One Championship and Chatri Sityodtong putting a lot of focus on Muay Thai making it more of a popular sport, Appreciated globally. Signed some of the most talented Muay Thai fighters Phetmorakot Petchyindee, Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Jonathan Haggerty.
Many Muay Thai fighters around the world that One Championship should sign to build there Muay Thai brand.
Spencer Brown Next Muay Thai Superstar, WBC Super-Lightweight European Champion. Main Event attraction for fast rising Muay Thai Promotion, Yokkao but Spencer Brown would be a even bigger star fighting for One Championship. 23 years old, Next Pound for pound great Muay Thai fighter who can take Muay Thai to the next level.
Akram Hamidi 21-3 WBC International Bantamweight Champion only 21 years old can be part of the future for One Championship defeating some world class Muay Thai fighters only at 21 years old.
Lara Fernandez WBC Muay Thai Flyweight Champion by far #1 Women’s Muay Thai fighter not fighting for One Championship. Lara Fernandez would easily be a top 5 Flyweight right off the gate defeating high level Muay Thai fighters such as Grace Spicer in her last fight.
Isaac Araya WBC Muay Thai European Featherweight Champion
Jan Szajko ISKA European Champion,WKN Super Bantamweight Champion 45-8-2
Jacob Smith England’s #1 Featherweight prospect and future star similar to Spencer Brown. United Kingdom #1 Featherweight prospect wants to be #1 Featherweight in the WBC Muay Thai Rankings. Aiming to fight for One Championship and make the big money ASAP.
Tagir Khalilov WMC International Featherweight Champion
Daniel McGowan 2016 Muay Thai Grand Prix Champion, ISKA World Muay Thai Bantamweight Champion. 24 years old, UK #1 Junior Featherweight. 2 time Bantamweight Champion.
Mathieu Guevara 2 Time WMC European Champion, One of the most exciting Muay Thai fighters today. 31 years old still have couple more prime years left in him.
Prince Junior WBC Muay Thai International Lightweight Champion, WKU Junior Welterweight Muay Thai Champion at 28 years old. Entertaining fighting style, High level athlete.
Russia breeds some of the best MMA fighters in the world from Khabib, Islam Makhachev, Fedor Emelianenko, Zabit Magomedsharipov and many more world class fighters. Russia will continue to breed UFC champions such as…
Rustam Kerimov former ACA Bantamweight Champion, Only former ACA Bantamweight Champion because he want to test free agency. Kerimov 14-0 record at 29 years old, Born and breed from Dagestan. One of the best Bantamweights non UFC. Background in Combat Sambo, Absolute pitbull of a fighter. Constant pressure from takedowns to first round knockouts against successful MMA fighters such as Takeya Mizugaki.
Best performance was against Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev, Masterclass dominant win that lead to Kerimov winning the ACA Bantamweight Title. Kerimov will enter the UFC with lots of rise and don’t be surprised if he has a quick rise to the UFC Bantamweight title.
Yusuf Raisov easily one of the best Lightweights in the world, Future ACA Lightweight Champion 17-2 record. Top skills are his boxing, Technical volume striking like Max Holloway, Jorge Masvidal to name a few. Underrated grappling game. I’d love to watch see him in the UFC and face some of the best Lightweights in the world.
Alexander Shabily world class Lightweight from Rostov, Russia. Stellar boxer with first round knockout power. Counter striker who takes his chances with openings. 19-3 record 27 years old, Man I’d love to see him fight for the UFC as he defeated some talented Lightweight prospects from Russian, Brazilian Lightweights. Entertaining skillful talented Lightweight fighter to watch.
Akhmed Shervaniev Lightweight assassin prospect personified, 15-1 record. Underrated Lightweight prospect but now fights for Brave CF, Looking to one day be a Brave CF Lightweight Champion. All-Around talent with #1 skill being his grappling. His grappling is beautiful to watch, Levels to everything and he’s world class. .
Kirill Kornilov Russia’s #1 Heavyweight prospect, World class Kickboxer 7-0 record. Fought the best of the best kickboxers from Jahfarr Wilnis. A lot of room to grow as a fighter but the raw talent Kirill has he can be a UFC Heavyweight title contender in five years. UFC is desperate for young Heavyweights and Kirill can be part of the next generation UFC Heavyweights.
Eldar Eldarov BRAVE CF Super Lightweight Champion accomplished everything on the regional scene from his successful wins in Russia and defeating world class fighters like Mounir Lazzez. Time for the next step in his MMA career and sign with UFC like Khamzat Chimaev, Mounir Lazzez, Ottman Azaitar.
Eldarov born and raised in the savage city of Dagestan, Russia. Learning the Russian fighting style tradition of Combat Sambo. Winning the Silver Medal in Combat Sambo and success in the Combat Sambo Euro Cup. Coached by Khabib’s late father and respected Dagestan Head Coach Abdulmunap Nurmagomedov.
“When I was 14-years old, my older brother introduced me to my coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who was the national coach for combat sambo. Until now, he’s the best martial arts coach in Dagestan, in Russia, and I could say in the world. He’s in my corner in all of my fights”.
Now the coaching success is leading to Eldar Eldarov being one of the best fighters in the world.
Eldarov is the King of Bahrain MMA even though he’s born and raised in Dagestan. Head Coach of KHK MMA Team(Bahrain MMA Gym). Brave Combat Federation treating him like a KING but fighting for the UFC is life changing. Winning fights in the prime of his career at 29 years old, Khabib will do Eldarov a favor and persuade Dana White to sign his Dagestan brother. Since Khabib owes a favor.
We signed the contract immediately, but he (Abdulmanap) constantly reminded me to read it. He frequently asked questions like ‘What will they do in case of injury?’ or ‘Will there be medical insurance?’ Things like that. He just wanted Khabib to be safe,” Eldarov recalled.
Joanderson Brito broke out after his win leg kick knockout win against Jose Mariscal at LFA 65. Sadly last time, Brito fought was at LFA 65. Brito who reminds me of Jose Aldo I hope fights in 2021 because he’s one of the best Featherweight prospects in the world. Fight in a Brazilian promotion, Combate Americas, Russian Promotion or Legacy Fighting Alliance. MMA fans deserve to watch the 25 year old Featherweight prospect fight.
Daniel Marcos 12-0 record 27 years old, #1 Latin America Bantamweight. 300 Sparta Bantamweight Champion. Wish he fought a bigger regional promotion before signing with UFC or Bellator for we can see his fights.
Maycon Mendoca impressed me a lot in his win against Dagvadorj at LFA 96. Volume accurate striking, Crazy chin. Winning the LFA Welterweight Title at the prime of his career at 28 years old. Reminds me of Dustin Poirier for some reason. 5 fight winning streak, All wins fighting for LFA. Time for UFC to sign Mendoca, Easily one of the best Welterweights available.
Eduardo Matias Torres
Eduardo Matias Torres, Rising Star and prospect out of Chile. 11-0 25 year old Bantamweight. Chilean assassin with crafty boxing and sneaky leg kicks as you watch in his win Combate 38 win against Rodrigo Vera. Needs to work on his grappling because when he faces high level grapplers it will be over for him. Torres only 25 years old has that Cory Sandhagen technical fighting style. My opinion switching gyms to like Team Alpha Male would help tremendously.
Watching a future UFC Featherweight or Lightweight Champion before our eyes. 9-0 record. Big time finisher with first round finishes by submission or knockout. Type of fighter the UFC matchmaker love to sign on the Dana White Contender Series.
Future star coming out Brazil. Remember the name Diego Lopes. 18-3 record fighting for the upstart Lux Fight League. Lopes is the Lux Fight League Featherweight Champion, Defending his title twice. Time to get that call from UFC, UFC debut or fight on the Dana White Contender Series. Talented submission artist with early finishes by submission.
Colombia rising MMA hotspot as Michael Morales 10-0 20 year old Welterweight is part of that next generation of Colombia MMA. Crazy only 20 years old and already one of the best Latin America prospects. That’s insane!! Looks promising, Poised beyond his years. Future UFC Welterweight Champion if he stays focused. I’d love to see him fight for Combate Americas, Lux Fight League or Legacy Fighting Alliance to build more exposure for himself. Signing with UFC is bound to happen.
Andres Luna Martinetti
Andres Luna Martinetti 9-0 record at 25 years old is part of the next generation of Colombia MMA as well. Lengthy Bantamweight similar to Cory Sandhagen with body style and technical striking. One of the best Bantamweight prospects from Latin America.
Karla Elizabeth Sanchez Lozano
Karla Lozano is a pitbull like Frankie Edgar and Tatiana Suarez. Don’t so many Latin America wrestlers like her. Only 5-0 record at 23 years old, Few more years before she gets a call from Sean Shelby. However impressive masterclass win against Sandra Lavado in the FFC Women’s Strawweight Grand Prix final. Maybe earn a UFC contract by signing with Combate Americas and moving up to the flyweight division, Fighting Melissa Martinez which is one of the best women’s fights on paper.
Mario Sousa put me on notice when he fought on the Dana White Contender Series. Impressive striking, All around talent but didn’t get signed because of no finish. However he’s a world class talent and he’ll get a second chance to impress Uncle Bobby Dana, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard. Future UFC Middleweight Title Challenger. Mario Sousa is only 24 years old, 12-1 record. Only will get better as time goes on. Really wish I was able to upload the Dana White Contender Series fight to see how talented he is against world class Middleweight prospects.
Rodney Kealohi Next Generation of Jackson Wink MMA, Flyweight at 26 years old with a 5-1 record is a rising Flyweight prospect who made his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut at LFA 92. Under the radar prospect but will breakout in 2021. Exciting kickboxing fighting style that will lead to UFC marketing a sweet leg kick knockout from a LFA fight.
