Before we get started, let’s clarify something: Last week, I made a prediction for a fight in PFL 1 involving Caio Alencar and Jake Heun.
Due to a reshuffling of the match pairings necessitated by a New York State Athletic Commission rule indicating that heavyweights cannot exceed a limit of 25 pounds between each other at the weigh-in, this fight did not take place as originally scheduled, thus invalidating my prediction.
Onward to today’s subject matter:
WARNING! Your Tuesday nights are about to get very aggressive!
This week, the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series premieres on UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s subscription-based streaming platform.
In all, eight episodes will be streamed live over the course of the next nine Tuesday evenings, with no new episode on July 3 due to International Fight Week being held in Las Vegas.
As a refresher for the benefit of anyone who may have forgotten this program’s premise, each week’s episode will feature a five-fight main card with no preliminaries.
In the show, MMA free agents will fight it out in the hopes of being awarded a UFC contract by Dana White at the end of the episode. Last season, 16 fighters who appeared on the program were signed to the UFC.
The entire 8-episode first season is available for streaming on Fight Pass.
Tuesday’s season premiere will feature a Heavyweight confrontation matching two NFL alumni. Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy will battle Austen Lane, who played defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, and Chicago Bears.
Lane comes in at 4-0-0 in his professional career, with Hardy countering at 3-0-0 in the amateur ranks. Hardy has won all of his amateur matches via knockout in the opening round.
Given Hardy’s tendencies to make short work of his opponents, I have to believe he’ll do so again here. Hardy by knockout in round one of his professional debut on Tuesday night.
Also on the card is a Light Heavyweight match between Alonzo Menifield (6-0-0 professionally) and Dashawn “Buck” Boatwright (3-0-0 professionally.)
Boatwright has won two of his three fights by knockout, with the lone win by decision coming against General Marrow in Odyssey Fights: Round Two in November of 2015.
Menifield has won all six of his professional fights by stoppage (four by knockout, two by submission.) Give me Menifield here.
The other three fights on the evening’s card include a Welterweight match between Chris “Action-Man” Curtis (18-5-0) and Sean “The Unpredictable One” Lally, a Bantamweight contest matching Montel “Quick” Jackson and Rico DiScullio, and Kevin “Trail Blazer” Holland versus Will “The Brown Bomber” Santiago in a Middleweight confrontation.
Tuesday Night Contender Series, Season 2, Episode 1 at a Glance:
Card: Tuesday, 8 p.m. Eastern Time, UFC Fight Pass (fights include Greg Hardy vs. Austen Lane in a Heavyweight match)