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This Tuesday night brings episode seven of Dana White’s Contender Series and we have a full five-fight card again. As always, I will break down each specific matchup and give you a background on each fighter along with my official prediction for each fight. If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter.

Brandon Lewis vs Daniel Marcos
Lewis, -160; Marcos, +140

Brandon Lewis is a 6-1 prospect with four wins coming inside the distance. He previously fought in LFA and on Dana White’s Contender Series last season. He got matchup up against Mo Miller who is one of the better wrestlers to come through that promotion. He gave a good account of himself, but the wrestling was too much for him to overcome. He is a sharp striker with a black belt in Karate and Taekwondo but is also competent in the grappling realm as well. He is very well-rounded and should be able to showcase his complete skill set in a matchup with someone that is not going to stay glued to his back.

His opponent, Daniel Marcos is a 12-0 prospect fighting out of Peru. Of his 12 victories, seven of which have come by knockout. He has some power in his hands but has fought some very low-level competition. Additionally, he is coming off nearly a three-year layoff so there is some added variance for this fight as well. Despite the knockouts on his record, I favor the power and technicality of Lewis and Lewis should also have the grappling advantage as well. Lewis by TKO is the official pick.

Bruna Brasil vs Marnic Mann
Brasil, -190; Mann, +165

Bruna Brasil is a 7-2 prospect fighting out of Brazil. She lost her professional debut to Ariane Carnelossi back in 2014 but is currently on a six-fight win streak including a win in her LFA debut last time out in May. She comes from a high-level kickboxing background as she is a former national kickboxing champion and holds a black belt in kickboxing. She is going to be throwing volume on the feet and will be throwing leg kicks relentlessly. The biggest concern is that if she gets taken down, she can be controlled and out grappled by competent wrestlers.

Her opponent, Marnic Mann is a 5-0 undefeated prospect fighting out of Montana. Four of her five wins have come inside the distance, and she has fought previously in LFA as well. She is short for the division but built like a truck and hits very hard for her size. She has also been improving her wrestling and landed multiple takedowns in her last fight. She holds a purple belt in BJJ but still gets very sloppy in the grappling as she can be reversed and loses dominant position often.

I expect Brasil to have the striking advantage in this fight but Mann hits harder and could change the momentum with one punch. Additionally, I expect Mann to look to take Brasil down if she is losing the striking exchanges and she could have success winning minutes as Brasil can be controlled down there. This is a close fight and Mann likely needs to grapple here but I expect her to do so, and she is a live underdog in this one. Mann by decision is the official pick and I would not completely rule out a finish either.

Malik Lewis vs Trevor Peek
Lewis, -200; Peek, +170

Malik Lewis is a 5-0 undefeated prospect fighting out of Texas. Four of his five wins have come by knockout, and he has never fought into the third round in his career. He is a finisher by nature with power in his hands and dangerous enough on the mat as well. I do not rate his skillset high in terms of potential in the UFC, but he seems like your typical kill or be killed style of fighter that will bring chaos whenever he steps into the octagon.

His opponent, Trevor Peek is a 6-0 undefeated prospect fighting out of Tennessee. All six of his wins have come by knockout and five of them came inside the first round. From a technical standpoint, I expect him to be a step behind Lewis. However, his power is the great equalizer as he puts people out cold when he connects clean. I do have some concerns about his grappling as the few times we did see him on the ground he was very sloppy and defensively liable.

I am much more confident in the under than I am picking a side here. But I think Lewis is just a little cleaner in the striking and is much more of a submission threat as well. Lewis by submission is the official pick.

Ikram Aliskerov vs Mario Sousa
Aliskerov, -600; Sousa, +450

Ikram Aliskerov is a 12-1 prospect fighting out of Russia. He is a former multiple time combat sambo world champion, and his only professional loss came against Khamzat Chimaev. It is also worth noting that he submitted Denis Tiuliulin who just fought on last week’s card as well. He is a very complete fighter, capable of beating you wherever the fight goes. His takedowns and grappling are when he is at his best, but his striking is serviceable as well and he clearly has power.

His opponent, Mario Sousa is a 15-2 prospect fighting out of Brazil. This will be his third go at Dana White’s Contender Series as he won a decision in 2020 and lost by TKO last season against Chidi Njokuani who will fight this weekend at UFC Vegas 60. Sousa is a powerful striker with 10 of his 15 wins coming by knockout. However, he can be exposed in the grappling and in the clinch where he struggles against stronger opponents.

Sousa is drawing dead to an early knockout and while that is possible, it is just not very likely. I expect Aliskerov to go to his grappling early where he should have a clear advantage on the mat. Aliskerov by TKO is the official pick.

Farid Basharat vs Allan Begosso
Basharat, -295; Begosso, +245

Farid Basharat is an undefeated 8-0 prospect fighting out of London and is the younger brother of Javid Basharat who won a contract on this show last season. Similar to his brother, Basharat has some sharp striking as he will fight behind his jab and mix in some heavy leg kicks as well. But it’s the grappling where he has had the most success as he is very good at taking your back and finding your neck as he has five submission victories. The concern is the level of competition as he has yet to truly be tested and I am skeptical he passes the test as smoothly as his brother.

His opponent, Allan Begosso is a 7-1 prospect fighting out of Brazil. He trains out of Team Alpha Male in California and has previously fought in LFA with a 3-1 record in that promotion. Begosso has clear finishing ability as six of his seven wins have come inside the distance with all of them being first round finishes. However, it is clear that he slows down when the fight gets extended and that is a concern in this matchup.

This is a very fun fight and both prospects have clear finishing ability. However, I cannot get close to (-300) odds here as this should be very competitive, particularly early in this fight. Basharat seems to be a little cleaner on the feet, but Begosso has the power edge and both of these guys can threaten in the grappling realm. For those reasons, I think Begosso is a live underdog in the main event. Begosso by TKO is the official pick.