Dana White’s Contender Series 2021 Week 10 Play-by-Play & Results

By Lev Pisarsky Nov 2, 2021
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Zhifa Shang (125.5) vs. Juan Puerta (125)

Round 1

Kicking off the final installment of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series for season 5, we have perhaps the most experienced match-up in the history of the series, as 35 year-old Zhifa Shang, with a glossy record of 32-7, battles 33 year-old Juan Puerta, who is 22-6. Puerta has an 11 fight winning streak and Shang has won 20 in a row. However, Puerta is a solid favorite since he has fought the much better opposition. Referee Mike Beltran presides. Puerta starts out dancing around on the outside, looking very light. He misses an early leg kick. They are both cautious early, not engaging. Puerta throws a testing head kick that is blocked by Shang. Another Puerta leg kick misses. Puerta comes forward with punches, Shang backs up awkwardly, but nothing connects and they are soon back at range. After a while, Shang charges in, but again, there are no connects. Puerta comes forward but Shang retreats and again, nothing is landed. Shang tries a kick, but Puerta grabs him and gets an easy takedown. Working inside the guard, Puerta lands a few punches to the head, although none are especially hard. Shang manages to mostly tie him up with half a round remaining. Puerta fights to get his arms out and eventually gets a sneaky elbow in. Puerta also lands a few right hands to the side of the body. Puerta complains to referee Beltran that Shang is grabbing his gloves, which may be responsible for some of Shang's success in tying up his foe. Puerta postures up a little and tries to punch, but Shang is good at controlling the wrists. With 50 seconds left, Shang gets some separation and wall-walks back up. Puerta lands a few knees, but in the process, Shang tries to take him down and eventually does, with Puerta on the bottom with about 30 seconds left. Shang is in side control but does little with it.

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Puerta
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Puerta
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Puerta

Round 2

Puerta begins the second stanza with a head kick but he hits nothing but air. They continue being very cautious on the outside of one another's range. Shang fires a right hand, Puerta ducks under it, but Shang clinches, and then gets a very easy trip. Puerta tries to scramble up, but is very slow about it and gives up the back. Shang initially gets both hooks in but he soon loses one of them. Shang is hanging out on the back, but he is far too high and is about to slip off. And indeed, that is exactly what happens with a little over 3 minutes remaining. Shang tries to sweep with butterfly hooks, but Puerta's base is solid and he stays on. Shang then tries to post-up and sweep, but again, Puerta is tough and pushes him back down. Puerta tries a few punches, but they're defended well by his opponent and don't land. Puerta seems content to hang out in Shang's guard, doing very little. Both men are trying to annoy one another with hands more than land meaningful blows with about 2 minutes left. Shang eventually shrimps to the cage and tries to wall-walk. However, he turns his back in the process and Puerta takes his back with both hooks. Puerta flattens out Shang briefly and uses it to land some good punches to the head. Shang is now very flat on the canvas with a minute left in the round. Puerta lands some hard elbows to the side of the head as Shang is just trying to survive the round. Shang is holding on to the wrists but doing nothing else of consequence. Puerta is stymied despite the very dominant position.

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Puerta
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Puerta
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Puerta

Round 3

They begin the round cautiously again, which makes sense for Puerta, but not so much for Shang. Shang goes for a telegraphed overhand right that misses. Shang comes forward with hooks now, but they're all a little slow and telegraphed and Puerta angles off while not eating anythign significant. Shang goes for a left hook into an overhand right, but Puerta gets his shoulder up and defends. Puerta touches Shang with a leg kick. Puerta scores with a 1-2 to get some respect. Shang tries a right cross but it misses. Shang scores with a leg kick, his first of the fight. Shang misses a punch and it's Puerta who decides to clinch. They end up against the fence, but not for long, breaking off with a little under 3 minutes remaining in the contest. Shang throws an awkward jab, but it connects to Puerta's stomach. Shang lands another leg kick. Puerta misses a lazy head kick. Shang tries some uppercuts that are way out of range, but a very cautious Puerta doesn't even try to counter. Shang then clinches with Puerta and misses a right cross on the break. Shang touches Puerta with a left hook but does little damage. Shang partially lands with a right cross as Puerta just seems to be intent on coasting. Puerta ducks a Shang right cross neatly and they're back to the clinch. Shang lands a few insignificant punches on the inside. On the break, he partially lands some better punches. Puerta lands a nice knee up the middle. Shang continues coming forward, but his punches are a little telegraphed, slow, and wild, although he is winning the round on activity alone. Shang lands a solid right cross with 10 seconds left, clearly his best punch. It's not enough.

