When it comes to Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, it’s all about that killer instinct.
And on Tuesday night, Canada’s Teddy Ash (14-4) and Serbia’s Dusko Todorovic (8-0) will see whose instinct is more lethal when they square off in the middleweight main event of Season Three: Episode 10 of the Contender Series.
Ash, 29, said he doesn’t feel he needs to change anything in his game to give himself and better shot at earning a UFC contract, and said he believes his style fits what the UFC brass are looking for.
“The criteria of the show is kind of catered to my style. Whether Dana White’s there or not, I’m going to fight the way I fight,” said Ash in an interview.
“I’m sure Dana and the matchmakers are going to love my style right off the bat, so it works out perfect. I know I’m just what they’re looking for.”
Being in the main event slot alone shows both Ash and Todorovic have the resumes and styles to warrant the headlining title.
Ash said it’s an honour to be the final fight of the night and believes he and Todorovic deserve to be in that position.
“If you look at his resume and mine, we’re definitely well-deserving and the matchup is a recipe for a crazy fight,” said Ash.
“It’s two guys that are definitely going to be looking for a finish and both crisp strikers. It’s going to be a crazy fight.”
Ash has shared the cage with his fair share of tough competition, including UFC veterans Seth Baczynski, Dominique Steele, and Victor Valimaki, as well as Bellator veteran Kobe Ortiz, earning a victory over all four.
During his recent run, Ash also became the Unified MMA middleweight and light heavyweight champion, as well as the Prestige FC light heavyweight champion.
But despite the impressive resumes of his recent opponents, Ash said he truly believes Todorovic will be his toughest test to date.
“He’s got a great skill-set and he’s undefeated. Even though he only has eight fights, I’m sure he has other experience as far as martial arts goes,” said Ash.
“I really do see him as my toughest opponent to date, but I’m the best I’ve ever been and I’m ready to be his toughest opponent to date also.”
Todorovic Prepared For Ultimate Test
So far in his young career, Todorovic, 25, has yet to have a fight reach the final bell, with five of those victories coming in the first round.
But despite having yet to truly put his cardio to the test, Todorovic said he believes his conditioning is strong enough to go the distance with the durable Ash.
“So far, I haven’t experienced going to the third round in a fight, but we try to cover that in my workouts,” said Todorovic in an interview.
“I certainly hope to get a finish inside the first round again, but in case it goes the distance, I’m confident I will have fuel in my tank.”
In just eight fights, Todorovic already holds victories over current UFC fighter Michel Pereira, which earned him the SBC Middleweight title, and fellow Contender Series competitor Alexander Poppeck.
Although he’s already accomplished so much at a young age, Todorovic said earning a UFC contract would be life-changing.
“It’s certainly a game-changer for me,” said Todorovic.
“It’s a dream for me and my coach, Jovan Milicevic, to show everyone that it’s possible to get to the UFC from Serbia and be able to present results of our daily grind and struggle.”
It’s been proven flashy, highlight-reel knockouts go a long way in helping earn a UFC contract on the Contender Series.
And with all eight of his victories coming via stoppage, Todorovic said he believes he’s exactly what the UFC is looking for and doesn’t feel he needs to alter his style at all.
“So far, none of my fights went the distance, or even close,” said Todorovic.
“I feel I’m exactly what Dana White is looking for in a UFC fighter, so I don’t feel like I need to change anything.”
“I’d like to thank my coaches, Jeff Montemurro and Keijiro Noda, my team, Shaved Bears, and my list of sponsors: Paul Peddle Services, Birch Mountain Enterprises, BBN Consulting Inc., Clearwater River Outfitters, Thickwood Barbershop, Clinch Fight Shop, Sketch Ink, Fort McMurray Roofing, NC Transport, Hilltop Smoke Shop, Oil City Edibles, High Roller Energy Drink, Bite Me Meals, and Saskana.” Follow Ash on social media: FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM
“There has been a lot of support during the years of hard work and training. In first place is my family who provided me with all the support I needed to last at this level of competition and I’m glad I will soon be able to give something back to them. Next, of course, are my head coaches Jovan and Aleksandar Milicevic, and all of my friends from Secutor Gym. I also would like to thank my sponsors for all the help they provided: Revolution Gym, Leone, Fitness World, DOGA, Mozzart, Sinergija CF, and last my managers Bojan Mihajlovic and Marcelo Brigadeiro from MTK MMA.” Follow Todorovic on social media: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM