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MMASucka’s Dana White’s Contender Series 38 Staff Picks

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MMASucka staff picks are in for a high stakes night of combat. Dana White’s Contender Series 38 is set to go down tonight, September 7th from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight card will mark the second event of ten straight Tuesdays featuring top-ranked competition looking to make their case for a potential UFC contract. The card will kick off live at 8:00pm ET (5:00pm PT) for subscribers to ESPN+.

Take a look back at our picks from Saturday’s UFC Vegas 36 fight card in Las Vegas.

Results from Dana White’s Contender Series 38 will available here at MMASucka.

Dana White’s Contender Series 38 Fights

In the featured main event of the night, welterweight finishers Josh Quinlan and Logan Urban are set to meet for a possible 15 minutes of battle. The two American talents, both sitting under 30 years old, hope to further impress as they have shown through their combined ten victories and 100% finishing rate.

Vegas’s own Quinlan made work throughout his amateur and early professional scene before signing to LFA last year. Three straight thrilling finishes led to this opportunity tonight, as he targets a fourth win in under 365 days. Quinlan’s opponent, Urban, comes in as the underdog while stepping in on short notice to replace Darian Weeks. The Ohio native has won four in-a-row, his most recent less than two months ago over Antoine Blassingame by submission.

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Competing in the co-main event will see Mario Sousa and Chidi Njokuani square off in the middleweight division. Brazil’s Sousa gets a second attempt for a promotional contract under the Contender Series banner, despite having defeated Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz in Week Nine last year. Former RFA champion and eight-fight Bellator veteran Njokuani hopes to utilize his doubled experience for a second straight victory and first UFC contract.

See all of the Dana White’s Contender Series 38 fights counted further below.

Staff Picks

Throughout the calendar year, staff picks will be composed of main card fights from both UFC and Bellator events. Main card fights and selected preliminary fights will be selected for PFL MMA. Dana White’s Contender Series will be composed of the full fight card.

The WINNER of staff picks in 2021 will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or chain from Championship Chains. For the third straight year, Michael DeSantis captured the 2020 victory compiling a record of 201-88.

Find out who the MMASucka staff is picking at Dana White’s Contender Series 38 below.

Staff Records after Dana White’s Contender Series 37:

1. Nate Freeman: 148-86
2. Wesley Riddle: 147-87
3. Michael DeSantis: 142-92
4. Frazer Krohn: 135-99
5. Ash Camyab: 130-95
6. Jeremy Brand: 124-111
7. Mike Lynch: 123-101
8. Mitchell Banuelos: 107-89
9. Andrew Benjamin: 98-110
10. Tim Wheaton: 94-74
11. Brandon Joint: 71-36
12. Matt Bricker: 57-57
13. Chris Presnell: 29-14
14. Maria Morales: 9-1
15T. Steven Irvine: 5-6
15T. Amanda Grace: 5-6
15T. Al Mac: 5-1

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*
*Note – UFC Vegas 36 picks will be added to the above records NEXT weekend*

Muin Gafurov (17-3) vs. Chad Anheliger (10-5)

Jeremy Brand: Anheliger via Round 2 SUB
Wesley Riddle: Gafurov via UD
Michael DeSantis: Gafurov via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Gafurov via UD
Frazer Krohn: Gafurov via UD
Mike Lynch: Anheliger via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Gafurov via Round 1 TKO
Chris Presnell: Gafurov via UD
Amanda Grace: Gafurov via UD
Al Mac: Anheliger via SD

Staff picking Gafurov: 7
Staff picking Anheliger: 3

Bruno Korea (12-3-1) vs. Carlos Vergara (8-2-1)

Jeremy Brand: Korea via UD
Wesley Riddle: Korea via Round 2 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Korea via Round 1 SUB
Andrew Benjamin: Korea via UD
Frazer Krohn: Korea via Round 2 TKO
Mike Lynch: Korea via Round 3 SUB
Nate Freeman: Korea via Round 2 SUB
Chris Presnell: Korea via Round 2 SUB
Amanda Grace: Vergara via Round 1 SUB
Al Mac: Vergara via UD

Staff picking Korea: 8
Staff picking Vergara: 2

Saimon Oliveira (17-3) vs. Jose Alday (14-5-1)

Jeremy Brand: Alday via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Oliveira via Round 1 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Oliveira via Round 1 SUB
Andrew Benjamin: Oliveira via UD
Frazer Krohn: Oliveira via UD
Mike Lynch: Alday via UD
Nate Freeman: Alday via UD
Chris Presnell: Oliveira via UD
Amanda Grace: Oliveira via UD
Al Mac: Oliveira via UD

Staff picking Oliveira: 7
Staff picking Alday: 3

Mario Sousa (12-1) vs. Chidi Njokuani (19-7, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Njokuani via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Sousa via Round 1 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Sousa via Round 2 SUB
Andrew Benjamin: Njokuani via UD
Frazer Krohn: Sousa via SD
Mike Lynch: Njokuani via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Njokuani via SD
Chris Presnell: Sousa via Round 3 SUB
Amanda Grace: Njokuani via UD
Al Mac: Sousa via UD

Staff picking Sousa: 5
Staff picking Njokuani: 5

Josh Quinlan (5-0) vs. Logan Urban (5-1)

Jeremy Brand: Quinlan via UD
Wesley Riddle: Quinlan via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Quinlan via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Quinlan via UD
Frazer Krohn: Quinlan via UD
Mike Lynch: Quinlan via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Quinlan via Round 1 TKO
Chris Presnell: Quinlan via UD
Amanda Grace: Quinlan via UD
Al Mac: Quinlan via UD

Staff picking Quinlan: 10
Staff picking Urban: 0

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Wesley Riddle is a 29-year-old writer residing in Raleigh, North Carolina from Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has been part of the MMASucka team since the fourth quarter of 2016. Additionally, he serves as a writer with partner site Last Word on Motorsports.

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