Billy Meyer Week 4 of October Prospects to Watch

Josh Fremd

One of the best Middleweight prospects in the United States, Knockout artist with FIVE KO’s. 7-2 record at 27 years old.

Few more wins Fremd will fighting in front of Dana White on the contender series.

Trains out of Factory X Muay Thai one the more underrated MMA gyms out there with Anthony Smith, Alexander Hernandez, Dustin Jacoby, Youssef Zalal and a bunch of other hungry fighters.

Daniel Argueta

Mostly every UFC, Bellator champion loses at some point in there career. Daniel Argueta lost against Ricky Turcios on the recent Ultimate Fighter but looking for an another opportunity to fight on the Dana White Contender Series.

Fight for Bellator in 2021.

Trains out one of the best gyms in the world in Jackson Wink MMA with Greg Jackson #1 or #2 best MMA coach and trains at Gracie Barra Headquarters for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Videos training with TJ Dillashaw, Cub Swanson, Juan Archuleta at Gracie Barra BJJ.

  • 5-0
  • 28 years old
  • Jackson WINK MMA Academy
  • three wins by rear naked choke

Haris Talundžić

3-0 at 25 years old formerly trained at Tristar GYM and now moved up to Denver to train at Factory X Muay Thai.

Next Generation of Welterweights to sign with UFC or Bellator. Similar fighting style former teammate George St Pierre with shoot boxing and the most hated man in the UFC Colby Covington.

Haris all-around Welterweight has the makings to become a LFA Welterweight Champion and making a run in the UFC or Bellator.

Been keeping an eye on Haris Talundzic for a while and looking forward to this LFAF 116 fight.

Sebastian Przybysz

Current KSW Bantamweight Champion, Fighting for a top five MMA Promotion is defending his title for the first time against Bruno Santos.

Defeated one of the more respected European Bantamweights in Antun Racic at KSW 59.

Reminds of those lengthy quick fighters like Nathaniel Wood who fights for UFC. Similar fighting style and potential.

Bruno Santos

Challenging Sebastian Przybysz for the KSW Bantamweight Title. One of the best Brazilian Bantamweight prospects right now.

Scary part to all this Santos is only 22 years old and ALREADY challenging for the KSW Bantamweight title already.

Promising future ahead of him as he’s the next face of Brazilian Bantamweights following the paths of Jose Aldo, Renan Barao and Bibiano Fernandes.

Reminds me of Bibiano Fernandes and Marlon Moraes. ONE DAY will be watching Santos fight for a UFC/Bantamweight Title.

Maybe will see Santos upset the home crowd and win the KSW Bantamweight title.

  • Trains at Chute Boxe Diego Lima with Charles Oliveira, Thomas Almeida

Shamil Musaev

15-0 record one of the best European Middleweight prospects is 3-0 with KSW. VERY CLOSE to a KSW Middleweight title with a win against Michał Pietrzak.

Coming off a huge win against former Titan FC Welterweight Champion Uros Jurisic.

Won’t be surprised if Musaev signs with Bellator or fights on the Dana White Contender Series. Next crop of Major Promotional signings.

  • 15-0
  • 17 win streak
  • Wushu Sanda fighting style
  • Trains at Golden Team with Aliyar Sarkerov 37-3 Featherweight
  • KSW Middleweight title contender

Wellington Prado

Part of the next crop of Brazilian signees is a very talented Featherweight whose only 22 years old with a 11-2 record.

Interim SFT Featherweight Champion in his run as one of the best Brazilian prospects.

Upcoming SFT 30 fight is against Brazilian MMA veteran Thiago Silva (20-10), Win against Silva is a win that you definitely want to have. Attracting UFC to sign you. Defeating a fighter with a lot of experience.

  • SFT Interim Featherweight Champion
  • 22 years old
  • 11-2 record
  • Trains with current UFC fighter Ricardo Ramos

Bellator 268:Prelims Prospects to Watch

Bellator 268 headliner is Vadim Nemkov reigning Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion vs former LFA Light Heavyweight Champion Julius Anglickas.

Bellator card is way better than the UFC Fight Night: Ladd vs Dumont card. Bunch of high level best fighters in the world to watch but I always love writing about the upcoming fighters from all over the world.

Prelim fights are fire as well so definitely watch Bellator 268 beginning to end.

Jaleel Willis

First prospect listed and rising Bellator fighter Jaleel Willis back to back Bellator wins against Mark Lemminger and Maycon Mendonca. Two solid fighters that were newly signed by Bellator.

Willis former LFA Welterweight Champion wants to become a Bellator Welterweight Title challenger in 2021 as he’s ranked in the top ten right now.

“It’s going to end up being a slow smothering fight. Like, there are too many places where he’s just slick, to where if I get too excited or try to, you know, hop on something a little bit too quick, he can make you pay. He can definitely show up when it’s time to. So, to me, it’s just like, I’ve worked to fu*king hard for this guy to take what I’ve been working for. I got to tell myself just to slow it down, and I can beat him in any position. So I just have to focus on that right there. So, that’s the reason in my head; you’ll see a slow smothering fight. I just have to pick him apart.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/10/13/bellator-268s-jaleel-willis-sees-matchup-with-mukhamed-berkhamov-being-a-slow-smothering-fight-wants-logan-storley-after/

Bellator 268 fight is against Mukhamed Berkhamov. 14-1 ACA Welterweight. One of the best Welterweights in the world.

Tough test for Jaleel Willis but if he wants to fight the best of the best than this will definitely show good Willis potentially can be.

“The drive that I got is I’m still not in those rankings,” Willis told MMA Junkie Radio. “I still want to get back in there. I want to be more than just No. 10. I want to be more than just who this dude is at the edge of the rankings. I want people to know who the realest is. I want them to know who Jaleel Willis is, honestly.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/10/jaleel-willis-driven-by-rankings-wants-logan-storley-after-bellator-268

Mukhamed Berkhamov

Before signing with Bellator was one of the best Welterweights the promotion ACA (Absolute Champioship Akhmat)

14-1 record wins against former Ulimtate Fighter Jesse Taylor who later on fought for Strikeforce, KSW, Cage Warriors. Competed on Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds Tournaments.

Trains at Sanford MMA down in South Florida with a full roster filled of champions, future champions and the best fighters in the world.

All-Around Welterweight reminds me of Vicente Luque because of his crafty boxing ability. See if Mukhamed has what it takes to beat a top ten Bellator welterweight.

Lance Gibson Jr.

Trained by his parents Lance Gibson and Julia Budd he’s becoming a rising prospect for the Bellator roster.

2-0 under Bellator and has a fight coming up against Raymond Pina who won his last fight at Combate 46.

Gibson keeps getting better with every fight. Crafty southpaw who will have a bright future with Bellator.

Watch out for Gibson Jr with rest of 2021 and 2022 will be a year where you see him fight top 15-top 20 Lightweights.

“Her time in Bellator came to an end and it is what it is,” Gibson told MMA Junkie and other reporters at Thursday’s Bellator 268 media day. “Now it’s my time to shine in Bellator and show why I’m going to be world champion. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be ranked in the top 10 after this fight with a phenomenal performance. Julia will go on with her career and finish it off and do her job.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/10/bellator-268-lance-gibson-jr-show-why-going-world-champion-julia-budd

Jaylon Bates

“New Breed” nickname says it all. Next generation of MMA fighters and Scott Coker discovered Bates in the Amateur scene. Recognizing the talent right away.

Winning the FCFF Bantamweight Title against a undefeated amateur fighter Devon Jackson. Winning a Tuff-N-Uff Bantamweight title all lead to Coker making the deal happen.

Now the 24 year old Bantamweight is 3-0, 12-0 overall adding amateur. Moving to ATT Portland training with Brent Primus, Ricky Simon, Ed Herman.

Continuing to train in different locations as he train at Team Bodyshop MMA with AJ McKee and Joey Davis.

Yes he’s a very talented grappler but want to see the improvements in Bates striking versatility.

Everything goes right than Bates should be competing for a Bellator Bantamweight Title 2023 and he needs to least have average or above average striking to mix it up.

Ludovit Klein Opportunity Steal the Show Saturday

First ever Slovakian UFC fighter, Ludovit Klein is fighting former M1- Featherweight Champion Nate Landwehr.

Klein fought in the best promotions in the world from ACA, Oktagon MMA and Cage Warriors defeating talented fighters from Europe. All of them with winning records.

Trains with Ivan Buchinger, Martin Buday at Spartakus Fight Gym.

Fighting on the MAIN CARD of Ladd vs Dumont. Ludovit Klein has the opportunity to steal the show tonight not having in this lackluster card and make a bigger name for himself against a formidable opponent.

“When I’m imagining this fight in my mind, I can see different scenarios; I just don’t know yet which one will be the winning one,” he said. “You will see it October 16th.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/ludovit-klein-cant-live-without-competition-ufc-fight-night-ladd-dumont

UFC career so far

Stole the show in his UFC debut by KO against Shane Young, City Kickboxing Product.

Deserved to a 50k bonus but Klein missed weight and the UFC doesn’t tolerate missing weight. There was a misunderstanding that leading to it but I’m sure Klein won’t miss weight again.

