The UFC betting extravaganza known as Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series reaches week 5 which will emanate from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas on Tuesday, August 8th.
Previously on DWTNCS:
Julian Marquez and Brandon Davis were awarded UFC contracts in week 4. Marquez defeated Phil Hawes by KO (head kick) at 2:20 minutes of round 2, while Davis beat Austin Arnett by unanimous decisions (29-28, 30-27, 30-26) after three full rounds. Marquez was dominated in the first round but he upped his submission game in the second – so it is kind of ironic that he actually finished Hawes with a vicious kick to the noggin to win his fourth straight fight and improve his mixed martial arts record to 6-1. Davis on the other hand went toe to toe with Arnett, who landed some big shots and teased a guillotine. However, Davis strikes were more significant and he got the decision for his seventh consecutive win.
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DWTNCS 5 Card:
- Jamelle Jones 1½ (+105) +190 vs. Mike Rodriguez 1½ (-135) -250
- Peter Petties 2½ (-180) +275 vs. Julio Arce 2½ (+150) -365
- Kevin Gray 2½ (-195) +180 vs. Alex Perez 2½ (+160) -240
- Donavon Frelow 2½ (-195) +320 vs. Ricky Simon 2½ (+160) -425
- Shelton Graves 1½ (+115) -115 vs. Everett Sims 1½ (-145) -115
Jones vs. Rodriguez
The main event will feature two fighters that combine for 14 finishes, so fans who bet on UFC should expect neither Jones nor Rodriguez to look for a decision. Rodriguez trains with UFC betting favorite Joe Lauzon out of Massachusetts and has picked KO wins in his last three fights – all in the first round. Meanwhile Jones has a background in college wrestling and is a two-time NJCAA national champion. He has five TKO wins in his last seven fights.
Perez vs. Gray
With 21 fights under his belt, Perez is one of the more seasoned competitors to appear on this show. Part of his training time is spent at Team Oyama, known for producing former strawweight champion Carla Esparza and flyweight contender Ian McCall. Perez is on a four-fight winning streak. Gray isn’t as experienced but can boast of having defeated current UFC flyweight and former Ultimate Fighter competitor Eric Shelton.
Frelow vs. Simon
Four of Frelow’s six wins have come by submission – two by armbar and two by guillotine. He wouldn’t be the first World Series of Fighting alumnus to find his way to UFC, where he would join Justin Gaethje and Marlon Moraes. Conversely, Simon has only one submission win to his name, but he makes up for that with several knockouts victories. Simon trains at Gracie Barra Academy in Portland, an establishment with such good rep that it was able to lure Paige VanZant to Portland, Oregon.
Sims vs. Graves
Sims is undefeated at 4-0 and has never been in a fight yet that has gone beyond the first round. If anyone can go the distance with him is Graves, who has KO, submission, and decision wins on his resume. But as with the main event, UFC betting fans shouldn’t expect a decision.