Joanderson Brito (L) (Phil Lambert/Combat Press)

Contender Series Season 5, Week 1 Results: Five Contracts Awarded

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, UFC President Dana White hosted the first installment of season five of Dana White’s Contender Series. The promotion holds weekly events from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, with White awarding UFC contracts to the night’s most impressive performances.

All four of the night’s winners received a UFC deals. For the first time in the show’s history, a losing fighter, Carlos Candelario, earned a contract.

The action streamed live on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET.


Azamat Murzakanov def. Matheus Scheffel by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:00
Joanderson Brito def. Diego Lopes by technical unanimous decision (29-28 x3). Round 3, 0:12
Victor Altamirano def. Carlos Candelario by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
A.J. Fletcher def. Leonardo Damiani by knockout (flying knee). Round 1, 2:24