Matt Dixon one of the best United States prospects last couple years, Fought on the Dana White Contender Series but lost to Orion Cosce. Definitely will return to the Dana White contender series in 2021. Win the LFA Welterweight Title or defeat a talented Welterweight prospect, No doubt he’ll get an opportunity. Reminds me of Kamaru Usman, Robbie Lawler, Colby Covington because of his world class wrestling. Add some smooth striking and he’ll be a problem for everyone.
Adli Edwards, Former All-American wrestler at Ashland University that shows in his fights as he dominates his opponents with wrestling. Adli Edwards is one of the best Featherweight prospects in the United States. Defeating Lance Lawrence for the HRMMA Featherweight Title. Yes he’s a dominant wrestler but his striking is underrated and it will get better as time goes on.
Nate Richardson world class Kickboxer who fights for Glory Kickboxing while doing MMA. One of the best Featherweight prospects from the Midwest who fights for Legacy Fighting Alliance. 8-2 record. Will see Richardson get an opportunity to fight on the Dana White Contender Series.
Richard Palencia undefeated flyweight with 8-0 record at 30 years old. Trains out of the MMA Lab, One of the most underrated MMA gyms in the world. Most impressive win was against Kevin Wirth at LFA 44. Winning the LFA Flyweight Title definitely help on the road to the UFC, Bellator or One Championship.
Nurmagomedov last name will build an MMA legacy from Khabib, Next generation of fighters from Umar Nurmagomedov, Said Nurmagomedov, and Usman Nurmagomedov.
Said Nurmagomedov signed with the UFC in 2018 and defeated three talented Bantamweights from Justin Scoggins, Ricardo Ramos and Mark Striegl.
Said quietly winning his fights, Underrated Bantamweight and Underrated Nurmagomedov. He’ll breakout in 2021 and finish the year as a top 15 Bantamweight in the STACKED Bantamweight division.
I called out Sean O’Malley but he went silent.” “I want someone top 10, Top 15.” Said Nurmagomedov
Technically sound Said Nurmagomedov is a fun fighter to watch, Similar to Cory Sandhagen who had a great 2020. Now Said can follow in the foosteps of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Said next fights can be Marlon Vera who recently lost to Jose Aldo, Cody Stamann who lost to Jimmie Rivera in July. Facing the top 10- top 15 Bantamweights.
Hopefully fighting in January in a short notice fight or February against a top ten to top fifteen opponent.
Definitely can compete against the best Bantamweights in the world, Winning UFC fights and ACA fights.(#1 Russian Promotion) Watching his fight against Mark Striegl, Blown me away how talent he is!! Mark Striegl before signing with UFC was one of the best Featherweight prospects, URCC Featherweight Champion.
Defeating Marlon Vera, Cody Stamann will help Said be ranked in the top 15. Leading to fighting UFC Vets Jimmie Rivera, Raphael Assuncao or Pedro Munhoz.
ANY of the three fights will help tremendously. Facing world class Bantamweights will ruin a fight in a split second with the wrong move. However I believe will take advantage of the new spotlight on the Main Card and have a impressive performance. Fight against Jimmie Rivera would be a great fight on paper as beating a guy like Jimmie gives you that confidence.
Last fight is against the Creme de la creme, Facing fighters like Jose Aldo, Marlon Moraes, Dominick Cruz. Personally pick a fight against Dominick Cruz which would be a sick technically sound Bantamweight fight.
Defeating top 4-8 Bantamweights at the end of 2021 will lead to a title shot or being a title contender in 2022.
Starting the year edging the top 15 and finishing the year as a title contender. Watch out for Said Nurmagomedov in the stacked Bantamweight division.
One Championship and Chatri Sityodtong putting a lot of focus on Muay Thai making it more of a popular sport, Appreciated globally. Signed some of the most talented Muay Thai fighters Phetmorakot Petchyindee, Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Jonathan Haggerty. Many Muay Thai fighters around the world that One Championship should sign to build there Muay Thai brand. … Continue reading Muay Thai Fighters One Championship Should Sign 2021→
Russia breeds some of the best MMA fighters in the world from Khabib, Islam Makhachev, Fedor Emelianenko, Zabit Magomedsharipov and many more world class fighters. Russia will continue to breed UFC champions such as… Rustam Kerimov Rustam Kerimov former ACA Bantamweight Champion, Only former ACA Bantamweight Champion because he want to test free agency. Kerimov … Continue reading Next Generation of Russian MMA fighters→
Eldar Eldarov BRAVE CF Super Lightweight Champion accomplished everything on the regional scene from his successful wins in Russia and defeating world class fighters like Mounir Lazzez. Time for the next step in his MMA career and sign with UFC like Khamzat Chimaev, Mounir Lazzez, Ottman Azaitar. Eldarov born and raised in the savage city … Continue reading Eldar Eldarov Next Brave CF Fighter to UFC?→
Vicente Luque Rising UFC Welterweight, Top Ten UFC Welterweight now because of his best year in 2020. Impressive striking display wins against Niko Price where he beat the hell out of Niko Price than a impressive win against Randy Brown( former ROC Welterweight Champion).
Luque my Dark Horse of the UFC Welterweight Division will challenge for the UFC Welterweight title in 2021. Finally earning the spotlight that he deserves. Going on six fight winning streaks before losing to Wonderboy Thompson.
Earning the respect from Wonderboy for having the pure will to not give up, Hitting Luque with shots but Vicente Luque kept pushing forward, Striking well against Wonderboy whose one of the best strikers in the world
“I think patience is the biggest lesson I take from this fight,” Luque said. “Many times we think we can solve something through brute force and will. There, I learned that I had all the will and it wasn’t enough, he beat me with technique and experience. I’ll keep that in mind so I can work on it and evolve.
I went against one of the best in the world and I was awarded a ‘fight of the night’ bonus for the third time this year, That’s my style’s merit, I was able to put on pressure even against a technical guy, I landed good shots. I showed I’m on the right path. Now I want to rest and correct a lot of things.”
Definitely will evolve training at Sanford MMA with Gilbert Burns, Michael Chandler. Learning from one of the best MMA coaches Henri Hooft. Understanding he fought one of the best Welterweights in the world and needs to advance the holes in the game. Wants to be a world champion, Focus on his weaknesses.
“I fought four times last year, I watched those four fights, and I don’t look so different from one to the other, so guys can read me. If I’m always doing the same things, I have to add to that. I’m not going to stop doing what I’m good at, but I need to add new things, so that’s what I’ve been working on. I also put on some boxing. Boxing is great, and I’ve been doing a lot of work with a boxing coach and get some hand speed, so that’s good.”
Talent is their for Vicente Luque, Selected to be on Ultimate Fighter for reason because the UFC matchmakers and scouts seen a champion out of him. He’s a world class talent and with a couple fights Luque can challenge for the UFC Welterweight Title.
Luque first fight can be against former UFC Welterweight Champion, Robbie Lawler who still to this day trains like a savage. Every MMA fan recognizes the name Robbie Lawler. Yes Lawler #13 ranked Welterweight while Luque #10th ranked.
Win against Lawler build up the name of Luque, Needs that much as possible. Build his brand, Help the UFC marketing team promoting his name on UFC promos.
Next fight options can be … Loser of Chiesa vs Magny, Rematch against Wonderboy Thompson. Storyline of the new & improved Vicente Luque looking to revenge his loss. Welterweight contender fight.
Hopefully with the advancements in his boxing he can defeat the UFC Welterweight Title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Revenging his loss on a UFC Main Card, UFC ESPN + event headliner.
Breakout performance, Biggest win of his UFC career as Wonderboy is one of the toughest fighters to face because of his difficult Kickboxing fighting style.
Ranked possibly as a top FIVE UFC Welterweight now can fight the top 5 UFC Welterweights depending whose champion, Not injured, Coming off losses. Exciting fight options from Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Gilbert Burns or Khamzat Chimaev.
I don’t want to select a third fight for him but ANY of the top 5 Welterweights will lead to Luque challenging for the UFC Welterweight Title.
Expect big things from Vicente Luque, Many great fights for him in the STACKED UFC Welterweight Division. Ends 2021 as a UFC Welterweight Title contender.
Rizin Bantamweight Champion Kyoji Horiguchi is the King of Rizin. Defeating all the opponents he came across, Needs some better competition to give Horiguchi a challenge. Many talented Bantamweights Rizin can sign right now in 2021.
Stephen Loman is the #1 Fighter for Brave Combat Federation. Brave CF Bantamweight Champion, Multiple defenses against future One FC or Bellator fighters such as Frans Mlambo, Gary Mangat. He’s a world class fighter as much as they come. Wonder if he loves Brave CF or paying them life changing money because the top 3 MMA promotions would love to have him. Loman vs Horiguchi, Loman vs Asakura, Loman vs Patchy Mix would be great matchups to see how talented he is.
Rizin better sign him, Do whatever they can. 7-8 fight deal, Millions of dollars because another promotion will sign him.
ACA is the #1 Russian MMA promotion in my opinion with talented fighters from Petr Yan, Zabit Magomedsharipov, Askar Askarov Anatoly Tokov. Rustam Kerimov is the next GREAT fighter to leave ACA. Kerimov is one of my favorite fighters to watch because of his all-around aggressive pressure fighting style. Kerimov in the prime of his career at 29 years old. Love to see him straight away fight Kyoji Horiguchi, Fight Bellator fighters. I’m telling you he’s a world class fighter.
