DWCS 2021 Week 8 Breakdown and Predictions

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UFC Apex/Dana White's Contender Series Credit: Rodney James Edgar/Cageside Press

We’re quickly approaching the end of this latest season of Dana White’s Contender Series, and Season 5, Week 8 was likely to see the total number of contracts handed out in Season 3 matched if not surpassed. The 2019 edition of DWCS handed out 30 UFC contracts; last season dished out a total of 37. Prior to Tuesday’s installment, which saw Caio Borralho get his second chance on the show in a matter of weeks, 28 deals had been handed out in Season 5.

We’ve got five more fights to break down this week, so lets get to it!

Solomon Renfro Credit: CFFC

Welterweight: Solomon Renfro Vs. Jonny Parsons

Tale of the Tape

Solomon Renfro
Elmwood Park, New Jersey, US
Tiger Schulmann’s MMA
Five decision wins
Jonny Parsons
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Syndicate MMA

Pros and Cons

Solomon Renfro


  • Physically strong
  • Good wrestling
  • Fast hands
  • Clubbing power
  • Heavy leg kicks
  • Hits hard
  • Good bodywork
  • Strong jab


  • Lacks head movement
  • Can be flat-footed
  • Suspect cardio

Jonny Parsons


  • Heavy hands
  • Good vision
  • Patient
  • Good ground and pound
  • Good counter striker
  • Dangerous in exchanges
  • Good bodywork


  • Flat-footed
  • Easily hit

Who has the advantage?

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


It’s evident that Renfro has massively improved over his last few fights. Early as a pro Renfro was winning close fights and wasn’t performing to the best of his ability. Ever since training at Tiger Schulmann he’s a much better fighter. Even his loss to Mike Malott, he was winning until he got caught.

I expect a striking battle but Renfro has a clear wrestling and grappling advantage if he wants it. Both guys are flat-footed pocket strikers with a lot of power. Renfro has adopted that Muay Thai base at Tiger Schulmann throwing heavy leg kicks and sitting down more on his punches. As a striker I strongly favor Renfro. Compared to Parsons he’s much faster, more explosive, and more powerful. The only concern for him is that Parsons is tough, and additionally there’s a question as to how Renfro will look deep in this fight if it gets there. That said I don’t think it gets there. I think Renfro is too much against someone much slower and stationary. Betting wise I like the Renfro money line and to go for even more I like him by submission as well.