Category Archives: UFC

Casey O’ Neil UFC’s Women’s Flyweight Problem

Casey O Neil #1 Australia Women’s prospect at 23 years old, Fights in the flyweight division signed with the UFC on October 19th. Casey dominated on the Australia regional scene becoming Eternal MMA women’s strawweight champion than would travel to the UAE on September 25th to fight Christina Stelliou.

Remains undefeated with a 5-0 record as Casey trains at one of the best gyms in the WORLD at Tiger Muay Thai, Valentina Shevchenko, Petr Yan, Timofey Nastyukhin and many more talented fighters.

“I gave everything up. I did have a job [as a barista] until August last year, and I just decided [to go] all-in. I took everything I owned and moved to Thailand with one suitcase. Obviously I don’t have very much money at the moment, but that doesn’t really matter to me. All that matters to me is making it. I believe in myself 100 percent.

https://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Prospect-Watch-Casey-ONeill-166809

“This is it. I put everything into [MMA]. I don’t have the time, or mental capacity for anything else. Where you’re here at Thailand, training at Tiger, you’re training 2-3 times a day. The only other thing I do is sleep. When you want to make it…”

https://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Prospect-Watch-Casey-ONeill-166809

Training like a savage helps in the long term, Achieving your dream to becoming a UFC Fighter which is one of the hardest goals to ever pursue. A lot more to achieve but fighting for the UFC is a stepping stone.

Being a UFC Flyweight Champion is the ultimate goal as she’s a super talented fighter, Scrappy fight. Talented grappling artist. Continues to train hard everyday at Tiger Muay Thai and she’s gonna be a real problem.

Talent is their but furbishing her striking, Defensive game she’ll be a tough matchup.

2020 might get lucky and see Casey O’Neill fight but if not, 2021 will be one of the UFC prospects to watch as she RISES through the UFC women’s flyweight division.

Shavkat Rakhmonov UFC Rising Welterweight

Shavkat Rakhmonov M1 Welterweight Champion made his UFC debut at UFC 254 fighting Cowboy Oliveira. Impressively dominating Cowboy Oliveira with a first round finish which is hard to against a UFC Veteran with 20 wins.

Blown away by his performance, Watching his All-Around fighting skills in the first round. Fearless fighting Cowboy Oliveira, Shavkat looking like a seasoned UFC welterweight making his tenth UFC appereance.

However like all Russians, Ukrainians, Central Asians they’re bunch of savages, World class fighters and Shavkat Rakhmonov is no different.

Since he’s a savage called out another Cowboy.. Cowboy Cerrone.

“I’ll take a rest first, (then) get together with my team (and) think about what’s next. I beat a Brazilian ‘Cowboy’ – maybe an American ‘Cowboy’ (Donald Cerrone) is next.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/lists/shavkat-rakhmonov-wants-donald-cerrone-cowboy-next-after-ufc-254-submission-video

Shavkat Rakmonov fighting the legend himself Donald Cerrone, Defeating him in impressive fashion will only help him rise in the UFC and the Welterweight Division.

Show that Kazakhstan is a rising MMA country, Plenty more prospects to come out of Kazakhstan and prosper in the UFC.

Shavkat Rakmonov will lead the charge for Kazakhstan, Be the Gennady Golovkin of MMA.

Nathaniel Wood Looks for Best Performance at UFC 254

Nathaniel Wood finally returns as he’s fighting Casey Kenney on the prelims of UFC 254. Looking forward to his return fight as Nathaniel Wood is one of my favorite UFC prospects to watch. Edging the top 15 with a win against Casey Kenney.

Not only a win but a stand out win as all eyes on Khabib vs Gaethje.

‘I’m coming for it in this one,’ he said. ‘I want a nice bonus before Christmas so he better believe I’m bringing my A-game.’

https://metro.co.uk/2020/10/22/nathaniel-wood-planning-ufc-254-fireworks-i-want-a-nice-bonus-before-christmas-13462819/

A + performance will show him as the rising stars of the UFC Bantamweight division, Next Generation of England fighters from to prosper with the UFC. Start to fight top 10- 15 Bantamweights because of this short notice significant win.

