Summertime is almost here and with it comes many pastimes and traditions.
MMA fans have a summer tradition of their own to look forward to starting next week.
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. It’s the return of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, now back for its third season of combat sports action.
With the new season comes a new streaming home for the mixed martial arts summer series.
ESPN+ will now carry this and all subsequent seasons of Tuesday Night Contender Series as part of the cable network’s broadcast and streaming media pact with the UFC inside the United States.
For our international audience, Contender Series will continue to be shown on UFC Fight Pass, just as it has been for the previous two seasons.
In addition, there’s also a new venue for Contender Series in 2019. Fights will now be held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, replacing the former home base, the TUF Gym in Vegas.
If you are a new viewer to the program or are a fan of Contender Series, we have created this refresher course/primer about the show to get you up to speed on how Tuesday Night Contender Series works.
First off, the third season of Tuesday Night Contender Series begins next Tuesday, June 18 and features 10 episodes over 11 weeks.
Here’s the schedule of episodes for this season:
Episode 1: June 18
Episode 2: June 25
No episode on July 2 due to UFC International Fight Week
Episode 3: July 9
Episode 4: July 16
Episode 5: July 23
Episode 6: July 30
Episode 7: August 6
Episode 8: August 13
Episode 9: August 20
Episode 10: August 27
Each week, Contender Series will feature a five-fight card. No undercard bouts will be held on the program.
Secondly, all fights contested on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series will be a maximum of three rounds in length at five minutes per round, including the main events.
Contender Series features MMA free agents competing in fights with the hopes of securing a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship from UFC President Dana White by the end of the episode.
White exercises complete discretion as to how many or how few UFC contracts are awarded at the end of a particular broadcast.
During the second season of Contender Series, including developmental contracts, Dana White awarded 24 UFC contracts to program alumni such as Greg Hardy and Matt Sayles.
Heading into season three, counting developmental deals, 41 fighters have been given contracts as a direct result of their appearances on the show.
There were also three programs last year wherein Dana White awarded four contracts to fight winners.
We’ll have previews of all Contender Series episodes this summer.
Contender Series: Tuesdays through Aug. 27 on ESPN+, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT
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