The talent of mma fighters is incredible, All around the world there is future UFC or Bellator champions. Definitely prospects out there that can beat top 15 ranked fighters in there weight class. MLB, NBA and NFL free agency is very popular now, Players have the power now to decide where they want to go and actually make money, MMA is now in the same boat. Rory MacDonald probably the best welterweight in the world went from UFC to Bellator, Eddie Alvarez a lightweight fighter and champion went from Bellator to UFC and now ONE FC. Eddie signed a multi million dollar with ONE FC which is a Singapore MMA promotion. Overall MMA free agency is very beneficial for MMA fighters who made it to the UFC or Bellator, Definitely can change MMA forever. It would be cool one day just like NBA and MLB free agency talks are always talked about, IMAGINE MMA being the same way. Thankfully to the internet you can look up prospects and because of my MMA obsession… I always look them up. I have my opinions on who’s the best prospects.
Mateusz Gamrot is a 15-0, 28 year old featherweight from Poland. Gamrot is one of the best featherweights from Europe. Gamrot was a feather and lightweight champion for Polish promotion, KSW. I’ve watched Gamrot recent fights on YouTube, He’s a beast! Gamrot is not getting any older, Hopefully the UFC or Bellator signs him .
Salahdine Parnasse is a 12-0 featherweight fighter, Parnasse is a 21 year old kid whose one of the best European fighters for his weight class. Parnasse is very talented, He has room to grow but his potential is limitless. I watched his latest fights on YouTube, He’s very smooth with his punches but he needs to be more creative. When Parnasse fights world class fighters, The fighters will telegraph it. Salahdine as well fights for KSW.
Patrick Mix is a 25 year old bantamweight. Mix has a record of 9-0 and is the King of the Cage bantamweight champion. Mix needs to update his skills to compete against world class talent, Probably work with Jackson Wink more to enhance his striking and defense. Mix has potential to compete for a title if he continues to be hungry, Probably will see Mix fight in the Dana White Contender Series.
Leonardo Limberger is a 24 year old featherweight fighter with a record of 12-1. Leonardo is from Brazil, Brazil has one of the best crop of talents in the world. If you have UFC fight pass you can watch Limberger fight on Shooto Brazil. Leonardo is really talented, I’d love to see him fight against top prospects as well in the Dana White Contender Series. Leonardo jiu jitsu is amazing, UFC or Bellator fighters will have a real problem.
Marc- Andre Barriault is a 11-1 light heavyweight fighter, Marc is 28 years old. It will be a matter of time till Marc gets signed from either the UFC or Bellator. Marc is one of the best light heavyweight prospects with a hard hitting right hand and has good stamina for a light heavyweight. UFC light heavyweight division needs all the help it can get and Marc will definitely do it! Marc is the light heavyweight champion for TKO which is the best Canada promotion.
I talked about MMA free agency before and how it impacts the sport of MMA forever. I wish UFC and Bellator contract weren’t disclosed so I know when there contracts end but… I’ll give my dream free agent moves.
Cub Swanson is a lightweight fighter #7 ranked and he’s 34 years old. I think Cub has one last title run for him, Cub’s been in a lot of wars and I don’t think he will ever be a UFC champion. However he’s a beast and a legend of the sport, I have so much respect for him. If I was Cub before he retires I’d head to ONE FC. ONE FC is the UFC of Asia and there really making a push to be competitive. Cub would become a millionaire without a doubt and be financially set. Cub also will get a title shot and be one of the faces for ONE FC. Swanson can build up his personal brand in Asia.
Douglas Lima is one of the best Welterweights in the world. Lima is 31 years old with a 30-7 record, Lima is in the prime of his career. Lima at one point was the Bellator champion, Lima beat two UFC fighters Ben Saunders and Lorenz Larkin. Lima is one of my favorite mma fighters and Joe Rogan raves about him. Douglas Lima should go to the UFC and compete against the top 5 welterweights.
Lance Palmer is a featherweight fighter, 30 years old with a record of 17-3. Lance Palmer doesn’t fight for UFC or Bellator… He fights for the Professional Fighters League. The PFL is one of the top 5 MMA organizations in the world. Lance is not the most exciting fighter in the world, He just gets the job done. Lance comes from a wrestling background as he wrestled for Ohio State and was a 4 time All- American. Lance recently won the PFL million dollar featherweight tournament. Lance should go to Bellator and compete against their top featherweights.
Edson Barboza is one of the best lightweights in the world, #6 ranked lightweight for the UFC. Edson has a record of 20-6, Edson will never win a UFC lightweight title because the top 5 lightweights are BEAST. However Edson is a really talented striker, Edson has one of the best kicks in MMA. Watch his highlights. Edson should go to Bellator and get title fights. Edson can fight Michael Chandler for a main event fight.
Jose Aldo is a legend, One of the best featherweight fighters in the world. Aldo used to be the baddest man on the planet, #1 pound for pound fighter in the world. Aldo had fall on some bad times but in my opinion he’s still talented and he can beat top 5 fighters. Hopefully Aldo bounces back and has a title run in him because I have tons of respect for him. Let’s say Aldo starts beating everybody and gets a title shot, Aldo wins the featherweight title. Aldo test free agency and signs with…. ONE FC.
Hopefully MMA free agency changes everything. It would be cool to see if free agency increases the brand of smaller promotions, Top 30 fighters signing on to small promotions but that’s for another blog!!