UFC Signs Matt Frevola, Allen Crowder, Lauren Mueller from Dana White’s Contender Series

By Brian Knapp Aug 29, 2017


Matt Frevola did not let opportunity pass him by.

The undefeated World Series of Fighting and Titan Fighting Championships vet submitted Jose Flores with a second-round arm-triangle choke on Week 8 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas. One of three fighters who were signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship contracts, Frevola (6-0) prompted the tapout 3:32 into Round 2.

Flores (7-1) tried to keep his counterpart at bay with kicks, to no avail. Frevola floored him with a sweeping right hook in the first round and then secured a takedown in the second. Ultimately, he cinched an arm-triangle choke, cleared his legs and sealed the deal.

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Bellator MMA alum Allen Crowder was also brought into the UFC fold, as he disposed of Don'Tale Mayes with ground-and-pound in the third round of their heavyweight pairing. Crowder (7-2) drew the curtain 4:12 into Round 3, as he recorded his second win in as many appearances.

Mayes (3-2) lacked the stamina to navigate deeper waters. Crowder exhausted him with takedowns and scrambles in the first round, applied ground-and-pound from full mount in the second and then went for the kill in the third. There, he struck for a takedown and again advanced to mount before dropping elbows and punches for the finish.

Meanwhile, San Diego Fight Club export Lauren Mueller kept her perfect professional record intact with a unanimous decision over Kelly McGill-Velasco in a three-round women’s bantamweight clash. All three cageside judges sided with Mueller (4-0): 30-27, 30-26 and 30-27. Like Frevola and Crowder, her performance was enough to warrant a UFC contract. McGill-Velasco (2-2) has lost back-to-back fights.

Elsewhere, Jackson-Wink MMA representative Bevon Lewis (4-0) took care of “The Ultimate Fighter 23” graduate Elias Urbina (3-1) with punches 2:47 into the second round of their middleweight affair; and the American Kickboxing Academy’s Adam Antolin (13-3) extended his winning streak to nine fights with a split decision -- 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 -- over fellow former Tachi Palace Fights champion Casey Kenney (7-1-1) in a three-round battle at 125 pounds.

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