Second fight was against New Jersey’s own Mike Triziano. Klein training at Sanford MMA with the best fighters in the world from Michael Chandler, Gilbert Burns to name a few.

Judges scored 30-27 Triziano. I have no clue what fight they were watching, Ludovit Klein won the striking exchanges. Triziano didn’t make an impact with the punches. Klein was the superior grappler as he kept succeeding with takedowns.

Klein looked very good in this three round fight as you see flying down to Florida to train at Sanford MMA helped.

Joe McDonagh
Cageside Press 28-29 Klein
Steve Duncan
mma.uno 28-29 Klein
Ryan Frederick
WrestlingObserver.com 28-29 Klein
Keith Shillan
Sherdog.com 28-29 Klein
Eric Kowal
MyMMANews.com 28-29 Klein

http://www.mmadecisions.com/decision/11908/Michael-Trizano-vs-Ludovit-Klein

Time to face against the wild Nate Landwehr. Doubt this fight will be boring as both fighters will put on a show for the fans but Klein is the more talented fighter with grappling and Slovakian Amateur Boxing Champion.

Defeating Nate Landwehr is another win in the right direction leading to bigger fights in 2021. Right matchups in 2021 can lead to top fifteen ranking.

“I want to move forward and get to the Top 15 as soon as possible,” he said when asked what’s next. “But after the fight, I want to take some quick rest to be with my family because I have been in preparation for this fight a long time.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/ludovit-klein-cant-live-without-competition-ufc-fight-night-ladd-dumont

Bellator Matchmaking: Fabacary Diatta post Bellator 267

France MMA is slowly coming on the map with Ciryl Gane, Salahdine Parnasse (Former KSW Featherweight Champion) and Fabacary Diatta.

Fabacary Diatta back to back impressive wins against tough fighters in Dominque Wooding who defeated Nathan Fletcher for the Cage Warriors Flyweight title and Nathan Rose a quality Bellator opponent.

Diatta is red hot of late and we gotta keep the train rolling. Edging that Top Ten of the Bellator Featherweight division and can be ranked in the top ten with a win or two.

Justin Gonzales

Former LFA Featherweight champion, Undefeated fighter with a 12-0 record. Defeated Ty-Wan Claxton.

He’s one talented Featherweight prospect who will have a bright Bellator career.

Diatta vs Gonzales would be a fun fight to watch.

Rob Whiteford

Former UFC fighter and ACB fighter is now fighting for Bellator. He’s one talented fighter.

Fought Darren Elkins, Defeated one of the MMA pioneers third generation of MMA fighters … Nam Pham.

Tough Scottish fighter who will give UFC, Bellator fighters a run for there money.

  • Trains at American Top Team
  • 18-4 record
  • Black Belt in Judo
  • Fought for UFC

Defeating a tough fighter would really help Diatta moving forward and can be ranked as a top ten Bellator Featherweight.

John De Jesus

Fought Aaron Pico and defeated Vladyslav Parubchenko, John Teixeira in his Bellator career.

Featherweight Champion in multiple organizations such as Honor FC, 247 Featherweight Champion, Pinnacle.

Before signing with Bellator was one of the best Northeast MMA prospect.

Diatta is one athletic Featherweight prospect with massive potential, Future Bellator Featherweight Title contender.

Billy Meyer Week 3 of October Prospects to Watch

Francesco Patron Manzo

Mexico born and raised, Straight killer fighting on October 15th, Lux Fight League 17 Main Event fight against current Lux Fight League Bantamweight Champion Marco Beltran (Former UFC fighter and Ultimate Fighter).

Defeating former UFC fighter Beltran would be a awesome win that can help Manzo fight on the Dana White Contender Series. Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard are scouting the world to fill there Tuesday Night Cards and Manzo can fill a slot.

Dana White wants to find finishers, Non-Boring fighters and he fits the bill.

  • 8-0 25 years old
  • 4 First Round finishes
  • Two knockouts
  • 4 submission wins

Yun Jae Jung

Rising South Korean Lightweight prospect, Reminds me of Current PFL Lightweight Champion Natan Schulte and Drew Dober because of their stocky built and power fighting style.

Moving up to the Welterweight Division to fight Syuk Hyun Ko for the AFC Welterweight Title (6-1 record) three first round finishes.

Mateusz Rębecki FEN 36

Defending his FEN Lightweight Title is one of the best Lightweight prospects in Europe. Defeating killers on his 10 fight winning streak.

“Rębecki’s current run is very impressive. He’s not only defeating but finishing some of the best Lightweight competition available in Europe, including the reigning KSW Lightweight champion. His signing should be a no-brainer, and he’d be a great addition to the murderer’s row that is the UFC Lightweight division.”

@Grabaka_Hitman

Winning against fighters with (30-12) Fabiano Silva, Magomed Magomedov (12-2), Kaik Brito Brazilian Lightweight prospect 12-1.

5x FN Lightweight Title Defenses. Facing one of his toughest test at FEN 36 Aigun Akmedov 22-2 record.

Background in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 2x ADCC Poland Gold Medalist.

Time for Bellator, UFC, One Championship go through a bidding war for one of the best Lightweights not contracted with the top 3 promotions.

Comparison- Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler

Kirill Kornilov

Russian Heavyweight prospect and Kickboxer with a 6-0 record is headlining RCC: Intro 16 against 21-8 Ednaldo Oliveira.

UFC needs new Heavyweights desperately and Kornilov can help. He’s a very good striker, Entertaining the fans with his striking.

Renat Khavalov

Student of Abdulmunap Nurmagomedov, Training at his Khabib’s father academy in Dagestan is the current Eagles Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion. Renat Khavalov undefeated Bantamweight prospect flying under the radar.

Every fighter he fought all had winning records. Renat’s pro debut fought a fighter with a 10-7 record. In his short stint as an amateur fought in the Russian MMA Championships.

Khabib and Ali are pushing there Dagestan friends to fight for UFC, Bellator and One Championship. Renat is one of those kids that will fight for one of the top 3 promotions as the talent speaks for itself.

Magomed Suleymanov

Raw potential, Magomed Suleymanov has the makings to become a VERY VERY GOOD Featherweight. Watch this kid rise and rise every year. Must be under 23 years old.

All-Around skills who will be a killer in the next following years.

Mansur Dzhamburaev

Well Rounded 24 year old Welterweight. Watching his ACA young eagles fights you can hear the pop in this Russian savage hands. Hits like a mack truck.

  • Fought for ACA Young Eagles, WFCA
  • 26 years old
  • 9-2 record


Diego Lopes Fury FC 52

Part of the next generation of Brazilian MMA fighters to chase top 3 MMA titles is Diego Lopes.

Looks to bounce back in win against Nate Richardson at Fury FC 52 for the FFC Featherweight title.

“I don’t feel that the defeat affected me,” Lopes said. “I am a fighter who takes advantage of everything. I know that I had many mistakes in this last fight, but I am not going to make mistakes again. I think that with a full camp I can show what I am capable of

https://www.ufc.com/news/diego-lopes-bounces-back-dwcs-ufc-fight-pass-read

One of the best Featherweight prospects in the world. 19-4 record fought on the Dana White Contender Series and loss against Joanderson Brito in a short notice fight.

Defeated former UFC fighters Marco Beltran, Rony Jason in his winning streak of runs in the Lux Fight League Featherweight title run.

Diego Lopes is fighting a high level kickboxer fought in the Glory Kickboxing Promotion Nate Richardson. Fought in the Legacy Fighting Alliance promotion and is now making his Fury FC debut.

Lopes defeats this high level striker that will be a great bounce back win and a call back to the Dana White Contender Series.

Levi Mowles Fury FC 52

Number one Bantamweight prospect in the United States is destined to fight for the Dana White Contender Series.

Won Bantamweight titles all over the world from Cage Fury Fighting Championship, Atlas Fights and now looking to become the Fury FC Bantamweight Champion by facing the MMA veteran Johnny Campbell coming of a win against Henry Corrales at Bellator 258.

  • 15-4 record
  • 26 years old
  • CFFC Bantamweight Champion, Atlas Fighting Champion
  • Wins over Adrian Yanez, Jimmy Flick.

“I feel like in all my fights, the goal has been to make a statement, and it’s not so much make a statement as in something flashy as it is in being entertaining,” Mowles said. “I want to be someone that people want to watch, regardless of it’s the first time you’ve ever seen me or it’s the 20th. I feel like that’s what keeps people around, and whether you’re the greatest in the world or you’re a middle-of-the-road guy, if people want to watch you fight, that’s what it is to me.

“For me, to make a statement would just be go out there and do what I always do, and that’s for me to be exciting for everyone.”

https://cffc.tv/news/2020/10/23/levi-mowles-aims-for-big-show-but-more-focused-on-capturing-that-cowboy-vibe

Max Rohskopf

We all love a comeback story and Max Rohskopf returning to the UFC or signing a Bellator contract would be awesome to watch. Cheering for Max as he’s one talented fighter just had a bad night in the house.

Wish him the best and hope he wins tonight with a sweet statement win against Jordan Bailey.

Fighting for Cage Warriors as they begin to build there promotional brand in the United States. Max won his last fight against Jeff Creighton at Cage Warriors 126.

