DWCS 2020 Week 10 Breakdown and Predictions

Sherrard Blackledge DWCS
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 08: Sherrard Blackledge has his hands wrapped prior to his fight during week six of Dana White's Contender Series season four at UFC APEX on September 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Dana White’s Contender Series is back for one last week this year. Five fights, ten fighters, and one last chance to break into the UFC in 2020. There are a number of returning fighters on the DWCS 2020 Week 10 card, including Jacob Silva, Sherrard Blackledge, and Tucker Lutz (the latter two facing off against one another).

All this gives us one last chance to preview the action set to unfold Tuesday night, so let’s get on with the show.

Nick Maximov
Nick Maximov Credit: Youtube

Heavyweight: Nick Maximov vs. Oscar Cota

Tale of the Tape

Nick Maximov
Chico, California, US
Nick Diaz Academy
Oscar Cota
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Kimura Training Center
11-2 (1 NC)

Pros and Cons

Nick Maximov


  • Excellent jiu-jitsu
  • Good wrestling
  • Persistent pace/takedown attempts
  • Submission specialist


  • Will shoot from too far out at times
  • One-dimensional
  • Questionable gas tank
  • Questionable striking defense

Oscar Cota


  • Throws with volume well
  • Good leg kicks
  • Good hands


  • Poor TDD
  • Lost off his back
  • Weak gas tank
  • A bit too slow

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Cota
Speed: Maximov
Output/Volume: Cota
Knockout Power: Cota
Chin: ?
Kickboxing: Even
Footwork: Maximov
Wrestling: Maximov
Grappling: Maximov
Submissions: Maximov
Cardio: ?


Cota is the bigger, more experienced fighter but I’m siding with Maximov here. Although there are still a lot of unknowns regarding the full skillset of Maximov, I believe there is some insurance here in terms of where Cota is really at. Cota has had problems staying off his back and going against Maximov, who is a legit grappler, is a bad recipe for Cota. A recipe for disaster really. I’m confident the forward pressure, pace, and jiu-jitsu of Maximov will lead him to an early finish.