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Shang (29-28 Puerta)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Shang (29-28 Puerta)
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Puerta (30-27 Puerta)

The Official Result

Juan Puerta def. Zhifa Shang via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jonas Bilharinho (146) vs. Canaan Kawaihae (145.5)

Round 1

In a match-up between two featherweights who are each about 6 feet tall, Hawaii's Canaan Kawaihae (6-1) faces Brazil's Jonas Bilharinho (8-1-1). Referee Herb Dean is the third man in the cage. Kawaihae tries an early head kick and loses his balance, falling down. He comes forward with punches, but Bilharinho gets away. Bilharinho tries a crane kick, but it obviously misses. Kawaihae decides to clinch, pushing the Brazilian against the cage. Kawaihae works the knees to the thighs, perhaps trying to slow his opponent down. Kawaihae lands a short left punch at close range. The pace slows in the clinch as the round nears its midway mark. Kawaihae throws a few knees to the body, though one or two look low. Kawaihae gets double underhooks but isn't even thinking of a takedown. They trade knees to the thighs. Little is happening as 90 seconds are left in the round. Bilharinho tries to spin away, but he is unsuccessful. Finally, with 80 seconds left, Herb Dean gives them a warning. They finally separate with a minute left. They trade kicks, but none land significantly. Kawaihae lands a leg kick, and soon a second one, though neither is hard. Kawaihae tries a head kick that is easily blocked, and Bilharinho tries one of his own, which is also blocked. Bilharinho misses a punch, and soon a left hook.

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Kawaihae
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Kawaihae
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Kawaihae

Round 2

Bilharinho starts the round with a powerful body kick, by far the best connect of either this fight or the first one on the card. Kawaihae decides to clinch and looks to almost have the takedown, but the Brazilian's balance is good and he stays upright. They soon separate. They each poke with punches, but niehter man lands. Both men jab and miss. Kawaihae lands a light leg kick. Bilharinho misses a punch and Kawaihae counters with a straight left. Kawaihae lands a leg kick and shoots in soon after, trying to force it against the fence. Bilharinho defends and he escapes. Bilharinho lands a nice right jab and soon after an even better one. Kawaihae decides to shoot in again, but he is easily stuffed. With about 2:10 left, both Kawaihae and Bilharinho throw knees at the same time and both land very low, as both men crumple to the canvas in pain. Like the commentators, I've never seen this happen before! Bilharinho is the first to rise after just under a minute on the canvas. Kawaihae, meanwhile, is still writhing in pain on the canvas. Kawaihae is still in visible pain after 2 minutes, trying to shake it off. Finally, after about two and a half minutes, they resume in the center of the cage. Kawaihae slaps a body kick. Bilharinho misses one of his own and Kawaihae lands another good body kick as he clinches for another takedown. However, the Brazilian is easily defending these attempts, and they once again are in a stalemate against the cage. They each land knees to the body, none of them low. They separate and pop one another with jabs at the same time. Bilharinho lands another cracking body kick, similar to what he did early in the round. He touches Kawaihae with a jab. Kawaihae misses a 1-2 and partially eats a left hook. Kawaihae partially lands an uppercut but Bilharinho pops him with a jab and then a 1-2 as time expires.

