Kurt Holobaugh (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Week 1 Results: Holobaugh, Salmon Earn UFC Contracts

On Tuesday, July 11, UFC President Dana White debuted a new promotion dubbed Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. The promotion will hold weekly events from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas.

The promotion’s first installment was headlined by a featherweight clash featuring UFC and Strikeforce veteran Kurt Holobaugh and Bellator and CES MMA veteran Matt Bessette. Holobaugh entered the match-up having won three straight under the Titan FC banner, including a fourth-round TKO finish of Gesias Cavalcante in May. Bessette, meanwhile, rode the momentum of seven straight victories, all coming before the final bell.

The five-fight event streamed live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8 p.m. ET.


Kurt Holobaugh def. Matt Bessette by knockout (right hook). Round 1
Azunna Anyanwu def. Greg Rebello by knockout (overhand right). Round 2
Boston Salmon def. Ricky Turcios by unanimous decision
Charles Byrd def. Jamie Pickett by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 4:55
Joby Sanchez def. Manny Vazquez by unanimous decision