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Dana White's Contender Series is back for its sixth season, and the second week features a banger main event. Handicapper Ben Rajavuori gives his best bet for the first heavyweight fight of this season for Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Danilo Suzart.
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Dana White's Contender Series Week 2 Picks and Odds: Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Danilo Suzart Best Bets

Dana White's Contender Series: Season 6, Week 2 Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Where: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, NV
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+

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Dana White's Contender Series is back tonight for the second episode of the sixth season. Dana made it very clear that the fighters had to show they wanted to be there and wanted to finish the fight after awarding just one contract on last week's card. Three of the four fights last week went to decision, and the only man to finish a fight, Joe Pyfer, was awarded a UFC contract. Therefore, I think this week's fighters got the message and will have an extra push to be a bit more aggressive. One fight I believe will end early is the heavyweight bout between Waldo Cortes-Acosta and Danilo Suzart.

Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Danilo Suzart Prediction

This is the first heavyweight fight of this season of the Contender Series, and it is headlined by two budding prospects in the heavyweight division. Acosta is coming off an impressive LFA title win after finishing fellow heavyweight prospect Thomas Petersen in the third round. Petersen was undefeated entering the fight and had a tough chin. Acosta's power and relentless pressure proved to be too much for Petersen. Acosta has a large frame and is 6' 4" with an 80-inch reach. He has fast hands, and he also has a kimura submission on his record.

Across the cage will be Danilo Suzart, who is 9-1 with six knockouts. Suzart will be the smaller fighter tonight, as he is just 6' 0". I suspect Suzart will try to shorten the range to neutralize his reach disadvantage, ultimately standing and trading with Acosta. They will be fighting in a phone booth for most of the fight because of Suzart's style, and Acosta is more than happy to be the counter-striker, as he has accurate hands.

Ultimately, I don't see this fight lasting long. Both men have incredible power, and heavyweight fights often take one big blow to end it all. Given Dana White's words after last week, that will only amplify the pressure and aggressiveness from both fighters. I see Acosta coming out on top, given Suzart will be the one overextending, and Acosta can land a nasty counter shot off his back foot. Take the under and a quick finish for Acosta here.

Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Danilo Suzart Pick

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Ben Rajavuori is a handicapper out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been creating sports content for almost four years now and is an expert in all things NFL, MLB, NBA, UFC, and NCAAB. Ben thrives on diving deep into statistics to find the best angle on every bet. You can follow him on Twitter @WeBeatTheSpread.

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