After 40 fights over the course of eight episodes, the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series is complete.
If you missed a week of this season, don’t worry. All eight-second season episodes are archived on UFC Fight Pass right now and are accessible for on-demand streaming.
Here’s a look back at the second season.
Out of the 40 fights held this year on the Contender Series, 33 ended in stoppages, making for an 82.5 percent stoppage rate this season.
There were seven episodes with at least four stoppages in this season, with four episodes where all fights ended in stoppages this season on the show.
In all, 24 victorious fighters, counting developmental deals, won contracts with the UFC as a result of their appearances on the program in 2018. In last week’s program, Bobby Moffett, Devonte Smith, and Kennedy Nzechukwu secured their contracts.
Matt Sayles, who was one of four fighters to have received a UFC contract in the second episode of the season, just recently made his UFC debut in the TV prelims portion of the UFC 227 card on Aug. 4 on FX.
In addition, Kevin Holland, who won his fight vs. Will Santiago on the season premiere (in the first fight of the season), also made his UFC debut on the same card in the first fight of the pay-per-view on Aug 4, despite not winning a deal in the first episode of the Contender Series.
There were three episodes of season two where four contracts, counting developmental deals, were awarded by Dana White. Chase Hooper was placed on a developmental deal at the end of the seventh program this season.
The 24 contracts won this season is an increase from 17 contracts won, counting developmental deals, in season one, making for a combined total of 41 contracts awarded in 16 episodes of the series.
The earliest stoppage to a fight in program history occurred in the main event of the season premiere.
Alonzo Menifield scored a TKO victory with only eight seconds have elapsed from the first round clock in his match versus DaShawn Boatwright, winning a UFC deal in the process.
By comparison, the quickest stoppage to a fight in the first season was 15 seconds by Karl Roberson in his fight versus Ryan Spann in the third episode of the series.
One last statistic: one minute, 14 seconds.
One minute, 14 seconds is the total fight time of Greg Hardy’s two Contender Series appearances. In his fight against Austen Lane, he scored a knockout in 57 seconds, netting Hardy a developmental deal with the UFC.
In last Tuesday night’s finale, Hardy won versus Tebaris Gordon by TKO in 17 seconds.
Hardy remains on a developmental deal with UFC.
In closing, I can personally say that it was a thrill getting to watch the second season of the Contender Series. I looked forward to 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday nights all summer because I knew I had some good MMA to watch, and it was consistently entertaining.
I’m already looking forward to the third season next summer.