DWCS Week 2 recap | Dreams become reality at the Contender Series

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UFC Light Heavyweight Jailton Almeida (left) and UFC Women’s Strawweight Eduarda Moura (right) at post-fight press conference. Photo by Wyatt Touchet.

Dana White, again, hands out another five contracts for all winners in week two of the contender series.

“I say it every week, I’ve been saying it for years, every week,” White said. “This is the best show on TV. I love Tuesday nights.”

Charalampos Grigoriou defeats Cameron Smotherman by TKO at 1:00 of Round 1

The Paphos native predicted and fulfilled. 

“The Ferocious” wasted no time applying the pressure with his right hand that would lead to victory.

“When I say something, I am doing it,” Grigoriou said. “I am a knockout artist. If I say I am going to knock you out, I am going to knock you out.”

Grigoriou extended his winning streak to three and added his total career TKOs to six. The 31-year-old now improves to 8-3 as he earned a contract for the impressive performance.

Eduarda Moura defeats Janaina Silva by submission [Rear Naked Choke] at 4:00 of Round 1

Moura established dominance on the ground and capitalized on her strong performance with an inescapable submission. The Brazilian recorded 3:46 of ground control time. 

“I’m here, I’m here to stay, I’m a different kind of beast,” Moura said.

The 29-year-old is now 9-0 with five total career submissions, all by rear naked choke. 

“She walks into the contender series, and pulls off an absolute domination, and I mean dominant,” White said. “She can fight anybody in the UFC.” 

With great expectations, White extended Moura a contract with the UFC. 

Hyder Amil defeats Emrah Sonmez by unanimous decision [29-28]

It is hurricane season, as “The Hurricane” Hyder Amil unleashed a storm that Sonmez could not withstand through all three rounds.

“I’m coming!” Amil said to reporters post-fight about his message to the UFC featherweight division.

The first fight to go to decision in week two of DWCS, but the most entertaining as each fighter emptied the gas tank in this fast-paced 145-pound bout. The Bay Area native remains undefeated at 8-0, and leaves the Apex with a contract.

Ibo Aslan defeats Paulo Renato Jr. by KO at 2:22 of Round 1

BOOM!

Nearly halfway through the first, Aslan puts away Renato Jr. with his 12th career KO. 

Renalto Jr. lost his second contender series appearance, 0-2.

“If you eat Turkish food, you get knockout power [Turkish power],” Aslan said in response to the meaning of “Turkish Power.”

The Turkish fighter is now 12-1, and earned himself a contract in the light heavyweight division.

Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady defeats George Hardwick by unanimous decision [30-27]

Chants of “Selwady” echo the UFC Apex as Al-Selwady gets the nod from the judges.

“Plus 400 huh,” said his coaches entering into the third round. The “Pride of Palestine” was the biggest underdog on this card, +325 entering into this fight.

“I was able to block all that negative talk,” Al-Selwady said. “Focus on the steps that are going to make me win.”

The 28-year-old received his shot in the 155-pound division into the UFC at 15-3.

Up Next

Dana White Contender Series continues Tuesday, August 22, at the UFC Apex. 

UFC 292, headlining the bantamweight belt Sterling vs. O’Malley, opens with early prelims beginning at 3:30 p.m., prelims at 5:00 p.m., and the main card at 7:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, August 19, inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

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