Dana White’s Contender Series Week 9 Predictions, Preview & Odds
We have Dana White’s Contender Series Week 9 Predictions, odds & previews for all five MMA fights scheduled.
The contender series has proven to be a gold mine for future UFC talent and the unknown factor always makes it interesting for bettors.
Contender Series Week 9 is headlined by Ricky Steele vs. Phil Caracappa, who are both undefeated and will fight last on the card.
Leon Shahbazyan vs. Philip Rowe Predictions & Odds
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5Dimes has Leon Shahbazyan as the overwhelming –205 favorite and rightfully so.
The brother of UFC middleweight Edmen Shahbazyan has been patiently waiting for his chance to impress Dana White.
He was scheduled to fight in the opening week of the Contender Series but wasn’t fully fit. That’s a slight concern going forward and he has had some time out of the ring, but he’s classy.
In eight days, Leon Shahbazyan joins his brother Edmen in the UFC. #DWTNCS
— Gabriel Killian (@GabeKillianMMA) August 13, 2019
The 7-1 fighter is on a three-win streak and being a wrestler is a massive positive. You must have a good wrestling game to win in the UFC and five of Shahbazyan’s wins have come via tap-out.
That’s an impressive statistic and he has the edge over Philip Rowe on the ground.
Rowe has scored six consecutive wins coming into this fight after dropping his first two professional fights. “The Fresh Prince” fights out of Queens, so he’s tough but he hasn’t fought anyone of note throughout his career.
Shahbazyan will have to watch out for his Guillotine Choke however, with his last two wins coming via that method.
Leon Shahbazyan vs. Philip Rowe Predictions: Shahbazyan (-205) @ 5Dimes
Marcos Brigagao vs. Jamal Pogues Predictions & Odds
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This looks an even contest on paper and bookmakers have it that way.
Marcus Brigagao has the more impressive record at 11-0, with eight of those coming via KO/TKO.
The Brazilian has record three straight first-round finishes and he’s one of the better all-round fighters on Dana White’s Contender Series Week 9.
Brigagao has fought three times in 2019 and hasn’t gone past the first round. That’s impressive and it’s what faces Jamal Pogues on Tuesday.
Pogues is 6-2 after scoring back-to-back wins over Tommy Burkes and Kacey Joe Sanders. They’re hardly household names and his loss at Bellator 201 was a better form guide.
He lost in the third round to Jordan Young – his only opponent worth noting to date.
This fight should go the way of the unbeaten Marcus Brigagao and bettors are getting good odds with bookmakers.
Marcos Brigagao vs. Jamal Pogues Predictions: Brigagao (-120) @ 5Dimes
Desmond Torres vs. Steve Garcia Jr. Predictions & Odds
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Desmond Torres could excite the crowd in Week 9 and score a win that stands out on the card.
He’s a 7-1 fighter who has been fighting in good promotions and looks set to secure a UFC contract. That will come if he puts on a good show against Steve Garcia Jr, who is less-accomplished at 9-3.
Garcia Jr is a 27-year-old from New Mexico who has fought once in 2019 when beating Andrew Whitney. The good thing for Garcia Jr is that all his opponents have possessed a winning record at the time he faced them.
It’s not the same for Torres, however, who has faced fighters with limited experience. Despite his opponents’ lack of experience, he has defeated Steve Ramirez at Bellator 214.
That win should hold him in good stead and his arm triangle win over Jose Medina in June was a thing of beauty.
There has been a strong push for Steve Garcia Jr in the betting but we’ll go with Torres.
Desmond Torres vs. Steve Garcia Jr. Predictions: Torres (+110) @ 5Dimes
Mallory Martin vs. Micol DiSegni Predictions & Odds
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Mallory Martin is the biggest favorite on the Dana White’s Contender Series Week 9 card.
Despite owning a record of only 4-2, Martin has been fighting in Invicta and that’s a much stronger promotion than what DiSegni has been fighting in.
Martin is riding a three-win streak, which includes a Round 3 TKO (punches) win over Ashley Nichols at Invicta FC 31. However, she hasn’t fought since September 1, 2018 and that’s a worry.
On the other hand, Micol DiSegni is an imposing strawweight which has been fighting in weak promotions, but does have fighting ability.
— Micol DiSegni (@micoldisegniMMA) October 25, 2017
She scored a submission win in April and that ring experience should give her the fitness edge over Martin on Tuesday.
This is a tough fight to call and the value is with DeSegni, but bettors don’t make money on fighters that do well but don’t win, therefore go with Martin.
Mallory Martin vs. Micol DiSegni Predictions: Martin (-350) @ 5Dimes
Phil Caracappa vs. Ricky Steele Predictions & Odds
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Ricky Steele hasn’t fought since 2018 when he won during The Ultimate Fighter 27. Prior to that he hadn’t fought since 2016 and his lack of ring exposure is a real concern.
There’s no doubting his ability and record, which includes wins over LJ Schulz and Suman Mokhtarian, but he’s enigmatic at best.
How his body handles taking punches from Phil “The Hitman” Caracappa is anyone’s guess.
— Brendon Raftery (@SDSouthpaw23) August 20, 2019
Caracappa is 8-0 with all his fights coming in the Ring of Combat promotion. Six of those wins came by decision and a similar performance wouldn’t get him a UFC contract.
We’re confident Dana White is expecting to see Ricky Steele win this fight but will he do enough to earn a contract? Or, will his lack of fight time count against him?
Either way, we will back him to win this fight. Capacarra is capable of an upset but this will be his first opponent of note.
Phil Caracappa vs. Ricky Steele Predictions: Steele (-130) @ 5Dimes