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UFC Dana White’s Contender Series Week 6 betting preview & picks

As we hit the midway point of Season 7 of Dana White’s Contender Series, it’s been an action-packed journey, with 21 contracts already awarded and fighters making their mark Week 6 promises thrilling matchups with the chance for UFC glory on the line.

Jean Matsumoto vs Kasey Tanner

Jean Matsumoto

Jean Matsumoto


Kasey Tanner UFC betting

Kasey Tanner

-104.17 at Bovada MMA records -119.05 at Bovada
13-0-0 MMA records 6-0-0
24 Age 31
5’6″ Height 5’7″
135lbs Weight 135lbs
N/A Reach 69″
Brazil Nationality USA

The night kicks off with an electrifying showdown between unbeaten bantamweights Jean Matsumoto and Kasey Tanner.

Matsumoto, with a record of 13-0 will face Tanner, who brings his impressive record of 6-0 to the Octagon.

At 23 years old Matsumoto has gone the distance in five of his last seven fights against increasingly tough opponents in regional circuits.

His last performance showcased his versatility with a mounted guillotine finish.

Tanner, a fighter at 31 years old representing Fight Ready MMA aspires to join the ranks of UFC bantamweights.

Being a training partner for Henry Cejudo gives him added motivation to seize this opportunity.

It’s an exhilarating way to start off a night filled with stars and the outcome will decide who leaves disappointed and, without a perfect professional record.

Kasey Tanner to win


Steven Nguyen vs AJ Cunningham

Steven Nguyen

Steven Nguyen


AJ Cunningham UFC betting

AJ Cunningham

-285.71 at Bovada MMA records +205 at Bovada
8-1-0 MMA records 10-2-0
30 Age 29
5’11” Height 5’10”
145lbs Weight 145lbs
73″ Reach N/A
USA Nationality USA

Steven Nguyen takes on AJ Cunningham in a matchup that combines striking and grappling skills.

Nguyen representing the Fortis MMA team brings experience from his appearances, on the Contender Series.

Although he has already secured a win on the series this fight holds importance for him as it could be a moment in his career.

Cunningham, a 29 year fighter from Arkansas enters Las Vegas with a 10-2 record and a three fight winning streak.

While his level of competition may not have been consistently high Cunningham aims to utilize his familiarity with the UFC APEX to gain an edge in this bout.

This matchup presents an opportunity for both fighters to make their mark in the competitive featherweight division and potentially earn their place in the UFC.

Steven Nguyen to win by decision


Julia Polastri vs Patricia Alujas

Julia Polastri

Julia Polastri


Patricia Alujas UFC betting

Patricia Alujas

-625 at Bovada MMA records +380 at Bovada
11-3-0 MMA records 9-2-0
25 Age 26
5’2″ Height 5’4″
115lbs Weight 115lbs
63.5″ Reach N/A
Brazil Nationality Paraguay

In another thrilling clash Brazils Julia Polastri looks for redemption as she faces Paraguays Patricia Alujas in a battle.

Returning to the Contender Series after a loss Polastri is determined to secure her spot among the UFCs 115 pound ranks.

Her recent victories and holding the LFA strawweight title showcase her potential for success, on the stage.

On the other side Alujas steps into the fight with a record of 9-2 and a winning streak of five fights.

She faces the challenge of having limited experience, against tough opponents.

She trains at Evolucao Thai gym and aims to prove herself against an experienced fighter.

This matchup brings together two fighters at stages of their careers; Polastri, hoping for a comeback and Alujas aiming to make her mark as a newcomer.

Julia Polastri to win by decision


Jhonata Diniz vs Eduardo Neves

Jhonata Diniz

Jhonata Diniz


Eduardo Neves UFC betting

Eduardo Neves

-133.33 at Bovada MMA records +108 at Bovada
5-0-0 MMA records 7-1-0
32 Age 22
6’4″ Height 6’2″
254lbs Weight 263.5lbs
N/A Reach 78″
Brazil Nationality Brazil

The heavyweight bout features Jhonata Diniz and Eduardo Neves.

Diniz, who transitioned from kickboxing boasts a record and a talent for ending fights.

He has never gone past the round.

Aims to maintain that impressive track record when he faces off against Neves.

On the hand Neves returns for his chance in the Contender Series after falling short last season.

Despite being a considerable favorite by sportsbooks in his last appearance Neves lost to up and coming British prospect Mick Parkin, who has since had a successful debut, in the UFC.

Now the 23 year old Neves seeks redemption and an opportunity to prove himself.

With both fighters showing promise and the heavyweight division in need of talent this matchup promises excitement and potentially an opportunity for one of them to earn a UFC contract.

Jhonata KO Round 1


James Llontop vs Malik Lewis

James Llontop

James Llontop


Malik Lewis UFC betting

Malik Lewis

-192.31 at Bovada MMA records +141 at Bovada
13-2-0 MMA records 6-1-0
24 Age 27
6’0″ Height 6’0″
155lbs Weight 155lbs
N/A Reach 76″
Peru Nationality USA

In the welterweight division we have a match, between James Llontop and Malik Lewis.

Both fighters are eager to prove themselves in the UFC and make their mark in the sport.

Llontop, a 24 year fighter from Peru is currently on an impressive 11 fight winning streak with six of those victories ending in stoppages.

He draws inspiration from his fighters who have successfully earned UFC contracts through the Contender Series.On the hand Lewis is looking to redeem himself after a setback against Trevor Peek.

Despite holding a record of 6 wins and 1 loss with one of his wins coming by way of a third round stoppage there are concerns about his cardio and endurance that he must address.

This bout holds importance for both fighters as it could potentially shape their paths in the highly competitive welterweight division.The stage is set for a showdown between these two welterweights as they aim to prove their worth and take one step closer, to UFC glory.

James Llontop win by KO


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