Las Vegas – The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 3, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.
The third episode of season four takes place on Tuesday, August 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US. ESPN+ is available through the ESPN.com, ESPNPlus.com or the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more. Fans can sign up for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, with no contract required.
NAME: Matt Dixon
NICKNAME: “Magic” Matt Dixon
WEIGHT CLASS: Welterweight
AGE: 24 years old – 10/9/95
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-10, 170
LEG REACH: –
BIRTHPLACE: Evansville, IN
FIGHTING OUT OF: Tulsa, OK
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English
STYLE: Vale Tudo
TRAINER: Craig Blacklock
STRENGTHS: Hands, boxing
TRAINING: AM: strength and conditioning
Afternoon: pads, and drilling
Evening: sparring, grappling, drilling
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 9-0
Thoughts on opponent, Orion Cosce? Well rounded, likes to mix things up, looks as if he’s most comfortable on the ground.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Dad started me at five or six years old to have me learn how to defend myself. I started to watch the sport for myself at about 12 and that’s when I fell in love with it. I’ve been doing it ever since.
What ranks and titles have you held? XFN welterweight champion, #1 ranked welterweight in southwest via tapology, #1 ranked welterweight in Oklahoma via tapology, BJJ purple belt
Do you have any heroes? Jesus
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would mean the world to me! This has been a lifelong dream.
What was your job before you started fighting? Personal training
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? UKF super middleweight kickboxing champion, 8-0 in kickboxing, 5-0 in MMA, 1-0 in boxing
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? XFN welterweight champion with 5 title defenses.
Facebook account: Matt Dixon
Instagram account: @magicmattd
OTHER KEY POINTS:
- Pro since 2017
- Five wins by KO, one by submission (undisclosed submission)
- Three first round finishes
Q&A Courtesy of the UFC
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