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The fourth season of Dana White’s Contender Series is right around the corner.

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Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Season 4 was slated to kick off June 23.

Postponed due to the pandemic, it’s expected to premiere Aug. 4 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, run through September, and possibly into October.

With the return of the series, there will be a lot of fight announcements and contract signings involving UFC hopefuls. It’s understandable that it might be difficult to keep up with all of the transactions, but that’s where MMA Junkie comes in.

Below is a compilation of all the fighters and fights known for the upcoming season. The fighters and fights all have been broken or confirmed by MMA Junkie.

Latest news Orion Cosce vs. Matt Dixon added to Episode 3 (first reported by Cageside Press) Damonte Brown replaces Kevin Syler, faces Kenny Cross on Episode 1 (first reported by James Lynch) Kevin Syler out of Episode 1 Seven fighters join Season 4 lineup Women’s strawweight Gloria de Paula joins Season 4 lineup Confirmed lineups

Aug. 4

Kenny Cross vs. TBA

Uros Medic vs. Mikey Gonzalez

Ty Flores vs. Dustin Jacoby

Luis Rodriguez vs. Jerome Rivera

Jose Flores vs. Jordan Leavitt

Aug. 11

Joseph Pyfer vs. Dustin Stoltzfus

Adrian Yanez vs. Brady Huang

Vanessa Demopolous vs. Cory McKenna

T.J. Laramie vs. Daniel Swain

Anthony Adams vs. Impa Kasangany

Aug. 18

Louis Cosce vs. Victor Reyna

Cheyanne Buys vs. Hilarie Rose

Orion Cosce vs. Matt Dixon

Chad Johnson vs. Josh Parisian

Collin Anglin vs. Oron Kahlon

Aug. 25

Jhonoven Pati vs. Jamie Pickett

Mike Breeden vs. Anthony Romero

Kyron Bowen vs. Collin Huckbody

Rafael Alves vs. Alejandro Flores

Jeffrey Molina vs. Jacob Silva

Sept. 1

Cody Brundage vs. William Knight

Jose Johnson vs. Ronnie Lawrence

KB Bhullar vs. Bruno Oliveira

JP Buys vs. Nate Smith


Sept. 8

Khadzhi Bestaev vs. Phil Hawes

Tafon Nchukwi vs. Al Matavao

Mana Martinez vs. Drako Rodriguez



Sept. 15

Taneisha Tennant vs. TBA





Sept. 22

Jared Vanderaa vs. TBA





Sept. 29

Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz vs. Mario Sousa





Oct. 6

Chelsea Hackett vs. TBA

Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels vs. TBA




Season 4 roster (Record | Last promotion | Fighting out of) Heavyweights Oscar Ivan Cota (11-2 | Combate Americas | Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico) Chad Johnson (6-1 | LFA | Wisconsin) Josh Parisian (12-3 | WXC | Michigan) Jared Vanderaa (10-4 | SMASH Global | Hemet, Calf.) Light heavyweights Ibo Aslan (8-0 | Vendetta | Austria) Jose Augusto Azevedo (6-2 | Centro Oeste Fight | Paulo Afonso, Bahia, Brazil) Cody Brundage (5-0 | Lights Out Championship | Michigan) Ty Flores (7-2 | Shamrock FC | Denver) Dustin Jacoby (11-5 | SCL | Fort Morgan, Colo.) William Knight (7-1 | CES MMA | Connecticut) Matheus Scheffel (14-6 | Future FC | Parana, Brazil) Tafon Nchukwi (3-0 | CFFC | Cameroon) Al Matavao (8-2 | Destiny MMA/Alaska FC | American Samoa) Middleweights Anthony Adams (8-1 | LFA | Aurora, Colo.) Khadzhi Bestaev (10-3 | Gladiator Challenge | San Jose, Calif.) KB Bhullar (8-0 | Unified MMA | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) Kyron Bowen (10-4 | MFC/MMAX FC | Illinois) Phil Hawes (7-2 | Brave CF | Iowa) Collin Huckbody (7-2 | North Star Combat | Saint Cloud, Minn) Impa Kasanganay (6-0 | DWCS, Season 3 | Charlotte, N.C.) Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz (8-0 | Teofista | Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada) Andreas Michailidis (12-3 | Global Legion FC | Athens, Greece)* Bruno Oliveira (8-1 | Titan FC| Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil) Jhonoven Pati (6-3 | Ring of Combat | Copperas Cove, Texas) Jamie Pickett (10-4 | Next Level Fight Club | North Carolina) Joe Pyfer (7-1 | Ring of Combat | Pennsylvania) Mario Sousa (11-1 | Metanoia FC | Curitiba, Parana, Brazil) Dustin Stoltzfus (12-1 | GMC | Pennsylvania) Jordan Williams (8-3 | DWCS | Menomonee Falls, Wisc.) Jordan Wright (10-0 | LFA | Albuquerque, N.M.) Welterweights Sherrard Blackledge (4-0 | RUF MMA | Las Vegas) Louis Cosce (6-0 | Combate Americas | California) Orion Cosce (6-0 | Bear River Fighting Championship | Arcata, Calif.) Matt Dixon (9-0 | LFA | Tulsa, Okla.) Victor Reyna (11-4 | Combate Americas | Arlington, Texas) Lightweights Rafael Alves (18-9 | Titan FC | Belem, Para, Brazil) Mike Breeden (8-2 | LFA | Missouri) Damonte Brown (6-1-1 | Iron Tiger FS | Ohio) Taylor Callens (6-0 | V3 Fights | Hornbeak, Tennessee) Cameron Church (4-0 | Combate Americas | South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) Kenny Cross (10-3 | Lights Out Championship | Michigan) Achilles Estremadura (6-0 | Battlefield Fight League | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) Alejandro Flores (17-2 | Combate Americas | Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) Jose Flores (9-1 | Combate Americas | Mission, Texas) Mikey Gonzalez (7-1 | Gladiator Challenge | California) Jordan Leavitt (6-0 | LFA | Las Vegas) Tucker Lutz (9-1 | Shogun Fights | Reisterstown, Md.) Victor Martinez (12-4 | Fury FC/Combate Americas | Pharr, Texas) Uros Medic (5-0 | Alaska FC | Serbia) Anthony Romero (7-0 | Ohio Combat League/KOTC | Canada) Kevin Syler (10-0 | Combate Bolivia MMA | Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia) Featherweights Collin Anglin (7-1 | Lights Out Championship | Michigan) Oron Kahlon (16-0 | Road to WWFC | Ashdod, Israel) T.J. Laramie (11-3 | PFC | Ontario, Canada) Daniel Swain (20-9-1 | M-1 Challenge | Washington) Bantamweights Brady Huang (11-1 | Pancrase | San Francisco) Jose Johnson (11-5 | LFA/WXC | Flint, Mich.) Ronnie Lawrence (5-1 | LFA | Nashville) Mana Martinez (6-1 | Fury FC | Texas) Johnny Munoz (10-0 | KOTC | Norco, Calif.) Drako Rodriguez (6-1 | KOTC | Sioux, City, Iowa) Adrian Yanez (10-3 | Fury FC | Houston) Flyweights JP Buys (8-2 | LFA | Gauteng, South Africa) Jeffrey Molina (7-2 | FAC | Missouri) Jerome Rivera (9-2 | LFA | Santa Fe, N.M.) Brandon Royval (10-4 | LFA | Denver, Colo.)* Jacob Silva (6-2 | Fury FC | Houston) Nate Smith (6-0 | LFA | Chicago, Illinois) Women’s featherweights Taneisha Tennant (3-0 | Invicta FC | New York, New York) Women’s bantamweights TBA Women’s flyweights Chelsea Hackett (3-0-1 | Eternal MMA | Australia) Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels (4-0 | Battlefield Fight League | Squamish, British Columbia, Canada) Women’s strawweight Cheyanne Buys (4-1 | LFA | Dallas) Vanessa Demopolous (5-1 | LFA | California) Gloria de Paula (4-2 | SFT | Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil) Pauline Macias (4-0 | LFA | Denver) Cory McKenna (4-1 | Cage Warriors | England) Luana Pinheiro (7-1 | Brave CF | Belo Horizonte, Minais Gerais, Brazil) Hilarie Rose (4-1 | CES MMA | Norfolk, Mass.)