“I’m pumped to be able to fight for such a dope organisation!” he said. I want to go out there and put a show on for everybody and show all the hard work I’ve been putting in. This is a fight for the fans and for my family, I’m going out there to do damage and win. There is nothing in the world like winning for a top tier organization like Cage Warriors. This is just the beginning!” Max Rohskopf https://www.fightersonlymag.com/latest-news/max-rohskopf-aiming-for-back-to-back-wins-at-cage-warriors-130/

DWCS 2021 Week 7 Fighters to Watch

Exciting card to watch, MMA prospects I’ve been watching for a while that I believe can be future UFC champions or least title challengers one day. Definitely will be watching these fights.

Christian Rodriguez

Christian Rodriguez is a prospect I’ve been watching since LFA 82 back in 2019. Since than became a fan of him.

Trains out of Roufusport MMA Academy with Anthony Pettis, Emmanuel Sanchez, Raufeon Stots, Sergio Pettis, Ben Askren, Brendan Allen. Training partners with Anthony Pettis.

Fast rising Bantamweight prospect. Next version of Anthony Pettis as he’ll only get better with Five Professional fights.

Facing off MMA lab product Junior Cortez.

Dana White will be watching a star Tuesday Night, Future UFC star.

Martin Buday

Fighting for one of the best MMA promotions in Europe, Oktagon MMA. Buday was the Oktagon Heavyweight Champion.

Defeating most opponents by knockout because of his Heavyweight KO power. With a clean right hand to the jaw good luck getting up after that one.

Built like Daniel Cormier and a Silverback. 29 years old, Prime of his career. UFC Heavyweight Division is scarce on young talented heavyweights. Buday can definitely help the division.

  • 29 years old
  • 8-1
  • 4 KO’s
  • Oktagon Heavyweight Champion

Mitch Raposo

Brought more exposure to his name when fighting on the Ultimate Fighter Season 28. Lost the Exhibition Fight but the talent and stardom is there.

All-Around Bantamweight prospect, Reminds me of “TJ Dillashaw” because of his fighting style and the way he’s built. Focuses on standing up but was a Durfee High School wrestler in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Trains out of” Regiment Training Center“with Yorgan Da Castro, Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts with Randy Costa, Kyle Bochniak, Nate Andrews and bunch of other New England MMA prospects.

Showing impressive dominant performances like the fight against Ron Leon at Cage Titans 47. The KO win against Zachary Burhans showing the pop in his hands like Cody Garbrandt.

Raposo contender series fight is against Cage Warriors Flyweight Champion Jake Hadley. Easily will be toughest test for Raposo. See if he has what it takes to defeat Hadley as he moves down to flyweight.

Rewarded a UFC contract must win in dramatic fashion to impress the Boss of all bosses Dana White.

“It’s going to be a great fight but I’m too fast, and he’s never fought a wrestler or grappler like me. Everyone he’s fought are primarily strikers or just pretty good everywhere. I feel like I can compete with the best guys everywhere and that’s hard to deal with. We will see how it plays out, but this fight is going to be a banger. I promise you that.” Mitch Raposo interview with the Scrap.Co https://www.thescrap.co/top-of-the-class-mitch-raposo-is-primed-to-bring-a-title-to-new-england/

Raposo is only 22-years-old and he’s already so well rounded. Just imagine what the next few years will look like. Sct

Chris Duncan

Scottish like to fight and Chris Duncan definitely does. Duncan is a Scottish Warrior as he finishes his opponent with his right hand in the 1st or 2nd round.

100 % Finishing Rate which is glowing to Dana White’s eyes.

Winning fights early with Bellator and smaller regional promotions.

Duncan had aspirations to fight for Bellator but now can fight for the best PROMOTION in the world continuing his finishing rate streak

William Meyer Prospects to Watch for October 9th and October 10th

Regional promotions all over the world, Presenting there fighters to everyone. Showing the future signings for UFC, Bellator and One Championship. Several fighters/prospects flying under the radar right now but with big wins can move on to being the top prospects coming out of there region.

David Onama

Trains at rising gym Glory MMA & Fitness with Grant Dawson, Tim Elliot, Training with James Gallagher, Darrick Minner, Jeff Molina UFC Flyweight and coached by one of the best new coaches James Krause. Building a GREAT gym in Missouri.

David Onama is the next successful fighter to come out of Glory MMA & Fitness no doubt about it. He’s flying under the radar for sure as tapology. com ranks him as a top 30 United States Lightweight prospect.

Fighting for promotion Fighting Alliance Championship in Missouri. Facing Brad Robinson 5-1 Lightweight for FAC Lightweight Title.

“By the end of 2021, I will be in the UFC for sure. All my hard work I’ve been putting in, it’s definitely gonna pay off pretty soon.”

https://mmasucka.com/2021/02/28/david-onama-plans-to-reach-ufc-in-2021/

Onama winning the FAC Lightweight title is a step in the direction. Onama and his management team at Iridium sports agency needs to bring him to a LFA, CFFC promotion. Showing how he’s one of the best United States Lightweight prospects.

Freddy Emiliano Linares

Linares, Colombian Featherweight prospect is fighting in the Budo Sento Championship Featherweight Grand Final. Budo Sento Championship struck a deal with UFC Fight Pass.

24 years old 6-1 record, Six finishes. Linares is a straight dawg from Colombia. Volume push the pace, Come forward punching similar to Colby Covington, Nate Diaz.

Linares is a very good fighter, Move on to Combate Americas and fight for the Featherweight title there. Building your brand on a bigger audience with Univision and CBS sports Combate Global.

Decide to move his gym to VFS Academy with Yair Rodriguez, Alejandro Flores, Ignacio Bahamondes.

Saba Bolaghi

Successful German wrestler, One of the best of late in German wrestling history transferred over to MMA. Now one of the best German MMA fighters, 13-2 record. Former German MMA Championship Featherweight Champion.

Dana White doesn’t like older fighters whose 32 years old. UFC isn’t the only promotion in town, Bellator, One Championship can sign this German savage.

German version of Chad Mendes. Stocky pitbull, One of the best Featherweight wrestlers in the world of MMA.

Next fight is against Frenchman Abou Tounkara 7-1 record trains with Salahdine Parnasse, Fabacary Diatta, Cage Warriors prospect William Gomis at Atch Academy.

Alain Ilunga

Future hotbed of MMA talent is Africa. We got the first showing with Israel Adesanya, Francis Ngannou and Kamaru Usman. Alain Ilunga part of the next group of African MMA fighters.

Current Extreme Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion, Riding high on a 8 fight winning streak before losing four fights in a row.

Ilunga is one of the best prospects to come out of Africa. Defending his title at EFC: Fight Night.

Very good low kicks, Raw athleticism that will help him defeat a bunch of Lightweights.

Reminds me a lot of Beneil Dariush and Bellator’s Islam Mamedov. Similar fighting style but his quickness will play an advantage.

Watch out for Ilunga in 2021 and 2022.

New York MMA Prospects to Watch 2021

MMA legal in the state of New York since 2016. Florida, California, New Jersey are the top regions for MMA talent. Now will see New York start to prosper as a hot bed for MMA talent, Athletes who wanted to become basketball players, football players, baseball players, soccer players and now transfer over to Mix Martial Arts.

We got the next generation of New York MMA fighters to watch in 2021 as they rise up the top prospect rankings.

Dylan Mantello #1 NY Prospect

#1 MMA prospect from New York trains at Longo and Weidman MMA. Fights for one of the best regional promotions… Ring of Combat.

4 wins no losses in his PROFESSIONAL career, ISKA NY Karate Champion, Triton Fights Lightweight Champion as an amateur.

Challenging for the Ring of Combat Lightweight title against 5-5 John Ramirez at Ring of Combat 74 on October 22.

fully expect to be fighting for the Ring of Combat lightweight belt in October. Nobody is going to stand in my way. I train with the best in the world. Aljamain Sterling is the UFC bantamweight champion, Al Iaquinta went the distance with Khabib Nurmogamedov and has been in a bunch of crazy fights. Ray Longo is a legend and I am continuing to listen and learn and get even better. There are so many other guys that I could mention on our team, we could be here all day.”

https://mymmanews.com/the-quiet-man-dylan-mantello-on-a-special-path-and-refuses-to-be-stopped/
  • 4-0 record
  • Ring of Combat Lightweight title challenger
  • Trains with Aljamain Sterling, Merab Dvalishvili, Ulka Sasaki, Naoki Inoue (Rizin Star Bantamweight)

Jonathan Piersma

Undefeated record 4-0, High level Blue Belt winning the Gold at the Buffalo Gi/No-Gi Tournament in 2018. 10 Jiu-Jitsu Competition wins under his belt so far.

“Obviously since day one, since I started fighting, I’ve had a goal to be in the UFC and be a world champion,” Piersma said. “That’s always the end goal. But also right now, I’m just more so focused on being in the gym every day, getting better, because I’ve only been fighting pro for less than a year. I’ve only been training for not even five years so far, so really I’m still really new to the sport.

https://cffc.tv/news/2021/9/30/rookie-of-the-year-jonathan-piersma-enters-cffc-101-seeking-fourth-win-in-first-year-as-pro
  • 4-0
  • 25 years old
  • Blue Belt
  • Jiu-Jitsu Competition winner Buffalo Tournament
  • former football player
  • Welterweight

Brendan Kennedy

Number one New York Amateur Featherweight prospect with a 6-0 record. Current Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion. Defeated undefeated Andrew Geisler for the title.

