"Dana White's Contender Series," which is in Season 7, has been the path for many of the talented fighters on the UFC's roster today, including UFC men's bantamweight champion "Suga" Sean O'Malley, former light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill and men's flyweight Alex Perez and women's flyweight Taila Santos, who fought for titles in 2020 and 2022, respectively.
Some of the top signees from Season 6 have already had success inside the Octagon. Joe Pyfer, who famously was the only fighter to get signed during Week 1 last year, has scored first-round knockouts against each of his two opponents in the UFC. Cameron Saaiman, who is undefeated, is 3-0 inside the Octagon. Gabriel Bonfim has notched back-to-back first-round submission wins. And the biggest star of the season, Bo Nickal, who is widely recognized as the top prospect in the sport, has finished his two UFC opponents in the first round. One of those wins came via submission and the other came via knockout.
Beyond last season and title fights, marquee names like Jailton Almeida, Jack Della Maddalena, Kevin Holland, Ryan Spann, Marina Rodriguez and Jalin Turner are also ranked and primed for bigger and better going forward. With the show's history of finding the next generation of the UFC's top talent, why would anyone think Season 7 would be any different?
Season 7 of Dana White's Contender Series has come to an end. Here are the results and fighters who earned a UFC contract from each week:
'Dana White's Contender Series' results:
Week 1 results:
Tom Nolan punches his ticket to a UFC contract after finishing off Bogdan Grad in Dana White's Contender Series.
*Middleweight: Cesar Almeida def. Lucas Fernando by unanimous decision
*Lightweight: Tom Nolan def. Bogdan Grad by KO
*Heavyweight: Caio Machado def. Kevin Szaflarski by unanimous decision
*Bantamweight: Payton Talbott def. Reyes Cortez Jr. by unanimous decision
*Flyweight: Kevin Borjas def. Victor Dias unanimous decision
*Almeida, Nolan, Machado, Talbott, and Borjas were each awarded a UFC contract
Week 2 results:
Charalampos Grigoriou gets the big win on Dana White's Contender Series with a knockout win over Cameron Smotherman.
*Lightweight: Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady def. George Hardwick by unanimous decision
*Light heavyweight: Ibo Aslan def. Paulo Renato Junior by KO
*Featherweight: Hyder Amil def. Emrah Sonmez by unanimous decision
*Women's strawweight: Eduarda Moura def. Janaina Silva by submission
*Men's bantamweight: Charalampos Grigoriou def. Cameron Smotherman by TKO
*Al-Selwady, Aslan, Amil, Moura and Grigoriou were each awarded a UFC contract
Week 3 results:
Luis Pajuelo earns his chance at a UFC contract with a big TKO of Robbie Ring.
*Middleweight: Zach Reese def. Eli Aronov by submission
*Welterweight: Oban Elliott def. Kaik Brito by majority decision
Women's strawweight: Josefine Knutsson def. Isis Verbeek by unanimous decision
*Featherweight: Luis Pajuelo def. Robbie Ring by TKO
*Reese, Elliott, and Pajuelo were each awarded a UFC contract
Week 4 results:
Bolaji Oki celebrates with an early TKO of Dylan Salvador at Dana White's Contender Series.
*Welterweight: Carlos Prates def. Mitch Ramirez by KO
Middleweight: Marco Tulio def. Yousri Belgaroui by unanimous decision
Men's featherweight: Timothy Cuamba def. Mateo Vogel by unanimous decision
*Heavyweight: Thomas Petersen def. Chandler Cole by submission
*Lightweight: Bolaji Oki def. Dylan Salvador by TKO
*Prates, Peterson and Oki were each awarded a UFC contract
Week 5 results:
*Light heavyweight: Brendson Ribeiro def. Bruno Lopes by KO
*Men's bantamweight: Serhiy Sidey def. Ramon Taveras by TKO
*Middleweight: Dylan Budka def. Chad Hanekom by unanimous decision
*Men's featherweight: Jean Silva def. Kevin Vallejos by unanimous decision
*Women's flyweight: Dione Barbosa def. Raine Guerrero by submission
*Dana White awarded UFC contracts to Ribeiro, Silva, Barbosa, Budka and Sidey
+Ramon Taveras will get another chance in Episode 10
Week 6 results:
Jhonata Diniz catches Eduardo Neves with a big punch to earn a first-round TKO win at Dana White's Contender Series.
*Lightweight: James Llontop def. Malik Lewis by unanimous decision
*Men's featherweight: Steven Nguyen def. AJ Cunningham by TKO
*Men's bantamweight: Jean Matsumoto def. Kasey Tanner by unanimous decision
*Heavyweight: Jhonata Diniz def. Eduardo Neves by KO
*Women's strawweight: Julia Polastri def. Patricia Alujas by submission
*Matsumoto, Polastri, Nguyen, Diniz, and Llontop were each awarded a UFC contract
Week 7 results:
Igor da Silva grabs a TKO win over Jhonata Silva in Dana White's Contender Series.
Lightweight: Dan Allen def. Jacobi Jones by unanimous decision
*Lightweight: Kaynan Kruschewsky def. Dylan Mantello by submission
*Men's flyweight: Igor da Silva def. Jhonata Silva by TKO
*Heavyweight: Shamil Gaziev def. Greg Velasco by submission
*Women's strawweight: Stephanie Luciano vs. Talita Alencar ends in a draw
*Luciano, Gaziev, da Silva, and Kruschewsky were each awarded a UFC contract
Week 8 results:
Vinicius Oliveira uses a strong left hook to grab an exciting knockout win over Victor Madrigal.
*Welterweight: Danny Barlow def. Raheam Forest by TKO
Heavyweight: Mario Piazzon def. Alexander Soldatkin by disqualification
*Featherweight: Danny Silva def. Angel Pacheco by unanimous decision
*Men's bantamweight: Vinicius de Oliveira def. Victor Madrigal by KO
*Women's flyweight: Ernesta Karekaite def. Carli Judice by split decision
*Oliveira, Karekaite, Judice, Silva, Pacheco and Barlow were each awarded a UFC contract
Week 9 results:
Victor Hugo gets the submission via kneebar against Eduardo Torres Caut.
*Light heavyweight: Rodolfo Bellato def. Murtaza Talha by TKO
*Men's bantamweight: Victor Hugo def. Eduardo Torres Caut by submission
*Light heavyweight: Magomed Gadzhiyasulov def. Jose Medina by unanimous decision
*Welterweight: Mauricio Ruffy def. Raimond Magomedaliev by TKO
*Bellato, Hugo, Gadzhiyasulov, Medina and Ruffy were each awarded a UFC contract
Week 10 results:
Marquel Mederos secures a first-round KO after landing a knee to the face of Issa Isakov.
*Men's bantamweight: Ramon Taveras def. Cortavious Ramious by TKO
*Men's flyweight: Andre Lima def. Rickson Zenidim by unanimous decision
Middleweight: Torrez Finney def. Yuri Panferov by submission
*Lightweight: Marquel Mederos def. Issa Isakov by TKO
Featherweight: Connor Matthews def. Jair Farias by unanimous decision
*Men's flyweight: Lucas Rocha def. Davi Bittencourt by KO
*Rocha, Mederos, Matthews, Lima and Taveras were each awarded a UFC contract