‘Definitely, after Casey Kenny, if I can get someone in the top 10, I don’t care where they’re ranked, say number 5, I’m only a couple of fights away from fighting for that title,’ he said.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/10/22/nathaniel-wood-planning-ufc-254-fireworks-i-want-a-nice-bonus-before-christmas-13462819/?ito=cbshare

Agree with Nathaniel Wood, Dominant impressive performance should lead to matchups against Merab, Sean O’ Malley, Rob Font. He has a couple options to select from but he can’t look pass Casey Kenney.

Looking forward to his fight against Casey Kenney but the future as well.

Altynbek Mamashev Kyrgyzstan to UFC

Russia & Caucuses region develops some of the greatest MMA fighters in the world because that part of the world breeds savages and this man Altynbek Mamashev from Kyrgyzstan is one of the next fighters from the Caucuses to sign with the UFC.

Altynbek Mamashev 15-1 record 27 or 28 years old won his last fight by first round in his ACA debut. Dominating performance against Goity Dazaev that will will lead to more fights with one of the best promotions in the world.

Absolute Championship Akhmat Welterweight Champion is Murad Abdulaev 19-4 record, Will see Mamashev climb up the ACA rankings and fight for the ACA Welterweight Title against Murad Abdulaev.

Fighting against Fernando Gonzalez, Jesse Taylor, Ali Bagov, Abubakar Vagaev in his journey to the ACA Welterweight Title.

Mamashev definitely can defeat Abdulaev as Mamashev is the most talented Welterweight on the ACA roster. Winning the ACA welterweight title will put him on notice with UFC matchmakers Sean Sheby & Mick Maynard.

No doubt UFC doesn’t sign Mamashev he has an exciting fighting style to watch. Potential top 10-top 15 UFC welterweight in the future.

Jonathan Martinez Continues to Impress

Jonathan Martinez accepted a short notice fight against Thomas Almeida. Obviously a decision he doesn’t regret as he displayed his best performance.

Continues to impress me as I became a huge fan of his once he fought Frankie Saenz. Loving his Taekwondo fighting style, Mixing up the striking exchanges as he learns from the great coach Al Montoya at Factory X Muay Thai.

Definitely trains hard on a daily basis as it was shown last night fighting Almeida, Whose no slouch as a couple years ago was the hot Bantamweight prospect.

“Yeah like I want people to know who I am you know like all these every time I fight like no one even knows who I am you know I just go in there and win and it’s just like another win for me I just want people to know who I am like you know hopefully tonight.” Jonathan Martinez

Martinez having one of the best performances of the night definitely increase his social media followers, More fans and another fight against a top 25- 35 Bantamweight such as Eddie Wineland, Bryan Caraway or Jack Shore will help in that department.

However Martinez has a great team around him, His management will select the best fight options for him.

Looking forward to Martinez next couple fights as he continues to rise through the Bantamweight rankings.

Jonathan Martinez Biggest Win Tonight

Jonathan Martinez was extremely impressive in his last fight against Frankie Saenz. Developed his striking at his recent home Factory X Muay Thai.

Even though had his best win, Missed weight and now will take a short notice Featherweight fight to battle against Thomas Almeida who couple years ago was the “NEXT BIG Thing” in the Bantamweight Division.

Toughest test for Martinez yet but he’s ready for the task at hand as underrated Head Coach Al Montoya will have Martinez be more than ready.

Take advantage of the short notice opportunity and get the BIGGEST win of his career so far. Not regretting accepting a fight.

“I’m really excited to go in there and stuff it was difficult I mean I just said short notice.” Jonathan Martinez

“I’m always training all the time so it’s not a big deal honestly so I’m always in the gym even if I have a fight and stuff I’m always in there all the time so to me it’s not a short notice fight.”

Martinez looking to engage in a street fight rather than a MMA fight against Almeida, Looking for a significant finish to steal the show. Be one of the stars of the NIGHT.

Win against Thomas Almeida will radically rise Jonathan Martinez through the Bantamweight rankings.

Mateusz Gamrot UFC Debut Finally

Mateusz Gamrot KSW Lightweight Champion signed with the UFC on September 16th, Long awaited UFC signing for MMA hardcore fans because all of us know how talented Gamrot is. Making our dream become a reality tonight.

No longer creating dream matchups as Gamrot fights on the prelims against Guram Kutateladze. Gamrot can steal the show and show the casual fans, He’s one of the biggest UFC signings in the last decade.