Raw talent looking forward to what Brendan becomes in few years as he continues to train like a psychopath.

Isaiah Sackey-El

Cage Wars Welterweight Champion. #1 Amateur Welterweight from New York. Must be practicing Muay Thai all the time because he some nasty low kicks. Pretty quick for a stocky fighter, Built like a brick house.

Maybe in 2021 we can see Isaiah fight for Triston Fights, Ring of Combat, CFFC. Making his pro debut and having a few wins.

Dana White Contender Series Week 6 Fighters to Watch

Carlos Hernandez

Former IMMAF Flyweight Champion is now fighting on the Dana White Contender Series. Former HOOSIER FC Flyweight Champion before fighting for Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Hernandez is a gritty DAWG flyweight like Brandon Moreno and I love Hernandez fighting style. Addition to being a dawg he’s a very talented fighter.

Nasty submission game, Good cardio where he can push the pace and continue to move forward.

  • 6-1 record
  • 27 years old
  • IMMAF Tournament Champion 2014
  • Hoosier FC Flyweight champion
  • Trains with Yair Rodriguez, Alejandro Flores, Ignacio Bahamondes at VFS Academy

Fernie Garcia

Fortis MMA product. Straight dawg like the Diaz brothers. Standup and bang, To be or be killed. Made his name on the Legacy Fighting Alliance promotion.

Throws volume striking, Several punch combinations. Mexican cardio in his blood. Straight up killer, He’ll be a fan favorite in a short amount of time as the casual fans will love to watch him fight.

Garcia quit his Wells Fargo job to completely focus on his MMA career full time. Now will see an ever better Fernie Garcia as he trains with Uriah Hall, Miles Johns, Austin Lingo, Damon Jackson on a daily basis.

Contender Series fight is against Joshua Weems.

ACA 130 Fighters to Watch

Talented fighters all over Russia aspiring to make better lives for themselves and families. Wanting to be the next Fedor, Khabib, Islam, Zabit. Bunch of fighters on this ACA 130 card that have the potential to become future UFC, Bellator, One Championship fighters in the next few years.

Abubakar Vagaev

20-3 record, One of the best Russian Welterweight prospects. Will show he’s one of the best prospects defending his ACA Welterweight Title against Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov 14-5 record.

Vagaev is one talented wrestler, Once he takes you down good luck getting up as he’s built like a brick made of Russian steel. Mixes up the Dominant wrestling with some low kicks and jabs.

Definitely needs to develop his striking more if he wants to compete against high level UFC fighters.

Wins over foreign fighters Fernando Gonzalez(28-17 record), Yasubey Enomoto (21-11)

Islam Omarov

Rising Featherweight prospect with a undefeated record. Born and raised in the breeding ground of Dagestan. He’s one the next bright prospects to come out of Dagestan.

Coming off a huge win against top ten ACA Featherweight Bibert Tumenov.

Comparison- Chad Mendes

Felipe Froes

Former ACA Featherweight Champion looking to bounce back after losing his ACA FEATHERWEIGHT title against Magomedrasul Khasbulaev.

Froes is one of the best Featherweights to not fight for the UFC or Bellator. He’s a very good fighter and any luck promotion to have him as a contracted fighter.

Compared to Jose Aldo because of his size and fighting style. Trains at the same gym Nova União.

  • 20-5 record
  • 29 years old
  • Former ACA Featherweight Champion
  • Fought for ACA, WFCA, SHOOTO Brasil

Rustam Kerimov

One of the best Bantamweights in the world. One of my favorite fighters in the world. Kerimov was the former ACA Bantamweight champion, ONLY REASON was to test free agency. Now he’s returning to pursue the title again.

First opponent since his return is Daniel Oliveira former ACA Bantamweight Champion. 28-8 record fought all over Brazil before signing with ACA and finding a successful career there.

His talent stood out to me when Rustam Kerimov defeated Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev for the ACA Bantamweight Title in a masterful performance. Showed his strong composed mindset, Addition to his high level combat sambo skills.

Defeated former UFC fighters Takeya Mizugaki, Francisco Maciel, A younger Andrey Goncharov whose one of the best Russian Featherweight prospects right now in his ACA title run.

Dominated Maciel in his ACA title defense, Winning by referee stoppage in the first round.

Amirkhan Adaev

Lightweight version of Zabit Magomedsharipov. Expressing his high level taekwondo in the ACA promotion.

One of the best Russian Lightweights, Without a doubt will be signed by the UFC, Bellator in the following years.

Bellator Matchmaking: Fabacary Diatta post Bellator 267

France MMA is slowly coming on the map with Ciryl Gane, Salahdine Parnasse (Former KSW Featherweight Champion) and Fabacary Diatta. Fabacary Diatta back to back impressive wins against tough fighters in Dominque Wooding who defeated Nathan Fletcher for the Cage Warriors Flyweight title and Nathan Rose a quality Bellator opponent. Diatta is red hot ofContinue reading “Bellator Matchmaking: Fabacary Diatta post Bellator 267”

Billy Meyer Week 3 of October Prospects to Watch

Francesco Patron Manzo Mexico born and raised, Straight killer fighting on October 15th, Lux Fight League 17 Main Event fight against current Lux Fight League Bantamweight Champion Marco Beltran (Former UFC fighter and Ultimate Fighter). Defeating former UFC fighter Beltran would be a awesome win that can help Manzo fight on the Dana White ContenderContinue reading “Billy Meyer Week 3 of October Prospects to Watch”

Hughes vs Charriere Cage Warriors 128 Title Fight

Morgan Charriere Cage Warriors superstar and former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion is looking to be current Featherweight Champion when he faces the talented Paul Hughes.

Both fighting for the Vacated Cage Warriors Featherweight Title.

This fight is so good that it can be on the PRELIMS of a UFC card or Bellator card. Both fighters can be signed by the top five MMA promotions.

Morgan Charriere

Coming off a loss in a back and forth fight against Jordan Vucenic. Yes he lost but Morgan looked GREAT as well. Morgan is one talented All-Around fighter born and raised in France. Shows the promising future of France MMA.

Doesn’t have this appealing record of 16-8 but he’s a world beater defeating talented fighters such as Perry Goodwin, Julien Graco. See if Morgan has what it takes to defeat one of Ireland’s best prospects.

“This fight is the road back to my title.” Morgan Charriere

https://cagewarriors.com/morgan-charriere-vs-paul-hughes-to-headline-cw-128/

“I don’t care about the interim title, the opponent or anything. I’m just focusing on winning and putting on a performance.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/09/paul-hughes-vs-morgan-charriere-interim-featherweight-title-fight-cage-warriors-128-main-event

Winning the Featherweight title again will help build his reputation even more as one of the best Featherweights not signed by UFC or Bellator. Attracting the UFC or Bellator to sign him.

Promotions lucky to sign him with his crazy YOUTUBE and social media following. Can only imagine the amount of views his debut would get!!

Paul Hughes

Ireland rising Featherweight prospect with a 7-1 record, One of the most talented Featherweights on the roster.

Nasty leg kicks, Fast sneaky hands. He likes to push the pace, Pretty good footwork. Submission game is one of his attributes that lead to many future submission wins.

“I had to go through hell to get to heaven in three weeks I’m gonna reap the awards I’m gonna be champion of the world at 24 years old and man it’s gonna be sweet.” Paul Hughes

Will see if the training through hell at Fight Academy Ireland with Bellator’s Karl Moore, Current Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion Joe McColgan, Rhys McKee is worth it by getting the upset at Cage Warriors 128.

Big Test for Nathan Fletcher Cage Warriors 127

Nathan Fletcher upcoming England Bantamweight prospect is fighting for the Cage Warriors Bantamweight title. Facing off against former Bellator fighter Dominique Wooding.

Big test for Nathan Fletcher to see what he’s made of, Fighting a former Bellator fighter. In addition to headlining a Cage Warriors event.

Winning a Cage Warriors Bantamweight title is a major accomplishment that can attract buyers UFC and Bellator to sign him, They always want to sign the best and brightest of Britain.

“My career so far with Cage Warriors has been amazing,” Fletcher stated. “I turned pro with the organization just over two years ago, and since then I’ve run through every opponent I’ve taken on. This one is going to be no different. You can expect another dominant performance, and I’ll be leaving the cage with another finish and a shiny new belt.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/09/dominique-wooding-vs-nathan-fletcher-vacant-bantamweight-title-main-event-cage-warriors-127-jack-cartwright

Fletcher is undefeated with a 6-0 record. Finishing opponents with submissions.

Nathan Fletcher is one high level Jiu-Jitsu artist to make that extra cash should compete in No-Gi Competitions.

Fletcher believes he’ll match up well against Wooding but not only Wooding but the best Bantamweights in the world.

Training with Paddy” the Baddy” Pimblett, Chris Fishgold, Matthew Bonner at Next General MMA Liverpool. Looks to be the next Cage Warriors champ from the rising Liverpool gym.

