DANA WHITE’S TUESDAY NIGHT CONTENDER SERIES
JULY 25, 2017
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA AT THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER GYM
AIRED ON UFC FIGHT PASS
REPORT BY MICHAEL GROCKE, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Dan Hellie and Yves Edwards welcomed viewers to the show and they ran down the card beginning with the main event. They checked in with Faber and Snoop where the two were getting settled in with their gin and juice.
(1) Dan Ige (7-1) vs. Luis Gomez (4-0) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Result: Dan Ige over Luis Gomez by submission (3:23 of Round 3 – Rear-Naked Choke)
ROUND ONE: Ige was able to score with a takedown thirty seconds in after eating a left hand. With 3:40 left Gomez was able to break free and the two traded from the center of the cage. At 2:33 Ige dropped Gomez with a straight right hand and went in for the finish, but Gomez was able to get back to his feet. With just over a minute to go in the round Gomez came back with a takedown which allowed him time to recover. The fight remained on the feet with Ige landing more damaging punches.
ROUND TWO: Ige came out throwing big shots as the second round started. Ige took Gomez down but Gomez was able to get back up with 2:57 left. Gomez came back with a takedown of his own with just over two minutes left in the round. They were stood up with 55 seconds left after Gomez couldn’t do anything after getting the takedown. Gomez was able to get another takedown just as the round ended.
ROUND THREE: Gomez went for a takedown and almost got caught in a guillotine but was able to slip out a minute into the round. He went for another takedown at 3:24 and scored with this one. He let Ige back up which was a mistake because Ige came back with a takedown of his own. Ige went for a rear naked choke and got the tap.
(2) Daniel Jolly (5-2) vs. Alonzo Menifield (3-0) – Light Heavyweight – 205 lbs.
Result: Alonzo Menifield over Daniel Jolly by TKO (5:00 of Round 1)
ROUND ONE: Menifield came out aggressively and landed some nice punches to start the fight. Jolly went low with 3:32 left and time was called. Once the fight resumed Menifield landed more punches until Jolly scored with a takedown. Menifield was able to get back to his feet quickly and landed a takedown of his own. They were stood up with 1:32 left in the round. The remainder of the round stayed standing with both fighters getting some offense in.
In between rounds Jolly told the referee he couldn’t see while holding his eye. The ref had no choice but to end the fight.
(3) Chase Waldon (11-2) vs. Geoff Neal – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Result: Geoff Neal over Chase Waldon by TKO (1:56 of Round 1)
ROUND ONE: Neal landed some nice knees in the clinch, but Waldon was able to work him to the ground. With 3:20 left Neal was back to his feet. Once both fighters where back to their feet Neal unleashed a flurry of punches that dropped Waldon.
Once Waldon was down Neal pounded on him until the fight was stopped.
(4) Jason Jackson (7-2) vs. Kyle Stewart (6-0) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Result: Kyle Stewart over Jason Jackson by TKO (0:21 of Round 2)
ROUND ONE: Jackson scored with a takedown early on in the round, but Stewart was able to get back to his feet quickly. Once Stewart was back on his feet he was taken back down again, but was back up without taking any serious damage. Once both fighters were back on their feet they exchanged punches until Stewart put Jackson on the mat with a big overhand right. Stewart pounced but Jackson was able to reverse Stewart and ended up taking his back. Stewart was up quickly and they exchanged punches as the round ended.
ROUND TWO: Stewart landed a big right hand that rocked Jackson as the round started and as Jackson was trying to move his feet in an effort to keep distance his left ankle gave out. The fight was stopped with Jackson holding onto his ankle in a great deal of pain.
(5) Ryan Spann (10-4) vs. Karl Roberson (4-0) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.
Result: Karl Roberson over Ryan Spann by KO (0:15 of Round 1)
ROUND ONE: Spann went for a takedown as the fight started but Roberson was able to defend it with his back to the cage. Roberson started to land short elbows to the head of Spann with his back to the fence making Spann crumble to the mat. The ref immediately jumped in to stop the fight.
Sweet Jesus, Karl Roberson was as impressive as it gets. Spann thought his wrestling was going to be the difference but Roberson fought off the early takedown attempt and finished him with some devastating elbows. Geoff Neal was also very impressive in knocking out Chase Waldon.
It’s a shame two of the fights ended due to injuries. That’s certainly not how both Stewart and Menifield wanted to win their fights.
Dana White chose Karl Roberson and Geoff Neal as the newest additions to the UFC roster. White made the right decision in my opinion as both fighters definitely deserved the contracts.