Dana White’s Contender Series – Season Six, Week One – Odds, Predictions, Picks

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DWCS – Season Six – Week One Fight Card

Joseph Pyfer vs Ozzy Diaz – Middleweight Bout

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Joseph “Bodybagz” Pyfer TALE OF THE TAPE Ozzy Diaz 25 Age 31 6‘5“ (185cm) Height 6‘4“ (193cm) 75.0” (191cm) Reach – United States Nation United States Team Balance Team California Mixed Martial Arts 8-2-0 Record 7-1-0 1 Win Current Streak 5 Wins -125 BET NOW

Odds -105 BET NOW

Joseph Pyfer returns to the contender series once again after having lost his first shot at a UFC contract to Dustin Stolzfus who defeated Pyfer with a slam in the opening round which subsequently injured the UFC hopeful and ended the fight.

Pyfer is a well rounded fighter who has both submission skills as well as knockout power and always looks for an early finish.

Ozzy Diaz made a name for himself at LFA recently where he defeated Bruno Assis by first round KO in the main event.

Diaz, unlike Pyfer, has never made it to the third round of a fight and much like his opponent enters every bout with a kill or be killed approach.

With all that being said, this fight is almost certainly not going the full three round distance and we are in for a great but most probably short main fight.

Our Pick

Joseph Pyfer to win by KO/TKO/DQ in round one

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Farid Basharat vs Willian Souza – Bantamweight Bout

“Ferocious” Farid Basharat TALE OF THE TAPE Willian “Colorado” Souza 24 Age 26 5‘6“ (168cm) Height 5‘11“ (180cm) Afghanistan Nation Brazil Xtreme Couture Team World Fight System 8-0-0 Record 11-1-0 12 Wins Current Streak 11 Wins -235 BET NOW

Odds +190 BET NOW

“Ferocious” Farid Basharat enters the most important fight of his career so far and remains undefeated, both in his amteur MMA career as well as his pro MMA career.

He is a submission specialist who has finished five of his pro MMA fights by rear naked choke, and also boasts a first round head kick KO win to go along.

Willian “Colorado” Souza is a Jungle Fight veteran who always goes full speed ahead with striking pressure and has won most of his fights by first round KO.

Souza’s only loss came in his debut pro MMA fight back in 2017 but has won every fight in devastating fashion ever since.

Both of these fighters are willing to trade early and its likely we will see a first round finish.

Our Pick

Willian Souza to win by KO/TKO/DQ in round one

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Anton Turkalj vs Acacio dos Santos – Light Heavyweight Bout

Anton “The Pleasure Man” Turkalj TALE OF THE TAPE Acacio “Pequeno” dos Santos 26 Age 30 6‘4“ (193cm) Height 6‘4“ (193cm) Sweden Nation Brazil GBG MMA Team Power Lotus Team 7-0-0 Record 14-4-0 7 Wins Current Streak 1 Win -245 BET NOW

Odds +200 BET NOW

Anton Turkalj is a very well rounded MMA fighter from Sweden with a variety of different finishes on his resume including two rear naked choke submissions, ground and pound finishes as well as a spinning backfist KO in his most recent fight at Brave CF 50.

Acacio dos Santos made a name for himself fighting on the regional MMA scene in Brazil and while he has several knockout and submission wins, he has also gone the full distance several times, and this is something which could give him an edge in the later rounds.

Dos Santos has lost twice by submission so look for Turkalj to snatch the neck early in this one.

Our Pick

Anton Turkalj to win by submission in round one

Dennis Buzukja vs Kaleio Romero – Featherweight Bout

Dennis “The Great” Buzukja TALE OF THE TAPE Kaleio “KO” Romero 24 Age 26 5‘9“ (175cm) Height 5‘10“ (178cm) 72.0” (183cm) Reach – United States Nation United States Longo and Weidman MMA Team Team Alpha Male 7-2-0 Record 6-1-0 3 Wins Current Streak 2 Wins -235 BET NOW

Odds +190 BET NOW

While Dennis Buzukja has three first round knockouts to his name, he has won all the rest of his fights by unanimous decision, proving he is comfortable scoring points and going the full fight distance.

Kaleio Romero has started off his pro career with four submissions in a row, although the level of competition he was facing was not great as none of his opponents had winning records.

Romero is mainly a grappler but his most recent bout ended in a first round KO over Andy Perez, another opponent on a losing record.

This is Buzukja’s chance at redemption and his second shot at a UFC contract so do not expect him to leave it in the hands of the judges as he did last time he was on the contender series.

Our Pick

Dennis Buzukja to win by KO/TKO/DQ in round two

Alessandro Costa vs Andres Luna Martinetti – Flyweight Bout

Alessandro “Nono” Costa TALE OF THE TAPE Andres Luna Maretti 26 Age 26 5‘3“ (160cm) Height 5‘7“ (170cm) Brazil Nation Ecuador Brazilian Warriors Team Nova Uniao Guayaquil 10-2-0 Record 12-0-0 5 Wins Current Streak 13 Wins -185 BET NOW

Odds +155 BET NOW

We start off the action with an exciting bout between two elite grapplers with several ground and pound finishes as well as submissions.

Alessandro Costa has put together a five fight winning streak to earn his spot on the opening episode of the season and has finished his last two fights with ground and pound strikes.

Andres Luna Martinetti has remained undefeated through both his pro and amateur MMA careers and can finish fights both on the feet as well as on the ground.

Martinetti defeated his most recent opponent, Paul Marquez Moreno, by calf slicer submission in the second round.

Our Picks

Andres Luna Martinetti to win by submission in round two


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DWCS – Season 6, Week 1 Information Event Dana Whites Contender Series – Season 6, Week 1 Location UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Date / Time Tuesday 27th July – 7pm ET How to watch ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass

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