Dana white’s contender series is back to let you have a taste of the action from the most exciting prospects on the MMA scene. The UFC Apex will host the five-fight event on Tuesday, August 31st.
The main event of the evening is a light heavyweight bout between Matheus Buffa and the undefeated Azamat Murakov. Join us, and we give you the best predictions, tips, and expert picks.
Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5: Week 1 General Information:
- Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
- TV-Time: ESPN, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Venue: UFC Apex
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Fights: 5 Main Fights
Main Event: Matheus Buffa vs. Murakov
Expert Pick #1 – Murakov to win @-290
We will be witnessing an explosive slugfest as two dynamic hard-hitting strikers come face to face at the Apex this Tuesday. The expert first pick of the Night is a Murakov win. At 5′ 11, Murakov stands tall with great poise and explosive power. He is undefeated so far with seven wins. Five of those wins came via KO/TKO, one via submission, and the last a unanimous decision.
At 6’2, Buffa has the height and reach advantage this weekend. However, his likely to find out that that might not be sufficient to win against the bear from Russia. Murakov has a more rounded game than Buffa, who prefers to strike mainly on his feet. Therefore, Murakov’s ground game, solid punches, and tenacity will be enough to give him the win in this match-up.
Records: Matheus Buffa 14-6-0 | Azamat Murakov 7-0-0 Main Card – Heavyweight(265lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #2 – Darmiani to win @+125
The second expert pick of the night features two grappling artists. At 24, AJ has a perfect MMA record, finishing his last four fights with submission wins. On the other hand, Leonardo Darmiani is more experienced. At 30, he is ranked second in Italy. He is currently on a 5 game win streak, with his last defeat coming as far back as 2018.
With both grapplers are in spectacular form, it is hard to pick a favorite. Nonetheless, we have to side with Darmiani here. Despite never fighting in the UFC before, he is more experienced than his opponent. Leonardo Darmiani shows patience as he is always looking for counter opportunities. He is also a solid grappler; He likes to change levels quickly to take opponents down quickly. He’s a good striker, and he’s always looking for submissions, winning his last three fights this way.
Records: Leonardo Darmiani 10-2-1 | AJ Fletcher 8-0-0 Main Card – Featherweight(145lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #3 – Lopez to win @-115
The octagon will be graced by two deadly strikers this weekend as Lopez takes on Britto. Both Fighters are on an impressive run of form with five wins each in their last 5 games. The pair have very similar fighting records. Both fighters have fought 14 times with 11 wins apiece.
This bout has a making of a close fight. Standing at 5′ 11, Lopez has the height advantage over Britto (5’8). Both fighters are the same age. In addition to his extensive striking skillset, Lopez is an excellent grappler that can give Britto some trouble on the mat. Lopez has a wider range of weapons in his arsenal and, thus, is our final pick for the evening.
Records: Joanderson Britto 11-2- 1| Diego Lopez 11-3-0 Main card– Featherweight(145) – Approx. Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Complete Card & Predictions for the Night
Dana White’s Contender series is on this Tuesday as August closes out spectacularly. We have witnessed spectacular bouts this month already. With the Interim Heavyweight title in the hands of Cyril Gane, it’s only a matter of time before we have a heavyweight title unification bout on the cards. In the meantime, we have a chance to enjoy spectacular bouts when the best MMA talents in the world battle each other for a chance to sign a UFC contract. We have the best bets, odds and predictions for the evening.
- Heavyweight (265lbs): Matheus Buffa vs. Azamat Murakov – Murakov via KO/TKO
- Featherweight (145lbs): Joanderson Brito vs. Diego Lopez – Lopez via KO/TKO
- Flyweight (115lbs): Victor Altamirano vs. Carlos Candelario – Victor via KO/TKO
- Welterweight (125lbs): Leonardo Damiani vs. AJ Fletcher – Fletcher via Submission
- Heavyweight (265lbs): Lukasz Brzeski vs. Dylan Potter – Potter via Submission
Dana White’s Contender Series is back on show during the week. Top talent will be looking to impress by delivering spectacular finishes. Who will be the next UFC signee? Join us for the best odds, bets, and predictions!