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
24-years-old
5’9″
Elmwood Park, New Jersey, US
Tiger Schulmann’s MMA
8-1
Five decision wins
Jonny Parsons
30-years-old
5’10″
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Syndicate MMA
7-2
6 KO/TKOs

Pros and Cons

Solomon Renfro

Pros

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

Cons

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

Jonny Parsons

Pros

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

Cons

  • 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

Prediction

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.

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