Borshchev defeated Chris Duncan via KO (punch) at 0:28 of Round 2 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, he was one of three fighters to earn an official UFC contract.
Borshchev was the more precise striker during a back-and-forth Round 1, as he was landing with more consistency while avoiding the high-volume attack of Duncan. The second frame didn't take long, as Borshchev connected with a mean counter left hand that put his opponent's lights out, effectively cashing his ticket as a (+115) betting underdog. Despite having just six professional fights, Borshchev was able to get one of only three finishes among fighters who made weight, which all but guaranteed him a contract.