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Bilharinho
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Kawaihae
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Kawaihae

Round 3

Bilharinho goes for a jumping switch kick that partially lands to the body. Kawaihae clinches but the Brazilian easily throws him off. Bilharinho lands a nice straight punch and easily dodges the counter. Bilharinho is moving very well, easily avoiding his foe's punches with head movement and dancing around the cage. He lands a jab but misses the follow-up cross. Kawaihae's attempt at a 1-2 hits nothing but air. Bilharinho tries a jumping knee which almost lands, but Kawaihae's punches all miss again. Bilharinho circles around the cage and lands a nice straight right as Kawaihae is advancing. Kawaihae changes levels and again tries to wrestle. Bilharinho pushes the head down, but Kawaihae soon bails and stands upright, pushing his opponent against the fence. Bilharinho lands a nice knee to the body. Halfway through the round, they separate. Bilharinho lands a nice jab. He lands a nice left hand and then dodges the receipts. Bilharinho now landing another nice body kick. Against the cage, Bilharinho, hands down, dodges Kawaihae's punches with his head movement. Kawaihae misses a 1-2 but lands a nice follow-up body kick. Kawaihae goes for another 1-2 and misses by a foot as Bilharinho dodges neatly. Suddenly, out of absolutely nowhere, Bilharinho throws a spinning back-kick and not only does it land, but it floors Kawaihae, who is hurt very badly indeed. Bilharinho doesn't try to follow him down and land any follow-up punches, and luckily for him, referee Herb Dean ends it, anyways. A very sudden and spectacular finish.

The Official Result

Jonas Bilharinho def. Canaan Kawaihae via KO (Spinning Back Kick) at 4:00 of Round 3

Lun Qiu (125.5) vs. Erisson Ferreira da Silva (125.5)

Round 1

Moving back down to the flyweights, Lun "Tibetan Knight" Qiu (13-7) is a heavy underdog against Brazil's Erisson Ferreira da Silva (10-1), all of whose victories have come by knockout and most in the first round. Keeping order in the Octagon will be referee Mike Beltran. Silva tries a leg kick, but Qiu dances out of range. Qiu tries a head kick, but it's blocked well. Silva tries a body kick but Qiu catches it and kicks his other leg out. It appears he might get it to the ground, but he allows the Brazilian up. As they move in and out of range, Qiu fires a laser of a left cross, knocking Silva down. Silva is canny off his back though, and after being unable to punish him from a standing position, Qiu lets him up. They clinch and Silva misses a punch, with Qiu punishing him with a body kick. Soon after, he lands another powerful body kick. Qiu is a little reckless with a side kick and he eats several powerful hooks as a counter. Silva is in hot pursuit and Silva punishes him with another hook against the cage. They are going toe to toe here, and it's Qiu now landing another big left cross to Silva's chin. Silva isn't deterred and comes back with a series of close range hooks of his own, hurting his Chinese foe. Qiu decides to clinch against the cage, but not for long, as he breaks away with elbows, some of them partly landing. Qiu lands a side-kick, but it's dangerous, as he falls down. Silva tries a jumping knee, but it's a poor decision, as Qiu gets a double-leg takedown. In half-guard, Qiu postures up and lands a few punches. Silva tries to get up, and eventually manages to wall-walk. Silva comes forward with wild strikes, partially landing an off-balance body kick. Suddenly, Silva lands a huge right hook that has Qiu badly hurt and panic-wrestling. Silva easily sprawls and briefly attains mount. Qiu gets back to half-guard but Silva lands a few huge hammerfists. Silva stands as Qiu is on the canvas. Silva jumps in with a big punch that partially lands. Great round.

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 da Silva
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Qiu
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Qiu

