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Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 9 Preview

by | Sep 8, 2022 | Artem MMA Analysis

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Dana White’s Contender Series 2022 Week 7 was the most stacked DWCS card I’ve seen on paper and it didn’t disappoint. Both Bonfim brothers put on great performances, followed by a banger of a main event. A short notice replacement got a win, and Gianni the Greek is now 3-19 in his last 22 DWCS bets… incredible. With that being said, it looks like Week 9 may only have 4 fights. Knowing DWCS and the opportunity it presents I think a 5th fight may be booked on short notice soon. What sticks out to me on this card also is that Raul Rosas Jr. is 17 years old! That’s crazy to me. Overall it looks like a better card than Week 8, especially if they can add another fight. 

This article and the following weekly articles will preview the upcoming Dana White’s Contender Series cards. These previews will outline what each fighter does, and include a brief breakdown of each fighter. I will be posting early predictions here, but all my final predictions will be posted on my YouTube channel and my Instagram. The order of bouts as I write them will be based on the Tapology website bout order, so the bout order may different as my article below.

LEON ALIU (11-1) vs. BRUNNO FERREIRA (8-0) – Middleweight

For someone that doesn’t want to sign 32 year olds, Dana White has a lot of them on his show. ALIU is the older fighter in this matchup at 33, whereas FERREIRA is 29. Either way, the winner should get signed. Both of these fighters have never won by decision, and they both swing heavy on the feet. Between the two, they have 14 finishes in the first round. Needless to say, Dana White will enjoy this fight. When it comes to the skillset of the two, both guys are well rounded with both KO and submission wins. FERREIRA does seem to be the more technical of the two, with a stronger grappling base. No matter who wins, it will be exciting and is very likely to end before the final bell. FERREIRA is my pick for now as I think he is more technical. 

ROYBERT ECHEVERRIA (7-0) vs. JAFEL FILHO (13-2) – Flyweight

ROYBERT ECHEVERRIA has an impressive record but he truly hasn’t tested himself against anyone elite. Of his seven wins, only two of them are against fighters with a winning record. I can’t say the same about FILHO, who does have some wins against lower competition but his recent  win streak has been over some great fighters. One of his recent wins is over Vinicius Salvdaor, who is now signed to the UFC. ROYBERT is powerful at flyweight and will be searching for a KO, but I believe he is going to leave himself open to be taken down. FILHO is the better grappler and even has 9 submission wins to his name. I expect FILHO to outclass ROYBERT who hasn’t beaten anyone at the UFC level. FILHO by submission is my pick. 

AUSTEN LANE (11-3) vs. RICHARD JACOBI (6-0-1) – Flyweight

AUSTEN LANE was on DWCS back in 2018 where he lost quickly to a debuting Greg Hardy. Hardy went on to have a somewhat successful, yet rocky UFC career while LANE built himself up on the regional scene. LANE now finds himself on a 5 fight win streak, including a win over former UFC heavyweight, and current PFL heavyweight Juan Adams.  RICHARD JACOBI is coming into this fight off a draw, which may be the first time someone has entered DWCS off anything other than a win. To make it worse he would have lost that fight but his opponent had a point deducted. LANE is the best fighter that JACOBI has fought and I believe that will be a factor in this fight. LANE is more experienced in general, but especially against higher level opponents. It’s heavyweight so anything can happen but LANE is just too well rounded for me to pick against. 

RAUL ROSAS JR. (5-0) vs. MANDO GUTIERREZ (7-1) – Bantamweight

ROSAS JR. is only 17 years old which is insane. What might be crazier is that I think he wins. ROSAS comes from a family of fighters, his father fought in MMA, and his sister Kenia debuted against Mackenzie Dern. There’s a lot of red flags here and the fact that ROSAS is 17 is definitely one of them. This is also a massive step up in competition for him, which is concerning as he is so young. ROSAS is a grappler which will help him in this matchup. MANDO is a grappler himself, but he has fought better competition. Although ROSAS hasn’t fought anyone of note he truly has looked unstoppable in his run as a pro. No one so far has been able to answer his wrestling and grappling. This is a tough matchup and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if MANDO won but I have to jump on the hype train that is RAUL ROSAS.

Jacob Meikle

Contributing Analyst

Jacob Meikle, alias Artem MMA Analysis has closely followed the sport of MMA for years. In 2021 he started his own YouTube channel and has since uploaded multiple times per week. A big fan of MMA, Jacob covers the sport from regional shows to UFC and Bellator. With a passion for prospects, his channel and Instagram are sources for news about Dana White’s Contender Series and Road to UFC. He has hosted his own show on the We Want Picks YouTube Channel, where he broke down the 2022 Contender Series fight cards.

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