Japan loves there Brazilians since the days of Kazushi Sakuraba fighting the Gracie Family. Rizin needs a world class Brazilian fighter to add to there roster and Daniel Oliveira fits that perfectly. Daniel Oliveira 28-7 record ACA Bantamweight Champion. Daniel doing well for himself fighting for ACA but with a large deal on the table offered from Rizin, He’ll take it in a heart beat. 33 years old Oliveira, Couple years left in his prime would be perfect for Rizin. Sick matchups for hardcore fans.
Why Khusein Askhabov isn’t in the UFC/Bellator is beyond me because Khusein has one of the best records in MMA. 23-0 record at 25 years old.#1 Ukraine Bantamweight prospect, WWFC Bantamweight Champion. Khusein trains at two of the best MMA gyms in the world… American Top Team as Mike Brown and Dan Lambert recognize his greatness. Second gym he trains at is Tiger Muay Thai coached by George Hickman, Valentina Shevchenko, Petr Yan. Askhabov before signing with UFC can fight for Rizin making a name for himself fighting the best Bantamweights in the world.
Ary Farias world class Jiu-Jitsu artist, Competing in the Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu Competitions. Fighting in the best promotions from ACB, LFA. Defeating Johnny Campbell, 20-12 record at Taura MMA 10. Farias is one of the best Brazilian Bantamweights.
Allan Begosso Team Alpha Male prospect 5-0 record at 25 years old. Born and raised in Brazil. Upcoming Brazilian prospect, What perfect place than to make your name fighting for Rizin one of the best MMA promotions. Begosso fighting Rizin Bantamweight veterans or upcoming Japanese prospects.
Tom Aspinall, 9-2 Heavyweight is a 27 year old UFC Heavyweight Prospect but in 2021 ends year as a top ten UFC Heavyweight. Finally a fresh new face in the old man UFC Heavyweight Division.
Aspinall two UFC wins will have many more to come as he’s a sparring partner with Tyson Fury. Teammate with Darren Till. Says a lot to be a sparring partner with Tyson Fury, Doesn’t choose anyone to spar with.
“That was brilliant, it completely changed my mindset spending a lot of time with Tyson because he takes it for what it is.
“He doesn’t take stuff too serious, he doesn’t go in there with his ego and all that kind of stuff so for a young man, I think I was about 22 at the time, it was just good to be around someone like that.
Fast hands, Quick Heavyweight at Six Foot 6 is fighting former UFC Heavyweight Champion back in 2005 Andrei Arlovski on February 20th. Major step in competition as Arlovski fought every fighting style imaginable, Top UFC Heavyweights so… Aspinall definitely has his hands full but if Aspinall defeats not even knock out Andrei Arlovski man oh man he’ll RISE through the Heavyweight Division.
“I don’t think there are very many good heavyweights out there right now to be honest. I feel confident that I’ll work my way up the ranks, but at the right pace. I’m not trying to rush into anything, but I don’t see anything out there that makes me second guess myself or anything like that.” https://talksport.com/sport/mma/770295/tom-aspinall-ufc-heavyweight/
Uncle Bobby Dana’s eyes will be shining knowing they have a young hungry lion in the Heavyweight Division. Entertaining fighting style. Next version of Stipe Miocic.
Next version of Stipe… Tom Aspinall can fight the Polish assassin Marcin Tybura #15 Heavyweight, Blagoy Ivanov Top 13 or lastly Augusto Sakai who lost to Allistair Overem on September 5th.
Aspinall facing off Sakai #9 Heavyweight(Former Bellator Heavyweight, Dana White Contender Series alumni). Aspinall vs Sakai both UFC Heavyweights in the prime of there career. Main Card fight.
Aspinall finishes the year as a top ten UFC Heavyweight, Rising star and potential UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Bellator last couple years signing world class prospects from all over the world that are potential Bellator title contenders. Hats off to Bellator matchmakers signing and discovering some talented prospects. 2021 will be watching several prospects become rising stars.
Aaron Pico the next version of George St Pierre will rise to the top of the Bellator Featherweight division. Revenging his losses against Adam Borics & Henry Corrales. Showing the world he’s new & improved. Displaying dominant performances against his opponents. Mindset Pico has right now, Feel like he’ll be unstoppable. Proving the haters wrong as yes, Pico will one day be a Bellator Featherweight Champion. 2021 Aaron Pico will breakout.
Magomed Magomedov easily one of the best Bantamweights in the world before signing with Bellator. Memorable fights with Petr Yan, Defeating Yan once. Only person to defeat Yan. Bellator debut grapple dominant win against Matteus Mattos. Entering Bellator at 29 years old in the PRIME of his career. Magomed arguably competing in the #1 Bellator division. Interesting fights for him Josh Hill, Raufeon Stots, Patchy Mix. Truly excited for the 2021 season for Magomed Magomedov. Everyone is in for a treat as he defeats some of the best Bantamweights in the world!!
Mandy Bohm former TKO Flyweight Champion is a German Assassin, Future Bellator women’s flyweight champion. Bohm rise through the Bellator flyweight division quickly. Cancelled fight against Liz Carmouche because of Covid-19. Bellator matchmaker, Rich Chau should schedule this fight again. Build up the profile of Mandy Bohm, SBG Ireland prospect. Defeating… Former UFC Women’s flyweight title challenger. Fight options like Alejandra Lara, Kate Jackson, Vanessa Porto. Fight against Denise Keilholtz would be a fight I’d want to see. Keilholtz multiple time kickboxing champion vs TKO Flyweight Champion.
Khabib’s younger cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov signed with Bellator. Current record of 11-0, Next great Nurmagomedov. Spoked highly of from Khabib, Javier Mendez. Next generation of American Kickboxing Academy prospects. Future Bellator Lightweight Champion. No fights with Bellator but I’m extremely excited for Usman’s debut and 2021 campaign.
Opposite fighting style of Khabib as he’s a Muay Thai fighter.
Usman, who I started training, has got so much talent. He’s so young, so strong – I believe he is going to be the biggest superstar out of all them.” Javier Mendez
Former Cage Warriors Champ Champ, Featherweight and Lightweight Champion signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator. World class Lightweight who could’ve signed with UFC but decided to take better all-around offer. Wins over Paddy Pimblett, Morgan Charriere, Talented grappler. Future Bellator Lightweight Champion or Lightweight contender. Fights against Sidney Outlaw, Brent Primus, Myles Jury in 2021.
Logan Storley 4 time All-American Wrestler out of Minnesota transferred over to MMA. Trains out Sanford MMA, Sparring partners with Michael Chandler and Robbie Lawler. Stories of giving his teammates like Gilbert Burns, Jason Jackson, Vicente Luque trouble. Explains why he went to a split decision with Yaroslav Amosov. Massive potential for Logan Storley he just needs to fight more consistently. Hopefully Storley and his team can schedule couple fights for him in 2021 because it will be a breakout year for Storley. Impressed me a lot in his fight against Amosov.
Joey Davis Division Two All-American wrestler from Notre Dame College. 8-0 record at 27 years old. Successful wrestler transferred over to Bellator. Trains out of Team Bodyshop MMA with AJ McKee. Dominant performance against CFFC fighter Bobby Lee impressed me a lot. Looking forward to his 2021 campaign. Watch the advancements in his striking as he’ll have the world class grappling forever. Hope he fights tougher opponents in 2021.
Dalton Rosta blown me away in his last fight against Ty Gwerder. Yes even though he’s built like Hercules, Remained energized till the last second of the third round. Rosta moved camps to American Top Team, Competing with the best fighters in the world on a daily basis. Rosta boxing since he was a teenager. Only 25 years old will continue to get better. Can’t wait for the 2021 season for Rosta he’s an all-around talent. Fights against Will Fleury, Charlie Ward.
Julius Anglickas Light Heavyweight prospect, Former LFA Light Heavyweight Champion. Won his fight on the Dana White Contender Series. Impressive Bellator win on his record against former LFA Light Heavyweght Champion Alex Polizzi. 2021 significant year for Anglickas. Possible spot on the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. Prime of his career at 29 years old.
Korean Canelo because of his heavy right hand, Johnny Eblen trains out of American Top Team. 7-0 record 29 years old. 2021 will be a big year for the former Missouri wrestler. Eblen next generation of fighters to come out of American Top Team. Earned the respect from coach Muhammad Lawal as he’s one of the coaches for American Top Team. Helps out Johnny Eblen during his training camps.
Bellator”s old ways of signing old fighters like Tito Ortiz, Shamrock. The dumb fights are over. Now signing world class fighters, Prospects from all over especially the Caucasus. Newly signed Bellator fighter is from Takijistan, Khurshed Kakhorov.
Khurshed trains out of SBG Ireland, Next generation of fighters to come out of SBG Ireland.
Tajikistan assassin personified, Skillful striker. More of a stand up style compared to Khabib’s pressure grappling style.
Four of his wins were fighting for the top German promotion, GMC. Won the European Fight Masters Bantamweight title.
Raw talent who only get better as time goes on, Test his abilities against Bellator prospects or Bantamweights with the exact experience as Khurshed.
Watching his GMC fights you can see with more time in the GYM he can be one of the best Bellator Bantamweight strikers.
GMC 18 win against Stipe Brcic was his best performance. Solid takedown performance as he’s good with sprawls. Solid-All Around performance.
Looking forward to watching Khurshed Kakhorov in Bellator. Once everything gets going for him, Prime of his career he’ll be one of the best Bellator Bantamweights. Proof is in the pudding just a matter of time.
Saul Rogers former Ultimate Fighter Season 22 contestant who could’ve fought in the Lightweight final if the UFC didn’t fight out he falsified his Visa documents but oh well you’ll do anything to accomplish your dream.