Bellator 267 Fighters to Watch: Kakhorov and Diatta

Khurshed Kakhorov

Bellator debut is at Bellator 267, First fight on the card. Undefeated Tajikistan fighter. High level Bantamweight with POWER in his hands.

Entertainer fighter to watch as he’s a push the pace type of fighter, Looking for the kill every round. Doubt his fights will ever be boring.

Exciting new addition to the stacked red hot Bellator Bantamweight division.

Bellator debut is against Jair Junior 6-2 record, Fought for Kunlun Fight and Glory of Heroes.

Fabacary Diatta

Training partners with Salahdine Parnasse (KSW former Featherweight Champion) at Atch Academy in France. He’s a talented fighter himself as France is becoming a region for UFC, Bellator, One Championship, PFL to sign fighters.

Diatta had a impressive debut against Dominique Wooding. Bellator 267 fight is against a tough Brit… Nathan Rose (7-3 record).

Athleticism, Speed jumps off the screen as this kid could be playing for a professional soccer team but is looking to earn a living in the MMA game.

Watch out for Fabacary Diatta in the following years as he makes an impact in the Bellator Featherweight division.

Week 5 Dana White Contender Series Fighters to Watch

Daniel Zellhuber

Fighter that first caught my eye on this card is the future Mexican Superstar, Daniel Zellhuber. Zellhuber fought on the biggest promotions in Latin America.

Finishing basically 10 out of his 11 fights. Now having the opportunity to fight on the Dana White Contender Series.

  • 22 years old
  • 11-0 record
  • Fought for Combate Americas, Lux Fight League, Ikon Fighting Federation

Zellhuber is one talented Lightweight prospect. Nickname is “Golden Boy” for a reason as he has the look and skills to become a star.

Represented my First Round Management/https://www.firstroundmanagement.com/mma to make help build Daniel Zellhuber’s name.

Raw young talented fighter with potential to becoming a UFC Lightweight contender or UFC Welterweight contender when he moves up to Welterweight as he continues to get older.

Reminds me of Josh Thomson in his Strikeforce days. Looking forward to his Contender Series fight.

Aaron Jeffery

CFFC Middleweight Champion, One of the best Middleweight prospects in the world. King of the Mullets.

Defeating talented Middleweights like Andre Petroski, Collin Huckbody. Aaron Jeffery fought on the Contender Series before losing to Brendan Allen.

Now Aaron Jeffery is on a 4 fight winning streak, Fighting high level fighters. Becoming the CFFC Middleweight Champion is a huge deal, CFFC is one of the best Feeder Leagues in the word.

Facing off against Brazilian prospect Caio Borralho, Future MMA Middleweight Champion. Looking forward to Aaron Jeffery fight has a bright future ahead of him.

Comparison- Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald.

LFA 115 Fighter to Watch is Edwin Cooper Jr

JacksonWink MMA is one of the best MMA Gyms since the Golden Age of MMA from Diego Sanchez, George St Pierre, Carlos Condit, Tim Kennedy, Jones and part of the next generation of JacksonWink MMA fighters is Edwin Cooper Jr.

Wrestling Career

Edwin Cooper Jr before ever stepping foot inside the ring he was a COLLEGE WRESTLER at IOWA. Started out wrestling Iowa Central Community College, Winning the JUCO Championship at 149 pounds.

First Team Northern Sun Conference at 149 pounds when he transferred to Upper Iowa. 35-4 record and a runner up finish at NCAA Division 2 Championships.

Placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships to earn his first berth at the NCAA Championships… started 16 of 17 duals and was 18-11 overall at 157 pounds, including a 7-2 mark in the Big Ten and an 11-5 record in duals… … letterwinner.” Edwin Cooper Jr IOWA Profile

“The best thing I would say that I achieved at Iowa besides wrestling in the Big Ten, wrestling in Madison Square Garden, qualifying for Nationals, trying to win a team title for my team, wrestling some of the best wrestlers in the world, being in there with [Brent] Metcalf, being able to talk to guys who were mentors and father figures in my life like the Brands and Dan Gable, it was an unbelievable experience,” Cooper listed off. “Here’s the thing, anyone can go there and be there. For me, it’s going there and having a legacy and setting up a legacy for my family in the long run.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/courage-and-belief-are-keys-edwin-cooper-jr-lfa-ufc-fight-pass-read

MMA Career

Training at Jackson Wink MMA currently has a record of 4-1, Fighting for the best Feeder League Promotion in the United States. Continuing to get better as a fighter under the LFA promotion is the best bet for him right now.

Facing a 2-0 Andrew Johnson.

If I was Edwin Cooper Jr manager I’d sign him to Bellator, Building up his name and career there. Be a smart move for him.

ACA 129 Prospects to Watch

Vitaly Slipenko #8th ACA Welterweight

Vitaly Slipenko 13-3 record 26 years old one of the best Welterweights in the ACA PROMOTION. Riding high on a 4 fight winning streak.

Talented Welterweight with accurate volume striking. Solid takedown defense to get against the Russian savage wrestlers.

Five Round cardio that doesn’t gas out, Fought this talented 10-1 Chersi Dudaev. Five round fight, Started to push the pace. Several combinations, Leg kicks. Forcing Dudaev to move backwards against the cage.

Leonardo Limberger

One of the best Brazilian Featherweights in the world. Limberger is a talented tactical featherweight, Impressive fighter to watch. No doubt will sign one of the top three MMA promotions in the following years.

He’s kinda reminds me of Brian Ortega with the way he strikes since his fight against Korean Zombie.

Chess match fight against Alexander Peduson was a impressive win for him at ACA 123.

Before signing with ACA was the SHOOTO BRASIL Featherweight Champion.

  • 15-2
  • 27 years old
  • Former Shooto Brasil featherweight champion

Bekhruz Zukhurov

Watching his ACA Full Fights, Appreciate his push the pace, Move forward fighting style. Combinations of accurate punches and kicks, In addition to his shoot for the takedowns that lead to ground & pound. Nasty disguised leg kicks.

Right now entering the prime of his career, Potential of becoming a lower version of Zabit Magomedsharipov. Recommend training at Kings MMA, Ricardo Almeida

  • 15-4
  • 28 years old
  • Foundation style of kickboxing

Pavel Gordeev

Top Ten Russian Lightweight, Trains with former UFC fighter Alexey Kunchenko at BK Arkhangel Mikhail.

Fought in top Russian Promotions from RCC, ACA, M1-Challenge. Most of his opponents all were winning records. Lately dominating his opponents with striking and grappling.

One Championship Revolution: Lito Adiwang

Lito Adiwang

Rising One Championship Flyweight prospect was discovered on Rich Franklin’s One Championship Warrior Series. Powerful puncher, I call him the Filipino Version of John Lineker.

Knocking out his opponents in the first round as Dan Hardy claims he’s the wildest fighter in One Championship.

Trains at Lakay Central Gym (American Top Team version of the Philippines) with Eduard Folayang, Joshua Pacio, Stephen Loman.

  • 28 years old
  • Two-time Philippine National Wushu Champion
  • 7 first round KO’s

“Coach Mark [Sangiao] has diligently worked with me in preparing me for this, and like in my past wins, I can say that this will be another highlight win for us.”

https://tiebreakertimes.com.ph/tbt/adiwang-guarantees-highlight-win-on-one-revolution/219432

Expect a rising star year for the 28 year old Filipino Flyweight. Knockout win against Hexigetu Hexi, Future matchups against Top Five flyweights or compete in the One Championship Flyweight Tournament.

“If I win this fight, yes, I want to face someone in the top 5 and if given a chance I want to face the no.1 in the rankings to prove myself,”” https://www.overtimeheroics.net/2021/09/13/lito-adiwang-shares-his-plans-ahead-of-one-revolution-bout/

Lakay Central Gym can add another champion Lito Adawang to becoming a future One Championship Flyweight Champion.

“Fans can expect an exciting show every time I step in the circle by me giving my very best in every fight. I am happy to be labelled as one of Team Lakay’s next big stars and I’m on my way to proving it and to making the ‘future star’ the present and the fantasies a reality.”

https://asianmma.com/lito-adiwang-looking-to-maintain-hot-streak-at-one-inside-the-matrix-part-iii/

Bellator Newest Signing Khasan Askhabov

Bellator continues to develop there roster, Signing World Class fighters from Yoel Romero, Gegard Mousasi, Ryan Bader to prospects Usman Nurmagomedov, Magomed Magomedov, Yaroslav Amosov.

Bellator newest signing flying under the radar is Khasan Askhabov, One of the best Lightweight prospects in the world!! Born in Ukraine with his twin brother Khusein Askhabov, Trains at American Top Team with the best fighters in the world under the tutelage of Mike Brown.

Khasan Askhabov High Level Grappler and Jiu-Jitsu player, Solid striking. Watching his WWFC Full Fights easily recognize he dominates fighters with his wrestling, Shoots for takedowns. Good luck stopping him.

Biggest win for Khasan was defeating Mikhail Odintsov one of the best Belarus prospects. Defending his WWFC Featherweight Title.

