LAS VEGAS – Dana White’s Contender Series returns Tuesday with five fights on ESPN+ from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
In the featured fight of the night, Joe Pyfer (7-1) takes on Dustin Stoltzfus (12-1) at middleweight. Plus, LFA women’s strawweight champion Vanessa Demopoulos (5-1) tries to earn a UFC deal when she meets Cory McKenna (4-1).
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The initial exchange of the contest saw Adams land inadvertently to the groin, leading to a brief timeout. On the restart, both men threw heavy punches and kicks for the opening minute before settling into a more sustainable pace. Adams did his best to use range to his advantage, while Kasanganay chopped at the legs while also looking to set up his hands up top.
Adams frequently used a front kick from range and looked to utilize knees when the two worked in tight. Meanwhile, Kasanganay was able to score with several powerful hooks along the way.
In the second, Kasanganay turned up the pressure a bit, working the legs and firing punching combinations up top. Adams was unfazed and fired back with his long, straight punches. But it was Kasanganay who was generally quicker on the trigger and flashed a few creative attacks with odd-angled elbows and a spinning attack.
Kasanganay eventually turned to a takedown with 90 seconds left in the frame, and he maintained the dominant position until the end.
With the fight likely hanging in the balance to start the third, both men came out swinging. Kasanganay moved quickly to the clinch and was able to slip around to his opponent’s back. With Adams in a kneeling position, Kasanganay began firing big punches that landed clean to the face. Knees to the body followed, and referee Mark Smith warned Adams to move.
Adams finally turned inside with 90 seconds left, but Kasanganay stood and turned to the outside. He was clearly in control of the contest but landed an unfortunate knee to the groin that earned Adams a lengthy rest.
Despite taking nearly the full five-minute period, Adams wasn’t able to show much on the restart. With less than a minute to work, it was Kasanganay who came out firing big shots and then once again moved to the back in a grappling exchange before the final bell. In the end, it sealed the decision win for Kasanganay, with 29-27 scores on all three judges’ cards.
Dana White’s Contender Series 28 results include:
- Joe Pyfer vs. Dustin Stoltzfus
- Brady Huang vs. Adrian Yanez
- Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Cory McKenna
- TJ Laramie def. Daniel Swain via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00
- Impa Kasanganay def. Anthony Adams via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)