Tuesday marked the conclusion of the second season of the wildly profitable and tremendously entertaining Dana White’s Tuesday Evening Contender Collection, with three extra rivals incomes UFC contracts, bringing the overall variety of new roster additions for Season 2 to 23 and elevating the quantity for the collection to 39 in whole.

By the way in which, that doesn’t embrace the fighters who earned developmental offers or athletes who competed contained in the TUF Health club this summer time or final and obtained a name to the Octagon regardless of not initially being awarded a contract.

Mainly, this collection has been phenomenal, and with the second season within the books, it’s time to look again at a few of the prime performances from the primary two seasons delivered by the brand new members of the UFC roster.

That is The 10.

Please notice: these are in chronological order, not rank.

Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan (Season 1, Week 2)

Welcome to The Sugar Present!

O’Malley has been the breakthrough star of the Contender Collection to this point and his ascension started together with his first-round knockout victory on Week 2. The mop-topped bantamweight was unfastened and fluid, sniping house clear punches, speaking junk and sort of toying with Khashakyan.

For a second, you questioned if it his informal method was going to price him after which the MMA Lab product fired a proper hand down the pipe that put Khashakyan on the canvas and introduced the combat to a detailed. O’Malley proceeded to leap on the fence, declare it “his present” and rattle off his resume to Dana White and the UFC matchmakers as he walked to the again for his post-fight interview with Laura Sanko.

Since then, “Sugar” has added a pair of resolution wins to his resume, working his document to an ideal 10-Zero and establishing himself as one of the promising fighters within the 135-pound ranks.

Julian Marquez def. Phil Hawes (Season 1, Week 3)

Hawes was a “can’t miss prospect” who garnered a ton of consideration as a promising younger expertise on the mats of the Jackson-Wink MMA Academy. Even after getting denied entrance into the TUF home on Season 23 by eventual winner Andrew Sanchez and shedding to veteran Louis Taylor, this Week Three matchup was seen as an opportunity for the athletic middleweight to bounce again and make an impression.

However Marquez had different concepts.

The bearded middleweight handled Hawes’ wrestling, weathered some first-round ground-and-pound and, because the second spherical started, Marquez began teeing off. After backing Hawes up with punches and failing to place him away with ground-and-pound of his personal, it regarded like Marquez might need burned himself out. However as they labored again to their ft, Marquez blasted Hawes with a wonderfully timed head kick that introduced the combat to a sudden, emphatic finish.

Jordan Espinosa def. Nick Urso (Season 1, Week 7)

The one efficiency on this checklist that didn’t earn the winner a contract, Espinosa used his preliminary look on the Contender Collection to settle an previous Albuquerque grudge and make an impression with the UFC brass.

Eighteen months after their first assembly, which resulted in a no contest, Espinosa and Urso ran it again. Lower than 90 seconds later, Espinosa had wrapped up a victory, placing Urso out with a slick Anaconda Choke.

Whereas Benito Lopez and Joby Sanchez earned contracts that week, Espinosa ended up getting one other look early in Season 2 and after outworking Rilley Dutro and placing him away within the remaining seconds, the gifted flyweight was awarded a contract.

Lauren Mueller def. Kelly McGill (Season 1, Week 8)

The second girls’s combat in Contender Collection historical past grew to become the primary combat to graduate a feminine fighter to the UFC roster as Mueller began shortly and by no means let off the gasoline in incomes a clear sweep of the scorecards over McGill on the Season 1 Finale.

Getting into with a 3-Zero document, “Princess Tiger” put it on the Invicta FC alum, hitting her with a head kick lower than 10 seconds into the competition to set the tone for the combat. Whereas McGill confirmed a ton of coronary heart and toughness to final via to the ultimate horn, Mueller totally outclassed her, showcasing a ton of upside.

The Alliance MMA product made her promotional debut again in April, amassing a unanimous resolution win over TUF alum Shana Dobson to maneuver to 5-Zero general and present that she’s one of many prime feminine prospects to look at within the UFC.

Anthony Hernandez def. Jordan Wright (Season 2, Week 2)

What began as a battle of unbeaten middleweights was a one-sided drubbing that kicked off what grew to become a history-making night time contained in the TUF gymnasium.

Hernandez, who gained the LFA middleweight in January, entered with a 6-Zero document, whereas Wright had posted 9 victories in as many fights, by no means venturing past the opening spherical. The latter a part of that streak would proceed for Wright, however not in a great way, as Hernandez uncorked a 20-second flurry the place nearly every part landed flush and knocked “The Beverly Hills Ninja” from the ranks of the unbeaten.

It was an amazing efficiency for the gifted 24-year-old, who spoke emotionally in regards to the passing of his father within the pre-fight video bundle. Middleweight is presently present process some adjustments and whereas he’s nonetheless but to make his promotional debut and has a protracted method to go, “Fluffy” definitely has the potential to be this season’s breakout star.

