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Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series 7 results: Joby Sanchez, Benito Lopez earn UFC contracts

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Two promising prospects will be joining the UFC roster.

Joby Sanchez and Benito Lopez have been awarded contracts with the UFC after their impressive performances in the seventh edition of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. The action-packed event took place on Tuesday night at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, Nev.

Sanchez, a former UFC fighter, stopped EFC interim flyweight champion JP Buys via technical knockout. In the first round, both fighters had a competitive contest and were constantly scrambling and reversing each other’s positions on the ground. But in the second, Sanchez began to win those grappling exchanges in which he was able to take Buys’ back, flatten him out, and land enough ground-and-pound to force the referee to stop the bout. The official stoppage came at the 2:28 mark.

With this victory, Sanchez is now 11-2 in his professional fighting career and finds himself on a four-fight win streak since his release from the UFC. Sanchez fought for the premire promotion three times where he compiled a record of 1-2 with losses to Wilson Reis and Geane Herrera, and a split-decision victory over Tateki Matsuda. Sanchez is 26 years old and fights out of JacksonWink in Albuquerque.

Lopez, who earned the other UFC contract awarded that night, picked up a hard-fought split decision over Steven Peterson. Lopez used his range, straight punches, and knees to batter Peterson in the first round and third round. The the second was won by Peterson, as he was able to clinch Lopez against the cage, take him down to the ground, and control him for the majority of the round. With this result, Lopez managed to remain undefeated and improve his professional record to 8-0. The bantamweight prospect is just 23 years old and trains with California’s Team Alpha Male.

Additionally on the card, three other fighters picked up wins but were not given contracts. Undefeated light heavyweight Kennedy Nzechukwu won a split decision over TUF 19 cast member Anton Berzin. Jordan Espinosa submitted JacksonWink fighter Nick Urso the first round of their flyweight bout. And veteran Mike Santiago scored a solid first-round knockout over Mark Cherico to improve his win streak to 11 in a row and his MMA record to 21-9.