DWCS 2022: Week 9 preview, weigh-in outcomes

DWCS 2022: Week 9 preview, weigh-in outcomes

2022 continues to be an actual One year for UFC recruitment. This week, we beget an fair precise-to-god spicy middleweight fight at the tip, and some irregular—and with a chunk of of luck thrilling—matchups to beget the remainder of the DWCS (Dana White’s Contender Series) card.

Leon Aliu (10-1) vs Brunno Ferreira (8-0)

The necessary fight is the surprise right here. Italy’s Leon Aliu has six wins by build, four of these being submissions. His choke game is horrid for the system sturdy his squeeze can web. Whereas his stance isn’t big, he’s obtained dynamite in his hands as neatly. His leg kicks don’t survey fabulous; he appears to be like to prioritize getting his weight reduction on his legs to defend punching. His placing defense would possibly possibly maybe also use some work as neatly, but his offense is heavy the total system. His fully significant wins are in opposition to UFC vet Amilcar Alves (who stays in a profession freefall) dilapidated prospect Scuttle Gamble, and his most original grasp over James Webb in Cage Warriors. What he does has labored big for him in the previous and would possibly possibly maybe carry him for a while, but he’s obtained some work to cease to web ahead, grasp or lose.

Brunno (yes, that’s two “Ns” there) is a truly athletic fighter. Great takedowns, substantial punches from top set up, and excellent positional consciousness with his grappling. His placing game is moreover sturdy, despite the incontrovertible reality that he would possibly possibly maybe also moreover use some serve with his defense. His resume isn’t in depth, but he’s been combating more experienced fighters and appears to be like to be the more ready, between these two men, for the rigors of the factual UFC roster. Being a 6-0 fighter and defeating an opponent that is 33-18 with one design is a at ease precise survey, and the system he wins fights goes to cease him loads of favors.


Raul Rosas Jr. (5-0) vs Mando Gutierrez (7-1)

One amongst the most significant abilities this week is the 17-One year-stale Raul Rosas. Salvage outdated to that, because UFC shoulder programming has been riding his young age into the flooring. After a pair of wins at the beginner level, he grew to turn out to be reliable and has all finishes on his sterling file. Given his relative inexperience, there’s no precise significant opposition and all of his previous opponents had two fights or less at the reliable level when he fought them.

Adding all of this up leaves us with too many questions as to how neatly-geared up he’s for this particular step. But he’s obtained a pleasing highlight reel and clearly the matchmakers/scouts are seeing loads of upside right here. And so that they must. His grappling game is tight and methodical while he runs a fixed and sturdy tempo. This kid is big, has room to develop, and is available in with a ton of skill. His ceiling isn’t outlined the least bit but, and there’s loads to luxuriate in right here.

Gutierrez has six submission wins, 5 of them are rear naked chokes. He would possibly possibly maybe also fight a chunk of coping with the reach of Rosas, but he’s a truly capable striker and would possibly possibly maybe defend his hold on the flooring. He would possibly possibly maybe be forced with placing, but moreover has big submission defense and some very heavy flooring strikes.


Austen Lane (11-3) vs Richard Jacobi (6-0-1)

Lane is a dilapidated NFL participant that turned into previously on Contender Series reduction in 2018, the set up he suffered a loss to Greg Hardy. Right here’s what I acknowledged about him then:

As for Lane? He’s quietly pursued MMA for some time with his first fight being in 2015. Sooner or later of this time, he’s earned himself a pleasing 5-1 file on the beginner level and moved on to 4-0 as a reliable. Four of these beginner wins were knockouts, one a TKO. His beginner profession has been principally in opposition to fighters making their beginner debut, as were his first two reliable opponents. The closing two fighters he’s confronted were 6-13 and 4-0. Lane’s obtained some precise straight punches he can fireplace down the middle and he’s no longer unnerved to web hit. His reactions are a chunk of leisurely and his dash is a chunk of clunky, but he’s obtained self-discipline and is at chance of be comparatively spry when he smells blood.

He misplaced to Frank Tate via strikes as neatly after that. Since that setback, on the opposite hand? 7-1 and all of them were finishes except for for his closing bout, the set up his opponent suffered a leg damage. He’s tranquil a troublesome-hitter that blitzes opponents and has lumber in his feet and hands. It’s defense and skill to select a shot in opposition to the heavier guys which would possibly possibly maybe be an field.

