Two fighters hailing from the Buckeye State are set to compete on the upcoming season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, as Jeff Hughes (9-1) and Devonte Smith (7-1) will both be in action according to reports.
Hughes, who trains with Strong Style Fight Team, is the current LFA heavyweight champion. After winning the title over Richard Odoms at LFA 26 in November, he successfully defended it in April with a victory over Maurice Greene at LFA 38.
EXCLUSIVE: LFA Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hughes (@JeffHughesMMA) slated to take on Bellator MMA veteran Josh Appelt (@joshappelt) on the July 24th episode of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series #DWTNCS#ContenderSerieshttps://t.co/xorlyGFI99
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) June 7, 2018
The 30-year-old won the 2017 BluegrassMMA Pro Fighter of the Year Award, on the strength of a 2-0 record last year. He has nearly half of his wins via stoppage, including three via knockout or TKO. He trains alongside UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at Strong Style near Cleveland. He’ll face Bellator veteran Josh Appelt on July 24th.
Smith holds the IT Fight Series and V3 Fights lightweight titles and comes in off of a quick TKO win over UFC veteran Justin Edwards at Alliance MMA in March. “King Kage” has produced six of his seven wins via strikes, and also won the 2017 BluegrassMMA Pro Submission of the Year award for his triangle over Damonte Robinson. He’ll face an opponent to be named during this season of DWTNCS.
7-1 Lightweight prospect Devonte “King Cage” Smith will compete on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Date and Opponent TBA pic.twitter.com/nndAFrMEGt
— Shawn Bitter (@mmawizzard) June 6, 2018
Ohio Valley fighters Chris Curtis, Don’Tale Mayes, Jordan Espinosa and Austin Tweedy will also compete during this season, where fighters who impress on UFC Fight Pass are offered UFC contracts.