DWCS 2022 Week 5 Breakdown and Predictions

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 04: A general view of the Octagon prior to week one of Dana White’s Contender Series Season 4 at UFC APEX on August 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Believe it or not, we’re already halfway there. Season 6 of Dana White’s Contender series. Week 5 of the DWCS arrives on Tuesday and brings with it action in the women’s strawweight, heavyweight, flyweight, bantamweight and welterweight divisions.

At last week’s DWCS, for the second time this season, UFC President Dana White handed out contracts to the five winning fighters. Who’s in line to win a UFC contract this time around? Continue reading.

Michael Parkin Credit: Facebook/The Dungeon BJJ

Heavyweight: Eduardo Neves vs. Michel Parkin

Band history

Edouard Néves
22 years old
João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil
Team Eduardo Machado
Combined opponent’s record: 12-5

Michael Parkin
26 years
London, England
MMA’ Team TFT Fish Tank
Combined opponent’s record: 18-46

Advantages and disadvantages

Edouard Néves


  • Wicked elbows
  • Dangerous in trade
  • Solid head movement
  • Good soil and book
  • Good performance
  • Heavy Hands/KO Power
  • Quick Start

The inconvenients

  • Questionable wrestling defense
  • too willing to fight

Michael Parkin


  • Competent fight
  • Heavy top position
  • Good soil and book
  • Good shot

The inconvenients

  • Hands too far apart
  • Doubtful chin
  • Gas tank slows down over time

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Neves
Speed: Neves
Output/Volume: Neves
Kickboxing: even
Defensive striker: Neves
Footwork/movement: Neves
Wrestling: Parkin
Grapple: Parkin
Most likely to finish on the mat: Parkin
Fuel tank: Neves

Prediction: Heavy picks are often hard to predict, but not this one.

The most important thing surrounding this fight is the level of competition. The best guy Parkin beat was 7-7 and for Neves it’s 5-0. Neves has beaten three undefeated fighters and Parkin hasn’t fought anyone with a winning record as a pro.

This fight has a very good chance of Neves getting in and out in under a minute. I don’t see Parkin being competitive anywhere. Parkin may be better on the mat, but that’s on paper. I see Neves setting up a fight and knocking Parkin out early.

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