Since Ultimate Fighter fought for ACB(#1 Russia Promotion) and now with Bellator. 1-1 with Bellator, The loss was to Daniel Weichel(2x Bellator Featherweight Title challenger). Understand that loss to Weichel he’s a German assassin.
However at Bellator 248 rear naked choked, Arbi Mezhidov. Arbi 13-4 Austrian Featherweight prospect who trains with Aleksandr Rakic. Arbi’s manager called him the next Bellator star but Saul Rogers ended the hype real fast.
“This is where I needed to be and I can showcase to all of my UK fans what I’m capable of and I feel like this is going to be give me that boost I need to become a world champion which I have no doubt in my mind I will be world champion.”
Couple more wins under his belt he can fight for the Bellator Featherweight title but wants to be alternate in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix.
Saul Rogers vs Robert Whiteford “Battle of Britain” was scheduled to happen three times. Whiteford pulling out of the fight. Rogers had enough with waiting, Wants tougher challenges that can help rise through the Bellator Featherweight division.
“I want the guys in the tournament or the guys who are getting knocked out in the tournament because I consider them the best guys in the division and I feel like they’re going to be the closest to the belt.”
Rogers definitely has the skills to defeat Henry Corrales which would be a great fight, Adam Borics. Two Grand Prix qualifiers or fight Jeremy Kennedy newly signed Bellator fighter, Mads Burnell (former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion).
Many upcoming fight options for Rogers as he’s in full form with a way better healthy mindset. Envisions becoming Bellator Featherweight Champion and 2021 will be the Featherweight contender.
“If your mind’s not there you’re not going to perform so that was my biggest thing from that I kind of looked myself in the mirror and thought what do you really want to do, You want to do this you want to be world champion enough, I sat there and I thought you know what I really do want to be world champion I believe my skill set and that’s what I’m carrying forth now, That’s why I’m screaming for these titles.”
Wasn’t for the false visa, Saul Rogers could’ve been a UFC Featherweight title challenger. One of the stars for England MMA but he can be a star for Bellator. Building his brand to the maximum value.
Following the ways of SBG teammate Conor McGregor of taking advantage the spotlight humanly as possible, Calling his shots. Interested in headlining an event in Manchester in 2021 against a Featherweight contender that can lead to challenging for the Featherweight title.
Breakout year for Saul Rogers I guarantee it, End of the year will be a top 5 Bellator featherweight at least!! Easily one of the most underrated featherweights in the world, He’s just been under the radar but won’t be for long.
MMA talent consistently improving on a yearly basis, Fighters showcasing there talents on the regional scene, Dana White Contender Series. Made a list of MMA prospects from North America that under the radar instead of the Matt Dixon’s, Andre Quintana’s of the world. Really is so many under the radar prospects from here that will sign with a Top 3 Promotion in 2021.
Evan Elder, Sanford MMA prospect. Elder 4-0 record at 23 years old. Three wins with Shamrock FC and latest win was at LFA 88. 2021 will be a significant year, Displaying impressive performances at whatever promotion he fights at. Coming from a wrestling and grappling background, Training his jiu jitsu at Nick Diaz Academy in Stockton. Evan Elder transition striking really improved in his LFA 88 fight.
2021 will be a breakout year for Evan Elder. Fights for Dana White Contender Series or signs with Bellator!!
Whether it be Shamrock or another organization, I’m going to conquer whoever they put in front of me until I get seen.”
Mo Miller Strong Style Fight Team(Stipe Miocic Gym) Bantamweight prospect with 5-0 record at 28 years old. Division 2 All American wrestler at Notre Dame College. Dominant wrestling performances that lead to a viral slam knockout at LFA 96. Picture seeing the Bantamweight prospect fighting in the Dana White Contender Series or awarded a UFC contract.
Roufusport MMA Academy one of the best MMA Gyms in the world. Christian Rodriguez only 23 years old, 4-0 record. Two back to back wins with Legacy Fighting Alliance. Early finishes. Watch Rodriguez latest LFA 93 fight on https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=343759470064817&ref=watch_permalink. Rodriguez in his fight against John Pham looks like a seasoned veteran in there as he displayed an impressive performance.
2021 will see Christian Rodriguez hopefully fight on the Legacy Fighting Alliance Main Cards or any top regional promotion. This kid is really talented and will only improve from here. Breakout year in 2021.
If you don’t know now you know Daniel Zellhuber is the next Mexican Superstar. Ryan Garcia of MMA. Everyone pays attention to top prospects from United States but pay attention to Mexico because of one name Daniel Zellhuber. Zellhuber 10-0 record at 21 years old built his recognition at Combate Americas. Muay Thai fighting style but incredibly raw just needs to train at a TOP MMA GYM like Sanford MMA, Kings MMA, Tristar Gym. Zellhuber is bound for greatness.
Zellhuber takes that next step in 2021 training at a top gym, Fighting for UFC/Bellator.
Kyran Cameron All-Around Welterweight Canada prospect at 27 years old. One of the upcoming Welterweight prospects in CANADA. Fighting for BTC Fight Promotion(Ontario Promotion). Trains at rising Canada gym, Parabellum MMA with Anthony Romero, Aaron Jeffery.
Troy Green 4-0 Welterweight Northeast prospect, All wins fighting for Ring of Combat promotion. Leading to Troy Green becoming the ROC Welterweight Champion at ROC 71 after defeating John Ramirez. Even though Troy Green is the ROC Welterweight champ, He’s not ranked highly on /https://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/64128-troy-green. However in 2021 with big ROC wins against Northeast Welterweight prospects we can see him get recognition, Opportunity to fight for Dana White Contender Series.
Andre Bargquero Morera
Andre Barquero Morera Bantamweight prospect from Costa Rica is under the radar but watch out for him in 2021. Became aware of him when he fought Sean Santella(21-7 flyweight) for the CFFC Flyweight Title. Morera got dominated but showed me how courageous he was to accept that fight against a veteran. Morera now fights for Combate Americas but moved up to the Bantamweight weight class.
Morera in 2021 hopefully fights couple times, Rising up the Combate Americas Bantamweight division and wins the Bantamweight gold. 25 year old Costa Rican Bantamweight prospect keeps getting better as time goes on, No doubt in my mind will see Morera sign with the UFC or Bellator in the next couple years.
Carlos Matos #1 Caribbean Welterweight Prospect 8-0 record at 24 years old. One of the most underrated Welterweight prospects in North America. Long lengthy welterweight similar to Randy Brown and Michael Chiesa. Matos manager should do his best to schedule him fights with Combate Americas or a regional promotion like CFFC, LFA, ROC, Titan Fights, XFN to build his reputation more.
Elijah Johns, Miles Johns little brother is slowly making a name for himself. 5 fight winning streak with Legacy Fighting Alliance. Elijah is a Featherweight PITBULL, Leading to finishes under the LFA promotion. Right now has a 7-1 record but record will improve in 2021. Maybe winning a LFA Featherweight title by the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022.
Elijah Johns will be getting the call to the Dana White Contender Series for sure it’s just a matter of time but love to see him fight for LFA once or twice.
One of the most under the radar North America prospects is Jamie Siraj who fights out of Canada. Yes trains at Tristar Gym with the Phil Jackson of MMA coaching…. Firas Zahabi. Fights for Rise FC promotion, Last time Siraj fought was in 2019. Cancelled fight with Chad Anheliger, Top Canada Featherweight prospect. Hopefully at Rise FC 6 we can see Siraj return and fight Chad Anheliger.
Mexico always producing talented fighters and Genaro Valdez, 28 Year old Genaro Valdez is a rising Mexican Lightweight with a 6-0 record. Submission & grappling specialist that lead to rear naked choke wins. Valdez in his last two fights fought for Mexican promotion Lux Fight League. LFL you can watch on UFC Fight Pass. Valdez will be winning the Lux Fight League Lightweight Title in 2021.
UFC roster as a whole keeps improving yearly. World class fighters globally. Many fights to schedule in 2021 with be scheduled on Main Event slots, Featuring prelims. 2021 will be an exciting year for UFC.
Weili Zhang vs Valentina Shevchenko
Weil Zhang Queen of the Women’s Strawweight Division going to fight Carla Esparza but most likely will win this fight in dominant fashion. Fight Rose Namajunas next in mid 2021. Move up to the 125 pound Flyweight Division and face Valentina Shevchenko. Shevchenko has no challenges so Dana White better schedule this dream matchup. Champion vs Champion.
Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw 3
Rivalry between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw is one of my favorite rivalries in sports. Beef they have of being teammates at Team Alpha Male. Two entertaining fights as Dillashaw knocked out Cody in both fights. Continuing storyline as Cody new & improved learning striking from Mark Henry(Striking coach genius) while TJ Dillashaw returns to the Octagon after a suspension. Second fight back is against Cody Garbrandt.
Gane vs Overeem
Cyril Gane rising Heavyweight, All around talent is the #7th ranked UFC Heavyweight. Former Training Partner of Francis Ngannou is facing Junior Dos Santos. Passing of the torch fight. Win against Junior can lead to another GREAT fight against Allistar Overeem. Overeem seeking one more run for the title. Overeem can show he still has enery left in the tank facing Cyril Gane. Heavyweight in the prime of his career.
Gastelum vs Weidman
Kelvin Gastelum gave Israel Adesanya the toughest fight of his MMA career. Kelvin now on a three fight losing fight but he’s motivated entering the 2021 season, Kelvin be back better than ever as he can face former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman. Weidman one more run for the title as he believes he can be a tough matchup for Izzy.
