Mike Rodriguez and Alex Perez are this week’s winners of UFC contracts following their defeats of Kevin Gray and Jamelle Jones respectively at Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series. DWTNCS 5 took place August 8th at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas, NV with a webcast at UFC Fight Pass.
Mike Rodriguez’ height and reach advantages could not be overcome by Jamelle Jones, a severe advantage as Rodriguez has a Muay Thai background while Jones comes from wrestling. The first two minutes saw both fighters size each other up with leg kicks while Rodriguez managed to keep Jones at bay while racking up minor scoring. Once Jones shot in for a takedown Rodriguez landed a flying knee that knocked down Jones while follow-up punches sealed the KO win. Rodriguez earned his contract wit a record now standing at 9-2 with four wins in a row, Jones’ second loss in a row left his record 7-5.
The other fight resulting in a contract unfolded in a very similar way. Alex Perez had the edge in scoring with his punching combinations as he kept wrestler Kevin Gray at bay for half the first round. When Gray shot in Perez slapped on an anaconda choke that made Gray pass out as the referee stopped the bout resulting in a technical submission. Perez takes home a UFC contract with a record of 18-4 with five wins in a row, Gray dropped to 9-4.
ROC featherweight champion Julio Arce picked up a significant win over Peter Petties in the co-main event but fell short of earning a contract. Petties applied pressure that Arce seemed to struggle against until the closing minute of the first round. Arce came back in the second to land his left over and over again finally earning the TKO half-way through the round. Arce wit the win improved to 13-2 with five wins in a row or more accurately 5-0 as a featherweight, Petties dropped to 5-3.
DWTNCS 5 results
- Shelton Graves def. Everett Sims 2:20 R3 by TKO
- Ricky Simon def. Donovan Frelow by split decision
- Alex Perez def. Kevin Gray 2:54 R1 by technical submission
- Julio Arce def. Peter Petties 2:39 R2 by TKO
- Mike Rodriguez def. Jamelle Jones 2:15 R1 by KO