After 10 weeks, the third year of Dana White’s Contender Series is done.
If you missed any program of the third season, there’s no reason at all for you to fret about it. All 10 episodes are currently accessible for on-demand streaming on ESPN+ in the United States. They are also available on UFC Fight Pass internationally.
You can binge-watch season three of Contender Series over the rest of the extended Labor Day holiday weekend if you want or have the time to do so.
In total, 30 MMA free agents (counting developmental contracts) received deals in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This was all a result of their appearance on the show this year.
Honestly, you don’t have to major in algebra or any kind of mathematical discipline in college to know that the show averaged three contracts per episode this summer.
Last week in the season finale, the final three contracts of the season were awarded to Peter Barrett, TJ Brown and Dusko Todorovic.
There was, however, an unfortunate bauble that put a slight damper on last Tuesday night’s proceedings in the finale.
The second fight of the five-fight card between Ben Sosoli and Dustin Joynson in the heavyweight ranks was stopped in the second round. It was ruled a no-contest after an eye poke.
All right, let’s talk about the season at-large.
Everything that happened
As previously mentioned, this season of Contender Series resulted in 30 fighters securing a contract in the UFC, developmental deals included.
This was an increase from 2018. 2018 saw 24 UFC deals awarded (counting developmental contracts) over the course of an eight-episode season.
The most contracts awarded on a single episode this season was five on the July 9 episode. All five winners on the card were awarded deals.
This was later trimmed to four fights. It was revealed that Antonio Trocoli had his contract rescinded after a positive in-competition drug test before his fight that evening.
Comparatively, the fewest contracts awarded on a single episode this season was also the first episode.
Only two contracts were given out on the June 16 debut. It only had four fights after a postponement of the contest between Brok Weaver and Leon Shahbazyan due to illness in the co-main event.
Here at Armchair, we look forward to the debuts of these fighters in the coming weeks and chronicling these fighters’ careers.
Overall, I enjoyed Contender Series this year tremendously and am already looking forward to next summer’s fourth season.
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