Luque vs Maia
Vicente Luque Rising Welterweight ranked #10. 15-3 UFC record, Two fight winning streak. Earning the respect from Wonderboy Thompson. Passing of the torch fight that can lead to being a UFC welterweight contender. Defeating a Brazlian legend.
Makhachev vs Dos Anjos
Islam Makhachev( Khabib’s bestfriend and training partner) the next Khabib having a lot of trouble scheduling fights. Canceled fights from injury to testing positive for Covid-19. Islam is fighting Drew Dober as Dober is Justin Gaethje training partner. Expect Islam to defeat Dober and next fight against Rafael Dos Anjos. Dos Anjos looked spectacular in his fight against Paul Felder.
Dos Anjos 36 years old Top Ten UFC Lightweight, One more run for the title defeats Islam Makhachev. Boost him up the rankings to challenge for the UFC Lightweight Title. Islam defeats Dos Anjos moving forward, Few more fights away from being a title challenger.
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Korean Zombie
Zabit Magomedsharipov highlight reel striking from his boxing to kickboxing, Mark Henry raves about him. Claiming he’ll be a UFC Featherweight Champion. #3 UFC Featherweight one more fight away from challenging for the Featherweight title. Perfect opponent is against Korean Zombie coming off a loss to Brian Ortega. Finally get to see Zabit fight and against one of the best Featherweights in the world. Recognized for his WARS that fans love.
Kiamrian Abbasov One Championship Welterweight Champion defended his title once against former LFA Welterweight Champion James Nakashima at One Championship Inside the Matrix 2. Putting on a solid performance against Nakashima knocking him out in the 4th round.
Anderson Silva like comeback, Abbasov shows his mental toughness to knock out James Nakashima in the fourth round. Continuing his five fight winning streak to enter the 2021 One Championship campaign.
Abbasov reigns the One Championship Welterweight division making the argument he’s one of the best Welterweights in the world even tho he fights for One Championship.
Facing rising Welterweight Tyler McGuire 12-1 record( 2-1 One FC record) . Wins against Aglian Thani and Luis Santos in One Championship career. Headlining One Championship event, 2nd title defense for Abbasov.
Prime vs Prime, Adding to the argument that Abbasov is one of the best fighters and Welterweights in the world.
Of course I believe Kiamrian Abbasov is awarded the win because of his high-level grappling, Willing to win. Facing world class fighters. Dealing with the title defense pressure.
Third title defense against James Nakashima, Wants to revenge his loss after dominating 4 rounds but Abbasov comes back. Another option is fighting Shinya Aoki, One of the legends of the MMA world. Aoki former Pride fighter, Former Dream Lightweight Champion, Former One FC Lightweight Champion. Revenge his loss to MMA veteran, Luis Santos.
Choice is Abbasov but can’t pass up an opportunity to fight Shinya Aoki. Win against Aoki builds up his legacy, Earning the respect from the MMA world(Joe Rogan, Ariel Helwani, Luke Thomas, Brendan Schaub, Weighing In Podcast and many more MMA media). Impressing everyone with a dominant performance, Three title defenses in 2021. Showing his all around skills.
Ending the year as one of the best Welterweights in the world. See if Kiamrian Abbasov wants to compete for UFC or Bellator. Stay with One Championship signing a life changing, Generational wealth deal.
LOOKING forward to 2021 for Kiamrian Abbasov. Underrated fighter who hopefully gets a lot more recognition this year.
Jiri Procházka former Rizin Light Heavyweight Champion looked like a UFC Light Heavyweight Champion in his UFC debut against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 251. Last time Jiri fought was at UFC 251.
Hungry to return to the Octagon, No better return than fighting Dominick Reyes in the Main Event. Easily one of the best fights of the year on paper. Whoever wins this fight in position challenging for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.
Even though Dominick Reyes “Won” against Jon Jones I can see Jiri winning this fight in a early finish because of the first round KO power he has. Jiri has a lot more experience with 30 fights in total. Disappointed when he lost to Jan Blachowicz. Seems like he didn’t have the right mindset entering that fight.
“I’m looking forward to the fight,” Prochazka said. “He has a very special style. With my team we work on that, and I’m happy for that because it’s the change in my preparing, and I like these changes because it’s not the same like last time.
“I need to grow my style, it’s motivation for me and I like that. I’m happy to be challenged by this guy who is one of the best on the planet. I just wanna show I’m much better than him. It’s more than just some moving, punching. It’s about strategy, breathing, emotions you feel in a fight. It’s more than the physical game you play in the cage.”
Have a gut feeling Jiri will get the Win and become a rising star.
“I don’t ignore that [performance vs. Blachowicz]. Because it was a nice fight with Blachowicz. And I think it’s a big opportunity for me. I treat Reyes like a top fighter in the UFC and in the world. So it’s an opportunity for me to fight with him and win this fight.”
Big spot facing former Light Heavyweight title challenger, Taking advantage of the Main Event opportunity on February 27th.
Win against Reyes leads to a fight against Thiago Santos or Glover Teixeira. Jiri Prochazka vs Santos(If defeats Rakic) or Teixeira in a #1 contender fight. All great fights that Jiri has potential to win because of his world class striking. Top of the food chain Light Heavyweights are at the tail end of there career while Jiri is 27 years old.
Confident in his skills that he can beat all of the best Light Heavyweights. 100% he can. 2022 Winter Jiri can challenge the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Israel Adesanya or Jan Blachowicz if he pulls off the upset.
Jiri is looking forward to the challenge of facing against UFC Next Superstar and potential champ champ Israel Adesanya.
“Every time when there is some special guy, with some special style, and with special power, I’d like to compete [against] him,” Prochazka said. “I’d like to challenge this guy because I’m enjoying not just myself, I’m enjoying to connect [with] that guy and to think about how to put you sleep.
Soren Bak, Former Cage Warriors Featherweight and Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion decided to sign with Bellator instead of UFC.
“Yeah, there is some truth to that,” Bak told MMA Junkie. “But the real truth is we were looking for the best deal we could find anywhere. Not just financially or looking at long at the term, but all the way around. Bellator had the best deal on the table – the best opportunity.”
Good for him to sign with Bellator as Bellator will do a better job with one of the best European prospects. Winning a Cage Warriors title is the greatest accomplishment for a MMA prospect.
Former Cage Warriors champion is 1-0 with Bellator. Defeating Terry Brazier in his Bellator debut in 2019. No fights since 2020 because of Covid-19 but hopefully with 2021 we see Soren Bak pursuing the Bellator Lightweight Title in 2021.
“As of right now, I’m aiming to climb the ladder and rankings as quickly as possible,” explained Bak. “I work with long-term goals and that’s fitting since my contract is for multiple fights. When I’ve solidified my place in the Bellator division, I see no reason not to go for yet another belt!”
Fighting opponents like Peter Queally, Adam Piccolotti, Kane Mousah, Charlie Leary. Basically Bellator veterans in his second fight, First fight in 2021.
Showcasing his all around skills with an impressive finish or a dominant three round win.
Second fight in 2021 can be former Ultimate Fighter contestant, UFC Fighter Myles Jury, Nate Andrews, Sidney Outlaw in the Bellator Main Cards. Bellator really focusing on making the prelims, Main Card fights interesting & high level as possible. Soren Bak former Cage Warriors Double Champ fights… Sidney Outlaw former Ring of Combat Welterweight and Lightweight Champion.
Bak vs Outlaw be a high level prospect fight that hardcore MMA addicts will love to watch. Basically watching two potential Bellator Lightweight Champions fighting each other. Bak wins this fight that would earn the respect from Scott Coker and Rich Chau(Bellator matchmaker).
End the year fighting former Bellator Lightweight Champion Brent Primus in a #1 Contender Fight. Bak vs Primus Co-Main Event Fight.
Fans back home in Denmark will be all staying tuned to watch Bak face the former Bellator Lightweight Champion. Defeating Primus can have Bak face Patricio “Pitbull” Friere in 2022.
One year Bak can rise to the top of the Bellator Lightweight Division.
Ludovit Klein Slovakia’s own can be the first UFC Champion from Slovakia. Ever since I watched Ludovit Klein’s UFC debut, I became a fan of his. Truly blown away by his performance against City Kickboxing Shane Young.
Took advantage of the short notice fight and had a stunning UFC debut at UFC 253.
“This is always my style – the high kick and demolish my opponent. I am very, very happy for everything. Maybe problem because yesterday I didn’t cut weight – I just had one week from the call from the UFC to come here. Short notice, (so) there was not so much time to cut the weight. Next time, (I will) 100 percent make weight and win the fight – everything.”
Stellar striking as Ludovit was a Slovakian Amateur Boxing Champion. Shows as he pieced apart Shane Young.
After UFC 253 highly positive he got more recognition globally as back home he’s Ireland version of Conor McGregor.
Both Ludovit and Conor have the A+ striking, Conor was the UFC Featherweight Champion and in the next five years will see Ludovit Klein become a UFC Featherweight Champion. Conor’s breakout year was in 2014 and Ludovit Klein’s year will be in 2021.
Hopefully Ludovit Klein returns to the Octagon in the next couple months, Fights guys like Billy Quarantillo, Charles Jourdain, Damon Jackson in his second UFC appearance.
Defeats, Dominates all three of those fighters. Ending the fight early with a first round knockout. Earning extra fifty thousand dollars from a performance of the night bonus.
Bump up in competition in his third fight with UFC, Potential opponents can be UFC Veterans Darren Elkins, Cub Swanson, Mawkan Amirkhani. Fighting the top 16-25 Featherweights. Elkins and Swanson fights I take with no hesitation. Featuring prelim on a UFC Pay Per View, UFC Main Card on ESPN +. Defeating Cub Swanson whose been fighting since the WEC days, Been in so many great fights. Recognizable name will only build up the name of Ludovit Klein.