  • 23-2 record
  • WWFC Lightweight Champion
  • American Top Team
  • 26 years old
  • Twin Brother of Khusein Askhabov

Khasan Askhabov signed with First Round Management, Managed by Malki Kawa. One of the best managers in the MMA game.

Sweet long term investment by signing Khasan Askhabov to the Bellator Lightweight division. Potential fights against Brent Primus, Sidney Outlaw, Goiti Yamaguchi which would be a fun fight in the future. Both are very good grapplers.

Bellator 266 Prospects

Christian Edwards Jackson Wink

Christian Edwards one of two Jacksonwink Scholarship fighters. Becoming part of the next generation of Jackson Wink MMA Academy fighters. Bellator luck to have signed him.

Undefeated record of 5-0, Coming off a win against EFC Light Heavyweight Champion Simon Biyong. Win in the right direction.

Bellator built up the name of AJ McKee, Aaron Pico, James Gallagher and now time for Christian Edwards to rake up wins. Big time KO’s on the big time Bellator stage.

“As an opponent, I’m not looking past him in any way, shape, or form, but also at the same time, like, as an opponent, like skill-wise is not there with me. Like, not even close if being honest,” Edwards said. “He is very confident, which I like, you know what I mean? Like, he’s confident, and he genuinely thinks it will be a competitive fight. I want him to think that because I want him to bring his best. I want the best Ben Parrish.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/09/16/bellator-266-christian-edwards-is-glad-his-ben-parrish-saga-is-almost-over-ive-thought-about-hurting-this-man-for-too-long/

“After this fight I’ll be 6-0 all under Bellator, and the guys I’ve fought aren’t like chumps or anything, they’re not like scrubs, they’re not like the Top 10 guys. I am elite, so I want to fight someone else elite. I’ll just wait until they give me someone who’s elite; in the Top 10.”

https://www.sports-addict.net/en/article/bellator/christian-edwards-heads-into-bellator-266-believing-that-he-s-destined-for-greatness/61401e6816c7050009fdc6cd

Grant Neal

Grant Neal rising Bellator Light Heavyweight prospect, 6-0 record all under Bellator. Built like a BRICK. Former two time Colorado state champion in wrestling, D-2 wrestler. He’s a killer. High level athlete.

“I’m not here just to be here I’m here to make noise, I’m here to go for the title. I believe that beating the guy front of you is the most important and continuing to do that, Winning every fight I think that will be important in projecting myself forward.” Grant Neal Bellator 266 media day

“My official prediction is absolute violence. It is going to be a violent fight. It is going to be vicious, and I’m going to be in pursuit of a finish. I know that Alex is going to be a game dance partner, and I know he’s looking to do the same thing to me. So I’m excited about this fight. I’m excited to have a very tough opponent. And I know that we’re going to put on an absolute show,” Neal said.

cagesidepress.com/2021/09/15/bellator-266-grant-neal-hopes-to-be-on-the-main-card-soon-but-says-you-need-exciting-guys-on-the-prelims-too/

Facing Alex Polizzi former LFA Light Heavyweight Champion at Bellator 266. Toughest fight of his career. Looking forward to this fight. See who moves up the ranks.

Bellator 266 Saul Rogers Moves Up to Lightweight

Former Ultimate Fighter 22 contestant would’ve been under the Ultimate Fighter Winner if he didn’t fake his VISA, Life would’ve changed forever if UFC just allowed it to happen.

Signed with Bellator, 2-2 record right now. Trouble cutting weight, Hard time fighting at Featherweight where you got to cut down to 145 pounds.

“I was killing myself getting down to 145lbs. Now I’m fighting a weight higher and much healthier.” Saul Rogers

https://www.bbc.com/sport/mixed-martial-arts/58573932

” Just focusing on plainly cutting weight when I was fighting at featherweight in the past the whole camp about making weight you know what I’m saying and all the time I’m hungry all time, I’m tired all the time and didn’t want to do anything in between and this fight camp now. “

MMA Junkie interview with Saul Rogers Bellator 266

Moving up to Lightweight definitely will help but see is he has success. First test is facing the MMA veteran with 31-11-1 Georgi Karakhanyan. Fought everyone from the sun including AJ McKee, Lance Palmer, Emmanuel Sanchez, Myles Jury.

Training at Sanford MMA with the killers from Gilbert Burns, Jason Jackson, Aung La Sang, Michael Chandler, Derek Brunson. Iron Sharpens Iron is very true and will see how good Saul Rogers can potentially be, He’s only 31 years old. PRIME years for an athlete.

“I feel like this fight is going to be fight of the night. It’s going to be a good fight. He likes to come forward, I like to come forward.”

https://www.bbc.com/sport/mixed-martial-arts/58573932

Rogers looks shredded, Way more fit cutting to 155 pounds. Curious see how this one goes. Wishing Saul Rogers the best.

Arman Tsarukyan Go for the Kill Tonight

UFC Fight Night Anthony Smith vs Ryan Spann is a fun fight to watch but this card doesn’t blow your head back. These not so popular fighters can build there name and standout from the crowd.

Arman Tsarukyan is one of my favorite fighters on the UFC roster. Most MMA fans beside hardcore fans have no clue who he is but fighting on this Fight Night card tonight can show everyone he’s a future UFC Lightweight Champion.

Toe to Toe with Islam Makhachev in his UFC debut. Ever since than became a fan of Arman.

Riding high on a three fight winning streak facing Christos Giagos 19-8 record. Expect a dominant win, Big time finish to get him more popular. ESPN pushing his KO on social media.

#14th ranked UFC Lightweight continue to rake up wins, Knocking out Giagos definitely needs to call out some top Lightweights. 2021 can be the year of Arman to rise to the top of the division if he fights Gregor Gillespie, Damir Ismagulov, Thiago Moises to name a few.

“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.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/07/20/ufc-fight-island-2-arman-tsarukyan/

Go for the kill, Steal the show. Make an impression on the UFC as they market him as a rising star. Only 24 years old 16-2 record.

Regional Prospects of the Week 9/16 – 9/19

Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov CFFC 100

Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov defending his CFFC Lightweight Title, Renzo Gracie Philly prospects trains with Pat Sabatini and Sean Brady. Defending his CFFC Lightweight title in tremendous fashion would catch the radar of matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard.

  • 5-1
  • 28 years old
  • 3 fight winning streak all finishes under 3 rounds

Victor Dias Titan FC 72

Titan FC Flyweight Champion potential fighter on the Dana White Contender Series facing Ryskulbek Ibraimov 19-8 flyweight.

Dias is a grapple against the cage, Take control of the positioning type of fighter. Doesn’t have the craziest striking game.

  • 9-2
  • Titan FC Flyweight Champion

Muhammadjon Naimov Titan FC 72

Elevation Fight Team prospect, Taekwondo Champion. Fought on the Dana White Contender Series is on a two fight losing steak but looking to bounce back at Titan FC 72 against Andes Ponce.

Time to get a winning streak going, Building that confidence, Showing interest from the top promotions.

  • 5-2 record
  • 27 years old
  • Elevation Fight Team
  • WAKO World Champion

Mohammed Sadok Trabelsi NFC Fight Series

German Featherweight prospect fough for German promotion GMC, fighting right now in the NFC Series Playoffs. Facing against Former Professional Fighter League featherweight Max Coga.

Naoki Inoue Rizin 30

Former UFC Flyweight, Inoue one of the favorites to win the Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix. Can be one of Rizin’s next stars. Facing off against Yuto Hokamura in the Quaterfinals.

Inoue is on a three fight first round finishing streak, Looks to finish him as he can move on to the semis.

  • 16-2
  • 24 years old
  • Five Fight Winning Streak

Koji Takeda Rizin 30

Next generation of Japan MMA fighters, Lightweight prospect is two fights in with Rizin. Future Rizin Lightweight Title Challenger with more wins lead to a title shot.

  • 12-1 record
  • Deep Lightweight Champion
  • 26 years old
  • #1 Japan Lightweight

UAE WARRIORS 21 & 22 PROSPECTS TO WATCH

Mohammad Yahya UAE Warriors 21

Mohammad Yahya rising Lightweight prospect from the Middle East is fighting for the UAE Warriors vacant Lightweight title.

Two fight winning streak, Fought for Bellator and Desert Force before signing with UAE WARRIORS.

Pressure fighting style, Shoots for the takedowns and gets them successfully but continues to ground & pound his opponent non stop.

Badreddine Diani UAE WARRIORS 21

3-1 MOROCCO WELTERWEIGHT PROSPECT is going to become a star prospect from Africa one day as he continues to improve EVERYDAY. Badreddine fought a Glory Kickboxing Middleweight Champion. Kept up with the stand up striking.

Impressive to watch yes he lost but shown his promise. Now Diani is fighting Abdulla Al Bousheiri 8-2 record. Shows how much they believe in Badreddine Diani’s potential.

  • 6 x african sambo champion
  • sambo champion

Rany Saadeh UAE Warriors 22

Toughest fight of his life facing one of the leaders of American Kickboxing Academy in Shawn Bunch.

Rany Saadeh is the former BAMMA Flyweight champion, Formerly fought for ACB and BAMMA before signing with UAE Warriors.

Born and raised in Germany, One of the best German prospects to watch this year.

