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Dana White’s Contender Series 2019 Week 1 Results: Yorgan De Castro and Punahele Soriano awarded UFC contracts

Dana White’s Contender Series 2019 Week 1 Results: Yorgan De Castro and Punahele Soriano awarded UFC contracts

Yorgan De Castro def. Alton Meeks via TKO (leg kick and punches) - R1, 4:45

The Body Lock is here to bring you results and highlights from the opening week of Dana White’s Contender Series’ third season.

Who won the contracts?

  • Yorgan De Castro
  • Punahele Soriano

Yorgan De Castro’s TKO win over Alton Meeks was the only stoppage of the night and that was clearly enough to impress Dana White who has repeatedly mentioned that he is “looking for killers.”

He was also pleased with Punahele Soriano’s mentality, as he was swinging heavy shots in the first round to try and get the stoppage win. Although Soriano slowed as the fight progressed, White was happy with the way Soriano kept fighting to win the last round.

Many fans and media predicted that Brendan Loughnane would earn a contract after his unanimous decision win. However, White criticized Loughnane for going after a double-leg takedown with only ten seconds remaining in the fight and he missed out on a UFC contract.

Dana White’s Contender Series Results

Punahele Soriano def. Jamie Pickett unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Punahele Soriano was hunting for an early stoppage victory here at the Contender Series. Soriano packed plenty of power into his punches and continually advanced toward Pickett in the opening rounds. He displayed great explosiveness and athleticism but was unable to get the stoppage victory that he desired.

Hannah Goldy Win def. Kali Robbins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Hannah Goldy kept her undefeated record intact with a unanimous decision win over Kali Robbins. Goldy controlled the flow of the fight from start to finish and influenced the scorecards with active striking when breaking from the clinch.

Brendan Loughnane def. Bill Algeo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Brendan Loughnane remained strong through three rounds to defeat Bill Algeo via unanimous decision. Loughnane’s boxing was the difference in this fight and he used his speed and timing advantages to repeatedly hammer home straight punches.

Yorgan De Castro def. Alton Meeks via TKO (leg kick and punches) – R1, 4:45

Yorgan De Castro impressed with a first-round finish of Alton Meeks. De Castro removed himself from the dangers of Meeks’ wrestling and landed flying knee attempts and several heavy leg kicks to eventually overwhelm Meeks near the end of the opening frame.

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