Dana White’s Contender Series 2020 Week 4 Play-by-Play & Results

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 25, 2020
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Collin Huckbody (185.5) vs. Kyron Bowen (180.5)

Round 1

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Huckbody (top) made it look easy.
Bowen lands a low kick at the outset, then lands a combination followed by a low kick in an ensuing exchange. Huckbody changes levels and shoots for a takedown. Bowen sprawls well initially, but Huckbody adjusts and puts his foe down on his back, assuming top position. Bowen attempts to create space with his legs, but Huckbody scrambles to a mounted guillotine. Bowen is able to free his head, but Huckbody still has mount. Huckbody shifts gears and frames an arm-triangle choke from mount. The squeeze is tight and Huckbody doesn’t even need to pass to side control to elicit a tapout from Bowen.

The Official Result

Collin Huckbody def. Kyron Bowen via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) R1 1:28

Anthony Romero (156) vs. Mike Breeden (155.5)

Round 1

Breeden steps forward and lands a right hand after a feeling-out process from both lightweights. Breeden pressures and lands a body kick and a low kick. Romero has a left high kick blocked, but he follows up with a chopping low kick. Romero misses an uppercut but follows up with a high kick that’s partially blocked. Breeden and Romero trade calf kicks. Romero pumps his jab and snaps Breeden’s head back. Romero pressures with a combination. Breeden just misses on a big right hand. Romero has utilized solid head movement throughout the round. Breeen goes back to the well with a body kick, but he gets tagged by a Romero combination. Romero lands a hard low kick and then misses a flying knee near the fence. Breeden with another body kick but he can’t follow up. Romero goes upstairs with a right hand. The round ends without further incident.

Sherdog Scores

Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Romero
Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Romero
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Romero

Round 2

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Romero targeted both of Romero's legs.
Breeden looks to grab a single leg but Romero shucks him off. They trade in close quarters before Breeden forces the clinch. They separate and Romero tags Breeden with a jab. Romero explodes for a takedown and lands a high kick as Breeden quickly hustles to get upright. Romero lands an outside low kick, which prompts Breeden to switch stancess. Breeden lands a solid right hand during an exchange. Romero pressures and lands a combination, but Breeden counters effectively. Romero counters a calf kick with a stiff jab. Another jab lands for the Canadian. Romero then follows a third jab with a spinning back fist that connects. Breeden looks for a takedown against the fence but Romero slips away and tags his foe with a jab followed by an elbow. Moments later, Romero explodes for a takedown. Breeden quickly scrambles up. Another low kick lands for Romero. Suddenly, Breeden cracks Romero with a flying knee followed by a right hand with less than 30 seconds ot go. Late in the round, Romero lands an inside leg kick that has Breeden limping before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Romero
Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Romero
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Romero

Round 3

Breeden stalks Romero but eats a right hand. Breeden clinches against the fence, but the break. Romero lands a kick to the body taht Breeden catches, and he’s able to counter. The lightweights briefly trade in the pocket. Another pair of low kicks has Breeden reeling backward toward the fence, and Romero is targeting that area. Romero continues to chop away, but Breeden hangs tough. Breeden pressures against the fence and lands a pair of hooks. Breeden keeps moving forward and rips Romero to the body. Romero drives Breeden to the cage and they separate. A right uppercut-left hook combo lands for Romero. Breeden sticks a jab. Breeden stuffs a takedown. Breeden continues to wade forward, and he lands multiple punches during a flurry with Romero attempting to circle away. A hard left hook connects clean for Breeden, who is surging late. Breeden eats a hard kick to the liver. Breeden is still on the attack, but he gets caught with a counter uppercut. A pair of calf kicks with 30 seconds left from Romero have Breeden reeling. Breeden recovers and ties Romero up. They separate and Romero punishes his opponent with two more leg kicks, and Breeden is hobbling once again. Romero closes with a takedown before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Romero (30-27 Romero)
Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Romero (30-27 Romero)
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Romero (30-27 Romero)

The Official Result

Anthony Romero def. Mike Breeden via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28) R3 5:00

Jeff Molina (125) vs. Jacob Silva (126)

Round 1

Molina lands a front kick and follows up with a hard low kick that knocks Silva off balance right away. Silva catches a low kick and lands a couple punches to the head before shoving Molina to the mat. He doesn’t want to follow him, and Molina is back to his feet, where he drives Silva into the fence. Molina lands a knee to the body as the flyweights jockey for position. They separate and Silva counters a kick and shoves his foe down. Molina gets up and Silva tags him with punches. However, Silva gets clipped coming forward and responds by changing levels. Molina defends against the cage and they separate. A front kick gets through for Molina. Silva again counters a low kick effectively before shoving Molina into the fence. Molina reverses position with about 1:00 to go. Molina lands a knee in close. Molina just misses an elbow on the break. A short right hand from Molina clips Silva in the waning seconds and drops him to a knee before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Molina
Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Molina
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Molina