* = Signed to UFC prior to scheduled DWCS bout


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Ellen DeGeneres’ show guest claims host ‘snapped’ out of ‘kind’ character when cameras stopped and acted ‘moody’ on set

A former guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show is claiming that the host "snapped" out of her "kind" character when cameras stopped rolling and acted "moody" on set.

Dana Dimatteo was an audience member on the popular talk show in 2018, and after being selected to be part of a game the 29-year-old recalled how Ellen acted behind the scenes.

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9Dana Dimatteo was selected to be part of a game on Ellen DeGeneres' talk showCredit: EllenTube

Dana claimed exclusively to The Sun Online: "During commercial breaks, Ellen would break out of her 'kind' character and sit moodily in silence on her couch, not acknowledging anyone.

“She didn’t say one word to the audience unless the cameras were on, she snapped out of her character the second the cameras stopped rolling."

9Dana was a part of the Make It Rain game and recalled the host's behaviorCredit: EllenTube 9Dana claimed when the cameras weren't rolling Ellen would 'sit moodily in silence'Credit: EllenTube 9She claimed Ellen 'didn’t say one word to the audience unless the cameras were on'Credit: EllenTube

Dana explained just how excited she was to attend the taping of the show before ending up on stage.

She said: "My friend and I loved the show and it took us so long to get tickets. We flew all the way to Los Angeles from Chicago just for that."

"We were told by the producers that if we were picked we were not allowed to be funnier or smarter than Ellen, that she is the star and the comedian, not us," Dana claimed.

9Dana claimed she was told not to be 'funnier' than the comedianCredit: The Mega Agency

She continued: “We were told to act in a very specific way and to only speak if she asked us a question.

“They made us scream and jump around backstage as a test, it was pretty humiliating.”

Dana would go on to appear on a game segment called Make It Rain, in which contestants get soaked with water while attempting to win cash.

9The former show guest described her experience as 'cold and uncomfortable'

She alleged: "Once the game was over, we were soaking wet so they sent us backstage.

“Then they just left us there…we waited pretty much the whole show in our soaking wet clothes for someone to bring us dry things to change into.

“It was really cold and uncomfortable.”

9Ellen's show has been hit with various allegations, including bullying and sexual harrassmentCredit: EllenTube

Dana added: “I didn’t enjoy myself on the show. You have to follow all these rules, you can’t be yourself, you have to clap constantly and laugh at things that aren’t funny.”

Ellen and the show’s producers could not immediately be reached for comment.

The 62-year-old comedian has been under scrutiny after numerous former employees accused her show of tolerating everything from bullying to racism to sexual harassment. Warner Bros. is now investigating the allegations.

Former producer Hedda Muskat recently called Ellen a "toxic host," and claimed the star once "giggled" after executive producer Ed Glavin screamed at a crew member.

9Ellen has been defended by numerous people as her wife has been in her cornerCredit: Getty Images

Ellen apologized for the allegations in a letter sent to employees, and admitted that she had to take responsibility as her name was at the top.

She added that as her program has grown, she had "not been able to stay on top of everything" and had instead "relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done."

Ellen wrote: "Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again."

9Stars like Katy Perry have also defended EllenCredit: Getty Images

Following the apology, staffers told The Sun Online exclusively that Ellen's "apology and denial that she knew anything was going on" regarding the alleged behind-the-scenes misconduct is “complete bull."

While many have criticized Ellen, she still has support, including from her longtime wife, Portia de Rossi, who has stood up for her.

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Katy Perry also defended Ellen, writing on Twitter, "I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen & on the @theellenshow."

The singer continued: "I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades.

"Sending you love & a hug, friend @TheEllenShow."

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