Sean O’Malley joined Boston Salmon and Kurt Holobaugh in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) last week (full results here), and now it’s time to find even more new signees on Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series.” We return to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Gym tonight at 8 p.m. ET with another 10 mixed martial arts (MMA) hopefuls in tow.
The Fight Pass-only main event pits former Legacy FC Light Heavyweight champ Ryan “Superman” Spann against Karl Roberson in a clash of young talent. Undefeated Kyle Stewart takes on TUF: 21 alumnus and Titan FC champion Jason Jackson in the Welterweight co-feature, while LFA Middleweight vets Chase Waldon and Geoffrey Neal duke it out in the middle slot.
Former UFC 205-pound fighter Daniel Jolly faces former football player Alonzo Menifield in the night’s second fight, while Featherweight hopefuls Dan Ige and Luis Raul Gomez Alvarez do battle in the opening fight.
DANA WHITE’S ‘CONTENDER SERIES’ 3 QUICK RESULTS:
Ryan Spann vs. Karl Roberson — Roberson def. Spann by KO (elbows) at 0:15 of Round One
Kyle Stewart vs. Jason Jackson — Stewart def. Jackson by TKO (ankle injury) at 0:21 of Round Two
Chase Waldon vs. Geoffrey Neal — Neal def. Waldon by TKO (punches) at 1:56 of Round One
Daniel Jolly vs. Alonzo Menifield — Menifield def. Jolly by TKO (eye injury) at 5:00 of Round One
Dan Ige vs. Luis Raul Gomez Alvarez -- Ige def. Gomez by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:23 of Round Three
DANA WHITE’S ‘CONTENDER SERIES 3’ PLAY-BY-PLAY UPDATES:
Ryan Spann vs. Karl Roberson
Round one: Robertson slips on a body kick and Spann barrels after him. Spann presses him against the cage, only for Roberson to knock him unconscious with point-blank elbows.
Final result: Roberson def. Spann by KO (elbows)
Kyle Stewart vs. Jason Jackson
Round one: Stewart opens with a right cross, then an inside low kick. They tie up and Jackson trips him down into half guard. Solid ground-and-pound as Stewart works his way to his feet. Dirty boxing and knees from Jackson, who takes him down into side control. Stewart makes his way back to his feet. He reverses position, then gets reversed in turn, then reverses again and eats a knee on the way out. Two minutes to go.
Jackson whiffs on a right hand and puts him back on the fence. They separate and Stewart flattens Jackson with a savage overhand right. He comes down into side control, the scarf hold, only for Jackson to take his back and put in both hooks. Stewart sweeps into top position and drops solid punches. 10-9 Stewart.
Round two: Another right hand lands for Stewart. Out of nowhere, when the fighters aren’t even close, Jackson’s ankle gives out on him. Yves Edwards believes the ankle got busted in the first-round knockdown. That looks unpleasant.
Final result: Stewart def. Jackson by TKO (ankle injury)
Chase Waldon vs. Geoffrey Neal
Round one: Straight left lands for Neal early, then a big overhand left that has Waldon shooting. Knees from Neal against the cage. One minute in. Waldon pulls up a leg and kicks the other one out from under Neal. Neal works his way back up and separates. Left hand and combination from Neal. BIG left hand drops Waldon and Neal slams him with punches and hammerfists until Waldon turtles up.
Final result: Neal def. Waldon by TKO (punches)
Daniel Jolly vs. Alonzo Menifield
Round one: Menifield lands a pair of right hands early. Low kicks from Jolly, who puts him on the fence. Over-unders and they jockey for position. They separate with big swings a minute in. Menifield low kick, he puts Jolly on the cage. Low knee catches Menifield in the jewels. They go back to trading. Both land hard as Menifield presses forward. Jolly ducks a right hook for a takedown on the cage. Menifield pops up two minutes in. Jolly throws him back down away from the cage and sets up in half guard, then full guard. Two minutes to go.
Menifield grabs an overhook and manages to stall long enough for a referee standup. Leg kick lands for him. Overhand right lands for Jolly and Menifield muscles him around to the cage when he tries to shoot. One minute to go. They move around in the clinch. Hard knee from Menifield. 10-9 Menifield.
Jolly, who was complaining of eye issues, bows out between rounds. Menifield is heartbroken, saying “I don’t want to win like that.”
Final result: Menifield def. Jolly by TKO (eye injury)
Dan Ige vs. Luis Raul Gomez Alvarez
Round one: Gomez opens with a hard low kick. Counter jab trips Ige up, but Ige rushes him to the mat. Gomez stands and repeatedly grabs the cage, only to get slammed down anyway. Ige with some heavy ground-and-pound, Gomez scrambles back up a minute in and returns to the center. 1-2 from Gomez, Ige goes to the body and eats another jab. Two minutes in. Ige shoots, turned away. BIG cross counter drops Gomez and Ige’s all over him. He scores a takedown and nearly takes the back, but Gomez scrambles up. His legs aren’t there, though, and he stumbles down again. Back up with two minutes to go.
Combination from Ige. BIG uppercut. Gomez does not look steady. Gomez catches a body kick and scores a takedown into guard. One minute to go. Ige gets to his knees, then the feet, and they separate. Punching combination lands again for Ige. 10-9 Ige.
Round two: The ref gives Gomez a warning for holding the fence with help from an interpreter. Another flurry by Ige, who shrugs off a takedown and chases Gomez around the cage. Counter right from Ige. Lead right hand a minute in. Uppercut lands for Gomez, still on the retreat. Straight right from Ige, who shoots on his corner’s instructions and brings Gomez down on the cage. Two minutes in. Back to the feet and another right hand from Ige. He switches stances, which gives Gomez an easy takedown into side control. Elbows from Gomez with two minutes to go.
Ige gets to his knees, flattened back out, regains guard. Ref wants more action, stands them up with a minute to go. Another right hand from Ige shakes Gomez up. Both whiff with spinning attacks. Gomez takes him down at the bell. 10-9 Ige.
Round three: Good right hand from Gomez to start. Ige just misses with an uppercut, lands a shifting jab. Well-timed takedown by Gomez, Ige sprawls and threatens a guillotine before standing. Gomez shoots again, can’t get the initial one but transitions to a rear waist lock a minute in. Ige gets underhooks and faces him before separating. Gomez shoots again, completes it into guard. Ige kicks him off two minutes in and lands a pair of heavy right hands. Ige counters a takedown with a rolling kimura and transitions to the back. Both hooks in, flattening Gomez out. Ige working for the choke. Two minutes to go.
After some solid punches, Ige gets it under the chin for the finish.
Final result: Ige def. Gomez by submission (rear naked choke)