Round 2

Qiu begins with another side-kick to the knee, but isn't countered this time. Silva reaches with a jab which just misses. Qiu is short with his own 1-2 as Silva goes back in time. Qiu darts forward but is again too slow. Silva tries a 1-2 of his own but it miss. De Silva chains kicks to his punches and now lands a body kick and soon after a leg kick. Silva is deciding to kick more now, and it makes Qiu more wary. Qiu throws another hard left cross but it's blocked. Silva throws a leg kick and it's caught, as Qiu gets top position. Silva scrambles instantly and gets back to his feet. Silva misses with another 1-2 as both men are thinking more of defnese now. Silva goes upstairs with a head kick that partially gets through. Qiu responds with a strong body kick. Qiu tries his own head kick off a series of missed punches and it's barely blocked. Qiu lands another strong left cross. Qiu misses a head kick and just barely avoids being hit with a counter. De Silva very nearly misses a huge right hook that misses by perhaps an inch. Qiu partially lands a left cross but then wobbles Silva with an excellent overhand right behind it. Qiu partially lands a 1-2 and then lands another staunch left cross that bothers the Brazilian. They clinch in the center of the cage and Qiu lands a knee to the body before Silva goes away. Briefly clinching, Qiu lands a nice knee to the body. Great bounceback round for Qiu.

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Qiu
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 da Silva
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 da Silva

Round 3

Qiu lands a body kick, but Silva uses it to clinch and now try for a takedown. He goes for a single-leg and gets it, landing in the half-guard. Silva lands a solid right hand to the head as Qiu recovers to full guard. Silva lands a few small hammerfists, but nothing significant. He postures up now and lands a couple of hard right hands. He postures up even more but this allows Qiu to scramble up. Not only does he does so, but he gets Silva down briefly. Silva is undeterred but continues scrambling himself as Qiu has a headlock on him. They both rise, but Silva has his hands on the canvas so as not to be kneed. Qiu touches Silva with a left hand and then fires kicks, both blocked. Qiu tries for a takedown, but Silva has a very tight guillotine. Qiu is able to get out of the way but he is on his knees and eats several hard punhces. Suddenly, Silva has his back and is very close to locking in a RNC. However, Qiu grits it out and then Silva gets too wild, not getting his hooks or base in. This allows Qiu to return to his feet with about 90 seconds remaining. Silva comes forward and lands a couple of hooks. He walks Qiu down and partially gets another big right hook through. Qiu tries for straight punches but they're blocked. Qiu tries for a takedown and Silva jumps guard for a guillotine. With 20 seconds remaining, Qiu gives the thumbs up sign. As time expries, Qiu survives. Tremendous fight.

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 da Silva (29-28 da Silva)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 da Silva (29-28 da Silva)
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 da Silva (29-28 da Silva)

The Official Result

Brazil's Erisson Ferreira da Silva def. Lun Qiu via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Yohan Lainesse (171) vs. Justin Burlinson (170.5)

Round 1

In the night's heaviest battle, undefeated welterweights Yohan Lainesse (7-0) and Justin Burlinson (6-0) meet one another. Burlinson is a large favorite, and has fought on a Bellator prelim, where he won in just 9 seconds. Herb Dean is again the referee. Lainesse goes for a double-leg as soon as the fight begins and Burlinson looks for a guillotine choke attempt. However, Lainesse easily gets out and is on top. Burlinson continues scrambling, however, constantly moving his hips and moving his legs. He eventually makes his way to the cage and seems to be on his way up, but Lainesse takes him down. However, Burllinson isn't fazed and gets up. As they get up, they start exchanging heavy leather in the pocket, with little thought to defense. They both throw jabs, with Lainesse's actually landing. Burlinson partially connects on a right cross, but eats a monster left hook that he never saw it coming, completely putting his lights out. Tremendous victory by Lainesse as a huge underdog!

The Official Result

Yohan Lainesse def. Justin Burlinson via KO (Punch) at 1:37 of Round 1

Achilles Estremadura (156) vs. Maheshate Maheshate (156)