Te Edwards def. Austin Tweedy (Season 2, Week 3)

A collegiate wrestler coaching out of the MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona, Edwards is the subsequent in a protracted line of up-and-coming fighters from the John Crouch-led combat camp that reveals subsequent degree potential.

Strolling into the Octagon with a four-fight profitable streak the place all his conquests got here inside the primary 5 minutes, Edwards delivered a “one shot, one kill” efficiency in Week 3, sniping Tweedy with a straight proper hand that ended the combat in a flash. As referee Chris Tognoni tended to Tweedy, Edwards pantomimed signing a contract.

After the ultimate bout was wrapped and White had a while to ponder what had transpired, Edwards was chosen to signal an precise contract and be a part of O’Malley as one other MMA Lab product graduating to the most important stage within the sport by placing on a present on the Contender Collection.

Bevon Lewis def. Alton Cunningham (Season 2, Week 4)

Lewis earned a developmental deal following his victory over Elias Urbina on the ultimate week of Season 1 and returned to the TUF Health club halfway via Season 2 for his second look on the Contender Collection.

If he felt any strain to justify his developmental contract or comply with within the footsteps of earlier returning abilities Alonzo Menifield and Ryan Spann who had already punched their tickets to the UFC earlier within the season, Lewis confirmed no indicators of it as he was calm, cool and calculating in placing away Cunningham halfway via the opening spherical.

It will get mentioned so much due to the bodily similarities and the truth that he trains at Jackson-Wink in Albuquerque, however items of Lewis’ recreation are harking back to his teammate Jon Jones, as he makes good use of his size, mixes his strikes properly and reveals a tantalizing quantity of upside.

Maycee Barber def. Jamie Colleen (Season 5, Week 5)

On an evening the place 4 fighters earned stoppages and three got here away with contracts, Barber nonetheless managed to face out; that’s how good she regarded in selecting up a victory over Colleen to shut issues out on Week 5.

Nicknamed “The Future,” the 20-year-old has her sights set on breaking Jon Jones’ document for being the youngest champion in UFC historical past, and if her efficiency in opposition to Colleen is any indication, she might very properly get there.

Displaying the sort of affected person, fluid ability set you don’t typically see from somebody so younger, Barber dictated the phrases of the combat from the outset and refused to coast to the ultimate horn, persevering with to strain Colleen and join with highly effective photographs into the ultimate minute, the place she secured the stoppage with some vicious elbows from prime place.

Now 5-0, Barber is about to make her UFC debut near house as a part of the 25th Anniversary occasion in Denver, Colorado on November 10 in opposition to Maia Stevenson. If she appears nearly as good there as she did on the Contender Collection this season, don’t be stunned if Barber will get a giant push heading into 2019.

Sodiq Yusuff def. Mike Davis (Season 2, Week 6)

The one fighter from Season 2 to win a call and earn a contract, Yusuff confirmed excellent pace and a really mature method contained in the cage throughout his extremely anticipated showdown with Davis in the midst of Week 6.

The 25-year-old, who has fought on UFC FIGHT PASS prior to now beneath the Victory FC and Titan FC banners, beat up Davis’ lead leg with punishing low kicks and countered the striker exceptionally properly from the outset. Whereas Davis was anticipated to be the faster, extra polished of the 2 on the ft, it was Yusuff who routinely bought the higher of the exchanges whereas displaying the sort of poise wanted to excel on the highest degree.

Though he didn’t get the end, “Tremendous Sodiq” dominated the motion and earned a sweep of the scorecards to affix Jim Crute and Jeff Hughes as Week 6 victors to get contract gives. Now 7-1 in his profession, the gifted Nigerian-born featherweight is one to regulate going ahead.

Ian Heinisch def. Justin Sumter (Season 2, Week 7)

Profitable middleweight gold beneath the LFA banner is an effective method to get your self into the UFC, as Heinisch, who claimed the group’s interim title in Could, joined former champs Eryk Anders, Markus Perez and Week 2 winner Anthony Hernandez in making the transfer from the LFA cage to the UFC roster with a blistering efficiency in opposition to Sumter in Week 7.

After getting taken down early within the combat following a flying knee try gone astray, Heinisch labored again into prime place and uncorked a collection of nasty, nasty elbows that put Sumter out. It was the third straight stoppage win for “The Hurricane,” whose solely loss got here to Perez in an LFA middleweight title combat when each have been 8-Zero final September.

Whereas it most likely didn’t have any issue on Dana White’s resolution to award him a contract – his efficiency was proof sufficient that he deserves to be within the UFC – Heinisch will get bonus factors for getting “suited and booted” following his victory. The Manufacturing facility X Muay Thai product regarded sharp and is certainly somebody who might make an prompt impression within the middleweight division.

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