While not affiliated with the UFC, everyone knows that Dana White’s Contender Series offers up a path to the UFC that cannot be ignored. The MMA organization is always on the lookout for fresh blood, as other fighters drop out or move on. With that in mind, some of the fighters you see on Tuesday night may well end up on a UFC main card in the future, so this is certainly an event that is worth taking a look at. This Tuesday night, we will have 5 more fights to watch and wager on against their MMA odds, so let’s take a moment to quickly break down each one.
MMA Betting Preview for Contender Series: Season 5, Week 5
Rizvan Kuniev Vs Edivan Santos
You might expect newbies in a contest like this, but both of these Heavyweight fighters bring some experience to the table. Kuniev is 10-2-1 and on a rich vein of form, winning each of his last 8 fights, with half of them ending inside the distance. Santos is 12-2 and is actually on a better winning run that his opponent, coming out victorious in each of his last 10 fights. This is a fantastic fight to start the night and I am taking Kuniev for the KO win.
Lucas Almeida Vs Daniel Zelihuber
Something has to give in this bout, as one of these Lightweight fighters is going to lose their unbeaten professional record. Almeida is a perfect 12-0 and is on a run that has seen him win each of his last 4 fights inside the distance. Zelihuber is 11-0 and has only had to go all the way in 2 of his pro fights, both of which he won by unanimous decision. This is a bit of a coin flip, but I am taking Zelihuber to maintain his unbeaten record.
Aaron Jeffrey Vs Caio Borralho
Next up, we have two very good Middleweight fighters stepping into the octagon for what promises to be an entertaining bout. Jeffrey has posted an impressive 10-2 career mark and comes into this fight having won each of his last 4 fights. Borralho, though, has just 1 career loss, with that one coming very early in his career. He sits at 8-1 overall. I like Jeffrey to get the win here, but he might need to go the distance to get it.
Manuel Gaxhja Vs Chris Duncan
This Lightweight fight is the first bout of the night where I think we have a very clear winner. Gaxhja comes into the night with a perfect 7-0 record, but he has been fighting in Albanian regional events and other smaller cards. Duncan is also 7-0, but we have seen a few of his victories come while fighting under the Bellator banner. The Scotsman looks to be a class above his opponent right now, which is why I think he gets the KO win.
Lukasz Sudolski Vs Igor Poterya
We could be in for a treat with the final fight of the night, as this Light Heavyweight bout promises to be a bruiser. Sudolski comes in with a perfect 8-0 record and a proven ability to get the job done quickly. 5 of his 8 wins have come in the opening round. Poterya is an impressive 19-2 in his career, and while perhaps not as explosive as his opponent, he still has proven stopping power. This should be a fun one, but I think Sudolski get the KO win.