DWCS 2022 Week 2 Breakdown and Predictions

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Chris Duncan, Dana White's Conender Series
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 12: (L-R) Chris Duncan punches Viacheslav Borshchev in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season five, week seven at UFC APEX on October 12, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Week one of Dana White’s Contender Series Season 6 saw just one contract awarded, to Joseph Pyfer. At the end of the episode, a clearly annoyed Dana White proclaimed that he did no advance research into the fighters on the show, and it was all about proving something to him on one night only — not about career history.

“Next week, when you roll in here, show me who you are Tuesday night,” White exclaimed in a message to upcoming fighters on the show. “That’s the only thing I’m concerned with.”

“If you want to get into the UFC and this is where you want to be, act like Joe Pyfer. Be Joe Pyfer.”

Never before has White been so blunt about his expectations for fighters on DWCS. Now, it’s time to see who was listening as week two goes down Tuesday, August 2. Here’s our look at what to expect.

Lightweight: Charlie Campbell Vs. Chris Duncan

Tale of the tape

Charlie Campbell
26-years-old
6’0″
East Rockaway, New York, US
LAW MMA
6-1
4 KO/TKOs
Combined opponent’s record: 19-8
Chris Duncan
29-years-old
5’10”
Alloa, Scotland
American Top Team
8-1
6 KO/TKOs, 1 Submission
Combined opponent’s record: 43-22

Pros and Cons

Charlie Campbell

Pros

  • Frequent heavy leg kicks
  • Good ground and pound
  • High work rate
  • Excellent shot-selection
  • Good bodywork
  • Cuts angles well
  • Good knees
  • Deceptive power

Cons

  • Loads up at times
  • TDD needs some work
  • Will reach with his strikes
  • Hands drop at times

Chris Duncan

Pros

  • Heavy leg kicks
  • Power right hand
  • Puts punches together
  • Good straight right
  • Aggressive
  • Hits hard
  • Good pocket striker
  • Good body kick
  • Underrated ground game

Cons

  • Gets hit a lot
  • Questionable TDD
  • Stands squared

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Duncan
Speed: Duncan
Output/Volume: Campbell
Kickboxing: Campbell
Striking defense: Campbell
Footwork/movement: Campbell
Wrestling: Duncan
Grappling: Duncan
More likely to finish on the mat: Duncan
Gas tank: Even

Prediction: Duncan is coming back after getting beat last season on the Contender Series. He lost to Slava Borshchev but was doing well up until the finish.

Campbell isn’t as talked about as Duncan but these guys, if they fought in a best of seven series, they’d go to fight seven.

The biggest edge might be the wrestling of Duncan. I feel that if he couldn’t keep Slava grounded he won’t be able to with Campbell either. It’s close on the feet where both are kind of similar. Both are really kick-heavy but I like the leg kicks of Campbell a lot more.

Defensively, well, neither are that good defensively. The flatter Duncan, being the smaller guy, gives me the confidence to think Campbell can chip away. Duncan could clip Campbell but going strike for strike I like the chin of Campbell to hold up more. I came into this fight expecting to pick Duncan but I’m taking Campbell. I feel he stays away from being held down and he starts to wear on Duncan as the fight goes.

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