A pair of returning DWCS fighters will face off next month, as Sherrard Blackledge takes on Tucker Lutz.
Sources have confirmed the bout to Cageside Press. The lightweight fight will take place on November 17.
After seven successful weeks of the Contender Series, the UFC took a break from the show as they were heading back to Abu Dubai for a second stint on Fight Island. As the UFC is on their way to wrapping that trip up, Dana White’s Contender Series is set to return. The show will get underway on November 4, and continue for several more weeks.
Sherrard Blackledge (5-0) competed on the Contender Series this season in week six. He had what amounted to a Fight of the Night performance with Cameron Church, putting on a great showing. Due to him being so young in his career, Dana White didn’t sign him straight out and instead invited him back for the second half on the season.
Located in Las Vegas, “The Thriller” is a product of Syndicate MMA. In addition to going 5-0 as a pro, he was 7-1 as an amateur, ending his ammy career on a five-fight win streak.
As a pro, Blackledge has notably fought for the Island Fights promotion out of Florida, which airs on UFC Fight Pass. The 27-year-old will be making the move back down to 155lbs from 170 for the second straight time in almost two months. Prior to his Contender Series appearances, Blackledge had been competing at welterweight.
Like Blackledge, Tucker Lutz had a successful showing on the Contender Series earlier this year. He earned a unanimous decision win over Chase Gibson on week five of this year’s show — but again like Blackledge, was not awarded a UFC deal.
Hailing from Reisterstown, Maryland, Lutz trains out of Ground Control Academy. With only two bouts going the distance, he’s finished fights on eight separate occasions. Lutz also went 8-0 as an amateur, winning two titles. Now 10-1 as a pro, Lutz is the Shogun Fights 155lb pound champion.