The second week of UFC Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5 will take place on Tuesday, September 7, at the UFC Apex facility, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This event will feature some of the most talented MMA fighters trying to earn a professional contract into the biggest promotion in combat sports.
The headline bout is a mouth-watering clash between two undefeated welterweights – Darian Weeks and Josh Quinlan. The co-main event is a middleweight bout between Chidi Njokuani and Mario Filipe De Sousa. In the third fight, another exciting Brazilian flyweight prospect, Bruno Korea, goes up against the talented knockout artist CJ Vergara, who has won his last four fights via knockout. Bruno also comes into the bout with a 5-fight win streak, winning three of them by submission. The night is packed with entertaining bouts. Stay tuned for the best odds picks and predictions for the evening.
UFC Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5: Week 2 General Information:
- Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
- TV-Time: ESPN+, 8:00 p.m. ET.
- Venue: UFC Apex facility.
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Fights: 5 fights on the main card.
- Main Event: Darian Weeks vs. Josh Quinlan.
Expert Pick #1 – Josh Quinlan @-115
Josh, “The Renegade” Quinlan, comes into this fight on a massive high. He finished his last fight by submission (rear-naked choke) and the previous two by KO/TKO. Weeks possesses a similar record, and he is the more experienced of the two fighters, which is what makes this fight a tough one to call.
However, Quinlan has fought at a higher promotion level more times than Weeks and is undefeated in both amateur and professional careers. He is also a much more rounded fighter than his opponent. He is the likely favorite to take the UFC contract home. Our first expert pick is that Josh Quinlan edges this one for a win.
Records: Darian Weeks 5-0-0 | Josh Quinlan 5-0-0 Main Card – Welterweight(170lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #2 – De Oliveira @-175
Saimon De Oliveira is a deadly fighter. The Brazilian Jiujitsu expert has won 17 fights in his professional career, 11 coming via submissions. Although his opponent, Alday, has been fighting for two years longer than Oliveira, he comes into this fight on short notice. His last fight was in May where he won the fight with Marcos Lopez with a sensational KO/TKO. Saimon was originally to fight David Basharat, however, this was not to be because of Visa complications. This will prove to be a very tricky matchup for the Mexican, and our experts predict that this particular bout would end in defeat for “Pochito.”
Records: Saimon De Oliveira 17-3-0 | Jose Alday 14-5-1 Main Card – Bantamweight(135lbs) – Approx. Start Time: e.g. 8:30 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #3 – Bruno Korea to win @-225
Bruno Korea is another Brazilian Jiujitsu fighting sensation. He had not lost a fight since 2017, when he lost via submission through a D’Arce choke. Korea is the more experienced of the two fighters and has faced opposition at a higher level than Vergara. C.J Vergara is an accomplished striker in his own right, winning his last four fights by KO/TKO, but our experts predict that the experience and grappling skills of Bruno Korea would give him the competitive edge.
Records: C.J. Vergara 8-2-1| Bruno Korea 12-3-1 Main Card – Flyweight(125lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Complete Card & Predictions for the Night
The first week of Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5 produced some blockbuster finishes. Week Two promises to be equally scintillating. Here are the Predictions, Odds, Bets, and Tips for this event:
- Welterweight (170lbs): Darian Weeks vs. Josh Quinlan – Quinlan via KO/TKO
- Middleweight (185lbs): Mario Sousa vs. Chidi Njokuani – Njokuani via TKO/KO
- Bamtamweight (135lbs): Saimon De Oliveira vs. Jose Alday – Oliveira via Submission
- Flyweight (125lbs): Bruno Korea vs. Charles Vergara – Bruno via Submission
- Bamtamweight (135lbs): Muin Gafurov vs. Chad Anheliger – Gafurov via Decision