Jarno Errens UAE WARRIORS 22

Dutch Featherweight prospect making his UAE WARRIORS DEBUT against Ali Kabdulla Kazakhstan Featherweight prospect. 11-2 record former Strength & Honour Featherweight Champion.

Last fight defeated Mert Özyildirim a top German Featherweight prospect BY UNANIMOUS DECISION.

Jarno Errens 11-2 record 26 years old is sorta a underrated prospect but winning fights under the UAE Warriors promotion will definitely help.

Ramazan Kuramagomedov UAE WARRIORS 22

Dagestan savage is only 23 years old with a 8-0 record. Fought on the biggest promotions from ACB, Professional Fighters and the Cage Fury Fighting Championship.

Won his fight on the Dana White Contender Series against Jordan Williams. Didn’t get the finish, Impress Uncle Bobby Dana enough to get signed.

However I was very impressed with his skills, Yes he’s a talented grappler like all Dagestans are but his striking definitely a nice addition to. Combines his striking with unexpected kicks while Zabit Magomedsharipov.

Yes Ramazan trains with Zabit back in Dagestan at Dag fighter but also trains in New Jersey at Ricardo Almeida BJJ with the Head Coach and genius Mark Henry.

Fighting an Argentinian Welterweight prospect Matias Juarez but good luck to him I think Ramazan will have a killer performance.

ACA 127 Featherweight Showdown

Absolute Championship Akhmat is the #1 Russian MMA Prospect, Future UFC fighters, Future Bellator fighters facing the best Eastern Europe prospects in the world.

ACA 127 is a GREAT card but there’s one fight I’m really looking forward to watching…

Andrey Goncharov vs Apti Bimarzaev is a ACA Featherweight showdown Top Five Featherweight matchup.

Apti Bimarzaev

Easily one of my favorite MMA Featherweight prospects. Number one Belarus prospect, He’s a world class fighter and can fight in the UFC, PFL, One Championship or Bellator right now.

Wins over Luis Palomino( Fought Justin Gaethje WSOF) #6 ACA Featherweight Tural Ragimov. Riding high 13 fight winning streak and now close to challenging the ACA Featherweight title.

Sambo fighting style, Easy avoiding shots but needs to be careful when fighting for a MAJOR 4 promotion where he’ll get hit hard.

However he’s a world class fighter and will give many fighters problems because of his grappling ability, Defensive striking. Pressuring the center of the ring.

Andrey Goncharov

Gradually rising up the Russian ranks now an upcoming Featherweight prospect. Riding high on a five fight winning streak. Knocking out opponents or putting on dominant impressive performances.

Force to be reckoned with in the next generation of Russian MMA.

Goncharov vs Apti Bimarzaev will be a ACA Featherweight classic and I can’t watch to watch this fight!!

8/27 -8/29 2021 Prospects to Watch USA Regional Scene

Alejandro Flores PFL 2021 #9

One of the best Latin American Featherweight prospects!! Behind Andres Quintana as the second best Featherweight.

Made his name under Campbell McLaren promotion Combate Americas. 19-3 record Levy Saúl Marroquín, Victor Madrigal for wins that are respected Latin American prospects.

Now fighting in front of a new audience with the Professional Fighters League opportunity to build his brand in the United States.

  • 19-3
  • 30 years old
  • Combate Americas Featherweight Grand Prix finalist
  • #2 Mexican Featherweight prospect

Joe Giannetti Cage Titans 49

Former Ultimate Fighter 27 Lightweight finalist fighting on the regional scene fought for LFA and now fighting for the Cage Titans Lightweight title against Darius Estell.

Always cheering for Joe Giannetti he’s a stud and a savage. Cage Titans Lightweight Champion maybe gets a shot under a MAJOR promotion like Professional Fighters League, Combate Americas, KSW, Rizin or One Championship. Whatever brings the most money to the table.

  • 9-4=1
  • Ultimate Fighter Season 27 finalist
  • Has a Tiktok account

Lisa Verzosa

Lisa Verzosa rising Bantamweight prospect fought basically of her fights under the Invicta FC promotion. Lisa one step closer to fighting for UFC when she fights Taneisha Tennant for the Invicta FC Bantamweight Title.

Lisa is a pitbull stocky like Amanda Nunes, Heavy hands looking forward to watching her Co-Main Event fight.

Bruno Souza LFA 114

Karate World Champion transferred his Karate success to the ring now fighting for the LFA Featherweight title with a 9-1 record right now. Defeated Elijah Johns(Miles Johns little brother) at LFA 102.

Next version of Lyoto Machida, Trains at Machida academy.

Winning the LFA Featherweight Title can compete on the Dana White Contender Series winning a UFC contract.

Charles Johnson LFA 114

Charles Johnson one of the best flyweights in the world, Current LFA Flyweight Champion. Winning the LFA Flyweight title against Yuma Horiuchi at LFA 100.

LFA 100 Johnson vs Horiuchi is a GREAT Flyweight fight constant pressure between them. Testament to Charles Johnson defeating a high level flyweight prospect.

  • 9-2 record
  • LFA Flyweight Champion
  • trains at AKA Thailand

Hope he gets a opportunity on the Dana White Contender Series with a win.

João Camilo LFA 114

Nova União Goiás prospect 7-4 record prime of his career at 29 years old. Top Ten Flyweight Prospect in the United States.

Elmar Umarov LFA 114

St Charles MMA prospect trains with Julius Anglickas, Lucius “Cassius” Clay. Elmar Umarov 3-0 prospect hope grows in 2021 fighting for Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Dominant wrestler, Murdering his opponents. Born and raised in Russia now seeking a better life training hard at St Charles MMA.

  • 3-0
  • St Charles MMA
  • Amateur record 6-0

What’s Next for Winners of Bellator 265

Logan Storley

Logan Storley lost by split decision to Yaraslav Amosov showed the improvements in his game. Facing one of the best Welterweights in the world.

Bounce back split decision win against Dante Schiro, Former LFA & One Championship fighter. Expected a dominant win against Schiro in his hometown of South Dakota but the pressure got to him.

Win is a win and Storley is the #5th Bellator Welterweight, Close to a title shot in 2021. Getting his revenge in 2021 against Yaraslav Amosov.

“It hurts your ego that you didn’t get to go do that for them, that’s why I was so disappointed. I wanted to go out there and put on an exciting show for the state of South Dakota,” Storley told the Argus Leader after not being able to get a TKO victory.

https://www.argusleader.com/story/sports/2021/08/21/im-coming-home-logan-storley-bellator-mma-take-sioux-falls/8223560002/

“I know it wasn’t the best performance, but I did that same thing with Yaroslav and made him the most exhausted he’s ever been,” said Storley. “That’s kind of my style, is grinding and adding more implements to it, to be more explosive and get damage. But he knows how deep I took him into those waters, and had him in trouble, and [Douglas] Lima didn’t do that to him.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/08/22/bellator-265-logan-storley-welterweight/

Next for Storley can face Neiman Gracie in his next fight. 4X NCAA All-American at University of Minnesota vs 2nd degree black belt under Renzo Gracie. Second most submission wins in Bellator history.

Second option is facing teammate Jason Jackson #3 Bellator Welterweight in a high level Welterweight fight. Waiting on line for a title shot. Definitely a fight worth waiting for and watching.

Third option is facing a HIGH LEVEL Bellator welterweight prospect like Jaleel Willis(LFA Welterweight Champion) 15-2 record.

Last option is sit and wait for the loser of MVP vs Douglas Lima.

Jornel Lugo vs Brian Moore

Jornel Lugo red hot since signing with Bellator. Defeating Cass Bell, Keith Lee. Top Ten Bellator Bantamweight right now. Move up few more rankings higher with wins against Leandro Higo, Brian Moore, Matheus Mattos.

Jornel Lugo responded in his post fight conference about fighting Brian Moore in Dublin on November 25th.

UFC Vegas 34 Fighters to Watch

Looking forward to the Main Event of Jared Cannonier vs Kelvin Gastelum but this is a sneaky good card with some fights to watch to keep you tuned in until the main event.

Trevin Jones vs Saidyokub Kakhramonov

Trevin Jones 13-6 record looked really good in his LAST fight against Mario Bautista. Three fight winning streak.

UFC debut for the CFFC Bantamweight Champion Saidyokub Kakhramonov 8-2 record. Trains at Team Oyama with Marlon Vera, Alex Perez, Louis Smolka.

Vinc Pichel vs Austin Hubbard

13-2 Underrated UFC Lightweight ONLY TWO LOSSES are to Rustam Khabilov and Gregor Gillespie. Nothing but ashamed of Vinc Pichel. Fought on Ultimate Fighter Season 15 final losing to Al Iaquinta.

“I feel like I outmatch him everywhere, whether it’s striking, grappling, or even cage control and fight IQ,” Pichel told MMASucka. “I’m looking to finish the fight. I’m definitely not looking to fight 15 minutes. I’m going to be looking to finish him the whole time.” https://mmasucka.com/2021/08/15/vinc-pichel-vs-austin-hubbard/

“I’m not looking to fight him for 15 minutes. I’m looking to finish this kid. I want to go out there and make a statement. Normally, I like to beat the hell out of guys. I’ll grind them out and make them regret taking the fight, as you saw with Jim Miller. I tried to finish him, but Jim Miller is a hard guy to finish. I wasn’t able to finish him, so I just bruted him like I normally do. ” https://mmasucka.com/2021/08/15/vinc-pichel-vs-austin-hubbard/

38 years old facing off the former LFA Lightweight Champion… Austin Hubbard the 29 year old fighter.

