Brazil’s Top Ten Prospects to Watch 2023

Brazil always will breed future UFC, Bellator, ONE CHAMPIONSHIP champions from the days of Vale Tudo, Pride to current UFC. Biggest nation in South America will be neck and neck with United States and Russia with the best fighters.

2023 Brazilian Prospects potentially can sign with UFC, Bellator right now and make straight impact with the top promotions. Felipe Douglas, Wellington Prado, Bruno Lopes, Julia Polastri can sign with the UFC right now.

1. Felipe Douglas

21-5 record prime age of thirty years old continues to build his name as one of the best Lightweights prospects in the world. Impressive win streak right now defeating top fighters Rangel De Sa, Alex Sandro and Marcio Andrade.

Trains out of the underrated Brazilian gym “Fighting Nerds” with Caio Borralho. Yes they actually train together even tho Borralho is a middleweight.

Upcoming fight is against Italo Gomes LFA 154 March 10th.

Douglas Attributes

  • Closing tight distance
  • Fighting forward with leg kicks
  • Heavy volume leg kicks
  • Solid job offensive & defensive clinch fighting

Felipe Douglas won’t be a world champion but will have a strong career for any top promotion in the future. Won’t be surprised if UFC offers him a deal shortly.

2. Wellington Prado

Brazil’s #1 Featherweight prospect is only 23 years old, Scary to think Prado is the BEST and not hitting his prime. Jumping on the scene more fighting for LFA 136 against Italo Gomes.

Wellington Prado record is 13-2 continues to improve fight by fight, Switching camps between China Top Team with Ricardo Ramos & Chute Boxe Diego Lima with Charles Oliveira, Thomas Almeida, Elvis Brener. Training with current UFC fighters, Taught by great coaches will sharpen the youthful tools.

Prado’s attributes

  • Clinch takedowns center of cage
  • Striking defense avoiding big shots
  • Jiu-Jitsu guard transitions
  • Physically strong for 23 year old
  • Ability to deal with adversity against Gomes

3. Fernando Laurenço

Number one Brazilian Bantamweight, Current SFT Bantamweight Champion is crushing it lately with 10 fight winning streak.

Defeating tough opponents Marcelo Diaz in his last fight, Leonardo Williams as well. However would love for Laurenco to fight top Brazilian Bantamweights under LFA Brazil shows as Ed Soares has great relationship with Brazil MMA .

Reigning over Brazil promotions winning SFT Bantamweight Title, Junge Fight title, and Federaco title. Perfect age of 28 years old love for Fernando to sign with UFC, Bellator, One Championship, Rizn in 2023.


  • Submission grappling
  • Perfectly timed takedowns
  • Rapid volume amount of strikes, TAP TAP
  • Controls pace of fights pressing forward
  • Comparison- Victor Henry

4. Manoel Sousa

Former SFT Lightweight Champion traveled to New Jersey to fight for Cage Fury Fighting Championship winning twice with two finishes.

Last fight appeared on PFL Challenger Series Week 4 winning by split decision against Paulo Henrique. 2022 to start of 2023 Manoel Sousa REALLY jumping on the prospect scene after fighting for SFT for few years.

Brazilian Lightweight is a successful MMA fighter and undefeated Muay Thai record 23-0. Twenty six year old is still “raw” love Sousa develop all-around skills before signing with UFC.

Manoel Sousa Attributes

  • Explosiveness
  • Fast feet
  • One punch KO power
  • Good wrestler for Brazil standards
  • Great job mixing up powerful three punch combos with fast leg kicks

5. Gabriel Santos

LFA Featherweight Champion after defeating Jose Delano in the featherweight tournament. Gabriel Santos because of winning the prestigious LFA title is one of the best featherweight prospects in the world.

Brazilian Featherweight product will get one more or two title defenses before signing with UFC or fighting on Dana White Contender Series. Right now is 26 years old and still has plenty of room to grow edging all the tools before signing with UFC.

Trains out of Evolucao Thai MMA with current UFC fighter Bruno Silva, highly touted prospect Milson Castro, current UFC prospect Bruno Ferreira, Current UFC fighter Joaquim Silva.

Gabriel Santos Attributes

  • Explosive KO power
  • Fighting inside pocket
  • Ability to absorb punishment
  • Dealing with adversity
  • Front kicks & easy jabs
  • Back control best jiu jitsu position

6. Jean Matsumoto

Second best Brazilian Bantamweight currently fighting for LFA before was SFT & Fight Pro Bantamweight Champion.

