Tonight (Sept. 8), the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada played host to the 32nd edition of Dana White‘s Contender Series. The featured bout saw light heavyweights Al Matavao against Tafon Nchuwki. Nchuwki advanced his undefeated record to 4-0 after a vicious head-kick KO. Four out of the five winners received UFC contracts with the exception of Sherrard Blackledge, who was invited to return to the show in November.
Light Heavyweight Bout: Tafon Nchuwki def. Al Matavao via KO (Head Kick) R2, 2:01
Lightweight Bout: Sherrard Blackledge def. Cameron Church via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Middleweight Bout: Phil Hawes def. Khadzhimurat Bestaev via TKO (Punches) R1, 1:18
Bantamweight Bout: Drako Rodriguez def. Mana Martinez via submission (Triangle choke) R1, 2:22
Middleweight Bout: Aliaskhab Khizriev def. Henrique Shiguemoto via submission (rear-naked choke), R1, 0:50