UFC Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5 returns for a third week, after two action-packed opening weeks that featured several memorable fights. Week 3 is expected to be yet another remarkable event as the headline bout pits two impressive light heavyweights, Jailton Almeida and Nasrudin Nasrudinov, against each other. In what is certain to be an explosive encounter, both fighters take to the octagon on the back of long winning streaks, Almeida with eight and Nasrudinov with five.
The light heavyweights are not the only ones that boast winning runs on this card, however. The fight card is filled with several excellent prospects, some of which are yet to record a loss in their professional career. On this card, other fights to look out for include the bantamweight matchup between Brandon Lewis and Mo Miller ,and the women’s flyweight fight between talented Canadian Jasmine Jasudavicius and Brazilian Shooto strawweight champion Julia Polastri. Episode 3 of this series will take place on Tuesday, September 15, at the UFC Apex facility, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Stay tuned for the best picks,odds, bets, and predictions.
UFC Dana White’s Contender Series Week Season 5: Week 3 General Information:
- Date: Tuesday September 14, 2021.
- TV-Time: ESPN+, 1:00 p.m. ET
- Venue: UFC Apex Facility
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Fights: 6 Main Fights.
- Main Event: Jailton Almeida vs. Nasrudin Nasrudinov
Expert Pick #1 – Nasrudinov to Win @-115
Nasrudin Nasrudinov is 9 and 0 professionally. The Russian powerhouse combines good striking ability with excellent wrestling, cardio and durability. A top-sixty light heavyweight in the world, he has won three of his last five by fights way of referee stoppages. His opponent Jailton “Malhadinho” Almeida, is a well rounded martial artist – possessing great kickboxing and grappling abilities. The “Makhadinho” is on an 8-fight winning streak and has not lost a single bout since a unanimous decision loss in 2018.
A difficult one to call, no doubt, as both fighters are pretty evenly matched in terms of ability. Nasrudinov has faced a higher level opposition, but Almeida is the more experienced of the two fighters. It could certainly go either way, however the relentless pressure and wrestling ability of Nasrudinov would prove too much to handle for the Brazilian. Our experts pick is a Nasrudinov win.
Records: Jailton Almeida [13-2-0] | Nasrudin Nasrudinov [9-0-0] Main Card – Welterweight (170lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 2:00 a.m. ET
Expert Pick #2 – Miller to Win @-175
Two hugely talented bantamweights Mo “Mo Show” Miller and Brandon Lewis square off at 135 pounds. Still revelling in the attention he garnered when he pulled off a nasty slam knockout at LFA 96 in December, Miller comes into this bout with a 5-fight winning streak (four of them being finishes ). Lewis also puts a similar winning streak on the line for this fight, finishing three out of five with two TKOs and one submission.
Although Brandon Lewis has the advantage of fighting in front of a home crowd and a slight experience edge professionally, Mo Miller is just such a great fighter with no obvious weakness that our tip is that he walks out of the octagon victorious on the night.
Records: Brandon Lewis [5-0-0] | Mo Miller [5-0-0] Main Card – Bantamweight (135lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 1:30 a.m. ET
Expert Pick #3 – Jasudavicious to [email protected]
Another pretty evenly matched fight on the card sees Jasmine Jasudavicius take on Julia Polastri. Both fighters possess excellent qualities in terms of striking and wrestling. However, the fight is expected to be fought mainly on their feet. Jasudavicius is the taller fighter, and the size difference could be telling as Polastri might find it difficult to take her opponent to the ground. Also, a move up in weight classes for Julia Polastri presents its problems, considering the adjustments she has to make fighting a bigger opponent. Our experts predict a win for Jasmine Jasudavicius.
Records: Jasmine Jasudavicius [5-1-0] | Julia Polastri [8-2-0] Main card – (W)Flyweight (125lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 1:00 a.m. ET
Complete Card & Predictions for the Night
Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5 Week 3 features yet another packed card. Talented fighters from all over the world will grace the UFC octagon at the Apex facility to stake their claim for a professional contract. Here are the Predictions, Odds, Bets, and Tips for this event:
- Light Heavyweight (205lbs): Jailton Almeida vs. Nasrudin Nasrudinov – Nasrudinov via Decision
- Bamtamweight (135lbs): Brandon Lewis vs. Mo Miller – Miller via TKO/KO
- Middleweight (185lbs): Albert Duraev vs. Caio Bittencourt – Duraev via Submission
- Heavyweight (265lbs): Lukasz Brzeski vs. Dylan Potter – Brzeski via TKO/KO
- Welterweight (170lbs): Ange Loosa vs. Jack Della Maddalena – Maddalena via Decision
- Women’s Flyweight (125lbs): Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Julia Polastri – Jasudavicius via Decision