Dana White’s Contender Series Season 3, Episode 3 Results: 5 Fighters Earn 5 Contracts

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Dana White Awards The Contract(s) To: Jonathan Pearce, Maki Pitolo, Hunter Azure, Antonio Trocoli & Joseph Solecki

Joseph Solecki def. Jesse Wallace by submission via guillotine choke (3:49, R1)

Antonio Trocoli def. Kenneth Bergh by submission via neck crank (3:57, R1)

Hunter Azure def. Christian Ocon by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Maki Pitolo def. Justin Sumter by TKO via strikes (1:37, R1)

Jonathan Pearce def. Jacob Rosales by TKO via strikes (1:50, R3)


Jonathan Pearce vs. Jacob Rosales

Round One: The round begins with Pearce attacking Rosales with a head kick, the fighters start swinging away at each other. Pearce nails a swinging Rosales with a counter right uppercut, Pearce continues cracking Rosales with combinations. Rosales lands a few combos of his own against Pearce, Pearce starts attacking Rosales with some leg kicks. Rosales stuns Pearce after landing a two punch combination, Rosales nails a swinging Pearce with a counter right. Pearce nails Rosales with a knee strike followed by a left hook, Pearce and Rosales exchange some two punch combinations. Rosales backs up Pearce after nailing him with a right followed by a left hook, Pearce comes forward and he swings away at Rosales. Rosales scores a takedown on Pearce and he catches him in a guillotine choke, Pearce scrambles to his feet as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Rosales

Round Two: The round begins with Pearce taking a few swings against Rosales, Rosales cracks a swinging Pearce with a counter right. Rosales starts attacking Pearce with some leg kicks, Pearce nails a backing Rosales with a kick to the midsection. Pearce nails Rosales with a knee strike followed by a right, Pearce then cracks Rosales with a three punch combination. Pearce continues charging forward while nailing Rosales with combinations, Pearce drills Rosales with knee strikes and a multiple punch combination. Pearce gets Rosales against the cage wall while landing some uppercuts, Pearce scores a takedown on Rosales and he gets side control followed by full mount. Rosales scrambles and both fighters get back to the feet, Pearce continues assaulting Rosales with a plethora of strikes. Pearce scores a takedown on Rosales and he gets the open guard, Pearce gains the half guard against Rosales. Rosales scrambles to his feet and Pearce nails him with a knee strike to the face, Rosales falls on a knee strike attempt and Pearce gets top control on the ground. Pearce attacks Rosales with ground and pound, Rosales rolls for an arm bar as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Pearce (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Pearce swinging away at a backing Rosales, Pearce scores a takedown on Rosales and he gets the half guard. Rosales scrambles and Pearce gains side control on him, Pearce rolls for an arm bar before getting back control on Rosales. Rosales scrambles to his feet and Pearce drags him back to the ground, Pearce postures up and then he nails Rosales with a right to force the referee to jump in.

Official Result: Jonathan Pearce def. Jacob Rosales by TKO via strikes (1:50, R3)

Maki Pitolo vs. Justin Sumter

Round One: The round begins with Sumter and Pitolo exchanging some rights, Sumter stuns Pitolo with a follow up right. Pitolo starts dropping Sumter with leg kicks, Pitolo follows up by nailing Sumter with a punching combination. Pitolo backs Sumter into the cage wall while landing a combination, Sumter recovers and he nails Pitolo with a two punch combination. Pitolo drops Sumter with a plethora of lefts to the midsection and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Maki Pitolo def. Justin Sumter by TKO via strikes (1:37, R1)

Hunter Azure vs. Christian Ocon

Round One: The round begins with Azure attacking Ocon with some leg kicks, Ocon then cracks Azure with a right. Azure responds by kicking Ocon in the midsection, Azure scores a takedown on Ocon and he gets back control. Ocon scrambles to his feet and Azure nails him with a knee strike, Ocon eats a left hook and a body kick from Azure. Azure charges forward while swinging wildly against Ocon, Azure stuns Ocon with a leg kick and he lands a few strikes afterwards. Ocon goes for a takedown and Azure catches him in a standing guillotine choke, Azure releases the choke and keeps Ocon against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Ocon hits Azure with a left to the midsection, Ocon follows up by nailing Azure with a right. Azure grabs a swinging Ocon and he gets him against the cage wall, Azure lands a right as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Azure

Round Two: The round begins with Azure coming forward while swinging away at Ocon, Ocon also attacks Azure with a combination of his own. Azure goes back to attacking Ocon with some leg kicks, Azure drops Ocon with leg kicks and Ocon gets back up. Azure grabs Ocon and gets him up against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Azure attacks Ocon with more leg kicks. Azure scores a takedown on Ocon and he gets him in the seated position, Azure transitions to back control against Ocon. Azure starts attacking Ocon with some ground and pound, Azure looks for a rear naked choke as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Azure (Overall Score: 20-18 for Azure)

Round Three: The round begins with Ocon nailing Azure with a right, Azure goes back to attacking Ocon with leg kicks. Azure drags Ocon to the ground while controlling his head, Ocon scrambles to his feet and Azure drags him back to the ground while gaining back control. Azure goes for the rear naked choke and he eventually releases it, Azure attacks Ocon with some ground and pound. Ocon scrambles to his feet and he gets Azure against the cage wall as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Azure (Final Score: 30-27 for Azure)

Official Result: Hunter Azure def. Christian Ocon by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

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