MMA Media, Joe Rogan, Brendan Schaub, Ariel Helwani, Weighing In podcast, Luke Thomas, Sportscenter to start talking about him. “Mr. Highlight” Ludovit Klein.
End the year as a top 15 Featherweight with a win against Andre Fili (Team Alpha Male product), Hakeem Dawodu, Edson Barboza. All three fights are GREAT fights for fans and for Ludovit Klein. Win against any of the three will radically improve his name globally, Earning the respect of Dana White. If he was able to knock out Barboza for example, Sky rocket him to Pay Per View fights. Becoming a UFC rising STAR and fan favorite.
Awarded Breakout Fighter of the year in 2021. Remembered as the year for Ludovit Klein as 2022 challenges for the UFC Featherweight Title.
Bellator and Rizin(Japanese Promotion) cross promoting since 2018. Kyoji Horiguchi defending his Rizin Bantamweight Title against Darrion Caldwell twice(former Bellator Bantamweight Champion. Horiguchi can now fight the NEW Bellator Bantamweight Champion Juan Archuleta.
Horiguchi vs Archuleta better happen in 2021. Bantamweight Title Fight, Champion vs Champion. Dream matchup for HARDCORE MMA fans. Besides fighting Demetrious Johnson, My opinion is the toughest opponent for Horiguchi.
Archuleta is one talented fighter, When Bellator signed him I was more than excited. Archuleta was the King of the Cage Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight Champion. Easily one of the best Bantamweights in the world with a 25-2 record, All-Around savage who trains with TJ Dillashaw.
Archuleta intrigued by the matchup against Horiguchi, Legacy fight for him.
“Who else is [Horiguchi] going to fight in Japan? You tell me,” Archuleta demanded. “Who else comes to mind with an 18 fight win-streak now. [I’ve] been dominating in and out of every fight I’ve been in. I’ve only lost one round in my whole career. I’ve only been taken down once in my whole career. Who else is he going to fight that will bring some excitement to the table?”
Juan Archuleta calling out Horiguchi since his rise with Bellator. Building up the fight best as possible, Millions of viewers will be watching this fight.
When it comes to Bellator’s former bantamweight champ, Horiguchi, Archuleta was especially enthused. “HORIGUCHI!!” he bellowed during Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “I’m still coming for you baby, where you at? I’m hope you’re ready, Horiguchi. I want that fight, baby! I want that RIZIN belt! Let’s go!”
Horiguchi on the other hand defeats Juan Archuleta, Keep adding to his legacy. Mike Brown( American Top Team) says “Horiguchi is the most underrated fighter in the world.” Definitely support Mike Brown’s opinion. Ever since Kyoji Horiguchi signed with Rizin, He radically improved but hat’s off to him. King of Japanese MMA and the face of RIZIN.
“I think he’s grossly underrated, but that happens a lot when you’re fighting outside the UFC,” Brown told MMA Junkie in a phone interview. “But if you look at his record, his pedigree – I mean, it’s incredible. He’s got a great record, and now he’s fighting at 135 where he’s much smaller than guys – I think he can fight at both weight classes (flyweight) fairly easy – but with a few extra pounds, I think him fighting at 135, it’s given him more power.
“My priority is to go get back the Bellator belt I returned. I got my Rizin belt back, and now it’s time to go after the other one,” Horiguchi said.
Miguel Baeza Alumni of the Dana White Contender Series, Finished 2020 as one of UFC Welterweight Prospects to keep an eye on. Knocking out UFC Vet Matt Brown, Spoiling his return to the octagon than defeating Takashi Sato.
“Now I’m ‘The Guy Who Beat Matt Brown,’” he said with a laugh, acknowledging that he’s getting recognized more, just not by name quite yet. “It’s not Miguel Baeza just yet; it’s ‘Hey — you beat Matt Brown, right?’
“I thought the ‘Caramel Thunder’ thing would stick too; that’s kind of one of the reasons I went for it, you know?” he added, still chuckling at his new standing as a “unknown known guy” within the MMA community. “I definitely have a little more notoriety, people see me more now — again, not as Miguel Baeza, but when you beat somebody, they recognize you a little more, so that’s a step in the right direction.”
Caramel Thunder will stick in 2021 with more siginifcant wins such as Tim Means, Cowboy Oliveira, Jake Matthews to start off 2021.
Tim Means vs Miguel Baeza would be a FUN Fight to watch. Means impressed me a lot with his fight against Mike Perry. His jabs were doing work. Baeza facing a UFC Veteran like Tim Means will only help in the long run. Means doesn’t have the biggest name in the world but a learning experience fight, Test to see where he’s truly at.
Big win against a fighter like Tim Means will earn Dana White’s respect even more as Dana White envisions Baeza as the Puerto Rican Star. Success, Big finishes will lead to Dana White loving Baeza even more and Baeza better take advantage of that oppurtunity.
“10-0, Puerto Rican. When New York opens up again, you know what I mean? Get him fighting in New York. I’ve been talking about Puerto Rico, too. We talked about going to Puerto Rico a long time ago, I talked about building a Performance Institute in Puerto Rico, so he could be the guy. … He could be our Puerto Rican star.” Dana White
After a fight against Means or a UFC Veteran, Fights those top 15-25 Welterweights like Belal Muhammad, Niko Price, Robbie Lawler. With no hesitation if Sean Shelby or Mick Maynard offers the Lawler fight to Baeza he better accept the offer. PERFECT fight to build your name against one of the best Welterweights of all time. Everyone knows who Robbie Lawler is.
Disappointed that not many people know who he is… Well facing Lawler would be the right fight to build your name. Passing of the torch moment as Baeza is one of the next UFC Welterweight Champions. Breakout fight for him.
However Baeza should do what’s in his best interest but if Lawler is on the table please take it. Defeating Lawler would rank as Baeza as #15 Welterweight.
Possibly facing Belal Muhammad, Michael Chiesa, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Neil Magny by the end of 2021. Facing these WORLD CLASS fighters, All around fighters. Fights against 7-14 Welterweights, All great fights for Baeza. Pick your poison but Baeza can compete against the best of them.
Baeza is training partners with Colby Covington, Love him or hate him hes’s one of the best fighters in the world. Former Interim Welterweight Champion, Dominated Tyron Woodley, Rafael Dos Anjos and the stand up striking war with Kamaru Usman.
Baeza can train with Colby Covington than he can fight the top 15 Welterweights.
“The short-term goal is to get that ‘W,’ but the long-term goal is to be champion,” he said. “So whoever is in front of me is in front of me. It doesn’t matter if it’s top-15, top-10. Whoever it is, I’m coming after you.”
Salahdine Parnasse arguably one of the best Featherweights in the world is the KSW Featherweight Champion. KSW is the European Version of the UFC. Selling out 40,000 seated arenas. Jan Blachowicz, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Mateusz Gamrot all fought for KSW in the past.
Parnasse is the next UFC fighter to sign with UFC and accomplish many things in the UFC. Parnasse was offered a UFC contract in the past but rejected the offer because of a low offer.
“We had longer negotiations. Of course, money was a full motivator, but we talked also about his further development.”
However in 2021 may be different with couple title defenses. Starting off the year fighting Daniel Torres 11-4 European Featherweight(KSW 4-1) at KSW 58 on 1-30-21. Looking forward to this Featherweight clash. Two of the best Featherweights facing each other in the KSW 58 Co- Main Event.
See if Daniel Torres is a challenge to the 23 year old French Prodigy Salahdine Parnasse or Parnasse dominates the fight. Impressive win will continue to build his worth.
Third title defense in the Spring of 2021 can be against KSW Fighter Max Coga. Former PFL Featherweight, GMC Featherweight Champion. 22-7 record. Fighter with lot experience. Second toughest fight in Parnasse’s career.
Another option is for KSW to sign a European Featherweight champion from Oktagon FC, GMC, Venator FC. Parnasse fighting a top ten European Featherweight prospect.
Last option is signing a former UFC fighters like Diego Brandao, Marcin Held, Steven Siler, Pat Healy. Ending 2021 fighting former UFC fighters, Winning in impressive fashion that leads to UFC having no choice to sign Parnasse to a life changing offer.
Salahdine Parnasse without a doubt will succeed in the UFC, Deserves to fight for the UFC. Fight for the UFC Featherweight Title one day, Become one of the pioneers of French MMA. Main Event in a UFC event in Paris.
Potential Parnasse has with the UFC to build his brand and be one of the best fighters in the world is endless. Many opportunities for Parnasse. I hope UFC does the right thing and offers Parnasse the right contract.
2020 was a year that sucked for a lot of people including Arnold Allen. Only fought once in 2020 against Nik Lentz. Cancelled fight with Jeremy Stephens. No luck for Arnold Allen as 2020 was an important year for him.
“Before everything shut down, I was trying to fight in June,” Arnold recently told MMA Junkie. “I fought in January and was like, ‘All right, I’ll take a little break, then get back, get ready to fight.’ Obviously, everything shut down. I didn’t get to train for like, I think it was eight weeks that I didn’t step foot in a gym or train or anything. That’s when they started doing ‘Fight Island’ and all that. We started making plans to work around it so we’d be able to train.”
Climb to the top of the UFC Featherweight division in 2020 but 2021 is a new year, #9th UFC Featherweight can end the year as a Featherweight title contender.
Hope that happens for Arnold Allen as he’s part of the next generation of UK fighters. Ever since I started getting obsessed with MMA, Arnold Allen is a UFC fighter always kept an eye on.
