Dana White’s Contender Series 43 live results

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LAS VEGAS – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 43 event, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.

Dana White’s Contender Series cards see prospects fighting for the opportunity to sign a UFC deal, with UFC president Dana White on hand to make the decisions.

In the featured bout, featherweight prospects clash with Arizona’s Reyes Cortez (5-1) taking on undefeated Roufusport MMA product Christian Rodriguez (5-0), who was heavy at 137.25 pounds despite being given an additional hour to make weight.

The UFC Apex hosts Tuesday’s card, which streams on ESPN+. The full lineup includes:

  • Reyes Cortez vs. Christian Rodriguez
  • Martin Buday def. Lorenzo Hood via TKO (knee, punches) – Round 1, 4:56
  • Jake Hadley def. Mitch Raposo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:11
  • Viacheslav Borshchev def. Chris Duncan via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 0:28
  • Maria Silva def. Kathryn Paprocki via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Kathryn Paprocki vs. Maria Silva

In the night’s first contest, strawweight Maria Silva (7-0) kept her career record perfect with a dominant decision win over late replacement Kathryn Paprocki (3-2).

The women looked to engage quickly at the start of the contest. Punches and kicks were traded in tight as both dances lightly on the feet. Silva eventually pressed forward and held double underhooks as she pushed the cation to the cage, though she struggled to do much with the position, and referee Jason Herzog brought them back to the center of the cage.

On the restart, it was once again a spirited exchange to start, but Silva was quick to clinch once again, peppering with dirty boxing inside. For her part, Paprocki returned fire as best she could while stuck against the cage, and the two remained upright.

The two again started quickly in the second before again moving to the clinch. This time, Silva was able to secure a trip to the floor, and she latched on to the neck as Paprocki worked quickly back to the feet. Paprocki patiently worked to free herself from the hold, but she was quickly in trouble again as Silva returned the action to the canvas and secured top position.

Paprocki was forced to alternate between exposing the back and giving up mount before finally turning inside with less than a minute remaining. Even then, she didn’t get to enjoy much attacking time, with Silva turning quickly to an armbar.

Silva again came forward with sharp striking in the third, while Paprocki did her best to rally and swing things in her direction. Silva eventually found her way to the clinch, taking the action to the floor again with relative ease. Paprocki did her best to escape, but Silva again was able to secure dominant control in a constant rotation between back control and mount. Paprocki refused to quit until the end, surviving throughout the frame and even escaping in the final seconds, though she didn’t have enough time to truly capitalize.

In the end, Silva was awarded a clearcut decision win, 30-27 on all three cards.

Result: Maria Silva def. Kathryn Paprocki via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Photos: Dana White’s Contender Series 43: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Kathryn Paprocki (3-2), Maria Silva (7-0)
Division: Strawweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Jason Herzog

Viacheslav Borshchev vs. Chris Duncan

In a lightweight matchup Viacheslav Borshchev (5-1) delivered an incredible highlight-reel knockout over a previously undefeated Chris Duncan (7-1).

Duncan was aggressive at the start, but Borshchev attacked with punches and kicks from all angles, clearly eanrng his opponent’s respect from the start. A crisp jab busted up Duncan’s nose early, and kicks to all levels also scored clean. Borshchev eventually landed a crisp right hand that stunned Duncan, and a follow-up flurry did big damage.

Busted up and wobbled, Duncan was forced to shoot inside. Borshchev defended the initial push well enough, but Duncan was able to drag him down with a second effort, where he enjoyed a brief moment of top control.

When they stood, Borshchev went back to work, with Duncan’s right eye showing damage as well. Duncan was able to move inside to score a takedown, but he again couldn’t keep the action there. The two continued to trade big shots on the feet until the bell, and UFC president Dana White stood to applaud at the close of the frame.

The pace remained high in the second, with both men mixing it up in aggressive fashion before a Borshchev left hand sent Duncan crashing to the canvas and out cold at the 28-second mark of the round.

Result: Viacheslav Borshchev def. Chris Duncan via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 0:28
Photos: Dana White’s Contender Series 43: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Viacheslav Borshchev (4-1), Chris Duncan (7-0)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith

Jake Hadley vs. Mitch Raposo

In a flyweight matchup between a pair of unbeatens, Jake Hadley (8-0) kept his record perfect with an impressive submission win over Mitch Raposo (5-1).

The two athletes didn’t waste time engaging, standing in the pocket and rattling off combinations before Raposo changed levels and drove through for a takedown. Hadley was quick from his back, immediately working through a variety of armlocks, though Raposo was able to pull free from each attempt before moving back to the feet.

On the restart, both men again were content to kickbox in close range. Each had moments of success with their hands, and low kicks were added on both sides, as well. Raposo pushed through for another takedown in the final minute, and this time he was able to push down and finish on top.

The pace remained high to open the second, with Hadley holding the center but Raposo showing excellent timing on his attacks as he worked from the outside. Combinations scored for both men, and Hadley eventually worked inside for a takedown and moving quickly to the back in an ensuing scramble. Hadley eventually wrapped the left arm around the chin and squeezed and torqued. Raposo was slow to battle the hands away, seemingly comfortable in the position, but Hadley kept adjusting his squeeze until he got the tap at the 3:11 mark of the frame.

Result: Jake Hadley def. Mitch Raposo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:11
Photos: Dana White’s Contender Series 43: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Jake Hadley (7-0), Mitch Raposo (5-0)
Division: Flyweight (Hadley missed weight)
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Jason Herzog

Martin Buday vs. Lorenzo Hood

In heavyweight action, Martin Buday (9-1) survived an early barrage of strikes from opponent Lorenzo Hood (12-5) before slowing things down and scoring a stoppage win due to strikes in the clinch.

Hood was aggressive early, opening with a probing kick and then a big punch up top. Buday was patient early, though he was warned for an eye poke in the opening minute. He was more aggressive on the restart, moving into a clinch and driving the action to the cage before firing in big knees and punches to the body.

Unable to score a takedown, Buday let go of the position, which proved to be a mistake. Hood stated teeing off with big punches that landed clean, firing off overhands and uppercuts in quick succession. Buday was quick to clinch again and work to slow things down. Buday leaned heavy on his opponent against the fence and continued to drive knees to the body and short punches inside. With time winding down and Hood bloodied from the inside work, Buday kept swinging away. A well-timed knee landed clean and sent Hood to the floor, where a few punches sealed the result at the 4:56 mark of the opening round.

Result: Martin Buday def. Lorenzo Hood via TKO (knee, punches) – Round 1, 4:56
Photos: Dana White’s Contender Series 43: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Martin Buday (8-1), Lorenzo Hood (12-4)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee:

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