The action continues as Dana White Contender Series Season 5 returns for a 7th week. The UFC Apex facility at Las Vegas, Nevada is set to host ten top contenders on Tuesday, 16th October. Once again the fans in attendance can expect premium entertainment from some of the world’s best MMA prospects.
In a blockbuster main event, Junior Cortez takes on undefeated MMA sensation Christian Rodriguez. And in addition, we have four exhilarating fights where skill and guts will be put on display. We have the best predictions, odds, bets, and tips !
Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5, Week 7 General Information:
- Date: Tuesday, October 12, 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: Junior Cortez vs. Christian Rodriguez
Expert Pick #1 – Rodriguez to Win @ –115
Christian Rodriguez is a promising fighter who is currently undefeated professionally, finishing all five of his wins (3KOs and 2 subs). His opponent Junior Cortez also has an impressive record. Cortez is on a 2-fight win streak and has only lost once in his career.
Christian Rodriguez is the more complete fighter by all indications, and despite being the younger fighter, has more experience fighting better opposition at Bellator. In what is expected to be a stand up fight, Rodriguez’s superior striking would be on display as he picks Cortez apart and secures the win on the night.
Records: Junior Cortez 5-1-0 | Christian Rodriguez 5-0-0 Main Card – Bantamweight (135lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #2 – Hadley to Win @ –175
One of the fights to look out for on the event card, Jake Hadley vs. Mitch Raposo is one great matchup. Both fighters are undefeated professionally and possess similar fighting styles that combine excellent striking with good wrestling and submission ability.
Jake Hadley has competed at Cage Warriors, garnering more experience and fighting top level opposition. Hadley also has the height and reach advantage that could see him control the fight on the feet. And should it go to the ground he is also the better wrestler. Whichever way the fight goes, our experts see Jake Hadley coming out on top in the end.
Records: Jake Hadley 7-0-0| Mitch Raposo 5-0-0 Main Card – Flyweight (125lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #3 – Duncan to Win @ –110
Chris “The Problem” Duncan is currently undefeated in his professional MMA career and all 7 wins have been by way of finishes – 6 KO’s and 1 sub. None of the Scottish fighter’s last 5 fights have gone past the second round, so, it’s safe to say he truly is a problem in the octagon. His opponent, Slava Borshchev is on a two-fight winning streak, with only one loss in his professional career.
Borshchev has the advantage in terms of height and reach over Duncan, but Duncan is the more experienced fighter by a considerable margin, having previously fought in Bellator. “The Problem” seems like such an unstoppable force at the moment that we don’t see Slava Borshchev, or anyone else putting an end to his undefeated run anytime soon. Our experts predict a win for him on the night.
Records: Chris Duncan 7-0-0| Slava Borshchev 4-1-0 Main Card – Lightweight (155lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Complete Card & Predictions for the Night
Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5 Week 7 presents another opportunity for fighters to put their skills on display in the Apex facility octagon and fight to show why they are deserving of a professional UFC contract. Here are the predictions, odds, bets, and tips for this event:
- Bantamweight (135lbs): Junior Cortez vs. Christian Rodriguez – Rodriguez via KO/TKO
- Heavyweight (265lbs): Lorenzo Hood vs. Martin Buday – Buday via KO/TKO
- Flyweight (125lbs): Jake Hadley vs. Mitch Raposo – Hadley via KO/TKO
- Lightweight (155lbs): Chris Duncan vs. Slava Borshchev – Duncan via KO/TKO
- Women’s Strawweight (115lbs): Kathryn Paprocki vs. Maria Silva – Silva via Submission