Antonina Shevchenko, Te’Jovan Edwards Awarded UFC Contracts on Week 3 of DWTNCS

By Brian Knapp Jun 26, 2018

Antonina Shevchenko left no room for debate whatsoever.

The multiple-time muay Thai world champion and older sister of longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship contender Valentina Shevchenko mauled Jaimelene Nievara with knee strikes from the clinch and forged a second-round technical knockout on Week 3 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas. Shevchenko (6-0) drew the curtain 3:22 into Round 2.

Nievara (7-4) had no recourse. Shevchenko drew her into the Thai clinch and fired knees to the body and head, one of them opening a significant cut on the Bellator MMA alum’s left brow. The fight spilled onto the mat on occasion, but Nievara found no refuge there. In the second round, Shevchenko again employed the Thai clinch, backed her deteriorating opponent to the fence and cut loose with an unending stream of knees until it was over.

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Shevchenko was one of two fighters who were awarded UFC contracts. Te’Jovan Edwards was the other. The MMA Lab prospect cut down Austin Tweedy with an overhand right in the first round of their lightweight feature. Tweedy (8-2) hit the deck 28 seconds into Round 1, his five-fight winning streak a thing of the past. No follow-up shots were required.

Edwards (6-1) shook off a leg kick, reset himself and fired a blistering overhand behind a feint. The punch found its intended target, as Tweedy splattered on the canvas in a dazed-and-confused state. Based out of an American Top Team affiliate in Indianapolis, he was in no condition to continue.

The 27-year-old Edwards finds himself on a run of five straight wins.

Legacy Fighting Alliance and King of the Cage veteran Josh Parisian wiped out Team Sityodtong’s Greg Rebello with a spinning backfist in the first round of their heavyweight showcase. Parisian (7-2) brought it to a sudden close 91 seconds into Round 1, as he won for the sixth time in seven appearances.

Rebello (24-9) struggled with the height, reach and size of his 28-year-old adversary. Parisian kept the CES MMA champion off-balance with a series of spinning attacks, the vast majority of them kicks. He later backed Rebello to the fence and uncorked a perfectly timed and exquisitely placed spinning backfist to the jaw, folding him where he stood.

The loss snapped a two-fight winning streak for Rebello. Afterward, Parisian was given a spot on the forthcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“The Ultimate Fighter 22” semifinalist Julian Erosa knocked out Jamall Emmers with a head kick and follow-up punches in the second round of their encounter at 145 pounds. Emmers (13-4) bowed out 70 seconds into Round 2, his four-fight winning streak at an end.

The first five minutes were tightly contested, though Emmers appeared to nudge in front with a knockdown late in the round. A crisp jab did the damage. Erosa (22-5) turned the corner in the middle stanza, where he drew his counterpart into a brawl before connecting with a head kick. Emmers collapsed backward into the cage, where he was met with a burst of punches and required the assistance of referee Chris Tognoni.

Erosa has won three fights in a row.

Dragon House MMA champion Jordan Williams put away Tim Caron with ground-and-pound in the third round of their middleweight pairing. Williams (8-2) brought it to a close 3:37 into Round 3, a final volley of elbows prompting referee Herb Dean to act.

Caron (7-2) was outmatched in all phases. Williams assumed top position in all three rounds and unleashed punches and elbows in what turned into sustained beating. Caron’s situation grew more and more precarious. He conceded a final takedown in the third round, as Williams advanced to side control, dropped elbows and sealed the deal.

Williams, 27, has rattled off three straight wins.
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