Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
With Summer fast approaching here in New England we had to imagine that the Summer 2022 season of Dana White's Contender Series lineup would have to start trickling out soon and today we got our first glimpse of whats shaping up to be a star studded season in the desert. A platform that has sent many New England MMA stars to the UFC, William Knight, Mike Rodriguez, Andre Soukhamthath, Peter Barrett and Carlos Candelario to name a few, once again took their pick of some of the finest fighters the region has to offer. As of Monday morning we have confirmed that both Billy Goff (7-2) and Connor "The Controller" Matthews (5-0) have both been added to the Summer '22 Season and have confirmed opponents for both New England top prospects.
Dexter MMA's Bill Goff is undoubtedly the top-unsigned prospect in the region, coming off back-to-back-to-back title wins (Cage Titans Welterweight Champion TKO of Marty Navis, CES Welterweight Champion TKO of Gary Balletto Jr. and CES Middleweight Champion TKO of Justin Sumter). Goff confirmed with our Steve Domenico this morning that he would indeed be fighting fellow Welterweight Shimon Smotritski (8-1) August 2nd in Las Vegas for his chance to earn a UFC Contract. Goff and his Dexter MMA teammates Austin Schalla and Randy Francis will be joining Steve Domenico in The Room Podcast in the coming weeks to discuss a busy Summer for the boys from Groton, Connecticut.
The same night Goff TKO'd Gary Balletto Jr. at CES 66 to gain the CES Welterweight crown, another prospect enjoyed his chance to shine under the bright lights on UFC Fight Pass as Lauzon MMA's Connor Matthews (5-0) remained unblemished with his third consecutive first round Rear Naked Choke victory over Josh Hardy on the main card at CES 66. Matthews also confirmed Monday morning with our Steve Domenico that he will also be competing in Las Vegas August 2nd in front of UFC brass when he meets Francis Marshall (5-0) looking for a UFC contract of his own. New England MMA fans circle August 2nd on your calendars and tune into ESPN+ to watch Billy Goff and Connor Matthews represent New England MMA on this Summer's Dana White's Contender Series.