But he can doubtlessly select this if he’s clean about it. He’s up in opposition to Richard Jacobi, a Brazilian heavyweight that has fully two of his fights going to a possibility. One turned into a grasp, the opposite a design. Whereas he’s beating the brakes off the opposition, we want to gaze that opposition. A couple of of it ain’t precise. Regardless of being 6-0, he’s obtained an opponent that turned into 0-1 and any other that turned into 0-3.

Gentle, there’s fully so grand you would possibly possibly additionally check for a fighter developing in the heavyweight ranks anyplace on this planet. His most experienced opponent turned into 22-22 when they fought, and in the midst of a four fight losing hump. That man’s fully fought as soon as since, and misplaced that one. No disrespect to any events interested, it’s correct no longer easy to web a be taught on the different of a prospect when he’s dusting husky dudes with iffy records. Jacobi positively has the firepower to examine Lane away, but if Lane keeps his head off the middle line and mixes things up while controlling the clinch and outworking Jacobi, it’s his fight to grasp. This primarily would possibly possibly maybe also poke both system.


Nurullo Aliev (6-0) vs Josh Wick (12-5)

Aliev is the uncommon Contender Series participant that doesn’t beget a ton of finishes on his file, but smothers with grappling defend watch over and has calculated and clean placing. He’s obtained the total tools to be a no longer easy check for anybody at this level, and would possibly possibly maybe continue to extend his abilities to turn out to be a truly precise addition to the UFC roster.

Wick as suffered some losses to more experienced opposition in the previous, but would possibly possibly maybe also build tranquil build it very no longer easy for Aliev to compose his system into the substantial display. No longer to be pressured with John Wick or Josh Wink, he brings his hold stamp of violence to the game. His fully significant wins are in opposition to dilapidated UFC fighter Cain Carrizosa and up to the moment UFC skill Vince Morales. Whereas he would possibly possibly maybe also employ a little bit of this fight on his reduction, things must transfer system smoother for him if he keeps it standing and keeps pivoting to deter takedown attempts.


Jafel Filho (13-2) vs Roybert Echeverria (7-0)

Filho turned into a mainstay for Shooto Brazil, and racked up most of his wins there and even no longer easy for the title as soon as. Whereas he wasn’t successful then, he’s continued to use his flypaper grappling means to fights. That continually ends up with him forcing fighters into worse and worse scenarios on the flooring till he will get the outlet he needs for his submission attempts. He’s currently obtained a sizzling hand with a four-fight grasp hump that contains a grasp over Vinicius Salvador, who defeated Shannon Ross earlier this One year on Contender Series.

Echeverria would possibly possibly maybe also very neatly be undefeated, but there’s loads of holes to toddle at right here. For starters, he has a previous opponent that turned into 2-5. No longer egregious whenever you’re developing and beget tiny ride. But then fought Earnest Walls when Walls turned into 2-15, fully to fight him all as soon as more when Walls turned into 2-17. That 2nd grasp in opposition to Walls turned into followed by a grasp in opposition to a fighter that turned into 0-2 while Echeverria turned into 5-0. He managed to eke out a split possibility in opposition to the very no longer easy Wascar Cruz in Titan FC this previous December. He does loads of things precise, but has too many question marks around him to belief him fully in opposition to an aggressive and genuine submission grappler.

That you can take a examine the weigh-ins right here, courtesy of the crew at MMAJunkie:

Burly card is as follows:

Leon Aliu (186.0) vs. Brunno Ferreira (184.0) – Middleweight

Raul Rosas Jr. (134.0) vs. Mando Gutierrez (135.5) – Bantamweight

Austen Lane (240.5) vs. Richard Jacobi (244.5) – Heavyweight

Nurullo Aliev (155.5) vs. Josh Wick (156) – Light-weight

Roybert Echeverria (125.0) vs. Jafel Cavalcante Filho (125.5) – Flyweight

Dana White’s Contender Series takes living this Tuesday night beginning at the frequent originate time of 8: 00pm EST. This tournament streams are residing and exclusively on ESPN+.