Dana White's Contender Series 42 results, four earn UFC contracts

Shamanth Jayaram October 6, 2021
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Four more fighters were handed UFC contracts at Dana White’s Contender Series 42 event at the Apex on Tuesday.

Five fights were scheduled to take place at the event and it was an incredible show. Four out of the five bouts didn’t go the distance and it really was an excellent watch.

Here’s a look at every fight on the night…

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Dana White’s Contender Series 42 results

Genaro Valdez vs Patrik White

Valdez and White faced each other in the lightweight division to start the night. The former came in with a perfect 9-0 record, and his incredible performance on the night extended his win streak.

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Nicknamed Rayadito, the Mexican was relentless. He started strong against White and finished him off without much trouble in the second round.

Shonte Barnes vs. Joseph Holmes

Middleweights Barnes and Holmes went at it, but it wasn’t as intense a fight as the first one. However, it still was an interesting watch as Holmes picked up an impressive submission victory.

The Ugly Man finished Barnes off with a rear-naked choke in the second round after brilliantly getting him to the ground. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

Fernando Garcia vs. Josh Weems

Weems and Garcia, the two bantamweights, took to the stage next, but they didn’t stay there for long. The Fortis MMA star came in, had a good couple of minutes and finished Weems off in the very first round.

Fernie’s performance really impressed fans on social media.

Daniel Barez vs. Carlos Hernandez

The two flyweights put on a show for everyone as this was the only fight of the night that went the distance.

Barez looked like he could get a stoppage win in the second round, but Hernandez weathered the storm and picked up a narrow split decision win – 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.

Shimon Smotritsky vs. Mike Malott

The quickest fight of the night was the featured bout. We expected Smotritsky and Malott to go all out to end the night, but the latter finished it off in under a minute.

Malott secured a slick guillotine after taking the fight to the ground. As Smotritsky tried to break free, the former rolled to the top and forced a tap as the clock struck 39 seconds.

The big winners of the night – Malott, Hernandez, Valdez and Garcia – were all handed UFC contracts.

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Shamanth works as a senior editor at GRV Media. Based in Bangalore, India, he's a massive Arsenal fan who also enjoys a bit of UFC every now and then.