There are no guarantees in sports, bit for some athlete’s, it all about taking your chance when it is presented to you. While operating separately from the UFC, the fighters involved in Dana White’s Contenders Series are well aware that a good showing in this event might just open the UFC door for them in the future. Like we said, there are no guarantees of that, but through the opening 6 weeks of this event, we have seen a few fighters make a very strong case for a UFC contract. This Tuesday night will serve as Week 7 of this season’s event, and we have 5 fights set to go on the card that you can watch on ESPN+. Let’s get right to it so you can get ready to make your bets against the MMA odds.
MMA Betting Preview for Contender Series: Season 5, Week 7
Kathryn Paprocki Vs Maria Silva
The opening fight of the night sees the ladies step into the octagon for a Strawweight bout that will see one of them try to maintain an unbeaten record. Paprocki comes into this fight with a 3-1 record and is coming off a win last time out after taking her first pro loss. There have been no such issues for Silva tot this point in her career, as she had delivered a perfect 6-0 record. I think Silva continues to roll, taking this one by submission.
Chris Duncan Vs Slava Borshchev
Next up, we have a Lightweight bout and another fighter looking to walk away with an unbeaten record still intact. That would be Duncan, who comes in with a 7-0 record and a very distinct habit of finishing fights in the early going. Borshchev has not been quite as good in the early part of his career. He is 4-1 and comes into this bout on the heels of back-to-back wins. I think we see Duncan continue his dominance with a KO win in this one.
Jake Hadley Vs Mitch Raposo
Next up is a Flyweight bout between a pair of unbeaten fighters, although one of them is coming off an exhibition loss. Raposo sees his record sit at 5-0, but it should be noted that he lost his last fight in the Ultimate Fighter Season 28, although it does not count against his record. Hadley comes into this one at a perfect 7-0, with the majority of his wins coming inside the distance. I’m on Hadley for the win here, but this one could go all the way.
Lorenzo Hood Vs Martin Buday
The big boys will step into the octagon next for a Heavyweight bout that looks destined to end in a KO for one of these men. Hood is 12-4 and working his way back into form after a bit of a rough path. He is the winner of 3 in a row. Buday took his lone loss early in his pro career and has since reeled off 7 straight wins without needing to go beyond Round 2. I think it’s more of the same for Buday, as I like him for the KO win.
Junior Cortez Vs Christian Rodriguez
For the final fight of the night, we have what looks to be a very good Bantamweight matchup. Cortez comes into this bout with a 5-1 record, although there was some controversy in his split decision loss a few fights back. Rodriguez is a perfect 5-0 and he has reached that point by never having to go the distance in any of his fights, although he came close last time out. A good fight here, but I have Rodriguez by KO.