The Waianae native, who trains in Las Vegas and has fought in the Resurrection Fighting Alliance, started his career 5-0 before suffering his first loss in September by split decision.
He’ll face fellow bantamweight prospect Ricky Turcios (8-0) on the series debut, July 11th on UFC Fight Pass
The fights on the show will take place at The Ultimate Fighter gym in Las Vegas, the bouts will be fully regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission – meaning all the fights count toward the fighters’ records. Although victories don’t necessarily guarantee a ticket into the UFC, it could only help with the UFC’s president White and matchmaker Sean Shelby in attendance.
White, is hoping that the new series will replace the void left by boxing’s Tuesday Night Fights which ran for decades, and served as a proving ground for many future champions in combat sport.
Two weeks after the premier episode, Honolulu’s Dan Ige (7-1) will fight in the featherweight division on July 25th. His opponent has yet to be officially announced by the UFC.
Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series – July 11, Las Vegas
Manny Vazquez vs Joby Sanchez
Charles Byrd vs Justin Jones
Boston Salmon vs Ricky Turcios
Greg Rebello vs Azunna Anyanwu
Matt Bessette vs Kurt Holobaugh