Twenty three years old undefeated 12-0 record plenty of room to grow but I love watching Gabriel Santos fights. No need to rush signing with UFC keep improving under LFA perfect place for him.

LFA 146 fight against Inaildo Santos fought a tough competitor for three rounds Dealing with adversity from getting controlled on the ground first round, However would win the kickboxing exchanges and battle of wills won the last round with a takedown. Definitely learning experience fight but grew from it. Upcoming fight LFA 154 against Marlon Basilio.

LFA 154 fight hope to watch minor adjustments from cleaner strikes, smarter in taking risky striking chances and showcase new fighting strategy.

Matsumoto attributes

  • Kickboxing potential
  • Offensive timed takedowns
  • fighting middle of cage
  • counter strike take a shot give a shot
  • ability to deal with pressure

7. Marco Tulio Silva

#1 Middleweight prospect from Brazil is teammates with Charles Oliveira at Chute Boxe Diego Lima.

Standout wins include Glaico Franca former UFC competitor ragdolling the man for two rounds before finishing, Tulio Silva fights for LFA made his appearance at LFA 151, Defeated Oliveira with ease.

28 year old Marco Tulio Silva has 9-1 record, Impressive wins, Continues to improve from the Franca dominant performance to now. Filling out to his prime age body adding muscle that can help control opponents on the ground.

Silva Attributes

  • Strong top mount position
  • Crisp Boxing
  • KO power
  • ground & pound eblows
  • Taking calculated timed shots

8. Julia Polastri

#1 Brazilian Women’s strawweight appeared on the Dana White Contender Series 2021 but lost by decision. However the tough loss didn’t break her as she’s on three fight winning streak. TWO wins under Legacy Fighting Alliance by finish.

11-3 record biggest win against former Invicta Atomweight Champion Jessica Delboni. Won the Shooto Brasil Strawweight title in that fight in 2019.

Julia Polastri current LFA strawweight champion name will get called shortly enough from UFC as there always hungry for women talent. Earned the respect for winning an LFA title and finishing opponents. Definitely can improve on fluidity with her strikes but will be a solid addition to the strawweight stable can give some strawweights a run for her money.

Potentially can become Brazilian version of Liz Carmouche.

Polastri attributes

  • swarming power punches pressing forward
  • strong chin
  • best submitting off her back
  • Able to fight back under chaos
  • Solid offensive wrestling
  • physically strong for five foot two fighter

9. Lucas Rocha

Number one Brazilian Flyweight prospectdefinitely will jump on the prospect radar in 2023 currently not fighting for SFT, Shooto Brasil, Jungle Fight.

Lucas Rocha 15-1 record defeated undefeated fighters, First round finished former FFC Flyweight Champion Adriano Ramos. Brazilian veteran Rodrigo Sarafin.

Trains out of Renovação Coari Team with Milson Castro, Raimundo and Herbert Batista. 22 years old one of the best Brazilian prospects is scary. Watch out for Lucas Rocha in 2023, 2024 and 2025 as he continues to improve. Love for Rocha to fight for the best UFC Fight Pass promotions building his name against solid fighters.

Rocha Attributes

  • Perfect kicks to the head finishing opponents
  • Fast footwork controlling all the cage
  • top mount pressure
  • Goes for the KILL when opponent is hurt
  • straight jabs, striking combinations

10. Bruno Lopes

Current LFA Light Heavyweight Champion is #1 Brazilian Light Heavyweight prospect and most likely will sign with UFC in 2023 because of the desperate need for 205 lb fighters.

Bruno Lopes one of the best Light Heavyweight prospects in the world, Undefeated 11-0 record, Finish opponents on the feet and ground. Guarantee the 29 year old can finish opponents right now.

Training out of China Top Team in Brazil with Leonardo Silva as Main Training Partner (Current ACA fighter) , Wellington Prado and Ricardo Ramos three notable fighters.

Talented All-Around Light Heavyweight accomplished everything on the regional circuit, Fight by fight showed his skills from clinch grappling against the cage, striking combinations, nasty ground & pound.

Lopes Attributes

  • Surprising power and strength
  • Muay Thai fighting style
  • Fluid jabs, Uppercuts
  • Explosive punches
  • Good job clinch wrestling to takedowns
  • Top Mount and Side control best at to keep hitting

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