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Lineup for ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series’ debut revealed

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series debuts on July 11th and here’s the five fights featured for week one.


The roster for the fast approaching ‘Dana White's Tuesday Night Contenders Series’ show has been something of a mystery, to the point where a mini-scandal emerged where the UFC was suspected of signing a sex offender up for it. But now we've got a lineup for the first event set to go down on July 11th.

Here’s the full line-up:

Featherweights: Kurt Holobaugh vs. Matt Bessette
Heavyweights: Greg Rebellos vs. Azunna Anwanyu
Bantamweights: Boston Salmon vs. Ricky Turcios
Middleweights: Justin Jones vs. Charles Byrd
Flyweights: Joby Sanchez vs. Manny Vazquez

There's not a lot of names you'd recognize, but that's the whole point of the show: to give new prospects the chance to slug it out in a stable feeder league situation. That being said, the main event brings together two fighters that have done quite well for themselves in the smaller shows.

Holobaugh is a former UFC and Strikeforce fighter who went 0-2 in the organizations back in 2013. He's since racked up an 8-2 record. Bessette is a Bellator veteran and CES champion currently on a seven win streak with all finishes. The card also features two other former UFC fighters: Justin Jones, who went 0-2 with the promotion back in 2014, and Joby Sanchez, who went 1-2 at flyweight in 2015.

Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series airs exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 8PM EST, kicking off on July 11th. Winning on the show doesn't guarantee entry into the UFC for these guys, but we're sure it doesn't hurt their chances.

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