If you’re a fan of stoppages in MMA fights, the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass has been the show for you. Through three episodes of this season, 15 fights have been contested. 14 out of the 15 fights have ended in stoppages, resulting in a 93 percent stoppage rate so far this year.
Two weeks ago on the Contender Series, Antonina Shevchenko (Valentina Shevchenko’s sister) and Te Edwards each won contracts to the UFC, with Josh Parisian winning a spot on the upcoming 28th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
This week brings the close of the first half of the season and five more fights with it, highlighted by a main event that matches Joey “Tasmanian Devil” Gomez and Kevin “The Angel of Death” Aguilar.
Gomez (7-0-0 professionally) most recently fought in September’s Prime Fighting 10 main event, defeating Isaac “Ironman” Ware in a first round submission and capturing the Lightweight belt in the process. Six of his professional wins have come by way of stoppage.
Aguilar (14-1-0 professionally) last appeared in an MMA match in May’s LFA 40 headliner versus Thanh Le, winning by first round knockout to defend the LFA Featherweight title.
Both fighters have a penchant for scoring the victory through stoppage (they have combined for 16 professional wins by stoppage), so this is a tough one to call.
Prediction: Gomez by knockout.
Other fights this week:
Bevon Lewis (5-0-0 professionally) vs. Alton “The Bo-Man” Cunningham (5-0-0 professionally) [Co-main event]
Toby “2 Quick” Misech (10-5-0 professionally) vs. Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (9-1-0 professionally)
Jordan Espinosa (12-5-0 professionally) vs. Rilley “The Perfect Storm” Dutro (13-3-0 professionally)
Max Mustaki (6-2-0 professionally) vs. Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner (6-3-0 professionally)
Tuesday Night Contender Series Week #4 at a Glance:
Card: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST, UFC Fight Pass (Joey Gomez vs. Kevin Aguilar in the main event)