Dana White’s Contender Series Records All-Time Great Night of Fights

Dana White’s Contender Series Records All-Time Great Night of Fights

By Abdullah Ouazri
Wednesday, August 3rd 2022, 2:23AM, 9 days ago

The fighters showed out tonight on Dana White's Contender Series, win or lose. Perhaps the single greatest event in the show's history ended with every winner earning a UFC contract.

Let's take a closer look at the card, top to bottom:

Billy Goff vs. Shimon Smotritsky

The two men involved in the opening act of the night wasted no time getting after it. The fight was a war that saw Goff get dropped by a head kick early on. After appearing to have been knocked out briefly, he recovered and unleashed a swarm of punches, forcing the referee to step in.

Billy Goff and Shimon Smotriysky go to war in the first fight of the night. Credits to: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
Billy Goff and Shimon Smotriysky go to war in the first fight of the night. Credits to: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Final result: Billy Goff def. Shimon Smotritsky via TKO (punches) - Round 1 3:37

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Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Danilo Suzart

The lone Heavyweight fight of the night delivered on the expectations. Both men landed heavy strikes early on but it was the former LFA Heavyweight champion Waldo Cortes-Acosta that pulled away the win, earning a first-round TKO after finding his range and putting his opponent away with strikes.

Waldo Cortes-Acosta puts away his opponent in the first round. Credits to: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
Waldo Cortes-Acosta puts away his opponent in the first round. Credits to: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Final result: Waldo Cortes-Acosta def. Danilo Suzart via TKO (punches) - Round 1 3:40

Francis Marshall vs. Connor Matthews

This fight was an action-packed war that was more of a showcase of Marshall's skills and Matthews' heart than anything else. Although Matthews had his moments, the fight was mostly one-way traffic for Marshall as he walked away with the unanimous decision win.

Francis Marshall lands a heavy blow on his way to victory at DWCS. Credits to: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
Francis Marshall lands a heavy blow on his way to victory at DWCS. Credits to: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Final result: Francis Marshall def. Connor Matthews via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

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Shannon Ross vs. Vinicius Salvador

One of the greatest mixed martial arts rounds of the year occurred as Vinicius Salvador and Shannon Ross left everything they had inside the octagon. Salvador had Ross on unsteady legs for most of the contest, scoring 3 knockdowns. Ross stayed in the fight, however, landing massive shots of his own and slowing his opponent before Salvador put him away in the 2nd round.

Salvador throws a flashy kick mid-fight. Credits to: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
Salvador throws a flashy kick mid-fight. Credits to: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Final result: Vinicius Salvador def. Shannon Ross via TKO (punches) - Round 2 4:22

Chris Duncan vs. Charlie Campbell

The final fight of the night ended on a high note with Chris Duncan and Charlie Campbell both displaying their heart and skills. Campbell knocked Duncan down on multiple occasions, seemingly on his way to an inevitable win before Duncan composed himself in the middle of a barrage and landed a massive right hand that sent his opponent to the canvas. He landed two more shots that put Campbell out cold.

Chris Duncan walks away from his opponent after a huge KO. Credits to: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
Chris Duncan walks away from his opponent after a huge KO. Credits to: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Final result: Chris Duncan def. Charlie Campbell via knockout (punches) - Round 1 1:43

Last weekend Dana White demanded more action and drive from fighters, and tonight that message was well received.

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