LAS VEGAS – Dana White’s Contender Series returns Tuesday night, and MMA Junkie is onsite to provide live results of the season four debut.
Dana White’s Contender Series 27 takes place at the UFC Apex facility. The full card, which sees athletes trying to secure a UFC contract, streams live on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET.
In the night’s featured fight, Elevation Fight Team light heavyweight Ty Flores (7-2) takes on two-time UFC veteran Dustin Jacoby (11-5), who looks to earn his way back to the sport’s top promotion following a brief octagon run that ended in 2012.
Tuesday’s event features just four fights rather than the usual five, after a medical issue forced a late scratch of a planned lightweight contest between Damonte Robinson (6-1-1) and Kenneth Cross (10-3).
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Gonzalez opened with rapid lateral movement as Medic pressed the pace and looked to attack. Both men fired out powerful kicks, with Gonzalez flashing out several tricky hook kicks and spinning strikes. But Medic blocked most of the blows and delivered fire with crushing kicks to the body, including a big one that saw his opponent crumple to the floor. To Gonzalez’s credit, he showed heart, battling through the pain and working back to his feet. He wasn’t rewarded for his valor, though, as Medic continued to press, dropping his opponent with a straight punch and finishing him with additional strikes on the floor, forcing referee Chris Tognoni to wave off the fight a the 2:12 mark of the opening round.
Rodriguez rushed to the center at the start, setting up against the taller Rivera. As they engaged, Rodriguez slipped on a kick, and Rivera scrambled immediately to his back, locking in a body triangle very early in the frame. While initially in a bad spot, Rodriguez forced a turn inside and took top position, forcing Rivera to scramble up and reset.
Rivera punched his way into a takedown attempt on the restart, but Rodriguez was able to stay upright, eventually capitalizing on his opponent’s slip to get his time in top position in the final minute, where he would finish.
In the second, both men came out firing, but Rivera quickly changed levels and pushed the action to the cage. Rodriguez was again up to the challenge, and the two went back to trading in the center. Rivera did his best to rush and pressure, while Rodriguez used slick footwork to avoid that attacks. At the halfway point, it was Rodriguez who actually scored the takedown and then went high on the body, locking in a triangle and looking to attack the arm, as well. Rivera was patient in the bad spot and eventually got back to his feet.
The two actually laughed a little bit as the opened up the third trading big shots on the feet. As they clinched, Rodriguez was able to work himself to top position in a scramble to the floor, but Rivera again threatened with his legs. However, Rodriguez continued to slip out of the attempts, and they returned to the feet a little past the halfway mark.
Rodriguez scored another takedown late in the frame, and Rivera continued to hunt for submissions. However, with time winding down, he was forced to scramble and try to make something happen. Unfortunately for Rivera, Rodriguez continued to wind up in the best spots after each exchange, and the two saw the fight go to the judges, who all leaned towards Rivera, perhaps surprisingly with two 30-27 scores and one 29-28.
At the start, Leavitt wasted little time diving under a straight and shooting for the takedown, though he had to battle out of a guillotine attempt to take top position. Flores was active from his back, looking for both submission and sweep opportunities, but Leavitt remained in the dominant position. Flores eventually crawled to his feet a little past the halfway mark, but he found himself again on his back shortly after trying to leap up and attack the neck.
As the round wore on, Flores was able to get to his knees, but Leavitt teased the back take repeatedly, forcing him to settle on his back. That was no bother for Leavitt, who deftly locked in an arm-triangle choke and squeezed to get the tap at the 4:15 mark of the opening round.
Dana White’s Contender Series results include:
- Dustin Jacoby def. Ty Flores via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-27)
- Uros Medic def. Mikey Gonzalez via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:12
- Jerome Rivera def. Luis Rodriguez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jordan Leavitt def. Luke Flores via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:15