UFC Fight Pass ‘Contender Series’ Set for July Debut, Features Five Bouts Per Week

By Tristen Critchfield May 13, 2017
“Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” will bring five fights per week to UFC Fight Pass beginning on July 11.

According to a release, the weekly series will feature five live fights per episode “showcasing up-and-coming talent as well as athletes striving to revive their professional mixed martial arts careers.” Contender Series bouts are open to both male and female athletes from all weight classes and will be regulated by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The presence of the NAC means that the contests will count toward the fighters’ records.

“This sport continues to get bigger all over the world, and the more fights we can put on, the more talent we can find, the better the events will be for the fans,” UFC President Dana White said in a release. “I love looking for up-and-coming talent. This show’s going to give us another opportunity to bring in young fighters who we think have potential to make it in the UFC or maybe even one day become world champions. It’ll also give some fighters who might be in a slump or on their way out of the organization an opportunity for that last shot.

“I truly can’t watch enough fights and I think our fans will love this new Fight Pass show.”

White will scout the fights along with matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard. The bouts will be filmed at “The Ultimate Fighter” gym in Las Vegas in front of a closed studio audience. According to the release, the Contender Series “will serve as the ultimate vehicle to identify top prospects and the next generation of UFC stars.”

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