Dana White Awards 5 New Fighters With UFC Contracts After Dana White’s Contender Series

Published 09/01/2021, 8:52 AM EDT
SHENZHEN, CHINA – AUGUST 31: UFC President Dana White attends the press conference after the UFC Fight Night event at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on August 31, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhe Ji/Getty Images)


The first week of DWCS Season 5 took place Tuesday night at the UFC APEX. Eight competitors battled for UFC roster slots in front of UFC president Dana White and matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard. White seemed extremely impressed overall with the fights and handed contracts to both winners and losers of the DWCS bout. “The matchmaking on this show was f****** excellent,” said White. It was Dana White’s first five contract night following a four-fight season opener.

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Post-fight interview :

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Dana White awards UFC contracts to both the winner and the loser of the DWCS fight.

Dana White was delighted by their performance and expressed his appreciation for both fighters by awarding contracts to Carlos Candelario and Victor Altamirano. This is the first time Dana offered contracts to both the winners and losers of a fight.

Results after DWCS Season 5 week 1

Azamat Murzakanov earned his spot at the UFC by defeating Matheus Scheffe via TKO within three minutes of the fight. Dana White was impressed by his performance and says he would be an “absolute savage” if he cut weight.

Diego Lopes vs. Joanderson Brito concluded in an unexpected manner, with Brito winning on a technical decision after inadvertently poking Lopes in the eye, severely impairing Lopes’ ability to continue. Both fighters impressed White. Dana thinks Brito is “extremely talented” and could be “one of the next great Brazilian fighters.”

AJ Fletcher secured a contract after knocking out Leonardo Damiani by landing a perfect flying knee to finish it off.  Dana White, like everybody else, was blown away by the clean and beautiful takedown, that was certain to land him a contract for season 5.

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After the first week of DWS 37, Dana White had a lot to offer the contenders and was extremely generous in handing out contracts post-event. All of the contenders put on a great show, impressing matchmakers, fans, as well as the UFC president.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this newfound new aspect to help him get closer to the action. As he believes that there is something beautiful in the art of MMA, despite all the violence and chaos, Pranit, in his articles, hopes to capture the essence of the cognitive process behind the fighting, the fighters' mental discipline, and personality which stems from their roots and background.

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