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Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series” hits the UFC APEX tonight (Tues., Sept. 16, 2020) for its midseason finale, temporarily capping off what’s been an incredibly productive series of events.

Four more fighters joined Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) last week; Aliaskhab Khizriev choked out Henrique Shiguemoto in just 50 seconds, Drako Rodriguez upset Mana Martinez via first-round triangle, Phil Hawes scored an impressive knockout in his second appearance on the show, and Tafon Nchukwi capped things off with a horrific head kick wipeout of Al Matavao.

Tonight, rising Brazilian Middleweight Gregory Rodrigues (7-2) fights late replacement Jordan Williams (8-3), who narrowly lost to Ramazan Kuramagomedov on the show last year. Down at 145, Titan FC standout Muhammad Naimov (5-0) faces punched Collin Anglin (7-1), while Welterweight Korey Kuppe (8-3) welcomes Michael Lombardo (10-2) back to the show. In an intriguing turn of events, former Olympic boxing hopeful Danyelle Wolf (0-0) makes her Featherweight MMA debut against Invicta vet Taneisha Tennant, and veteran Dinis Paiva (13-7) opens the card against Kyle Driscoll (11-3)

‘Contender Series’ Quick Results:

Gregory Rodrigues vs. Jordan Williams
Muhammad Naimov vs. Collin Anglin
Korey Kuppe vs. Michael Lombardo
Danyelle Wolf vs. Taneisha Tennant
Dinis Paiva vs. Kyle Driscoll — Driscoll def. Paiva by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

‘Contender Series’ Play-By-Play Results:

185 lbs.: Gregory Rodrigues vs. Jordan Williams

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145 lbs.: Muhammad Naimov vs. Collin Anglin

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170 lbs.: Korey Kuppe vs. Michael Lombardo

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145 lbs.: Danyelle Wolf vs. Taneisha Tennant

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145 lbs.: Dinis Paiva vs. Kyle Driscoll

Round one: Driscoll looking to jab early. Paiva catches him throwing a leg kick with a counter right, doesn’t follow him down. Driscoll low kick met by a body jab. Counter 3-2 from Driscoll. One minute in. Driscoll low kick, fires a combination, lands a knee that Paiva catches. Driscoll gets his leg out and shoots. Knees on the break. Head kick attempt two minutes in. He switches from a single-leg to a double-leg and briefly takes the back. One hook in against the fence with two minutes to go.

Paiva manages to separate, tries a 1-2, eats a low kick with a minute to go. Straight left from Paiva. Driscoll just misses with a head kick, tries it again. Calf kick connects. 10-9 Driscoll.

Round two: Driscoll tries a head kick to start. Paiva body kick. Counter 1-2 from Driscoll. Paiva 1-2 to the body, takes a lead right. Driscoll answers a right hook with a low kick that lands to the groin. He pops Paiva with a right hand right as they resume. On eminute in. Driscoll tries a single-leg, denied, lands another low blow. Counter 1-2 glances off, front kick lands to the body. Paiva body kick, avoids a Brazilian kick. He denies a shot two minutes in. Both fall short with punches for a stretch. Paiva takes a finger in teh eye. They trade low kicks when they resume. Driscoll advancing, fakes a shot, looks for right hands. Two minutes to go.

He shoots again, stuffed again. Paiva straight left met by a 1-2. Combo by Driscoll. Low kicks land for Paiva. Driscoll misses a Brazilian kick, both miss with straight rights. One minute to go. Left uppercut lands for Driscoll in combination. Counter right. Superman punch falls short. Paiva pops him with a southpaw jab. 10-9 Driscoll.

Round three: Driscoll sending out kicks, lands a counter right. Parts of a combo land for him. They trade straights in the center. Paiva lands a low kick, gets cracked by a chopping 1-2. Driscoll shoots but gets denied by a switch. One minute in. Counter right lands again for Driscoll. Paiva 1-2. They trade lefts. Paiva lands a 1-2 downstairs. Swatting righ thooks, then a straight left that drops Driscoll two minutes in. Driscoll scrambles into a takedown attempt, denied by the switch once again. Paiva looks for a 10-finger guillotine before taking him down into half guard. Elbows landing. Driscoll regains guard with two minutes to go.

Paiva easily postures out of an armbar attempt and looks for side control. Driscoll answers with a knee shield, then regains guard again. Another armbar, elbow isn’t in. Paiva stands and comes back down with a left hand. Driscoll suddenly sweeps directly onto the back. He holds onto the front headlock as Paiva stands, looks for the back, loses position looking for an armbar. Paiva drops some punches from top position, then gets swept into turtle. 10-9 Paiva.

Final result: Driscoll def. Paiva by unanimous decision


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