Make it an even 30 new fighters for the UFC this summer. Season 3 of Dana White's Contender Series concluded on Tuesday night in Las Vegas with three more prospects earning contracts and another walking away with the evening's most effusive praise.
The UFC deals went to unbeaten middleweight Dusko Todorovic, lightweight Peter Barrett and featherweight TJ Brown. But it was Impa Kasanganay, a 25-year-old middleweight from Charlotte, North Carolina, who began training just last year and turned pro in 2019, that made the most eye-opening impression on the UFC president.
As the biggest underdog on the card, Kasanganay (6-0) took it to Kailan Hill from start to finish on the way to a clear unanimous decision.
The UFC's return to China features a strawweight division championship fight, one that fans in Shenzhen have been anticipating for several months.
Zhang Weili, who is 19-1 and fights out of Beijing, will look to take the title from Jessica Andrade in Saturday's main event.