Highlights: Victor Hugo’s spectacular kneebar submission propels him closer to UFC dreams

Victor Hugo has previously had wins by submission, but his recent display of limb manipulation might just be the ticket to the UFC.

During the second round of Dana White’s Contender Series 65 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Victor Hugo (24-4) seized Eduardo Torres Caut’s right leg, instantly putting it in a precarious position. With the kneebar secured, all that remained was to apply the pressure. As Hugo cranked on it, Torres Caut tapped out swiftly, preventing serious injury.

Hugo’s prowess in this technique was evident, and he didn’t hesitate to emphasize it during his post-fight interview, stating, “For all of you that don’t know, this is actually my specialty. I’ve had four finishes just like that. We’re going to fight like this. For everybody in the UFC, it’s going to be on the ground. I’m going to finish everybody down there.”


In a heartfelt plea for a UFC contract, Hugo switched to English, saying, “I try a lot of times to get in the UFC. I went to TUF once, twice – I need that contract. Eleven years, so far away from my family. I deserve that.”

However, Dana White’s Contender Series poses a challenge with only ten weeks of the show per season, and time flies by quickly. This season’s Week 9 featured some standout performances, but it also saw a canceled fight due to a significant weight miss.

Victor Hugo’s remarkable kneebar submission, only the second in DWCS history, has likely made a strong case for his entry into the UFC. The victory showcased his technical skill and submission expertise, marking him as a promising prospect in the world of mixed martial arts.

Dana White’s Contender Series Season 7, Week 9 Results
Light Heavyweight: Rodolfo Bellato def. Murtaza Talha by TKO, Round 2, 4:46


Bantamweight: Victor Hugo Silva def. Eduardo Matias Torres by submission (kneebar), Round 2, 2:16
Light Heavyweight: Magomed Gadzhiyasulov def. José Daniel Medina by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Mauricio Ruffy def. Raimond Magomedaliev by TKO, Round 3, 4:45

Flyweight: Lucas Rocha vs. Davi Bittencourt — Cancelled due to Rocha missing weight