UFC President Dana White Hands Out Two New UFC Contracts at the 41st Dana White’s Contender Series

Published 09/29/2021, 12:28 PM EDT
PHOENIX, AZ – JUNE 10: Dana White prepares for the face-offs while meeting with the press and the fans during the UFC 263 press conference on June 10, 2021, at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


In the MMA community, the Dana White contender series is slowly getting more and more popular. Dana White’s Contender Series hosts future prospects competing for a chance to acquire a UFC contract, with UFC president Dana White making the final selections. Dana White’s Contender Series 41 event took place on Tuesday, and two more competitors were signed to UFC contracts.

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Results from the 41st Dana White Contender Series

Ihor Potieria vs Lucasz Sudolski

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In the main event, Ukraine’s Ihor Potieria took on Poland’s Lucasz Sudolski, a light heavyweight. Ukraine’s Ihor Potieria won the bout with a spectacular knockout finish in the first round. Potieria was able to land a hit on Sudolski’s chin. At the 3:41 mark of the first round, Sudolski collapsed, and Potieria stepped used a few more punches to seal the victory.

Rizvan Kuniev vs Edivan Santos

In the night’s first contest, Dagestani heavyweight Rizvan Kuniev faced off against the Brazilian prospect, Edivan Santos. Although both fighters were 10 pounds apart from each other on the scale, they didn’t look too different in the octagon. The Dagestani won the fight after three rounds in the ring with Santos. Kuniev won by knocking out the Brazilian by holding him down and pounding him with his hard blows.

Daniel Zellhuber vs Lucas Almeida 

In the lightweight contest, Mexico’s Daniel Zellhuber (12-0) maintained his unblemished record with a remarkable unanimous decision victory against previously undefeated Lucas Almeida (now 11-1). Daniel Zellhuber won with a score of 29-28 from all three judges. Zellhuber and Almeida both put up a great fight.

Although both boxers fought hard, the Mexican came out on top and stood out with his amazing chin and deadly blows to the body. Dana White was taken aback by the Mexican’s swagger in the octagon.

Aaron Jeffery vs Caio Borralho

In middleweight action, Brazil’s Caio Borralho (9-1) scored an impressive decision win over Canadian Aaron Jeffery (10-3), who was competing for the second time on the show. Jeffery was last featured on the program in 2019 when he competed against Brendan Allen.

Aaron didn’t win this time either, but he put up a strong fight against the Brazilian. Caio Borralho appeared to be dominating Jeffery and finally won by a unanimous decision, with scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27.

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Dana White has his picks for the UFC

UFC president Dana White chose two fighters who seemed to stand out from the rest of the  crowd at his 41st Contender Series event. Igor Poterya and Daniel Zellhuber both made an impression of the UFC president and earned themselves a contract for their dreams.

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White shared his thoughts on Daniel Zellhuber’s post his performance. “Daniel, first of all, he’s got an incredible chin, well-rounded game. He is only 22 years old.” he continued ” he’s 12-0 at 22 years old. You never see that. He said something about fighting like a true Mexican. This dude fights like a true Mexican. He’s awesome.”

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Dana’s second pick 25-year-old Igor Poterya, The Ukrainian, also earned himself some respect in the eyes of Dana White. “The oddsmakers were looking at this and thought this kid was gonna get destroyed. He did the exact opposite. Finished impressively. There’s no way I don’t bring this kid in,” said White before handing him a contract.

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Dana seemed pretty content with their performance. With the technique these young fighters displayed in the event, they seem like a good fit for the UFC.

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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 new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect to the game.

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