Tonight (August 20th) is Week 9 of season three of Dana White’s Contender Series, which highlights up-and-coming talent as well as some former UFC fighters looking for a second crack at the big time. Winners aren’t guaranteed a UFC contract, but it certainly helps to both win and impress at the same time.
Bloody Elbow is your place for live discussion of this five-fight event at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event is a welterweight bout between Leon Shahbazyan (brother of current UFC middleweight Edmen Shahbazyan) and Phil Rowe.
As is the case throughout the summer, Dana White’s Contender Series streams live on ESPN+. For those outside of the USA, you can still watch it on UFC Fight Pass, starting at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. The full fight card is as follows:
Leon Shahbazyan vs Phil Rowe – Welterweights
Marcos Brigagao vs Jamal Pogues – Lightweights
Steve Garcia vs Desmond Torres – Catchweight (Garcia missed bantamweight limit)
Micol DiSegni vs Mallory Martin – Strawweights
Phil Caracappa vs Ricky Steele – Bantamweights