We have become used to the biggest fight nights coming on a Saturday evening, so it’s a little refreshing to see top quality fights come earlier in the week. We have a big one set to go on Tuesday night, as we are getting ready to head into Week 2 of the Contender Series. While Dana White’s name is attached to this event, it is worth noting that the UFC really have no role in it. That said, White uses this competition to scout for fighters who might just be good enough to take the step up to the UFC ranks. That in itself adds some pressure on the fighters taking part. We have 5 fights set for the Tuesday card, so let’s dig in and see if we can pick out some winners. It’s time to take a look at the fights so you can bet against their MMA odds.
MMA Betting Picks and Preview for Dana White’s Contender Series: Season 6, Week 2
Billy Goff Vs Shimon Smotritsky
Two very good Welterweight fighters will step into the octagon to kick off Week 2 of the Contender Series. Goff has bounced around different organizations, compiling a 7-2 record, which includes 5 straight wins ahead of this one. 4 of those 5 wins came inside the distance. Smotritsky fought in this event last year and did not do well, but he does have a very decent 8-1 career mark. That said, I like Goff for the KO win.
Waldo Cortes-Acosta Vs Danilo Suzart
We have a pair of Heavyweights up next, with these men have just 1 combined loss between them. Cortes-Acosta comes into this one flying high, have gone 6-0 to start his career, mixing up stoppages and decision wins in that mix. Suzart started his career at 6-0 before taking his first loss, but he bounced back nicely from that one, winning 3 in a row ahead of this fight. I like Cortes-Acosta to continue rolling with the KO win.
Francis Marshall Vs Connor Matthews
Something has to give in thus Featherweight bout, as both of these fighters are coming in with unbeaten records. Marshall is 5-0, starting his career with 3 straight opening round wins, although he did have to work a little harder to win the last 2. Matthews is also 5-0, but he has yet to go beyond the first round to get a win. While both of these guys have a habit of getting the job done early, I think this one goes the distance, with Marshall getting the nod.
Shannon Ross Vs Vinicius Salvador
The penultimate fight of the might is a Flyweight bout between a pair of fighters who look to be very evenly matched. Ross comes in with a 13-5 record after bouncing back from a loss to win last time out, which means he has now won 4 of his last 5. It’s a similar story for Salvador, who us 13-4 and winner of 4 of his last 5 fights. This one really could go either way, but I am leaning on Salvador to get the win via KO.
Charlie Campbell Vs Chris Duncan
We close the night out with a Lightweight bout that I would be very surprised to see go the distance. Campbell started his pro career by going 1-1, but he has put it all together since then, winning each of his last 5 fight, 4 of which came inside the distance. Duncan is an impressive 8-1 in hos pro career, but that lone loss came in the Contender Series in 2021. I think he might be looking at a similar fate here, as I like Campbell for the KO win.