01 Jan UFC announces lineup for Contender Series season premiere
The Contender Series is back on Aug. 4 and the season premiere’s five-fight lineup is official.
It was announced on Saturday’s UFC Fight Island 2 broadcast that the premiere will be headlined by a lightweight bout between unbeaten prospect Cameron Church (4-0) and Contender Series returnee Jose Flores (9-1).
Church has finished all of his opponents so far, while Flores is a standout from the Combate Americas promotion. Flores rebounded from a loss to Matt Frevola in season one of the Contender Series with back-to-back first-round finishes of Clarence Brown and Eduardo Bustillos.
The following bouts were also announced for the Aug. 4 show:
Light Heavyweight: Ty Flores (7-2) vs. Dustin Jacoby (11-5)
Lightweight: Uros Medic (5-0) vs. Taylor Callens (6-0)
Flyweight: Luis Rodriguez (11-1) vs. Jerome Rivera (9-2)
Lightweight: Kevin Syler (10-0) vs. Kenny Cross (10-3)
Dustin Jacoby searches for a second shot at the UFC after last competing for the promotion in 2012. The 32-year-old went winless in the octagon, losing to Chris Camozzi and Clifford Starks, and has since compiled a 5-3 record.
Like Jose Flores, Syler is also making a second appearance on the Contender Series. He picked up a lopsided decision win over Lance Lawrence in season three, but badly missed the featherweight limit for that contest and was not offered a contract afterwards.
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Contender Series events will take place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas with the bouts airing on the UFC Fight Pass streaming service.