'Dana White's Contender Series' Week 2 results: Sean O'Malley gets lone UFC contract for highlight-reel KO

LAS VEGAS – Daniel Spohn didn’t let three illegal punches to the back of the head stop him from pulling off a first-round submission victory against Angel DeAnda in the Week 2 main event of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

Spohn (16-5) got caught with some clean punches by DeAnda (18-6) early in the opening round of the light heavyweight bout. The sizable betting underdog had Spohn on the verge of a quick stoppage, but in the heat of the moment threw the series of illegal blows, causing referee John McCarthy to halt the action.

After a break of several minutes, McCarthy deducted a point from DeAnda and the action resumed. Spohn blitzed his opponent immediately and rocked DeAnda. His legs collapsed and Spohn kept on him with the attack. Spohn transition to the grappling and maneuvered his way into position for an arm-triangle choke, and DeAnda tapped out at the 3:10 mark of Round 1.

“This feels amazing,” Spohn told backstage reporter Laura Sanko after his win. “To go out there and fight a fight like that – that’s what I wanted. … I’m here to fight. I’m putting it on the line. Win or lose, I’m coming to get it.”

O’Malley gets UFC contract with big knockout

Sean O’Malley (8-0) styled on Alfred Khashakyan (8-4) for just over four minutes before he put the lights out for the knockout courtesy of a straight right hand.

The 22-year-old bantamweight made a huge impression when he put on a flashy display of striking in the dominant performance. He landed everything from spinning kicks to powerful punches, and while Khashakyan hung tough, he finally went down at the 4:14 mark of Round 1.

After the event wrapped up, it was announced O’Malley was the lone winner on the card to be offered a UFC contract. UFC President Dana White said he sees star potential in the youngster.

“I think the kid has the style and the mentality to be a star, and to win fights,” White told Sanko. “I’m going to give him the opportunity and the rest is up to him.”

Le sleeps Stojadinovic with slick kick

“The Ultimate Fighter 22” competitor Thanh Le (7-1) made a memorable return to the “TUF” gym when he starched Lazar Stojadinovic (12-6) with a slick second-round knockout.

After picking his shots throughout the first round, Le found his timing in the second and connected with a right head kick that dropped Stojadinovic. Le followed up with a series of hammerfists, forcing the referee to stop the action at the 1:35 mark of Round 2.

Outlaw survives Cora’s late rally

Sidney Outlaw (8-3) managed to keep himself safe from a late storm by Michael Cora (4-2) and earn a unanimous decision win in the welterweight bout.

Cora’s late takedown and swarm of ground-and-pound was his one highlight of the fight. Other than that, Outlaw consistently put him on his back and threatened with submissions. He nearly finished the fight on multiple occasions, but Cora showed his grit, lasting to a 29-27, 29-28 and 29-27 loss on the scorecards.

Kenney overwhelms Hamilton in brawl

Casey Kenney (7-0-1) and C.J. Hamilton (11-5) impressed with an exciting flyweight brawl. In the end, Kenney’s ability to stay a step ahead in all scenarios led to his unanimous decision win.

The first round was a barnburner, with both men putting each other in danger with hard strikes. As the fight progressed, Kenney’s superior pace, control and output was the key in earning 30-27 scorecards across the board.

Complete Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2 results included:

  • Daniel Spohn def. Angel DeAnda via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:10
  • Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:14
  • Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via knockout (kick, punches) – Round 2, 1:35
  • Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
  • Casey Kenney def. C.J. Hamilton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Michael Cora couldn't get a 'TUF' tryout, so he'll try Dana White's new 'Contender Series' instead

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LAS VEGAS – When Michael Cora showed up to try out for “The Ultimate Fighter 26” – you know, the one that’s going to feature women’s flyweights – it seemed like a huge mistake. Then he met Dana White.

“I’m a positive person in life,” Cora told MMAjunkie.” Since I was born, I’ve dealt with a lot of hardships, and I’ve realized that in order to get through them, you’ve just got to stay positive and keep pushing and keep trucking. So in life, no matter all the ups and downs, I can be at the lowest point, and I’m still going to be positive because that’s just my nature.”

“The Ultimate Fighter 26” casting calls originally asked for male middleweights, as well as female fighter in both the strawweight and bantamweight divisions. Ultimately, the promotion elected to use the show as the debut platform of the women’s flyweight division, and the male tryouts were scrapped.

Cora, who normally competes as a welterweight but was willing to move up a division foe the opportunity, was just four days removed from a knockout win over Will Starks at Titan FC 44 and decided he wasn’t going to concern himself with the change in plans, utilizing a GoFundMe campaign to pay for his travel to Las Vegas.

The risk paid off.

Cora waited until UFC President White showed up for the tryouts, asked for a brief meeting, and earned himself a slot on UFC Fight Pass’ new “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

Cora (4-1) now meets Sidney Outlaw (7-3) at “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2,” which takes place Tuesday at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas.

In the series’ debut episode, both Kurt Holobaugh and Boston Salmon earned UFC contracts. Cora believes he should be next.

“I believe that I should be in the UFC,” Cora said. “I have a style that fans love to see. I’m a knockout artist, and I believe that I can beat any welterweight in the world.”

To hear more from Cora, check out the video above.

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Angel DeAnda vs. Daniel Spohn headlines 'Dana White's Contender Series: Week 2' on July 18

The five-fight lineup for the second edition of the new “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” has been revealed.

UFC officials announced the full card for “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2,” which takes place July 18 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass. A light heavyweight fight of Angel DeAnda (18-5) vs. Daniel Spohn (15-5) serves as the featured bout.

Additional contests include Alfred Khashakyan (8-3) vs. Sean O’Malley (6-0), featherweights Thanh Le (6-1) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic (12-5), welterweights Michael Cora (4-1) vs. Sidney Outlaw (7-3), and flyweights C.J. Hamilton (11-4) vs. Casey Kenney (6-0-1).

A California-based fighter, DeAnda is likely best known for a two-fight stint under the WSOF banner, where he suffered back-to-back decision losses to Tyrone Spong and Krasimir Mladenov. However, he’s currently in better form and is riding a six-fight winning streak. The 32-year-old has earned 14 of his career wins via knockout.

Meanwhile, Spohn was a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 19” who fought once officially in the octagon. The 32-year-old suffered a decision loss to Patrick Walsh. Spohn has since gone 7-1 in eight fights on the regional scene and now hopes to catch the eye of UFC President Dana White.

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series debuts on July 11. The series features a mix of former UFC fighters, journeymen and hot prospects.

The full “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2” line up includes:

  • Angel DeAnda vs. Dan Spohn
  • Alfred Khashakyan vs. Sean O’Malley
  • Thanh Le vs. Lazar Stojadinovic
  • Michael Cora vs. Sidney Outlaw
  • Cee Jay Hamilton vs Casey Kenney

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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