Trains at BKK fighters in England but travels to Montreal to train at Tristar Gym with George St Pierre, Rory MacDonald, Kevin Lee, Mirsad Bektic, Ryan Hall and many more world class fighters. Coached by #1 MMA coach Firas Zahabi. Master of MMA. Arnold Allen one of the next fighters from Tristar to become a UFC Champion in the next couple years if everything goes as planned!!
Earned the sponsoring, Respect from UK MMA pioneer Dan Hardy.
“He’s going to be one of the pioneers of the sport one day – he’s only scratching the surface of his skills and potential so far.” Dan Hardy
“Most definitely,” he said, when asked if Allen could reach the top. “And if he does get to that belt, it’s going to be very hard for someone to take it off him.” Dan Hardy
Arnold Allen is one of the most underrated UFC fighters on the roster, 16-1 record, #9th Featherweight. Earned the respect from Dan Hardy but in 2021 can earn respect from thousands of new fans.
Finally fighting Jeremy Stephens in 2021 on a UFC PPV Main Card or a Featuring Prelim. UFC promoting Arnold Allen on UFC Embedded, UFC content as the NEXT GEN of England Fighters. Showing a impressive performance after a long wait, Starting off 2021 the RIGHT WAY.
“(Stephens or Josh Emmett) make sense,” Allen said. “I’ve done a camp for both of those guys. They both obviously fell through. (In) 2021, I’ve got to get busy. I can’t be waiting around over here fighting once a year. I’ve definitely got to get busy.”
Fight against Gilbert Melendez was a breakout performance, Fight against Josh Emmett or Jeremy Stephens is the rising STAR fight.
Interesting fight to make after a win against Emmett or Stephens is facing “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. Korean Zombie former UFC Featherweight title challenger and fan favorite is the PERFECT fight for Arnold Allen to build his name. Talks about not having the biggest name, Well Korean Zombie is well known to casuals because of his fighting style.
Defeating a top Five Featherweight will place Arnold Allen as a title contender. Deserving a title shot in 2022, Close to making his DREAM a REALITY.
Jason Jackson former Titan FC and LFA Welterweight Champion had his best year in 2020. Defeating former UFC Veteran Jordan Mein and former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson.
Jackson showing the MMA world he’s one of the best Welterweights in the world. 2021 Jackson can challenge for the Bellator Welterweight Title because of the success in 2020.
Top 5 Bellator Welterweight Jason Jackson has options from Andrey Koreshkov, Lorenz Larkin, Neiman Gracie to start 2021. Fights against any of them can lead to a Bellator Welterweight Title Shot against Lima or Amosov.
“So taking out legend like Benson Henderson it just shows me that I can take out the Bellator champ.”
“I’m not out here picking and choosing because you have a lot of guys that’s ahead in the division that putting in the work as well so if I have to work I’m not willing to get nothing easy I want to work to mine so when I know it’s there nobody can tell me nobody can take it from me because I worked for and I earned it.
Defeating world class Welterweights like Lorenz Larkin, Former UFC Welterweight in February or March no doubt deserves that title shot.
Basically can label Jason Jackson the UFC Killer continuing his spree of fighting former UFC fighters.
Continuing to build his profile, Earn his respect with a win against Lorenz Larkin. Help in the promotion, Build up of a fight between Jackson vs Lima or Jackson vs Amosov.
One more fight away from Jason Jackson fighting for the Bellator Welterweight Title
Juan Archuleta new Bellator Bantamweight Champion after outpointing Patrick Mix at Bellator 246 looking to defend his Bellator Bantamweight title for the first time.
No better defending against Sergio Pettis. Pettis 2-0 with Bellator so far. Juan Archuleta vs Sergio Pettis would be one of the most anticipating Bantamweight fights in the MMA world of 2021. Archuleta showing he’s one of the best Bantamweights in the world with a win against Sergio Pettis.
Our next fight, we’re shooting for the first of the year. The the first card back (after the new year) against Sergio Pettis. That’s the fight I originally wanted for the belt,” Archuleta said.
“He’s a gamer,” Archuleta said. “He’s been in there with the best – the best 125ers in the world. That’s what he’s going to bring. He’s going to bring experience, he’s going to bring talent, and I see me beating him. Don’t get me wrong – I think it’s a great matchup for myself. But it’s going to be a hell of a fight. It’s one of the fights that I wanted to have for the vacant title, anyway, but Bellator and myself thought Patchy had a little better momentum in the organization, and so that was the contender. And so now I’m going to be able to prove to myself and to Bellator that I’m the best.”
Sergio Pettis on Juan Archuleta
Sergio Pettis 2-0 with Bellator facing Juan Archuleta would be one of his toughest opponents UFC and Bellator. Defeating Archuleta shows Pettis all along was better fighting in the Bantamweight division. Found a new home in Bellator.
“This is a big opportunity for me against a tough opponent in Juan Archuleta,” Pettis told MMA Junkie Radio. “I think he’s only been defeated like two times or three times, so big name for me to go out there and add to my resume. Being 27 years old now, I think this is the perfect time for me to go out there and showcase my skills and show the world what I’ve been working on these past, I guess, almost 10 years now.”
Sergio Pettis in 2021 can make a name for himself instead of being Anthony Pettis little brother. Scott Coker wrapping the Bellator Bantamweight title around Pettis waist.
Pettis vs Archuleta
Sergio Pettis vs Juan Archuleta would be one very fascinating fight to watch. Both fighters are talented, Coached well as well. Pettis coached by Duke Roufus, Archuleta coached by Duane Ludwig.
The areas of weakness between them is very small. Pettis is more of a volume striker, Technically sound while Juan Archuleta is more powerful, Basically a Pitbull. All American Junior College Wrestler and wrestled at Purdue.
I have no clue whose gonna win this fight because of the high levelness. One error, Wrong move can lead to a knock out.
Both fighters MUST bring there A game or it will be a one sided dominant performance.
Hope Bellator markets this Bantamweight title fight like crazy because it will be a special fight to watch, Mark on your calendar for 2021.
Mandy Bohm German Assassin, former TKO Flyweight Champion is 1-0 with Bellator. Showing a masterful performance in her Bellator debut at Bellator 247 defeating Griet Eeeckhout.
Smooth striking displayed in the three rounds, Added with her grappling ability.
Bohm only fought once in 2020 but potentially can fight three times in 2021. Fighting and winning the Bellator Flyweight Title. Mandy Bohm is one talented fighter and I don’t see no one defeating her.
Mandy Bohm is the next version of Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Bohm will reign over the Bellator Flyweight Division but 2021 is the beginning for something special.
Liz Carmouche vs Mandy Bohm can be booked for 2021 as this fight was cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus. Perfect opportunity to fight former two time UFC Women’s title challenger. Build her name off a former UFC fighter. Discussed as a future Bellator Flyweight Champion.
” I step into the Bellator cage when I say I’m ready I mean I’m ready I’m focused I’m count and I’m professional enough to um to everyone in the division it’s a game I’m not here to swim around or something like this I’m here to compete I’m here to fight the best girls in the division. That’s what I need to do I’m not just here.” Mandy Bohm
“It’s my journey, My wish to go to the top that is what I want go to the top, I know I have a lot of work, I have a lot to do but I do it everyday I never stop working and I’m sure I can I’m good but every day I’m getting better.” Mandy Bohm
Defeating Carmouche will lead to fighting Kate Jackson, Kana Watanabe or Vanessa Porto (Former Invicta FC Flyweight Champion). Fighting Vanessa Porto would be the best option for Bohm.
Carmouche vs Porto would be fun flyweight fight to watch, Porto 22-8 veteran and Amateur Boxing Champion in Brazil. Main Card Bellator fight or Co-Main Event fight. Defeating another former Flyweight Champion will help out a lot moving forward.
Mandy Bohm ends the year fighting the Bellator Flyweight Champion if it remains Juliana Velasquez or llima Lei Macfarlane wins the Bellator Flyweight title back.
Either way Bohm will make her dream a reality, Becoming a Flyweight World Champion. Will defeat Velasquez or Macfarlane. Coach John Kavanagh will have the PERFECT game plan for Bohm’s opponents. Leading to winning her title fight, Becoming the 2nd SBG Ireland Champion.
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Austin Vanderford building his own reputation, Instead of being Mr. Vanzant. Vanderford fought on the Contender Series but didn’t get the UFC contract. Second best option was signing with Bellator.
Since signing with Bellator in 2019 currently has a 4-0 record, Fought Vinicius De Jesus former CES Welterweight Champion on November 5th 2020. Best win of Austin Vanderford’s career so far as CES is one of the best regional promotions in the world.
Right way to end 2020 and end 2021 as the Bellator Middleweight Title challenger.
“I want people to know that I deserve it and I’m ready to fight for the title. I’m ready whenever. But we’re just going to keep on the pace and do what Bellator wants me to do. They’ve done such a great job so far. I’ve had opponents fall out and they were quick in getting me someone.”
2021 with the right fights such as …. John Salter(8-1 Bellator record) NAIA Wrestling Champion at 147 pounds would be the perfect matchup for Vandferford. Challenging himself against a high level grappler, Second degree black belt. Gold medalist at the ADCC North American Championship in 2017.
Vanderford defeating a quality opponent like John Salter in the middle of 2021 will earn himself a contender fight against Anatoly Tokov or Costello Van Steenis. Both fights would be very interesting to watch.
