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After seven weeks, 19 contracts, two developmental offers, one spot on Season 28 of The Final Fighter and a trio of Octagon debuts for victors, Season 2 of Dana White’s Tuesday Evening Contender Sequence wrapped up this week with one ultimate electrical evening of motion in The Final Fighter Health club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The shock hit of final summer time grew to become must-watch viewing for struggle followers this yr, as the standard of rivals and the competitiveness of the matchups elevated exponentially, leading to a handful of fighters with the potential to change into future elements of their respective divisions being added to the UFC roster.

This week marked the return of Season 1 winner Kennedy Nzechukwu, who was trying to change into the fifth returning fighter to earn a victory this season and the fourth to gather a contract, in addition to the second look of former NFL standout Greg Hardy, who earned a growth cope with his Week 1 knockout of fellow draftee Austen Lane.

In a season the place there have been tons of explosive performances, it was becoming that each one 5 of the bouts on Tuesday’s finale ended with out seeing the third spherical and the ultimate three coming to a detailed earlier than the primary 5 minutes expired.

After a fast session with matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, UFC President Dana White got here out and added three extra fighters to assortment of rivals graduating to the UFC from the Contender Sequence, bringing featherweight Bobby Moffett, light-weight Devonte Smith and light-weight heavyweight Kennedy Nzechukwu to the UFC roster.

Right here’s a take a look at how issues performed out on the ultimate week of the season.

GREG HARDY vs. TEBARIS GORDON

Hardy picked up his first skilled victory by knocking out Lane in Week 1 and was trying to proceed his profitable methods and speedy transition from the gridiron to the Octagon by returning eight weeks later searching for his second profession victory.

Standing in his approach was Gordon, a 30-year-old North Carolina native who picked up a pair of stoppage wins final yr to push his file to 3-Zero total.

Herb Dean with the ultimate officiating project of the yr.

Hardy comes out swinging and Gordon is completed. Continuous food regimen of bombs from Hardy and Gordon finally ends up face down on the canvas very quickly.

Official Consequence: Greg Hardy def. Tebaris Gordon by KO (punches) at 0:17 of Spherical 1

JOSEPH LOWRY vs. DEVONTE SMITH

The penultimate bout on Tuesday’s season finale was a light-weight contest between a pair of promising upstarts, as unbeaten CFFC light-weight champ Joseph Lowry squared off in opposition to once-bested Ohio product Devonte Smith.

Chris Tognoni within the cage with the lightweights.

Each males pumping the jab on the market to begin, Smith touchdown the cleaner photographs within the opening minute earlier than Lowry responded with a stable mixture and an early funding to the physique. A low kick from Smith buckles Lowry’s knees a little bit and he follows up with arms behind it. Lowry presses ahead for a takedown and Smith unleashes the “Hapa Elbows” to the facet of the pinnacle and Lowry goes limp.

Official Consequence: Devonte Smith def. Joseph Lowry by TKO (elbows) at 2:52 of Spherical 1

KENNEDY NZECHUKWU vs. DENNIS BRYANT

The swing bout on the Season 2 Finale happened within the gentle heavyweight division, with Kennedy Nzechukwu trying to construct on his break up resolution win over Anton Berzin final yr with a powerful exhibiting in opposition to Dennis Bryant.

Since that first look on Week 7 of Season 1, the 26-year-old Fortis MMA product Nzechukwu has added a pair of stoppage wins to his resume to push his file to 5-Zero total. Seeking to halt his unbeaten run and make an impression of his personal was Bryant, a former heavyweight from Anchorage, Alaska with a 5-1 file and 4 straight victories.

Herb Dean with the project alongside the sunshine heavyweights.

A protracted jab lands for Nzechukwu proper out of the gate. Bryant countering with inside leg kicks, however the early lengthy punches are already inflicting some redness. A head kick from Nzechukwu lands and he hits Bryant at the back of the pinnacle as he expenses in, which prompts Nzechukwu to cease himself.

Again in area, Nzechukwu unleashes one other head kick and it’s a wrap. Bryant falls and we’re performed. One other Fortis MMA prospect makes a press release on the Contender Sequence.

Official Consequence: Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Dennis Bryant by TKO (head kick and punches) at 1:48 of Spherical 1

BOBBY MOFFETT vs. JACOB KILBURN

A teammate and coaching accomplice of Week Three standout Te Edwards at The MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona, Moffett made sufficient of an impression on Dana White throughout a latest episode of Lookin’ for a Struggle to earn a shot to compete on the Contender Sequence.

If he was going to affix Edwards and Season 1’s breakthrough star Sean O’Malley in becoming a member of the gathering of John Crouch-coached fighters on the UFC roster, he would wish to get via Kilburn, a 23-year-old Tennessee native with a background in judo and a three-fight profitable streak heading into Tuesday evening’s pairing.

Chris Tognoni with the refereeing project.

Moffett lands an early proper hand and nearly instantly places Kilburn on the canvas with a simple takedown. Up in opposition to the fence, Moffett is working for an arm-triangle choke, however it’s not there, so he pulls Kilburn to the middle and retains working to advance and in search of setups. Moffett tries to lock up the arm-triangle choke, climbs to mount, however Kilburn defends and escapes. Quick elbows from Moffett on prime and he slides into mount, in search of the choke once more.

Now postured up in a excessive mount place, Moffett begins to land punches. Kilburn attempting to buck, however he can’t shake Moffett, who continues with the quick elbows and punches via to the horn.

Kilburn is swinging wild to begin spherical two, he throws a spinning kick, misses and will get taken down. Moffett units up a D’Arce choke and Kilburn has no selection however to faucet. Only a dominant effort from the MMA Lab product.

Official Consequence: Bobby Moffett def. Jacob Kilburn by submission (D’Arce Choke) at 1:02 of Spherical 2

ALEX GILPIN vs. J.R. COUGHRAN

Promising featherweights trying to proceed their ascent up the aggressive ladder met within the evening’s opening bout, with the 26-year-old Alex Gilpin dealing with off with unbeaten Oklahoma native J.R. Coughran.

Whereas the latter carried an ideal file into the cage for his UFC audition in entrance of Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, the previous had solely suffered a single setback previous to Tuesday evening, falling to Dan Moret, one other within the lengthy line of robust outs within the lighter weight class from the MMA Lab, two years in the past.

Chris Tognoni was the third man within the cage.

Coughran throws early and sometimes, mixing punches and kicks and altering his ranges to begin. Simply over a minute in, Gilpin began to search out his vary a little bit, snapping Coughran’s head again with a pair fast, clear punches. Each time Gilpin lands, Coughran responds with a mixture of his personal, ensuring to even issues out.

With 90 seconds left, they begin buying and selling heavy hearth, Gilpin beginning the back-and-forth and getting the higher of issues early earlier than Coughran responds in sort to complete an entertaining opening spherical.

Gilpin counters properly, catching Coughran as he wades in, swinging broad to begin the second spherical. The looping left hand continues to attain for Coughran, however Gilpin shortly decides to take the struggle to the canvas and he’s immediately in search of the D’Arce choke. Coughran tries diligently to struggle it off, however as Gilpin traps the legs and tightens his squeeze, Coughran is compelled to faucet.

Official Consequence: Alex Gilpin def. J.R. Coughran by submission (D’Arce choke) at 1:55 of Spherical 2

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