The third season of Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series” wraps up tonight (Tues., Aug. 27, 2019) as the UFC Apex hosts its final 10 mixed martial arts (MMA) prospects of the year.
Leading the way this week are Middleweight hopefuls Dusko Todorovic (8-0) and Teddy Ash (14-4), but they’re far from the only attractions. The co-feature sees Kailan Hill (5-0) — who knocked out three consecutive opponents in exactly three minutes combined — face fellow unbeaten Impa Kasanganay (5-0), while Heavyweight The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran Ben Sosoli (6-2) gets another shot at Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) glory against Canadian standout Dustin Joynson (5-0).
‘Contender Series’ Quick Results:
Dusko Todorovic vs. Teddy Ash — Todorovic def. Ash by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Kailan Hill vs. Impa Kasanganay — Kasanganay def. Hill by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Sang Hoon Yoo vs. Peter Barrett — Barrett def. Yoo by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Ben Sosoli vs. Dustin Joynson — No Contest (eye poke) at 2:08 of Round One
Dylan Lockard vs. TJ Brown — Brown def. Lockard by submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:59 of Round Three
‘Contender Series’ Play-by-Play Results:
185 lbs.: Dusko Todorovic vs. Teddy Ash
Round one: Ash on the front foot early. They tie up and Todorovic puts him on the fence. One minute in. More clinch work. Two minutes in. Ash unable to dislodge himself. Two minutes to go.
Todorovic continues to land well on the inside. He changes levels. One minute to go. Ash manages to separate and they exchange. Good elbow by Ash after taking body shots. Todorovic has him on the fence again. 10-9 Todorovic.
Round two: Ash back on the advance, opens up on the fence. Todorogvic tries to send out kicks, gets caught leaning by a left hook. Left hook knocks Todorovic’s mouthpiece out and they trade until Todorovic puts him on the fence again. Ash answers body shots with an elbow and they separate. Two minutes in. Head kick from Todorovic. Ash looking super aggressive. Todorovic puts him on the fence again. Ref finally notices that he’s missing his mouthpiece. Two minutes to go.
Ash tries to reverse, can’t do so, eats body shots. More short blows. Ash reverses, lands a combination. One minute to go. Ash continues to open up as Todorovic looks to bob and weave. Big looping left lands for Ash, then a hard right cross behind it. Ash keeping him near the fence, opening up. They tie up. 10-9 Ash.
Round three: Ash continuing to be aggressive, marching after Todorovic with heavy punches. Counter left by Todorovic. 1-2 lands. Leg kick from Ash. Right hand lands on the fence. Todorovic with a left straight. One minute in. Ash lands a stiff left, eats a body kick. They trade near the fence. Trading body shots. Todorovic with a nice elbow upstairs and he changes levels. More body punches by Todorovic. Good clinch work. Ash comes back with an uppercut, eats another elbow two minutes in. They separate. Todorovic catches a body kick, can’t use it. More work inside by Todorovic on the fence. ASh elbow, Todorovic body shots. Two minutes to go.
Todorovic continues to grind and land dirty boxing. Ash with a combo on the break, gets put on the fence again. Todorovic changes levels, eats Browne elbows. One minute to go. Body punches landing for him. They separate and Ash lands a right hand. Trading shots. Todorovic puts him back on the fence. Ash separates, eats counters. Now he hurts Todorovic on the fence and they slug it out. 10-9 Todorovic.
Final result: Todorovic def. Ash by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Kailan Hill vs. Impa Kasanganay
Round one: Hill aggressive early. Kasanganay catches a head kick and takes him down on the fence. Hill working to stand, gets to his knees. He manages to stand and separate, both throwing on the break. Low kick by Hill. Hill fires a head kick, tries a flying knee. Two minutes in. They trade near the fence. Kasanganay advancing. Leg kick exchange. Flurry by Kasanganay on the fence. Hill tries to spin. Two minutes tog o.
Another spin and head kick, Kasanganay answers with counters and looks for the back. Hill reverses into his own takedown. Kasanganay stands, hits a bodylock takedown with a minute to go. On top in half guard. Good punches on the way up, answered by a left from Hill. Hill head kick attempt. 10-9 Kasanganay.
Round two: Hill tries a flying kick, eats a counter. Kicks blocked. He tries to spin, eats counters. 2-3 by Kasanganay a minute in. Left hook exchange. Hill marches in with a combo, takes a left hook. Hill fires head kicks, tries a flying kick and they tie up. Two minutes in. Neither landing super clean at the moment. Kasanganay lands a pair of hooks and sprawls on a shot. Knee to the body and punches as he defends, looking for the back. Two minutes to go.
One hook in for Kasanganay. He loses it and Hill tries to grab a leg. He threatens a kimura, gives up mount but spins into guard. Kasanganay immediately threatens a triangle, loses it, lands an upkick. Hill lets him up, tries a flying knee. Again. 3-2 by Kasanganay. He marches in swinging, gets taken down. 10-9 Kasanganay.
Round three: Low kick from Kasanganay as he stalks forward. Counter left hook. Hill tries a pair of head kicks, lands a straight left. They trade in the center. Hill shoots, sprawled on. Kasanganay trying to spin to the back a minute in. He settles for taking half guard two minutes in, unable to get the arm triangle he was looking for. Another arm triangle attempt, loses it. Hill giving up the back with two minutes to go.
Kasanganay loses position and they stand. One minute to go. Low kick by Kasanganay. Hill shoots, Kasanganay appears to consider a guillotine. He stands against the fence. 10-9 Kasanganay.
