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Dana White’s Contender Series makes its final appearance of 2022 this evening (Tues., Sept. 27, 2022) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+ with one last batch of would-be Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stars.

Once again, all five of last week’s winners walked away with contracts, most notably 17-year-old Raul Rosas. All four of the other victors (Brunno Ferreira, Austen Lane, Nurullo Aliev and Jafel Filho) did so via (technical) knockout, the first three in the first round.

After impressing in his first appearance earlier this year, Middleweight super-prospect Bo Nickal (2-0) returns against Cage Fury champion Donovan Beard (7-1) in tonight’s main event. Thirty pounds south, 6’4” Sam Patterson (9-1-1) takes on Kings MMA’s Vinicius Cenci (6-1). The middle bout pits Ecuadorian Featherweight Freddy Emiliano Linares (8-1) against fellow titlist Jack Jenkins (9-2), Rafael Ramos Estevam (10-0) fights Joao Elias (17-3-1) in a clash of surging Brazilian Flyweights, and CES Bantamweight champ Ashiek Ajim (6-1) battles undefeated Chute Boxe product Mateus Mendonca (9-0).

‘Contender Series’ Quick Results:

Bo Nickal vs. Donovan Beard

Sam Patterson vs. Vinicius Cenci

Freddy Emiliano Linares vs. Jack Jenkins

Rafael Ramos Estevam vs. Joao Elias

Ashiek Ajim vs. Mateus Mendonca — Mendonca def. Ajim by KO (punches) at 0:48 of Round One

‘Contender Series’ Play-By-Play Results:

185 lbs.: Bo Nickal vs. Donovan Beard

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Final result:


155 lbs.: Sam Patterson vs. Vinicius Cenci

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Round three:

Final result:


145 lbs.: Freddy Emiliano Linares vs. Jack Jenkins

Round one:

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Final result:


125 lbs.: Rafael Ramos Estevam vs. Joao Elias

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Round three:

Final result:


135 lbs.: Ashiek Ajim vs. Mateus Mendonca

Round one: Low kick from Ajim, then a nice jab as Mendonca tries to throw. Mendonca low kick to front kick. Another low kick from Ajim. Mendonca answers with a teep and low kicks. Then comes a hard 3-2 that seems to catch Ajim behind the ear and send him crumpling to the mat, where Mendonca unleashes a monster left hand to turn out the lights.

Final result: Mendonca def. Ajim by KO (punches)


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