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This Tuesday night brings episode one of season seven for Dana White’s Contender Series and we have a full five-fight card. 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.

Bolaji Oki vs Dylan Salvador

Bolaji Oki is an undefeated 7-0 prospect fighting out of Belgium. Of his seven career victories, four of them have come by knockout. He trains at Xtreme Couture and has been getting some rounds in with Ion Cutelaba, Sean Strickland and many others. He is very powerful on the feet and works the body well in combinations. He is a patient striker but once he finds his openings he will start to unleash. He also has freak athleticism and has shown the ability to go to his wrestling when he needs to which could be a key for him in this fight.

His opponent, Dylan Salvador is a 5-1 prospect fighting out of France. Salvador is a former Glory kickboxer and Muay Thai champion. He spent some of his camp at Kill Cliff FC and he is primarily a striker. He has some powerful leg kicks that he relies on heavily as most Muay Thai fighters do. He also holds a purple belt in BJJ but can be taken down and controlled on the mat. Lastly, he has faced tougher competition than his opponent, but he also fought at Featherweight in the past and will likely be giving up some size and physicality in this fight.

This is a solid fight to start the card and both fighters are solid prospects. Although Salvador is the technical kickboxer, I favor the power and physicality of Oki on the feet. I also think Oki has some sneaky wrestling upside as well. Oki by TKO is the official pick.

Thomas Petersen vs Chandler Cole

Thomas Petersen is a 7-1 Heavyweight prospect fighting out of Minnesota. Of his seven professional victories, all of them have come by knockout and all but one were inside the first round. He has fought most of his professional career in LFA and fought for the Heavyweight title against Waldo Cortes-Acosta who fought in the UFC this past weekend. He has your typical Heavyweight punching power but he also has a solid ground game as well as he is capable of getting his opponents to the ground where he has some heavy ground and pound along with some submissions as well.

His opponent, Chandler Cole is a 10-3 prospect fighting out of Virginia. Of his 10 career victories, nine of them have come by knockout and all of those were in the first round as well. He has previously fought in PFL before along with a stint on The Ultimate Fighter as well. He clearly has some power and he will basically look to swing heavy overhands while mixing in a few leg kicks. He seems to have no ground game and has been knocked out three times in his career.

This one is all Petersen in my opinion. Petersen is more proven fighting over in LFA and seems to have the better skillset as the cleaner striker and more power as well. But it is the grappling that will set him apart here and if he goes to the takedowns early then it should be a quick night for him. Petersen by TKO is the official pick.

Timothy Cuamba vs Mateo Vogel

His opponent, Mateo Vogel is an 8-2 prospect fighting out of Canada. He is the former Featherweight champion in BFL which is the Canadian promotion that Caio Machado fought in as well. Vogel has also fought in CFFC and has a win over current UFC fighter, Garrett Armfield along with a decision loss to Da’Mon Blackshear. He has clearly fought the higher level of competition on the regional scene. He is primarily a grappler and holds a black belt in BJJ. He needs to get the fight to the ground but his wrestling is not great. On the feet, he has a little bit of power when he lands but he is very sloppy defensively and is getting beat up on the feet in many of his fights. He is not an easy out though and clearly has that dog in him with multiple comebacks in fights.

I expect Cuamba to have a clear striking advantage with Vogel being the much better submission grappler. If Cuamba does not initiate takedowns then he should cruise here as I expect him to be able to keep the fight standing. But if he does go for takedowns or finds himself on his back here then he is likely in trouble. Cuamba by decision is the official pick.

Yousri Belgaroui vs Marco Tulio

Yousri Belgaroui is a 5-2 prospect fighting out of Netherlands. He comes from a Glory kickboxing background and has faced both Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira multiple times as a kickboxer. Of his five career wins, four of them have come by knockout. He is very long for the division and utilizes his kicking attack very well and has clear power on the feet. He is a regular training partner of Alex Pereira and has been getting some rounds in with Glover Teixeira for this training camp as well. That is likely to work on his defensively grappling as that has been an issue for him in the past getting stuck on the fence or controlled on the mat.

His opponent, Marco Tulio is a 9-1 prospect fighting out of Brail. Of his nine victories, six of them have come by knockout and five of them were inside the first round. He is another Chute Boxe fighter and trains with Charles Oliveira, Felipe Dos Santos and Willycat Santos. He has legitimate knockout power on the feet but is also capable of mixing in some grappling and that is likely his best path to victory in this fight. He is capable of standing and trading with Belgaroui but he is going to be at a reach disadvantage and he has been knocked out before as well.

This is another fun fight and I think both of these guys are capable of winning fights at the lower levels of the Middleweight division. Tulio should be able to compete on the feet but if he initiates the takedowns then he will have the biggest edge in this fight. Tulio by decision is the official pick.

Mitch Ramirez vs Carlos Prates

Mitch Ramirez is a 7-0 undefeated prospect fighting out of Utah. Of his seven career victories, six of them have come inside the distance and five were inside the first round. He trains out of Syndicate MMA and seems to be a very well-rounded fighter. He has big power on the feet with some sharp leg kicks and devastating hooks when he closes distance. But he is also a capable submission grappler as well as he is an experienced purple belt under Ramsey Nijem and has two submission victories on his record. He is a fast starter and has big power if you let him land clean. The main concern is really just the gas tank and whether or not he can keep the constant pressure and output for 15 minutes as he has only been to decision once in his career.

His opponent, Carlos Prates is a 16-6 prospect fighting out of Brazil. Of his 16 career victories, 11 of them have come by knockout. He comes from a high-level kickboxing background and has a ton of experience throughout the Brazilian regional scene and has fought his last two bouts in LFA. He trains regularly with Caio Borralho and the Fight Nerds and fights out of southpaw stance with heavy leg kicks and legitimate knockout power. He also holds a black belt in BJJ although he has been submitted multiple times on the regional scene. He is extremely powerful with the head kicks and body kicks, but he fights with his hands down and can be clipped himself and has been knocked out twice in his career.

This fight is sure to deliver in terms of entertainment and both fighters are capable of hurting each other on the feet. I side with Ramirez for the power advantage in the hands and the overall more physical fighter as well. Ramirez by TKO is the official pick.