Bruising and bloody knockouts dominated a wild, chaotic episode of Dana White's Contender Series




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  • 2022-08-17 03:19:13Z
  • By INSIDER
Nazim Sadykhov clobbered Ahmad Hassanzada.
Nazim Sadykhov clobbered Ahmad Hassanzada.  
  • All five winners from Tuesday's episode of Dana White's Contender Series earned UFC contracts.

  • Nazim Sadykhov and Claudio Ribeiro in particular scored highlight-reel knockouts.

  • Keep scrolling for all the main photos and video clips from another big night for the MMA firm.

The fourth episode of the sixth and ongoing season of Dana White's Contender Series got underway Tuesday at the Apex in Las Vegas.

Dana White
Dana White's Contender Series.  

The premise of the Contender Series, which is a separate entity to the UFC, is to fight so aggressively that Dana White hands impressive fighters a UFC contract on the spot.

Dana White
Dana White's Contender Series.  

The Contender Series held five fights from the Apex with each match broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.

Nazim Sadykhov
Nazim Sadykhov's lightweight fight opened the event.  

Here's the Contender Series bout sheet in full:

  • Nazim Sadykhov vs. Ahmad Hassanzada - lightweight

  • Hailey Cowan vs. Claudia Leite - women's bantamweight

  • Jack Cartwright vs. Jose Johnson - bantamweight

  • Ivan Valenzuela vs. Claudio Ribeiro - middleweight

  • Thomas Paull vs. Esteban Ribovics - lightweight

Nazim Sadykhov and Ahmad Hassanzada's lightweight match was the first fight of the night and it was a bruising, bloody, and brutal affair.

Nazim Sadykhov beat Ahmad Hassanzada by knockout.
Nazim Sadykhov beat Ahmad Hassanzada by knockout.  

The fighters made their bad intentions known from the opening bell.

And before the end of the first round blood spewed everywhere because of nasty elbow strikes.

The entire fight had been a heavy-hitting one and Sadykhov scored his finish in the third because of a devastating two-punch combination.

Nazim Sadykhov knocks out Ahmad Hassanzada.
Nazim Sadykhov knocks out Ahmad Hassanzada.  

A right to the body and then to the head left Hassanzada on the canvas for an uncomfortable amount of time.

 

Sadykhov's knockout was so horrific that his opponent was still recovering when the announcer confirmed the result.

Nazim Sadykhov celebrates his third-round knockout.
Nazim Sadykhov celebrates his third-round knockout.  

"We planned to target this body," Sadykhov told UFC presenter Laura Sanko at the event Insider attended Tuesday. "He has a long, thin torso and we were looking to exploit that."

Despite the thrilling nature of Sadykhov's win, he said he was "not stoked" about the fighting lasting as long as it did.

"I had him hurt early and I was trying to put him away," he said, before adding: "I have it all. Cannons in both hands."

"Dana, sign me up!" He said in a direct message to the UFC President Dana White.

"I'm ready to do that in the UFC every single time."

 

Hailey Cowen edged Claudia Leite with a split decision in the second fight of the night.

Hailey Cowen edges Claudia Leite with a split decision.
Hailey Cowen edges Claudia Leite with a split decision.  

After another bloody fight, the Octagonside judges deemed Hailey Cowan to have done enough against Claudia Leite to award her with a split decision win with scores of 29-28 (x2) against 28-29.

"I knew it was going to be a split decision," said Cowan. "A part of me thought it was going to be a draw. But I was pretty confident."

In her message to White, she said: "The 135-pound division needs me."

Bantamweight fighters Jack Cartwright and Jose Johnson slugged it out in the third of five fights.

Bantamweight fighters Jack Cartwright and Jose Johnson.
Bantamweight fighters Jack Cartwright and Jose Johnson.  

Jose Johnson dominated Jack Cartwright, especially when he hit him with punches and elbows from top position.

Jose Johnson slugs away at Jack Cartwright.
Jose Johnson slugs away at Jack Cartwright.  

See some of the elbows right here:

Victory advanced Johnson's pro MMA record to 15 wins (eight knockouts, two submissions, and five decisions) against seven losses.

Claudio Ribeiro annihilated Ivan Valenzuela with ease in the penultimate fight - and you're going to want to strap yourselves in for this one.

Claudio Ribeiro prepares for Ivan Valenzuela.
Claudio Ribeiro prepares for Ivan Valenzuela.  

Claudio Ribeiro knocked Ivan Valenzuela out cold with a concussive, thunderous counter strike.

Claudio Ribeiro knocked out Ivan Valenzuela.
Claudio Ribeiro knocked out Ivan Valenzuela.  

Watch Ribeiro's brilliant finish right here:

Here's the Octagonside angle of the shot:

Dana White's live reaction is also worth checking out as he clearly can be seen saying: "Oh my fucking God."

Claudio Ribeiro raucously celebrated his 25-second win.

Claudio Ribeiro celebrates his Tuesday win over Ivan Valenzuela.
Claudio Ribeiro celebrates his Tuesday win over Ivan Valenzuela.  

But Ribeiro wasn't the last one to score a knockout as Esteban Ribovics scored a finish of his own when he stopped Thomas Paull in 90 seconds.

Esteban Ribovics finished Thomas Paull.
Esteban Ribovics finished Thomas Paull.  

Watch the quickfire win right here:

UFC boss Dana White handed contracts to all five winners from Tuesday's fights.

Dana White
Dana White's Contender Series.  

Here's a full list of athletes Dana White handed UFC contracts to:

  1. Nazim Sadykhov

  2. Hailey Cowan

  3. Jose Johnson

  4. Claudio Ribeiro

  5. Esteban Ribovics

That wrapped the fourth episode of the show but the UFC continues with a full slate of events.

UFC boss Dana White.
UFC boss Dana White.  

The UFC returns Saturday with a pay-per-view event called UFC 278 with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman putting his title on the line against Leon Edwards in the main event at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The next Contender Series event takes place August 23 from the Apex with a five-fight card. There are six episodes left to air in the current season.

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