Week five of Dana White’s Contender Series arrived on Tuesday, August 23, with a couple of familiar names adorning the card.
In a women’s strawwweight fight, Invicta FC alum Denise Gomes, who had finished UFC vet Milana Dudieva earlier this year, got her chance to make the big show. Brazil’s Gomes was paired up with another Brazilian prospect, Rayanne Amanda, who entered the fight on a four-fight win streak.
Those who caught DWCS last fall would also likely recognize Errison Ferreira. The flyweight earned a win on the Contender Series last season, but was not awarded a contract. Tough he had not fought since, Ferreira was brought back for a fight with Jesus Santos Aguilar on Tuesday — and nearly missed weight, coming in 0.5lbs over the limit on his first attempt Monday.
A second attempt after some additional cutting would see Ferreira come in just under the flyweight limit, but whether a tough weight cut would dog him in the fight remained to be seen.
Full results from Dana White’s Contender Series 51, which takes place at the UFC Apex and airs live on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass, can be found below.
Rayanne Amanda and Denise Gomes kicked off the DWCS 51 card, with Gomes firing a number of spinning attacks including a wheel kick, looking for the highlight reel finish. That didn’t happen, and instead she had to fight off Amanda’s takedown attempts throughout the rest of the round. In the second, a Gomes flying knee fell short, allowing Amanda to get the fight down — but it didn’t stay there. Instead, Gomes got back to her feet, and took over from there. By the third, a bloodied Amanda was spamming overhand rights while eating leg kicks, and was falling behind. Gomes would win the unanimous decision after 15 minutes, with Dana White twice standing up and applauding during the fight.
Josh Wang-Kim showed some solid kicks and footwork in the opening round of his bantamweight fight with Cameron Saaiman. But come the second round, Saaiman had turned the tables, and in the third, Saaiman had Wang-Kim trapped against the fence. The exchange that followed saw Saaiman land a blistering left hook that turned out the lights, and had White calling him a bad-ass.
The second time was not the charm for Erisson Ferreira, who tapped to a guillotine choke in the third round of his fight with Jesus Santos Aguilar.
Georgia’s Amiran Gogoladze’s night was over almost before it started. After going after an arm-bar against Darrius Flowers, Flowers hoisted Gogoladze up for a slam! He landed it, and moments later, the fight was over, with the Georgian having injured his shoulder on impact.
In the featured fight, Michael Parkin made short work of Eduardo Neves. The pair brawled early before Parkin landed a double leg takedown. Neves gave up his back almost immediately, and Parkin took advantage, seeking in the choke.
Dana White’s Contender Series Season 6, Week 5 Results
Heavyweight: Michael Parkin def. Eduardo Neves by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 1:57
Welterweight: Darrius Flowers def. Amiran Gogoladze by TKO (injury), Round, 1:13
Flyweight: Jesus Santos Aguilar def. Erisson Ferreira by submission (guillotine choke), Round 3, 1:56
Bantamweight: Cameron Saaiman def. Josh Wang-Kim by Knockout, Round 3, 2:52
Women’s Strawweight: Denise Gomes def. Rayanne Amanda by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Contract Winners: Denise Gomes, Cameron Saaiman, Jesus Santos Aguilar, Darrius Flowers, Michael Parkin