Round 2

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Silva struggled with Molina's counters.
Molina lands a low kick and Silva counters with a straight right. A body kick finds a home for Silva, and he presses forward and follows up with a right hand. Another snapping low kick from Molina connects. Molina lands a long jab. Silva can’t find the range on a combination, and Molina answers with a right. Molina is mixing up his offense well, blending jabs, front kicks and low kicks together. Molina finds the range on a counter right hand over the top. A two-punch combination followed by a body kick lands for Molina. Silva answers with a body kick of his own and shrugs off a takedown against the cage. A head kick lands clean for Molina, and Silva wobbles back into the fence but quickly shakes it off. They clinch and Molina fires off a series of knees to the body as time winds down. They separate just before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Molina
Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Molina
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Molina

Round 3

Silva has a gash under his right eye courtesy of the Round 2 head kick he absorbed. Molina lands a body kick followed by a combination. Silva presses forward and sticks a jab. They tie up and Molina lands a knee on the break. Another head kick lands for Molina and Silva shakes it off. Silva lands a nice right over the top as Molina stalks him. Referee Mark Smith briefly halts the action to warn the fighters about accidental headbutts. A right lands for Silva. Silva pressures and lands a combination. Molina times a counter knee perfectly and it catches Silva flush on the chin. Silva eats it and keeps on fighting. Molina lands a jab and angles out of danger. Silva fires back with a couple hard jabs of his own. Silva flurries with a combination, but Molina avoids the majority of it. Silva is still throwing bombs, but Molina’s movement is on point. Silva closes with a flourish, landing a barrage of offense near the cage before the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Silva (29-28 Molina)
Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Silva (29-28 Molina)
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Molina (30-27 Molina)

The Official Result

Jeff Molina def. Jacob Silva via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) R3 5:00

Rafael Alves (146) vs. Alejandro Flores (145.5)

Round 1

The featherweights trade leg kicks early. Alves stalks and lands a quick jab. Flores counters a leg kick with a straight right hand. The speed of both men is impressive during early exchanges. Alves is taking the role of aggressor, but Flores is occasionally finding the range on long jabs. A hard front kick from Alves sends Flores into the fence, and he follows up with two powerful hooks shortly thereafter. A spinning back kick from Alves is blocked, but he does hit his mark with a straight right. Flores secures a body lock and shoves his opponent into the fece. They separate in short order. Flores remains content to be on the outside of the catch, with Alves in stalking mode. Alves steps in and lands a left hook before the end of the period.

Sherdog Scores

Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Alves
Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Alves
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Alves

Round 2

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Alves locked in a fight-ending choke.
Flores flicks out a jab right away. Flores is more aggressive early, and he lands a low kick. Flores follows a body kick with a leg kick. Flores fakes a Superman punch and follows up with a body kick. An inside leg kick lands flush for Alves. A jumping switch kick to the body connects for Alves. Alves rushes forward with a looping left hook and then jumps guard for a guillotine choke when Flores changes levels. They gradually move toward the fence and Alves maintains the squeeze. He briefly adjusts the hold, and Flores is finally forced to tap out.

The Official Result

Rafael Alves def. Alejandro Flores via Submission (Guillotine Choke) R2 2:55

Jhonoven Pati (186) vs. Jamie Pickett (185)

Round 1

Pickett lands a low kick followed by a right jab and Pati shakes his head. Pati chops at Pickett’s legs in response. Pickett comes forward with a long-one two combination. A straight left backs up Pati, and he sticks a jab moments later. Pati is pressuing Pickett, who changes levels for a nicely-timed takedown. Pati is active from his back, looking to frame a triangle, but Pickett steps over to side control. Pickett maintains a front headlock as Pati stands, drives his foe into the fence and then executes a slam at the base of the cage. Now it’s Pickett carrying Pati’s weight from a seated position. Pickett locks up a guillotine from his back, and Pati is gurgling a little bit. Pati is able to pull his head free, and he’s still on top. Pati drops a heavy elbow and punch from above before they stand. They trade for a moment, and Pati is throwing some wild haymakers. They clinch and Pati lands a knee to the gut followed by a right hand. They round ends with the middleweights trading in close quarters off the break.

Sherdog Scores

Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Pickett
Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Pickett
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pickett

Round 2

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Pickett finished Pati with a torrent of punches.
Pickett connects with a long combination to start the round. “The Nightwolf” senses an opening, and snaps Pati’s head back with a long right hand. That opens the floodgates for what turns out to be an impressive finishing sequence. With Pati going backward, Pickett flurries with punches to the head on his reeling opponent. Pati covers up against the fence, only to absorb another barrage of shots as he marches forward into Pickett’s range. One punch after another is landing flush. Pati finally tumbles to the canvas after absorbing copious amounts of punishment, and referee Mark Smith steps in to halt the carnage. The third time on Dana White’s Contender Series appears to be the charm for Pickett.

The Official Result

Jamie Pickett def. Jhonoven Pati via TKO (Punches) R2 0:33
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