Round 1

Closing the card and also the season, lightweights collide when Achilles Estremadura (7-0) fights Maheshate Maheshate (5-1), the third Chinese fighter on the card. Estremadura is the biggest favorite on this card at a whopping -800. Referee Mike Beltran gets the last assignment of the evening. Estremadura charges forward, landing a series of jabs and then a powerful hook. Maheshate gets off the cage and lands a hard punch of his own. They stalk one another for a while and as Estremadura gets Maheshate against the fence, he clobbers Maheshate with punches, including a left hook that seems to temporarily put his lights out. As the fight appears over, Maheshate suddenly recovers and even clinches with Estremadura. Estremadura fights hard to get off and eventually does so, though Estremadura apears recovered. Maheshate is very cautious now, dancing on the outside as Estremadura continues stalking him all over the cage. Once again, Estremadura explodes and unleashes a torrent of punches that would make Vitor Belfort proud, smashing Maheshate with another left hook and series of punches that left him temporarily limp. However, yet again, they clinch for a while. Estremadura breaks off and now Maheshate pursues, clinching again and landing a nice knee to the body. Maheshate lands a nice front kick to the body. Estremadura hits him with a jab and soon after, a nice left hook, although Maheshate isn't hurt this time. Maheshate misses with a jab and then has his front kick blocked. Maheshate misses a jumping front kick by a considerable margin and soon after, he misses on a leg kick. Estremadura explodes forward again and lands a nice left hook, although with less effect this time. Maheshate lands another front kick to the body. An exciting stanza.

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Estremadura
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Estremadura
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Estremadura

Round 2

Estremadura paws with a jab to begin the second round. Maheshate seems loathe to fire early, dancing on the outside. Finally, Maheshate fires a front kick to the body that partially connects. Estremadura comes forward and now lands with a big right hand. Maheshate misses a front kick to the head. Estremadura paws a jab but it's not a serious one, and the Chinese fighter easily evades. Maheshate continues circling well on the outside and he throws a roundhouse to the head that partially connects. Estremadura lands a left hook into a right cross. Maheshate throws a 1-2 that gets through. As Maheshate comes forward, it's now Estremadura who decides to clinch, but is quickly turned to the fence himself. Estremadura soon decides to disengage back out to range. Maheshate lands a leg kick. Estremadura jumps forward with a left hook, but for the first time, he misses it. Maheshate throws a very weird chopping right hand that misses and his follow-up jabs are blocked. An Estremadura right hand is also defended as he is really telegraping his entries. Estremadura lands an elbow as Maheshate comes forward. Maheshate fires a jumping knee that nails Estremadura right on the chin and hurts him badly, as he desperately clinches. He eats a few more knees but eventually disengages before clinching yet again. They clinch with 30 seconds left, trading knees to the body. Maheshate goes for a single-leg, but Estremadura defends easily and gets away. Maheshate lands a knee and a body kick as the round ends. What a turn-around for the massive underdog!

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Maheshate
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Maheshate
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Maheshate

Round 3

Maheshate begins the aggression with a cracking leg kick. Maheshate goes for a leg kick and Estremadura counters with a jab, but there's not much on it. Estremadura misses on a left hook, the same one that kept landing earlier in the fight. They trade leg kicks, but Maheshate gets the better of it. Maheshate lands a body kick soon after. Estremadura is firing only a punch at a time and is missing. He partially gets a right hand through. Maheshate soon lands a right cross of his own and then goes for another jumping knee that partially lands. Estremadura goes for another lead left hook and this one hits nothing but air. Estremadura misses a jab and then eats a body kick followed by a fancy spinning back kick to the body that he only partially covers up for. Maheshate throws the 1-2 and connects with the right cross. He throws a 1-2, misses, but then fires another jumping knee that hits pay dirt. Estremadura is tough, though, and stays standing. Maheshate now throws a number of front kicks that keeps Estremadura at distance. Estremadura lands an overhand right, but it's not too powerful anymore. Maheshate throws a jab, misses, and Estremadura counters with a harder one. Maheshate lands a front kick to the body, but he looks winded now himself, too, with little on the strike. Maheshate lands a right cross but then eats a few Estremadura hooks, though none land flush. They both miss jabs with 10 seconds remaining. The fight ends with no major strikes thrown by either man. By my reckoning, a great comeback win for the massive underdog Maheshate.

Sherdog Scores

Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Maheshate (29-28 Maheshate)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Maheshate (29-28 Maheshate)
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Maheshate (29-28 Maheshate)

The Official Result

Maheshate Maheshate def. Achilles Estremadura via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

CONTRACTS

Dana White welcomes Yohan Lainesse and Maheshate Maheshate as the newest members of the UFC roster.
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