Dana White’s Contender Series 19 live results

LAS VEGAS – Dana White’s Contender Series is back in action Tuesday night from the UFC Apex.

MMA Junkie has you covered with live coverage of the five-fight card in which contestants vie for a potential UFC contract. The event stream on ESPN+.

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In light heavyweight action, Brazil’s Antonio Trocoli (12-3) was expecting to strike with Norway’s Kenneth Bergh (6-1) but suffered a broken foot early on and turned to grappling to pick up an first-round win.

The taller Trocoli looked to strike from range to start, but Bergh was able to push forward and into the clinch in the opening minute. Bergh punished his opponent’s leg with knee as they battled for position in tight. However, it was Trocoli who eventually found space for a beautiful outside trip, immediately hunting for an arm-triangle choke when they hit the deck. When Bergh escaped from that hold, Trocoli swithced to the back and was able to slide in a rear-naked choke, earning a tap at the 3:57 mark of the first round.

In a battle of undefeated bantamweights, it was Hunter Azure (7-0) kept his perfect career record intact with a clearcut decision win over Chris Ocon (4-1).

The pace was quick at the start, and after a few quick strikes, Azure was able to take the fight to the floor and slip around to the back. He couldn’t keep it there, though, and Ocon moved quickly back to the feet. As the two exchanged strikes, it was Azure who appeared to find his range a little quicker. Azure punished the legs with sharp kicks and seemed to get the best of the boxing exchanges, as well.

Ocon was aggressive to start the second, but Azure remained the more effective striker. Repeated low kicks made it impossible for Ocon to stay upright, though Azure surprisingly elected to take the action to the canvas. Once on the back, Azure softened up his opponent with big punches before turning his attention to the choke. Ocon showed capable submission defense, but the offense was very one-sided.

Azure took the fight quickly to the floor again in the third. Ocon continued to show impressive choke defense, but the action remained against him. Azure never did get the finish, but he continued to throw strikes until the final bell, walking away with a unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.

In middleweight action, Hawaiian slugger Maki Pitolo (12-4) using devastating punches to the body to earn a first-round finish of Justin Sumter (7-3).

The two men wasted little time moving forward and looking to strike. A Sumter slip allowed Pitolo to land the first big shots of the contest, though both men were finding their way through their opponent’s defense. That said, it was Pitolo’s pressure that was rewarded, as he blasted away with punches to the body, sending Sumter crashing to the canvas and ending the fight at the 1:37 mark of the opening round.

In the night’s first contest, lightweight Jonathan Pearce (9-3) survived some early trouble to battle back for a third-round TKO stoppage over Jacob Rosales (11-5).

The two fighters came out firing from the start, with Pearce favoring kicks at all levels, but Rosales showing quick hands in reply. Rosales was certainly landing his share of solid strikes up the middle, but Pearce showed no desire to leave the pocket. Pearce’s nose was busted up early, but he walked through the punches to land his own. Pearce’s chin was admirable, but he was certainly taking the worst of the exchanges.

Pearce’s grit was on display again to start the second, walking forward aggressively in the face of crisp strikes that found their mark over and over again. Pearce’s corner begged for him to show some head movement, but his relentlessness did start to pay off as Rosales looked to tire. Pearce did not, and momentum started to shift in his direction, first on the feet and then briefly on the floor. Rosales crawled back up, but it was clear he was exhausted from the relentless pace.

Rosales kept swinging, but when he slipped to the floor on a missed flying knee, Pearce jumped on top, and finished the round with strikes from the top position, pausing only to defend from a very earnest takedown attempt.

Pearce was the aggressor to start the third, striking his way into a quick takedown attempt and setting up in side control. Rosales was able to slip out the back door, but he immediately gave up position by jumping too high on the back and slipping off. Pearce made him pay, firing down a huge right hand that saw Rosales suffer a quick flash, and referee Herb Dean waved off the fight at the 1:50 mark of the frame.

Follow along here for all the latest results:

Dana White’s Contender Series 19 results include:

  • Jesse Wallace (155) vs. Joe Solecki (155)
  • Antonio Trocoli def. Kenneth Bergh via submission (neck crank) – Round 1, 3:57
  • Hunter Azure def. Christian Ocon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Maki Pitolo def. Justin Sumter via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:37
  • Jonathan Pearce def. Jacob Rosales via TKO (punch) – Round 3, 1:50

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