3-3 UFC record looking to have the best fight of his life against the UFC vet Vinc Pichel

“I believe this is going to be a three-round war and one of those fights that has Fight of the Night potential,” he continued. “I’m confident where I’m at that I’m going to win that three-round war, but I’m definitely not taking this challenge lightly. From the fights I’ve watched and the things I’ve seen, he’s going to be there, he’s going to be bringing it, and I’m just really looking forward to this challenge.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/austin-hubbard-thrilled-challenge-vinc-pichel-ufc-fight-night-cannonier-gastelum

Win over Pichel helps Austin Hubbard test free agency, Building his value. Showing he defeated a very tough fighter before leaving UFC.

Pantoja vs Royval

Alexandre Pantoja #3 Flyweight coming off a win against Former Rizin Bantamweight Champion Manel Kape. VERY CLOSE to a UFC Flyweight Title.

“I want to deserve my opportunity and this fight is going to give me that opportunity.” Alexandre Pantoja

https://www.ufc.com/news/alexandre-pantoja-wants-earn-his-big-opportunities-ufc-vegas-34

Brandon Royval LFA Flyweight Champion 12-5 record defeated Kai Kara France, Tim Elliot in his UFC career.

“I have to go in there and make a statement,” Royval said. “I plan on finishing him. A finish over him also shows I’m the deadliest guy in the division.” https://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/exclusive-interviews/brandon-royval-expects-to-finish-the-scariest-flyweight-in-alexandre-pantoja-and-earn-rematch-with-brandon-moreno-theres-unfinished-business/

Two flyweights going at it, HIGH LEVEL flyweights looking to challenge for the UFC Flyweight Title in 2021. FIGHT OF THE NIGHT.

Kai Kamaka Testing Free Agency

Kai Kamaka testing free agency after his UFC contract expiring. Smart move for the young Featherweight who had a tough go fighting for UFC. 1-2-1 UFC so far.

Fight of the Night against Tony Kelley, “Loss” against TJ Brown. Judges messed up the scoring on this fight many people think Kai Kamaka won, Kai Kamaka looked very good.

“Tomorrow we will be filing an appeal for the blatantly horrible decision against Kai Kamaka,” Kamaka’s manager Brian Butler wrote in a statement released to MMA Fighting. “I don’t believe I have seen one media outlet that gave that fight to TJ and from what I understand even TJ and his team say they didn’t win. There is little to no recourse on these judges not being able to do their jobs properly and for a fighter like Kai who moved his entire household from Hawaii to pursue this career, it’s simply not right.

https://www.mmamania.com/2021/5/2/22416506/kai-kamakas-team-plans-to-appeal-split-decision-loss-to-tj-brown-ufc-vegas-25

Bad luck against Danny Chavez deducting a point because of a low blow in Round 2. Judges messed this one up too, Kai Kamaka won this fight as well. Congratulations to the GREAT judges.

Finish 10-3 with UFC right now if judges scored it right but anyway time for Kamaka to test free agency and see his real value.

Any MMA promotion can sign this talented Hawaiian Featherweight, Building up the featherweight division and become a promotional rising star.

If I was Brian Butler(Kai Kamaka manager) I’d have him sign somewhere besides UFC. Time to win a Featherweight title outside the UFC and make a high earning salary as well.

Attracting the UFC to sign him seeing the radical improvements in his GAME.

“I mean on a legit update I would say it’s between Bellator and PFL right now.” I’m just gonna say I have a deal done and it was done literally the same day that the UFC decided that they weren’t gonna renegotiate.” Kai Kamaka answers on the Touch Em up podcast

https://youtu.be/xlWvIgLTG7U

Sign with Bellator or PFl facing TALENTED Featherweights every fight. Returning to Bellator in the STACKED Bellator Featherweight division, Building his name on SHOWTIME. Making money fighting in the cage and earning extra money from sponsors.

Bellator 265 Fights and Fighters to Watch

Adam Borics vs Jay Jay Wilson

Can’t have a better Co Main event for Bellator 265 with Adam Borics vs Jay Jay Wilson. Bellator Featherweight Title Contender fight between two rising Bellator featherweights.

Adam Borics jumped on the scene when defeating Aaron Pico. Riding high after the win defeating Pat Curran, Competing in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix defeating Mike Hamel, Erick Sanchez and impressive win against Jeremy Kennedy.

High level Featherweight training at Sanford MMA with Gilbert Burns, Michael Chandler, Vicente Luque, Jason Jackson and many more killers.

  • 17-1
  • 28 years old
  • Sanford MMA
  • 3rd ranked Bellator Featherweight

Jay Jay Wilson is a future Bellator star in the making. Impressed me a lot when he fought Pedro Carvalho. Dominated beginning to end. Looks to defeat the respected Adam Borics in the toughest fight of his life.

  • 8-0
  • 24 years old
  • #5th ranked Featherweight

Wilson defeating Borics will show this kid is no hype the real deal, Will have a bright future ahead of him.

I can’t wait for this fight. Definitely will be watching.

Logan Storley

Former Division One All- American wrestler at Minnesota, Bronze Medalist at the 2014 NCAA wrestling championship. Graduated with 119-27 College Wrestling record.

Transferring his successful college wrestling career to a MMA career. Right now having a 11-1 record. Last fight was against Yaroslav Amosov, Yes he lost but looked really good against him. Impressed how he kept going.

Definitely a learning experience for Storley, Shows he belongs with the best of the best Welterweights in the world.

Storley next fight is against Dante Schiro top 20 Welterweight prospect lost to Agilan Thani at One Championship . After leaving One Championship became Caged Aggression Welterweight Champion.

Fans will be cheering as Logan Storley in front of his hometown crowd in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Taking advantage of the momentum of the crowd to get the win and have a HOT STREAK in 2021, Pursuing the title.

Jornel Lugo

Special all around talent, Looks better and better every time he spends inside the Bellator cage. Becoming a fan of the Bellator Bantamweight prospect.

Jornel Lugo 6-0 25 years old is the 8th ranked Bellator Bantamweight, Facing off the younger brother of Kevin Lee.. Keith Lee. Keith Lee is a talented fighter in his own right.

Looking forward to Lugo fight against Keith Lee. He’s a fighter I’ll be watching, Underrated fighter on the Bellator roster. Showing his improvement inside the Bellator cage.

Winning Streak for Manel Kape after UFC 265

Manel Kape one of the biggest signings in UFC lately former Rizin Bantamweight Champion, Superstar in Japan as he was training at AKA Thailand ran by Mike Swick (Ultimate Fighter 1 and former UFC Fighter) .

Kape started off 0-2 with UFC losing to Alexandre Pantoja and Matheus Nicolau.

However Kape FINALLY started to throw and attack. All or nothing in this fight and defeated Ode Osbourne with a first round KO. Looking like the Kape who fought for Rizin.

“I know that I will be a champion I have the characters of the champion you know I’ve been a champion and I’ll be 100% a champion in UFC this is true if everything will okay like tonight I’ll be a champion believe me.” Manel Kape

Confidence inside the Octagon can translate to a winning streak, Becoming a top 15 UFC Flyweight in 2021 or 2022.

” I should be in the top five that’s why the UFC brought me in.” Manel Kape

Dealing with adversity from the losses, Never forget where he came from. Born in Angola but immigrated to Portugal seeking a better life. Living his dream being one of the best flyweights in the world.

First goal was becoming Rizin Bantamweight Champion, Now looks to become UFC Flyweight Champion. He has all the talented in the world, All up here.

Manel Kape expecting a child this Winter that will be a extra boost mentally to become the #1 Flyweight in the world.

“I feel like I’m one of the smartest fighters in the world. I can see things that not everyone can see inside the octagon. I made this plan so perfect and everything went very well. I’m orthodox, but I can fight southpaw. I knew when I changed to orthodox, he would not see me – I would be like a ghost in front of him. I knew I’d change, and he’d move to try to attack me.”

https://news.yahoo.com/manel-kape-explains-weight-miss-175029703.html

Manel Kape Next Fight Fall 2021

Love to see a quick return before Winter for he can spend time with his wife. Barely any damage against Ode Osbourne. Earn as much money as possible negotiating his next contract.

Former TKO Flyweight Champion Malcom Gordon vs Manel Kape would be a fun matchup for each of them. Former champions before signing with UFC. Similar fighting styles looking for the finish in the early rounds. Definitely would watch this fight.

David Dvořák vs Manel Kape. David Dvorak #11th ranked Flyweight 20-3 record. Dvorak definitely a dangerous fighter. Flying under the radar with a 16 fight winning streak.

Sit and wait for the matchups Pantoja vs Royval, Alex Perez vs Matt Schnell.

Manel Kape end of 2021 without a doubt with the right mindset can be a flyweight title contender, Starting a UFC winning streak that can lead to a a UFC Flyweight Title shot if Kape defeats the right fighters.