DWCS Season 5, Week 8 results: Caio Barralho counts second chance, three more contracts awarded
Four more tickets were minted for the UFC.
At Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series event, the UFC president had some tough decisions to make after a five-fight card that saw a trio of finishes, and two very high-profile fights that went to the Judges’ scorecards at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
In the main welterweight event, Jonny Parsons faced Solomon Renfro. Parsons came out very hard, landing hard punches to the body and leg, while Renfro targeted his opponent’s midsection with punches. Renfro landed a huge left hand that knocked out Parsons and appeared to finish, but Parsons was able to fight through a series of heavy hitting to stay in it. Parsons attempted to retaliate, but Renfro continued to give his incredibly durable opponent some big punches before clinching a out with less than a minute to go in the first round, which ended in a fun trade on the feet. .
The action slowed down a bit to get into the second, but it didn’t last long as the two continued to throw leather. Parsons threw a lot of different kicks – legs on even a pair of question mark kicking attempts. Renfro effectively returned to the body before ducking down for disassembly.
The pace picked up on the last lap, with Parsons immediately hitting a big blow and Renfro happy to play that game. With less than two minutes to go, Parsons landed a brutal kick that caught Renfro’s attention, but star Tiger Schulmann continued to land with volume, although Parsons was able to defend his takedown attempts. The last 10 seconds saw the two guys go for it to the delight of the fans in attendance. In the end, two judges saw it for Parsons, who earned his eighth professional victory and is now a UFC fighter.
Undercard delivers with three finishes, an exciting 115-pound battle
The Straw Weights clashed in the main co-event for the chance to land in one of the funniest divisions in the UFC as Piera Rodriguez faced off against Valesca Machado. Both ladies landed big shots in the first round, with Machado actually cutting Rodriguez in the last minute of the round. Rodriguez was able to use great distance on the feet, as well as perfectly timed strikeouts when needed as she secured a unanimous decision victory over a Machado game in a very entertaining clash. After congratulating the two women, White awarded Rodriguez a contract.
Caio Barralho got his second Contender Series opportunity in three weeks and made it count. After winning a unanimous decision over Aaron Jeffery in DWCS Season 5 Week 5, Barralho returned to claim a TKO first round victory over Jesse Murray in under two minutes and earned a spot on the roster for His efforts.
Muai Thai world champion Armen Petrosyan maintained his 100% success rate after overcoming a grueling struggle from opponent Kaloyan Kolev, landing a fierce header that put his opponent to sleep late in the first round to win a UFC contract.
In the bantamweight opener, Pedro Felcao continuously exhausted James Barnes, 39, over two rounds before finally ending the fight with vicious ground and a pound with just over a minute left in the fight, but did not get a contract.
Check out the full DWCS Season 5, Week 8 results below:
Jonny Parsons beat. Solomon Renfro by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Piera Rodriguez beat. Valesca Machado via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Caio Borralho defeated Jesse Murray via TKO – Round 1, 1:41
Armen Petrosyan beat. Kaloyan Kolev via KO – Round 1, 4:27 | Watch finish
Pedro Falcao beats. James Barnes via TKO – Round 3, 3:55