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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 02: Vinicius Salvador of Brazil reacts after his knockout victory over Shannon Ross of Australia in a flyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week two at UFC APEX on August 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Dana White's Contender Series

Season 6 Week 2 Results | Dana White's Contender Series

Following last week’s season debut and the pointed, passionate message shared by Dana White about what he’s looking for on Tuesday nights, five more sets of hopefuls descended upon the UFC APEX looking to impress the UFC President and matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard in Season 6’s second week.

It’s pretty clear that the message was received.

From the opening bout of the evening through the breakneck pace of the main event, all five pairs of competitors that stepped into the cage this week left everything out there, resulting in four stoppages, three in the first round, and a whole bunch of contracts being handed out.

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Headliner Chris Duncan joined Joe Pyfer in being the second headliner and DWCS sophomore to score a knockout victory and earn an invite to join the UFC roster. Making the move to the big show alongside the heavy-handed Scotsman are welterweight Billy Goff, heavyweight Waldo Cortes-Acosta, unbeaten featherweight prospect Francis Marshall, and Brazilian flyweight Vinicius Salvador.

It’s the first “Everybody Gets a Contract” night of the season and with very good reason!

Here’s how all these victorious fighters punched their tickets to the Octagon.

Dana White's Contender Series Season 6 Week 2 Results

  • Chris Duncan defeats Charlie Campbell by KO (right hand) at 1:43 of Round 1
  • Vinicius Salvador defeats Shannon Ross by TKO (punches) at 4:22 of Round 2
  • Francis Marshall defeats Connor Matthews by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Waldo Cortes Acosta def. Danilo Suzart by TKO (punches) at 3:40 of Round 1
  • Billy Goff defeats Shimon Smotritsky by TKO (punches), Round 1, 3:37

Dana White's Contender Series Season 6 Week 2 Fight Card

Chris Duncan defeats Charlie Campbell by KO (right hand) at 1:43 of Round 1

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 02: (R-L) Chris Duncan of Scotland punches Charlie Campbell in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week two at UFC APEX on August 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Chris Duncan of Scotland punches Charlie Campbell in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week two at UFC APEX on August 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Chris Duncan ended Week 2 in phenomenal fashion, becoming the second straight returning competitor to score a first-round walk-off win.

Just when it seemed like the Scottish lightweight was on the brink of being finished by Charlie Campbell, Duncan unloaded a right hand down the pipe that sent the LAW MMA representative crashing backwards to the canvas. 

Chris Duncan defeats Charlie Campbell by KO (right hand) at 1:43 of Round 1

The follow-up blow put him out completely, and sent Duncan into celebration mode.

This was a wild way to finish out the night and a massive comeback win for the heavy-handed Scotsman. After landing on the opposite end of a finish last season versus Viacheslav Borshchev, Duncan could join him in the UFC with this effort.

Vinicius Salvador defeats Shannon Ross by TKO (punches) at 4:22 of Round 2

Vinicius Salvador has nasty power for a flyweight.

The Brazilian, who trains alongside ranked UFC competitor Amanda Ribas, dropped Shannon Ross twice in the opening round, and right when it seemed like the Australian was mounting a comeback in the second, Salvador put him down again, closing things out with one final right hand.

Salvador has tremendous size for the division and a flashy, exciting style, fighting with his hands down while calling his opponent in for more. It seemed like it was going to backfire, but just as Ross started finding a home for his right hand, Salvador showed the power that has carried him to a 100 percent finishing rate.

Dana White was so impressed with his contest that he made his way into the Octagon to congratulate both men.

Francis Marshall defeats Connor Matthews by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 02: (R-L) Francis Marshall punches Connor Matthews in a featherweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week two at UFC APEX on August 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 02: (R-L) Francis Marshall punches Connor Matthews in a featherweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week two at UFC APEX on August 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Francis Marshall and Connor Matthews spent the first three minutes of their featherweight matchup in a human game of Rock’em Sock’em Robots, but once they got settled in, it was all Marshall.

The Kurt Pellegrino protege found his range midway through the opening stanza and dominated the second half of that frame before continuing the onslaught in the second, bashing Matthews with clean, technical strikes before depositing him on the canvas and landing short shots that busted up the U.S. Air Force veteran.

Francis Marshall defeats Connor Matthews by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Marshall couldn’t put Matthews away, but he continued to piece him up throughout the third, leading to a clean sweep of the scorecards and a sixth straight victory to begin his professional career.

While it wasn’t a finish, this was a solid one-sided showing against a previously unbeaten fighter who would not go away, and the kind of effort that will elevate Marshall’s stock going forward.

Waldo Cortes Acosta def. Danilo Suzart by TKO (punches) at 3:40 of Round 1

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 02: (R-L) Waldo Cortes-Acosta of the Dominican Republic punches Danilo Suzart of Brazil in a heavyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week two at UFC APEX on August 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 02: (R-L) Waldo Cortes-Acosta of the Dominican Republic punches Danilo Suzart of Brazil in a heavyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week two at UFC APEX on August 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


In the first heavyweight fight of the season, former minor league baseball player Waldo Cortes Acosta showed off his fastball, slinging right hands at Danilo Suzart from Jump Street, ultimately earning the stoppage with a hail of unanswered blows along the fence.

Both men came out firing big shots, looking to land a walk-off blow that secured them a contract. Cortes-Acosta quickly established himself as the superior talent, backing Suzart into the fence with a series of big right hands before opting to clinch up and gather his energy.

Waldo Cortes Acosta def. Danilo Suzart by TKO (punches) at 3:40 of Round 1

When they broke off the fence, the heavyweight from the Dominican Republic opened up again, dropping an off balance Suzart with a right hand to the temple, chasing him to the ground and pounding out the finish.

This was a big showing for the LFA heavyweight champ, who advances to 7-0 with the victory.

Billy Goff defeats Shimon Smotritsky by TKO (punches), Round 1, 3:37

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 02: (R-L) Billy Goff punches Shimon Smotritsky of Israel in a welterweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week two at UFC APEX on August 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 02: (R-L) Billy Goff punches Shimon Smotritsky of Israel in a welterweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season six, week two at UFC APEX on August 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Billy Goff kicked off Week 2 with the best comeback in Contender Series history.

Within 15 seconds of the start of his fight with Shimon Smotrisky, Goff ate a left high kick that put him on the canvas, and for the first half of the round, it seemed like the two-weight CES titleholder was on his way to having his winning streak snapped.

Billy Goff venceu Shimon Smotritsky por nocaute técnico aos 3m37s do 1° round no 2° episódio da 6ª temporada do Dana White's Contender Series.

But after getting back to his feet and shaking out the cobwebs, Goff started finding some success. As soon as he started landing, Smotrisky began backing up and the 24-year-old never let off the gas, upping the pace and the output to get the returning Israeli fighter out of there in less than four minutes.

Now riding a six-fight winning streak that includes three wins over Contender Series alums, Goff moves to 8-2 with the victory and can take pride in getting Dana White out of his seat in the first fight of the night.