Dana White’s Contenders Series: Pati vs. Pickett – Staff Predictions

Fighters square off at Dana White's Contender Series. Credit: UFC, Instagram

With a large number of fighters unavailable to the UFC amid the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC President Dana White has used his eponymous Dana White’s Contenders Series to fill plenty of roster spots, and he will get another opportunity to look at a crop of new fighters on Tuesday night.

White has been more generous with promotional deals than usual this season, giving out an average of four contracts a week through three weeks this season.

The card will be the usual five fights per event. All of Tuesday’s fights will feature male fighters, with two fights at lightweight, two at middleweight, and one at flyweight.

  • Jhonoven Pati (6-3) vs. Jamie Pickett (11-4) – middleweight main event
  • Rafael Alves (18-9) vs. Alejandro Flores (7-2) – lightweight bout
  • Jeffery Molina (7-2) vs. Jacob Silva (6-2) – flyweight bout
  • Anthony Romero (7-0) vs. Mike Breeden (8-4) – lightweight bout
  • Collin Huckbody (7-2) vs. Kyron Bowen (9-4) – middleweight bout

The staff picks are as follows:

Shawn Bitter, Contributor

Jhonoven Pati, Rafael Alves, Jeffery Molina, Breeden, and Kyron Bowen

“I’m most confident in Molina,” wrote Bitter. “All these fights are well-matched, but Molina has quite an advantage on the mat. I’ll take Molina by submission.”

Joe McDonagh, Contributor

Jhonoven Pati, Rafael Alves, Jeffery Molina, Anthony Romero, and Kyron Bowen

“I’m most confident in Pati,” said McDonagh. “You may look at 6-3 and think, Why? Well, he has fought two DWCS alums and a UFC vet (Ryan Spann (18-5), Punahele Soriano (7-0), and Joe Pyfer (7-2)). When I spoke to Pati, he said he will ‘break’ Pickett. I believe him.”

Joseph Shaw, Contributor

Jhonoven Pati, Alejandro Flores, Jeffery Molina, Anthony Romero, and Kyron Bowen

“I’m most confident in Anthony Romero. He looks like a great prospect at 7-0,” wrote Shaw, “and I think the Canadian will move to 8-0.”

Ryan Fortune, Contributor

Jhonoven Pati, Rafael Alves, Jeffery Molina, Mike Breeden, and Collin Huckbody

“I’m most confident in Jeffrey Molina. I think Molina has a grappling advantage here and is likely to get  a submission here if he pursues it. He is only 23, with his losses coming at 19 and 20 years old. I think he has the ability to get better, whereas Silva at 32 years of age is likely to be in his prime.”

Zain Bando, Contributor

Jhonoven Pati, Rafael Alves, Jeffery Molina, Mike Breeden, and Kyron Bowen

“I’m most confident with Alves as he was a Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight alum and is always exciting. He also has a solid fight IQ and never slows down.

Vince Rodemer, Contributor

Jhonoven Pati, Alejandro Flores, Jeffery Molina, Anthony Romero, and Kyron Bowen

“I’m most confident in Flores. Alves has nine losses including an armbar, a leg kick, an injury and a retirement. His Brazilian regional losses don’t come with a reason. Call me skeptical.”