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Dana White's Contender Series Season 7 Week 5 Betting Preview: Jean Silva vs. Kevin Vallejos

September 5, 2023

In the upcoming Week 5 of Dana White's Contender Series, fans can anticipate an exciting featherweight clash pitting the skills of Jean Silva against the talents of Kevin Vallejos. This match promises an exciting betting opportunity to gauge the potential of these up-and-coming UFC hopefuls competing for a coveted contract.

  • Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Date: Tuesday September 5, 2023

  • Main Card: 8:00 PM ET

  • Watch on: ESPN+

Jean Silva Betting Preview

Silva has won his last seven fights in a row and is aiming for another. His most recent successful fight was a first round TKO against Shahin Najafi back at Spartacus MMA 34 in March of this year.

He has put together 10 wins so far in his career, stemming from eight knockouts and two submissions. Eight of his triumphs have resulted in first round finishes and both of his losses have come by decision.

“Lord” has faced a variety of quality opponents over the years in various fighting leagues. One most notably under his belt is a 2-1 record under the Aspera Fighting Championship.

Silva is sitting at the 39th spot for the best professional lightweight fighter in Brazil, as well as 37th for featherweight. Now is the time to show his abilities inside the octagon for a chance to extend his career further.

Kevin Vallejos Betting Preview

Vallejos has been excellent in all 11 of his bouts without a loss yet. His recent win was a second round TKO against Luiz Eduardo Garagorri back in SFH 11 in May earlier this year.

Out of his 11 victorious matches, eight are by knockout, one is by submission, and two have come by decision. Six of his 11 wins have resulted in first round finishes.

“El Chino” has spent a majority of his career at the Samurai Fight House, where has gone 8-0. A lot of these were against opponents that had losing records, which does not bode well for a dominant resume.

He is currently ranked as the best fighter, both featherweight and lightweight, to come out of Argentina. This will be his toughest battle to date, but is a perfect opportunity.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

In the most recent odds offered by MyBookie, Kevin Vallejos enjoys a slight advantage in his chances of winning the upcoming match. Consider including Vallejos in a parlay bet alongside other contests on the night to potentially enhance his odds.

  • Jean Silva: +175

  • Kevin Vallejos: -215

Both fighters do not have strong resumes against tough opponents, as these were fairly easy wins. This might be a rough first round, especially if they both are not prepared to fight better competition. However, this should be a good matchup and Vallejos could come away with a decision. 

Final Pick: Take Kevin Vallejos to Win at -215