'Dana White's Contender Series' Week 1 results: Kurt Holobaugh KOs Matt Bessette in headliner

LAS VEGAS – Kurt Holobaugh was triumphant in the Week 1 main event of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” when he starched Matt Bessette for a first-round knockout.

The event, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, saw Holobraugh (18-4) come out on fire, putting on good striking work to Bessette’s (22-8) head and body. The assault continued as time wore on, and after a few minutes the result was imminent.

Holobraugh caught Bessette with a perfect counter right hand, which immediately sent his opponent crashing face-first to the canvas, causing referee John McCarthy to step in halt the action at the 2:59 mark of Round 1.

Anyanwu scores big KO, confronts Dana White

The heavyweights delivered a violent finish when Azunna Anyanwu ended Greg Rebello’s night with a nasty series of punches for the second-round knockout.

After touching each other up on the feet with hard shots over the opening round, the action spilled over into the second but started to sway in Anyanwu’s favor. Finally a left hand connected flush on Rebello’s chin, and Anyanwu swarmed with follow-up shots for the stoppage at 3:04 of Round 2.

Immediately after the fight, Anyanwu went to the side of the octagon where UFC President Dana White was seated and pleaded for him to offer an official UFC contract.

Salmon’s superior striking gets it done

Boston Salmon (5-1) didn’t get the finish, but he put in a largely dominant performance against Ricky Turcios (8-1) to earn a unanimous decision by scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Salmon’s striking was the key to victory in the lightweight bout. He kept his opponent at his desired range and picked his shots in a convincing manner over the course of 15 minutes to hand Turcios his first career loss.

Byrd earns scary submission of Pickett

Charles Byrd (8-4) choked out Jamie Pickett (6-3) in frightening fashion in the opening round of their middleweight bout to earn his fourth victory in his past five fights.

Byrd found his way into top position late in the first round and locked in an arm-triangle choke, which put Pickett unconscious and caused him to convulse on the canvas for several seconds after the referee halted the action at the 4:55 mark.

Fortunately, Byrd returned to his feet and left the octagon under his own power.

Sanchez rallies for decision nod

Joby Sanchez (10-2) earned the first victory in the history of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” when he rallied to defeat Manny Vazquez (9-3) in their flyweight bout.

After getting dropped and nearly submitted in the first round, Sanchez turned up the heat with his grappling in the second frame. He carried that momentum into the third to get the nod on all the judges’ scorecards.

Complete Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1 results included:

  • Kurt Holobraugh def. Matt Bessette via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:59
  • Azunna Anyanwu def. Greg Rebello via knockout (puches) – Round 2, 3:04
  • Boston Salmon def. Ricky Turcios via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Charles Byrd def. Jamie Pickett via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:55
  • Joby Sanchez def. Manny Vazquez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

5-fight lineup revealed for 'Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series' premiere

The fight card is set for the premiere of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” and it features a mix of former UFC fighters, journeyman and hot prospects.

In the first episode, which airs July 11 on UFC Fight Pass, three UFC veterans – Joby Sanchez, Justin Jones and Kurt Holobaugh – are among those vying for a chance to get back with the industry leader.

Holobaugh (17-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), whose lone appearance with the promotion came in a 2013 loss at UFC 159, will face CES MMA champion Matt Bessette (22-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout. Bessette enters on a seven-fight winning streak, with five in CES and two in Bellator. Holobaugh comes in on a three-fight winning streak, all with Titan FC. Both men scored TKO wins in their most recent fights in May.

Sanchez (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) faces 23-year-old Manny Vasquez (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a flyweight bout between prospects. Sanchez, 25, has back-to-back wins since parting from the UFC following a 2015 loss to Geanne Herrera. Vasquez is hoping to make a strong impression after a successful Bellator debut in March at Bellator 175, where he beat Nate Williams via unanimous decision.

A heavyweight bout between a pair of 35-year-olds is also on the card, with Greg Rebello vs. Azunna Anyanwu. Rebello (22-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has won six of last seven, including two straight this year by submission and TKO. Anyanwu (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is riding the wave of a four-fight winning streak, with his most recent victory coming by way of TKO in February.

The fights on the show will take place at The Ultimate Fighter gym in Las Vegas. But unlike the fights on the “TUF” reality series that take place in the gym, these fights will be fully regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission – meaning all the fights count toward the fighters’ records.

The full card includes:

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie