Dana White’s Contender Series has become a great replacement for the Ultimate Fighter. The Ultimate Fighter would take a dozen or so fighters and give them a chance at a single UFC contract. Dana has improved that science with DWCS, by giving ten fighters a chance at contracts every week of the summer. Without any of the drama associated with TUF. Today we will take a look at three fighters that should be in consideration for this year’s installment of Dana White’s Contender Series.
Jared Gooden is a 26-year-old prospect out of Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a 14-4 record only being finished in one of his four losses. His most recent fight was a submission win over Marcel Stamps, which was labeled one of the best fights in Island Fights history. He has shown a lot of finishing ability, earning stoppages in 11 out of his 14 wins. Making him a very exciting, young prospect, which is exactly what Dana White is looking for. Gooden could potentially make a huge splash in the UFC’s already stacked middleweight division if he managed to secure himself a contract.
Pat Sabatini is a little older then Dana White normally likes on the Contender Series, but his talent should make up for it in this case. Sabatini is a submission specialist which could be great for the UFC’s featherweight division. Most of the top guys at featherweight are predominantly strikers. Nine out of Sabatini’s ten wins come by way of submission. His only two losses have come by way of decision, and the most recent was a razor-close split decision. He holds wins over Fabricio Oliveria, Da’Mon Blackshear, and even UFC newcomer Tony Gravely.
John Gotti III
John Gotti III is the grandson of the infamous John Gotti. He started his pro MMA career in 2017 and has since racked up a 4-0 record. All four of his victories have come by way of knockout or TKO. He is a six-foot-tall welterweight and he is only 27 years old. Gotti really should look like a diamond in the rough to the boss, Dana White. And thanks to the family name, there’s a marketable story there. Gotti is currently ranked the number one welterweight in the state of New York and the number seven welterweight in New England. He currently has a fight set for January 24th against Marcos Lloreda. Should he finish Lloreda in impressive fashion, he should definitely be in the running for DWCS this summer.
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