Less than one year since the end of Season 3, Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series” returns to ESPN+ tonight (Tues., Aug. 4, 2020) with another
10 eight would-be Octagon stars in tow. This week’s star attraction is Dustin Jacoby (11-5), who left UFC in 2014 and ultimately made his name as a kickboxer. He takes on Ty Flores (7-2), who’s scored four finishes in his current five-fight win streak. Also of note are former LFA title challenger Jerome Rivera (9-2) and “Contender Series” alumnus Luke Flores (9-1).
Unfortunately, the co-feature between Kenny Cross and Damonte Robinson fell through after weigh-ins due to an eye issue on Robinson’s part.
Contender Series’ Quick Results:
Ty Flores vs. Dustin Jacoby
Kenny Cross vs. Damonte Robinson
Uros Medic vs. Mikey Gonzalez
Luis Rodriguez vs. Jerome Rivera
Luke Flores vs. Jordan Leavitt — Leavitt def. Flores by submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:15 of Round One
‘Contender Series’ Play-By-Play Results:
205 lbs.: Ty Flores vs. Dustin Jacoby
155 lbs.: Uros Medic vs. Mikey Gonzalez
125 lbs.: Luis Rodriguez vs. Jerome Rivera
Round one: Rivera circling, sending out kicks. Low kick catches Rodriguez throwing and knocks him over, giving Rivera the opportunity to jump on his back. One minute in. Full body triangle. He lands some left hands, but Rodriguez turns into his guard. Two minutes in. Rivera looks for a triangle, can’t get it, turns it into a takedown attempt. Rodriguez stands, pressed against the fence. They separate. Rivera gets caught with a jab as he changes levels, but manages to lock his hands and look for a takedown. Two minutes to go.
Knees by Rivera. Rodriguez reverses, tries a spinning elbow on the break. Front kicks from Rivera and a jab behind one. One minute to go. Rodriguez having issues with the distance, but manages to kick Rivera’s leg out from under him and take him down in the ensuing scramble. Rodriguez postures up for some wound-up ground-and-pounds in the waning seconds. They jaw after the bell. 10-9 Rivera.
Round two: Rivera gets right back to the kicks. Counter overhand by Rodriguez. 1-2-2-level change by Rivera. Rodriguez manages to frame and separate. More kicks from Rivera a minute in and he avoids a wound-up body shot. Rodriguez with a 1-2 on the back foot. Overhand left. Rivera catches a body kick, can’t take him down, denies a throw with a whizzer and gets pressed against the fence. They jockey for position. Nice slam into side control by Rodriguez. He takes the back as Rivera spins to his knees. Rivera drops some punches as he tries to slip out the back door. Two minutes to go.
Rodriguez in an odd inverted triangle position, threatens with an armbar. Now some elbows. Looking to turn off the cage to get extension on the arm with a minute to go. Rivera gets free and looks for a takedown, only for Rodriguez to get the body lock. They separate. Rivera tries a spinning kick and gets clipped by a left. 10-9 Rodriguez.
Round three: Front kick from Rivera that Rodriguez laughs off. More kicks piling up. Rodriguez answers a low kick with a body shot and ties up. Rivera hits the switch to avoid the first takedown attempt a minute in. And again, plus some Browne elbows. Looking for a triangle as he ends up in guard. Rodriguez aiming to pass, makes it to side control. Rivera gets to his knees to minutes in. Rodriguez tries to jump on his back, moves to the front headlock. Rivera gets back to his feet, lands an elbow. Thai knee on the break. Head kick attempt. Two minutes to go.
Rodriguez counters a kick with an overhand left, then sprawls on a shot and ends up on top in guard. Rodriguez looking for punches, jumps on the back, slips out the back door. Rivera with some knees on the way up, gives up the body lock. Rodriguez changes levels, eats some elbows, ends up on top. Rivera gets to his knees and goes for a last-ditch kimura. 10-9 Rodriguez.
155 lbs.: Luke Flores vs. Jordan Leavitt
Round one: Flores lands a nice 1-2 and Leavitt shoots in response. Flores hunting for a kimura, gets slammed for his trouble but continues to hunt for submissions off or his back. He loses it a minute in and Leavitt sets up in guard. Short punches by Leavitt. Elbow connects. Two minutes in. Leavitt passes to side control, looks for the back as Flores gets to his knees. Flores appears to jump guard with an overhook against the fence and Leavitt responds with some elbows. Two minutes to go.
One hook in, landing short punches. Leavitt switches to an arm triangle as he forces Flores onto his back, which draws the tap from half guard.
Final result: Leavitt def. Flores by submission (arm triangle choke)
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