Season 6 of Dana White’s Contender Series continues into its second week.
August 2nd 2022 welcomes a further five bouts to the UFC Apex, with ten prospects competing for an opportunity to join the premier MMA promotion; the UFC.
Here is a tidbits snapshot for each of the Week 2 participants to whet the palate.
Charlie Campbell (USA) v Chris Duncan (Scotland)
Charlie Campbell – New York’s Charlie Campbell currently rides a five fight win-streak. The combined professional record of those 5 opponents? 19-8. “The Cannibal” boasts a 6-1 professional record that includes four KO/TKO wins, and is unbeaten at Lightweight.
Chris Duncan – An Ultimate Fight League Lightweight Champion, 8-1 Chris Duncan boasts seven stoppages as a professional (6 KO/TKO’s, 1 submission). A participant on Contender Series in 2021, Dana White described Duncan’s bout with Viacheslav Borshchev as “one of the greatest first rounds in fighting you’ll ever see”.
Vinicius Salvador (Brazil) v Shannon Ross (Australia)
Vinicius Salvador – An Arena Global Bantamweight Champion, 13-4 Vinicius Salvador has won every professional victory via stoppage (12 KO/TKO’s, 1 submission). In April 2022, “Fenômeno” defeated Wallace Vampirinho via first round TKO to extend his Pentagon Combat record to 5-0.
Shannon Ross – A Nitro MMA Flyweight Champion, and Eternal MMA Flyweight Champion, Queensland’s Shannon Ross is 5-1 in his past six professional bouts. “The Turkish Delight” last fought at UAE Warriors 14 in November 2020, defeating Contender Series alumnus Donavon Frelow via decision.
Francis Marshall (USA) v Connor Matthews (USA)
Francis Marshall – Making his professional debut in 2019 with a submission of 4-0 Keith Forant, Francis Marshall fought three times in just under five months for Gulf Coast MMA in 2021. The New Jerseyan holds a 5-0 professional record that includes four rear-naked choke submissions.
Connor Matthews – Massachusetts’ Connor Matthews holds a 5-0 professional record, with all five victories via first round stoppage (1 KO, 4 submissions). Such is his propensity for the stoppage, “The Controller” has a total professional fight time of exactly 5 minutes.
Waldo Cortes-Acosta (Dominican Republic) v Danilo Suzart (Brazil)
Waldo Cortes-Acosta – A former Boxer, Waldo Cortes-Acosta boasts a 6-0 professional record. Cortes-Acosta finished 5-0 Thomas Peterson at LFA 129 to win the vacant LFA Heavyweight Championship, becoming the first Dominican Republic-born champion in LFA history.
Danilo Suzart – On February 3rd 2022, 9-1 Danilo Suzart won the vacant Ares FC Heavyweight Championship at Ares FC 3. Despite entering the matchup as a moderate underdog, “Dan” claimed the majority decision victory after going the distance with 4-0 Bosnian Benjamin Šehić.
Shimon Smotritsky (Israel) v Billy Goff (USA)
Shimon Smotritsky – In 2021, Shimon Smotritsky suffered his only professional loss after being submitted by Mike Malott on Contender Series. “Assassin” returns to Contender Series having since finished 11-5 William Macário via second round TKO at RCC 10, extending his professional record to 8-1.
Billy Goff – In his last three fights, Billy Goff has won the Cage Titan FC Welterweight Championship, CES MMA Welterweight Championship, and CES MMA Middleweight Championship, all via KO/TKO. His opponents combined record? 20-6. Holding a 7-2 professional record, Goff rides a five fight win-streak.