Tokov currently has 29-2 record(5-0) record, #1 Bellator Middleweight. Waiting for the opportunity to fight Gegard Mousasi but Mousasi might be a participant in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Tokov vs Vanderford is the Bellator Middleweight contender fight for the winter of 2021. Anatoly Tokov the heavy handed first round knock out power vs Vanderford stellar grappler. Hopefully this fight happens because MMA fans will be excited to see Tokov vs Vanderford. High level Middleweight fight.
Win against Tokov will change his life forever, Defeating one of the best Middleweights non UFC. #1 Contender for the Bellator Middleweight Title. Anticipating the fight of his life against Gegard Mousasi in 2022.
Timofey Nastyukhin SHOCKED the MMA world defeating Eddie Alvarez with a first round knock out, Eddie Alvarez debut. Nastyukhin 9-2 One Championship record. One of the best Lightweights in the world and currently #3 One Championship Lightweight.
Deserves to fight Christian Lee next and will be the toughest opponent that Christian Lee has ever faced. Lee dominated his last opponent Iuri Lapicus in the first round.
“Give me a title shot, please. I am ready,” Nastyukhin said.
Nastyukhin with his first round knockout power can be the biggest challenge for Christian Lee. Is Christian Lee able to withstand Timofey’s hands?
Will see in 2021 if Christian Lee is capable of defeating the STAR of One Championship Christian Lee.
“I think that would be a very exciting fight for the fans. I feel like he is a guy who gets written off because he has faced so many injuries in his career, but he is definitely a very dangerous opponent. I think after a few more fights, we could see him getting a title shot as well.”
Completely agree with Christian Lee, Lee vs Nastyukhin would be an exciting Lightweight fight not for One Championship but in all of MMA Lightweight title fights. Two very high level fighters challenging each other to see whose the better fighter.
Christian Lee vs Timofey Nastyukhin I feel personally will be a five round decision fight, Both fightersare super talented to give up mistakes and lose by a knock out. Expect this fight to be a trilogy.
Lee vs Nastyukhin can help One Championship tremendously in terms of viewers, Christian Lee defending his Lightweight title against Timofey Nastyukhin the fighter who ruined Eddie Alvarez debut.
Hope this fight happens in 2021, Hardcore fans deserve it. Don’t expect to see Christian Lee dominate Timofey Nastyukhin, He’ll surprise people showing the world he’s one of the best Lightweights in the world. All he needs is that One Championship Lightweight Title wrapped around his waist.
Shavkat Rakhmonov only 1-0(13-0) UFC Welterweight prospect, Impressively defeating Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in the first round. Well aware who Shavkat was beforehand, M1 Welterweight Champion. Rakhmonov is the Kazakhstan assassin and he’s a UFC fighter to keep an eye on.
Guarantee will rise through the UFC Welterweight division in 2021, Defeating Welterweights to the caliber of Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira. Wants to fight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone next.
“I really respect him a lot. Basically I was growing up watching his fights, but we’re next generations and I want to fight him because I know I can hang with him, and I know I can beat him. That’s why.”
Cowboy Cerrone can be at the end of the year but fighting Welterweights like Lyman Good, Gunnar Nelson, Anthony Rocco Martin. Fight against Gunnar Nelson would be awesome fight to watch. Gunnar Nelson respected jiu-jitsu artist, Training partner with Conor McGregor would be a fun fight for him.
Anthony Rocco Martin, Solid All-Around fighter who fought Neil Magny tough but loss because Neil Magny is one of the best Welterweights in the world just very underrated. Rocco Martin fighting for the UFC since 2014, Really good fight for Shavkat Rakhmonov.
Continuing to impress the UFC viewers with his all around skills, That even gave me the respect to envision the potential for Shavkat. Becoming a 2021 top 15 UFC Welterweight journey to the top 15 is wins against Lyman Good, Anthony Rocco Martin in his first fight in 2021.
Second fight for Shavkat can be against former UFC Welterweight Champion, Robbie Lawler currently ranked #14, What an opportunity for Shavkat to build your name off a fighter like Robbie Lawler. Displaying his best skills from the striking, To Jiu Jitsu. The commentators, Analyst raving about Shavkat Rakhmonov.
Replacing Robbie Lawler’s rank as the #14 UFC Welterweight.
Ending the year facing Neil Magny, Belal Muhammad, Michael Chiesa any 6-13 ranked Welterweights. Potentially ending the year as the #6-13 UFC Welterweight.
2021 Shavkat Rankmonov can end the YEAR as top ten UFC Welterweight with the right matchups, Of course winning in impressive fashion. One of rising stars in the UFC.
Keep an eye on him for the next five years, Future UFC Welterweight Title Challenge. Top 20 MMA fighter in the world and the year 2021 gives Shavkat Rakhmonov the opportunity to showcase his skills in a full season.
TJ Dillashaw one of my favorite fighters of all time, Two year suspension is almost over in January. Can’t wait for his return fight as he earns back the UFC Bantamweight Title in the talent stacked Bantamweight division.
Dillashaw getting many call outs, Several options as the Bantamweights are hungry for the opportunity to fight the former champion TJ Dillashaw.
However he’s hungrier than ever to fight, Prove the haters wrong because he made a wrongful decision. No one is perfect. Everyone deserves a second chance.
“I’m having a hard time trying to forgive myself for this,” he said in a video on Instagram (h/t TMZ). “Which I should have a hard time. But I got to man up to what I did. This is who I am. I’m a fighter … and I’m gonna have to fight my way through this one.”
Feel so much better putting a win under his belt fighting Jose Aldo, Rob Font, Cody Garbrandt in a return fight. Looking shredded, Training at the Treigning Lab with Aaron Pico and Juan Archuleta.
Time off was a blessing disguise to relax, Focus on himself. Now being refreshed will return with vengeance. Dillashaw like Michael Jordan & Kobe Bryant has that KILLER mentality.
Killing the Bantamweight division, One contender fight than fights for the title against whoever the UFC Bantamweight champion may be.
“The motivation for me is to have that added pressure, to have something to push for,” Dillashaw said. “I guarantee you this: I’m getting my belt back. I’ll be a three-time bantamweight champion. That’s a guarantee, and it’s going to be faster than everyone thinks, too.”
Dillashaw right away wants for the title but makes more sense to fight once as a contender than fight Petr Yan or Aljamain Sterling for the UFC Bantamweight title.
“He wants to fight me because he knows that’s his way to the title,” Dillashaw said. “That title shot is mine. He wants to fight me because he wants to get to the title, and that’s great. He should try and do that. But I’m trying to get that title fight. If I have to fight someone else, it better be in the top five.”
“No, nothing’s changed for me,” Aldo told ESPN when asked if Dillashaw’s drug test changed his opinion of him. “I see him for his qualities. I see him as a champion and everything he did in the Octagon. He just made a mistake.”
“I think it will be a very good test for myself because he’s very good on his feet and I like his style standing up so it’s going to be a good test,” Aldo added.
Jose Aldo vs TJ Dillashaw set that fight up, What a GREAT return fight. Makes sense for TJ as well, Fighting a former UFC Featherweight Champion, Recently defeated Marlon Vera. Dillashaw was intrigued on fighting him when he heard Aldo dropped down to 135 pounds.
Petr Yan vs TJ Dillashaw or Dillashaw vs Sterling both great fights. Yan vs Dillashaw especially in the striking department but Dillashaw is the winner in all of these.
in 2021 Dillashaw will earn his place as the #1 Bantamweight in the world.
Arman Tsarukyan UFC Lightweight prospect, By far is one of my favorite MMA fighters in ANY promotion right now. One of the best UFC prospects with potential to become UFC Lightweight Champion in the next five years.
Before becoming UFC Lightweight Champion has to become a top ten Lightweight, New Years resolution for Arman Tsarukyan is being ranked in the top ten of the Lightweight division.
Starting 2021 facing off against another favorite prospect of mine Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 257, January 23 2021. Nasrat is part of the next generation of fighters from Tristar Gym. World class fighter. Haqparast vs Tsarukyan is gonna be an interesting fight to watch.
Win against the Tristar Gym prospect will start 2021 the right way. Showing off his skills at UFC 257 that blown me away in his fight with Khabib’s bestfriend Islam Makhachev. Even though he lost, Impressed me with his sprawls, grappling in his UFC debut.
Since Arman was successful against Islam fighting Nasrat Haqparast is going to be a cake walk maybe but will see at UFC 257.
Defeating Nasrat will lead to matchups against top 10- 15 matchups.
“I want to fight with [Al] Iaquinta,” was his initial reply. However, before explaining why, he switched up his answer, simply saying he wanted any ranked opponent. “I want to fight with top 15, top 10. I want to let everybody know who I am.”
Arman deserves a top 10-15 Lightweight, Helps with the recognition. Fighting “Raging” Al Iaquinta. Lasted five rounds with Khabib.
Arman Tsarukyan fight “Raging” Al Iaquinta is the perfect for Arman. Be interested to see if he has what it takes against a tough fighter with wins against Kevin Lee, Jorge Masvidal, Nassau Community College Wrestler. Main Card on a UFC Pay Per View, Showcasing Arman as a future UFC Lightweight Champion.
However because of how talented Arman he can defeat Al Iaquinta. Leading to more recognition and respect. Replacing Iaquinta as the #10 Lightweight.
End the year fighting the top 5-10 Lightweights, Hooker, Rafael Dos Anjos, Paul Felder. Depending how everything goes. All of those 5-10 matchups are all very exciting. Imagine fighting Rafael Dos Anjos, Sick that would be. Facing against “El Cucuy” Tony Ferguson, Old vs NEW.
Watch out for Arman Tsarukyan in 2021, Future UFC Lightweight Champion. 2021 is the breakout year for him. Finish the year as top eight Lightweight.