Dana White’s Contender Series 43: Grading the winners

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 12: Jake Hadley reacts after his submission victory over Mitch Raposo in a flyweight combat throughout Dana White’s Contender Sequence season 5, week seven at UFC APEX on October 12, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photograph by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Weight class: Flyweight
Outcome: Jake Hadley def. Mitch Roposo through submission (rear-naked choke) – Spherical 2, 3:11
Grade: B+

Abstract: Regardless of lacking weight and apparently bringing some baggage in addition, Jake Hadley nonetheless squeaks out a B+ for the talents he confirmed en path to beating Mitch Roposo.

Hadley confirmed some attention-grabbing appears on the toes, using wing block variations from a southpaw boxing guard that smacked of Tom Breese. Nonetheless, after seeing how Hadley makes use of his body on the ground, it’s clear that the Englishman makes his cash along with his floor sport.

Because of some well-timed takedowns from Roposo, we’re capable of see the gogoplata threats that earned Hadley victories in his newbie profession. Nonetheless, I’m curious to see how Hadley stacks up towards fully-fledged flyweights who aren’t combating on quick discover.

It was attention-grabbing to see White go towards his matchmakers’ orders to signal Hadley, however maybe we shouldn’t be shocked given the UFC president’s longstanding observe document in terms of going to bat for the “unhealthy boys.” However as proficient as Hadley could also be, there’s completely no excuse for lacking weight or mistreating the UFC employees (who stay among the most over-worked and under-appreciated components of the promotion’s manufacturing).

Ought to the rumors of Hadley and his habits be true, then I’d prefer to see the other of the enabling remedy that fighters like Conor McGregor have obtained, as I’m over this pattern of self-entitled imitators. If White feels that Hadley is particular, then match him up as so – ideally towards confirmed merchandise like David Dvorak or Tyson Nam.

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