Final result: Kasanganay def. Hill by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Sang Hoon Yoo vs. Peter Barrett
Round one: They trade hard low kicks to start. Body kick from Barrett, Yoo catches it for a takedown and moves right to side control. Punches from the crucifix. More work from side control a minute in. Barrett trying to regain half guard, eating punches. Yoo spins for an armbar, loses it. Barrett lands a couple of elbows to the body before they stand two minutes in. Yoo cracks him with right hands and looks to follow up with flying knees. Barrett gets double underhooks and puts him on the fence. Double-leg gets Yoo down for a moment. Yoo hurts him with a knee on the break, continues to pursue with kicks and knees with two minutes to go.
Barrett ties up and puts him back on the fence, throwing knees downstairs. Some more knees. One minute to go. Yoo gets the Thai plum and lands a knee on the break. Again he marches forward. Both whiff with crosses and Barrett again puts him on the fence. Good elbow by Barrett before they separate. He tries to spin. 10-9 Yoo.
Round two: Trading kicks to start. Yoo lands a hard counter right as Barrett ties up. Barrett changes levels, pulls his ankle out from under him but can’t establish. One minute in. Knee from Barrett after unbalancing him for a moment. They return to the center. Yoo tries a flying something and slips, prompting Barrett to shoot two minutes in. Barrett completes it, grabs a front headlock on the way up. They separate. Body kick by Yoo, eats a huge counter left. Yoo marching after him, eating shots. Barrett puts him on the fence again. They separate with two minutes to go.
Yoo tries a head kick. Yoo looking spent, Barrett puts him on the fence again and changes levels. Good punches by Barrett on the way up. One minute to go. Right cross by Yoo, knee to the body. Another right hand. Barrett avoids a right straight and takes him down on the fence. Yoo stands, pulled back down. 10-9 Barrett.
Round three: Early clinch, Yoo eats a knee to the jibblies. They immediately go back to trading when they resume. Barrett the fresher man, puts him on the fence. Head kick from Barrett a minute in, Yoo answers with some punches and his own head kick. More exchanging. Spinning back fist by Barrett. Yoo continues to press forward. Clinch two minutes in. Jockeying for position. They separate and Barrett lands a left downstairs. Yoo firing 1-2s, eats a knee from the front headlock after ducking in. Barrett changes levels, Yoo defends with a kimura grip. Two minutes to go.
They separate. Hard right hands and a head kick by Yoo. Barrett puts him on the fence and changes levels. Yoo counters with an armbar attempt, loses it. Barrett looking for the back with a minute to go. Yoo turns to face him. Barrett changes levels and puts him on his rear. Yoo powers his way up and pursues, throwing punches. Barrett trading with him. 10-9 Barrett.
Final result: Barrett def. Yoo by unanimous decision
265 lbs.: Ben Sosoli vs. Dustin Joynson
Round one: Joynson opens with a side kick upstairs. Quick exchange in the center. Two-piece by Sosoli, avoids a hook kick. Sosoli still advancing. One minute in. Counter from Sosoli and he fires off a nice combo. Joynson just misses with a front kick. Left hook by Joynson, counters from Sosoli. Sosoli lands a straight left, whiffs on the next one. Joynson takes a finger/knuckle in the eye. He tells the doctor he can’t see and they call the fight.
It looks like Sosoli’s right thumb dug into his eye as he tried to frame for a punch.
Final result: No Contest (eye poke)
145 lbs.: Dylan Lockard vs. T.J. Brown
Round one: Brown with a couple of jabs and a leg kick. Lockard responds with a straight right that floors Brown. Brown keeps his wits about him for a successful takedown, only to have to fight off an omoplata. Brown defending, passes to side control a minute in. Lockard rolls to his knees and stands before throwing hooks on the fence. He changes levels and brings Brown down into half guard, quickly moving to the back. He loses it, back to half guard. Brown uses a heel hook to sweep into top position and take side control two minutes in. To mount, then the back with both hooks. Brown looking for the choke, drags Lockard back down when he stands along the fence. Two minutes to go.
Brown on top in full guard, looks for the back again when Lockard rolls to his knees. Lockard stands, pulls guard on a guillotine, loses it. Again he goes to his knees and Brown hurls a blatantly illegal knee to the side of his head. Ref takes a point as Brown apologizes, apparently to Dana White. They resume with a minute to go. Quick exchange. Brown tries a body kick, slips. Inside low kick lands for him. He shoots, completes it as Lockard looks for the switch. 9-9.
Round two: Trading punches early. Brown with a funky-looking takedown into guard. One minute in. Good elbow from Brown. Lockard rolls to his knees, forced back down two minutes in. Brown looking to take the back as Lockard stands on the fence. He pulls Lockard away and tries to put in his hooks. Good control, not too many strikes so far. Two minutes to go.
Lockard slips out and wraps him up in return, pulling him down and looking for the back. Brown quickly takes half guard and fires some hammerfists. More GnP. One minute to go. Lockard on one knee, rising on the fence but taking shots as he does. His left eye looks damaged. Nice scramble into top position, though. 10-9 Brown.
Round three: Low kick from Brown and they trade their power hands. More punching exchanges. Brown tries a head kick, lands a low kick. Lockard stuffs a takedown and shoots in return, taking Brown to the fence a minute in. Brown defends and they separate. Better takedown attempt this time and Lockard lands on top in half guard. Brown looking for a kimura off of his back. Lockard steps over his own arm to defend, tries something fancy when Brown gets to his knees and gives up his back two minutes in. Brown transitions to side control with an arm triangle locked in and forces the tap.
Final result: Brown def. Lockard by submission (arm triangle choke)
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