Dana White’s Contender Series has become a focal point for fighters on the regional scene. Since its inception in 2017, the UFC Fight Pass-turned-ESPN+ summer original removed some of the guesswork for up-and-comers trying to make it big.

With UFC president Dana White and matchmakers Mick Maynard and Sean Shelby cageside, the stakes are high. Have an impressive, exciting win on the show, and you’re in.

Rumored for a late-June 2020 start date, DWCS Season 4 is almost here. The lineups haven’t been announced quite yet, but advanced planning is underway. While there are hundreds of fighters qualified to compete on the show, we’ll be narrowing each divisional pool to 10 fighters you should expect to see on the show this summer.

Up next, the middleweights …


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KB Bhullar

Record: 8-0
Age: 28
Height: 6’4″
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

One of Canada’s premier middleweights, KB Bhullar is unblemished in his MMA career. Major promotions are always in need of up-and-coming middleweights, as well as fighters who push the boundaries and expand MMA’s pull in non-American countries. Canada’s Bhullar checks off both of those boxes. One of the best pound-for-pound fighters in “The Great White North,” Bhullar added a UFC veteran to his resume in September when he defeated Matt Dwyer by unanimous decision at Unified MMA 38. It’s important to note Bhullar is recovering from surgery. Should he be ready, Bhullar should be a shoe-in – easy.

Kyle Daukaus

Record: 9-0
Age: 27
Height: 6’1″
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Last summer, Kyle Daukaus was passed over on Dana White’s Contender Series. While the UFC president was happy with Daukaus’ performance, he believed the middleweight needed more work on the regional scene. Since that time, Daukaus has put his foot on the gas pedal. The CFFC middleweight champion picked up two more wins since last summer’s DWCS. Both victories were second-round D’arce choke submissions. A submission specialist, Daukaus possesses a well-rounded grappling attack which compliments his striking abilities. Twenty-seven-year-old undefeated middleweight prospects aren’t a common commodity, so DWCS should welcome Daukaus back with open arms.

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