Last week on the season premiere of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, a late change was necessitated by illness.
The scheduled Welterweight co-main event of the evening between Leon Shabazyan and Brok Weaver was postponed at last Monday’s weigh-in after the former wasn’t medically cleared to fight due to an illness.
Weaver has been booked for the Aug. 13 Contender Series program, where he is slated to meet Devin Smyth.
As far as the contracts awarded last Tuesday are concerned, Yorgan de Castro, who knocked out Alton Meeks in the first fight of season three (which produced the only stoppage of the evening) and Punahele Soriano were given deals by Dana White.
This week, Contender Series returns to its customary five-fight card for the last episode before the July 2 off week.
As always, the card will be streamed live on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT in the United States. For our international audience, the card is on UFC Fight Pass.
Highlighting this episode is a Welterweight fight between Miguel Baeza (6-0) and Victor Reyna (10-3).
Heading into the main event of the card, Miguel Baeza is the taller contestant. He stands 6-foot-2, nine inches taller than Victor Reyna at 5-foot-5.
Baeza has posted a perfect 7-0 record dating back to his amateur career.
Most recently, he scored a first-round knockout of Matthew Colquhoun last December during Xtreme Fighting Nation’s XFN 22 on flocombat.com.
In the other corner, Reyna has gone 4-1 with one no-contest in his last six fights. Most recently, his fight vs. Haywood Charles last summer in XKO 42 resulted in a no-contest.
His latest win occurred by split decision against Daniel Rodriguez on Dec. 1, 2017 in Combate 19: Queen Warriors.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Victor Reyna owns a 70-inch reach heading into the main event, with no such information accessible for Baeza.
Prediction: Miguel Baeza by first-round TKO.
Other fights on this week’s card include:
Alton Cunningham (7-1) vs. Tony Johnson (7-2) [Light Heavyweight, co-main event]
Zach Zane (12-7) vs. Justin Gonzalez (9-0) [Featherweight]
Michael Lombardo (8-1) vs. Kyle Daukaus (6-0) [Middleweight]
Miles John (8-0) vs. Richie Santiago (7-1) [Bantamweight]
Tuesday Night Contender Series Episode 2 at a Glance:
Card: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT, ESPN+ (USA), UFC Fight Pass (internationally)
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