: Kennedy Nzechekwu (6-0, 2-0 DWTNCS, 1-0 LFA, #119 World) TKO1-Left Head Kick+GNP Dennis Bryant (5-2, Alaska FC champ, #212 World)
145: Bobby Moffett (13-3, 3-2 LFA/RFA, #153 World) Sub2-D’Arce Choke Jacob Kilburn (6-2, #524 World)
145: Alex Gilpin (12-1, 1-0 ACB, 0-1 RFA, #80 World) Sub2-D’Arce Choke JR Coughran (6-1, 1-0 LFA, #334 World)