Chandler Cole and Mitch Ramirez finally got their second chances at a UFC deal on Tuesday, as week four of Dana White’s Contender Series Season Seven arrived.
It would be no easy feat for either fighter, with TUF alum Cole matched up against LFA veteran Thomas Petersen, a former heavyweight champ in that promotion. Ramirez, booted from the most recent Ultimate Fighter season to make room for one of Conor McGregor’s guys, arguably had an even tougher test in Carlos Prates. Prates, a ONE Championship and LFA alum, was on a six-fight win streak entering Tuesday night’s match-up.
Thus far in season seven, Dana White had handed out 13 contracts through 14 fights (with one bout cancelled), so there was a very good chance the night’s winners would have their next fight under the UFC banner.
Also featured on Tuesday’s DWCS card, strikers Bolaji Oki and Dylan Salvador faced off in what promised to be an explosive stand-up fight, while Canadian Mateo Vogel featured in a competitive booking with Tim Cuamba.
Dana White’s Contender Series Season 7, Week 4 kicks off at 8PM ET on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 airing live on ESPN+ in the U.S., and UFC Fight Pass elsewhere. Full results can be found below.
Bolaji Oki kicked Tuesday night’s card off with a bang, coming out of the gate hot against Dylan Salvador. While many had given the striking edge to Salvador, it was Oki who began unloading on his opponent against the fence. Salvador covered up, but Oki then ripped the body, mixing up his strikes. Another body shot had Salvador dropping to his knees, the end coming seconds later.
TUF 30 alum Chandler Cole did not have a great outing on Tuesday, as he was taken down early and often by former LFA champ Thomas Petersen. When Cole got back up in the opening round, he swung for the fences, but ate a knee and was soon taken to the mat again. Petersen briefly had a straight arm-bar but bailed on it in favor of dropping elbows. Round two saw Petersen land another early takedown, and this time he locked up a nasty-looking kimura, forcing the tap!
A close fight played out between featherweights Tim Cuamba and Mateo Vogel, with Cuamba starting strong. Vogel found his flow later in the opening round, and the second frame was very very close— with Vogel’s kicks, especially low kicks, standing out. In the third, Vogel took over, finally landing a much sought-after takedown, hunting the rear-naked choke to the bell. Cuamba came away with the decision win, two rounds to one.
The fourth fight of the night went the distance as well, with Marco Tulio taking on the much taller Yousri Belgaroui, winning a decision on all three scorecards.
In the final fight of the evening, Carlos Prates lit up Mitch Ramirez on the feet. Within 30 seconds of the opening round, he had landed a couple of leg kicks that nearly put Ramirez on his backside. It was his hands, however, particularly his left, that did the real damage. Early in the second, that left hand connected, putting down Ramirez, who looked dazed and didn’t get back to his feet before the ref stepped in.
Dana White’s Contender Series Season 7, Week 4 Results
Welterweight: Carlos Prates def. Mitch Ramirez by TKO (punch), Round 2, 1:14
Middleweight: Marco Tulio Silva def. Yousri Belgaroui by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Tim Cuamba def. Mateo Vogel by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Heavyweight: Thomas Petersen def. Chandler Cole by submission (kimura), Round 2, 1:08
Lightweight: Bolaji Oki def. Dylan Salvador by TKO, Round 1, 2:46
Contract winners: Bolaji Oki, Thomas Petersen, Carlos Prates