DWCS 2021 Week 5 Breakdown and Predictions

Dana White's Contender Series (DWCS) at the UFC Apex
Dana White's Contender Series, UFC Apex Credit: Jeff Bottari (UFC)

Week 5 of this year’s Dana White’s Contender Series run brought with it the return of former DWCS hopeful Aaron Jeffery, looking for a shot at redemption. There was also an intriguing heavyweight scrap as the featured fight. A full five fights this week, and lots of potential.

Let’s get on with our breakdown and picks, shall we?

Light heavyweight: Lukasz Sudolski Vs. Igor Poterya

Tale of the Tape

Lukasz Sudolski
Szczecin, Poland
Berserker’s Team
Five first-round finishes
Igor Poterya
Kiev, Ukraine
8 KO/TKOs, 6 Submissions

Pros and Cons

Lukasz Sudolski


  • Fast starter
  • Heavy hands
  • Good wrestling
  • Excellent ground and pound
  • Submission threat
  • Good jab
  • Heavy top position
  • Good hands


  • N/A

Igor Poterya


  • Covers distance well
  • Good output
  • Good ground and pound
  • Diverse attack
  • Submission threat


  • Hands low
  • Wild striking
  • Opened to being countered
  • TDD needs work

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Sudolski
Speed: Sudolski
Output/Volume: Poterya
Knockout Power: Sudolski
Chin: Even
Kickboxing: Poterya
Footwork: Poterya
Wrestling: Sudolski
Grappling: Sudolski
Submissions: Poterya
Cardio: Even


I didn’t get a lot of footage on Sudolski but from what I’ve watched he’s looked scary. He’s more of someone that likes to take opposing fighters down and either sub or beat on them with ground and pound.

Poterya has an awkward but effective style. Not the most technical guy but he makes up for it with output and blitzes. Both guys like to grapple and Sudolski likes to wrestle a bit more. Poterya is good off his back and I expect that’s where he will be in this fight.

Sudolski has a good physical advantage so if he wrestles I expect him to have a lot of success. It’s going to be interesting on the feet. Poterya has a volume advantage and Sudolski has more power and seems more technical. I like Sudolski in this fight but I’m not confident the longer this fight goes. There is a lot of uncertainty on the part of Sudolski but he is my pick here.


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