Yet another fighter with Ohio Valley ties will get his shot at a UFC contract, as Kentucky native Lance Lawrence will compete on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series this summer.
The Louisville product has never tasted defeat, as he posted an 8-0 amateur record before racking up five wins since turning pro in 2016. All of his pro wins have come via stoppage, including four in the first round. Most recently, he submitted veteran Chris Dunn with a triangle choke in the second round at HRMMA 105 in February.
Nicknamed “The Tornado”, he’s ranked as the No. 4 pro featherweight in Kentucky according to Tapology.
Lawrence will face a fellow unbeaten foe in Kevin Syler (6-0), who hails from Florida. Originally from Bolivia, he also had a 7-0 amateur record and the American Top Team product is listed as 8-0 with six submissions on some databases that better track his international fights. He’s also the younger brother of UFC veteran Bentley Syler and was the subject of a Sherdog Prospect Watch piece last year.
The bout is expected to take place on July 16 and will air on ESPN+.
Ohio Valley notables Aleksa Camur, Adli Edwards, and Don’Tale Mayes will also all compete during the third season of the show.
Previous Ohio Valley fighters who have earned UFC contracts after appearing on the show include Devonte Smith, Jeff Hughes, and Jordan Espinosa. Other notables like Dan Spohn, Mark Cherico, Chris Curtis, and Don’Tale Mayes have appeared without earning contracts.
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