“We’ve got some really interesting fights on this card and the one I’m watching out for the most is Mateusz Gamrot because he’s an undefeated fighter, 17-0, and making his UFC debut,” Hardy told Insider this week.

https://www.insider.com/watch-mateusz-gamrot-on-fight-island-dan-hardy-says-2020-10

Gamrot former KSW Lightweight Champion will impress the viewers tonight, Make easy work of Guram as he puts the UFC Lightweight division on notice.

“The lightweight division in the UFC is the most dangerous,” Gamrot said. “A lot of dangerous guys. Two times more than other categories but I am ready.”

https://www.mmafighting.com/2020/9/17/21441108/mateusz-gamrot-conquered-two-divisions-in-ksw-now-hes-ready-to-conquer-the-world

Looking for all challenges, Defeating these challenges and becoming a title contender one day.

“My dream is No. 1 the world championship,” Gamrot stated. “This is my goal. Of course, money is very important but for me, I need to become champion.”

https://www.mmafighting.com/2020/9/17/21441108/mateusz-gamrot-conquered-two-divisions-in-ksw-now-hes-ready-to-conquer-the-world

Gamrot is highly capable of becoming the third Polish UFC champion following the likes of Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jan Blachowicz.

We are excited about him. We are excited to get him in here and see what he can do. Yeah, very excited.” Jan Blachowicz

https://www.lowkickmma.com/dana-white-excited-about-arrival-of-former-two-divsion-ksw-champion-mateusz-gamrot/

Mateusz Gamrot, All- Around Polish talent definitely can reach the top of the UFC Lightweight Division and he can prove it tonight.

Dricuss Du Plessis UFC Newest Middleweight Prospect

Drisuss Du Plessis South African Middleweight prospect is the newest addition to the UFC Middleweight division and made his UFC debut last night by having a unusual left knockout against Markus Perez.

What a way to start your UFC career with a first round knock out.

Dricuss Du Plessis was well known to hardcore fans because of win against Roberto Soldic KSW 43 and former EFC Middleweight Champion. Time was soon for Du Plessis to get signed by the UFC.

“The stakes stay the same for me it’s every fight is the most important part of my life when I go out there whether it’s for about what I’m defending about where I’m making a debut it’s all the same for me and of course the nerves of winning whether it’s in the UFC whether it’s in the EFC whether it’s KSW it doesn’t matter.” Dricus Du Plessis

Go big or go home, Last fight is the most important and his last fight was impressive.

Dricuss Du Plessis is that South African gangster who doesn’t care at all. Built like a brick, Barely any body fat. He’s an absolute savage that will be a problem for the Middleweight division.

“Right now I’m in chasing that top 20 and whoever the UFC gives me next I’ll go through them and I’ll go through wherever I need you to get that belt as soon as possible.” Dricuss Du Plessis

Plessis won’t be one of those hot prospects the UFC signs that becomes a bust but more of a success story as he rises to the top of the UFC Middleweight division.

Youseff Zalal vs Ilia Topuria What a Great Fight to Watch Tonight

Youssef Zalal vs Ilia Topuria is the first fight on the Main Card of Moraes vs Sandhagen. Zalal vs Topuria is a fight that’s truly flying on the radar but fans will be aware who these two are after the fight is over!!

Youssef Zalal

Youssef Zalal UFC STAR in the making is only 24 years old, Consistently improving fight by fight as he’s very similar to the way Dominick Cruz fought with his quick movement. When Zalal is scheduled to fight I’m always watching.

Zalal is Al Montoya’s protégé as Zalal trains at the underrated gym FactoryX Muay Thai with Anthony Smith, Brandon Royval, Devonte Smith, Ian Heinisch. Learning from all different type of fighters and styles. Zalal is the next great fighter to come out of FactoryX Muay Thai.

Ilia Topuria

Ilia Topuria #1 Georgian Prospect 8-0 record, Former Cage Warriors Bantamweight Champion. Successful wins in the Brave Combat Federation. Topuria is only 23 years old. One of the best European Featherweight prospects.

Tom Aspinall Next Great UFC Heavyweight

Tom Aspinall UFC Heavyweight is making his second UFC appearance against Alan Baudot. Looking forward to watching Tyson Fury sparring partner second UFC appearance.

Guarantee you Aspinall is the next great UFC Heavyweight and the UFC Heavyweight division desperately needs him.

On the UFC 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/

Tom Aspinall Frank Mir look alike had a impressive performance against Jake Collier, No doubt Aspinall will have a second great performance as teammate Darren Till will be cheering from the far.

“He is such a fast guy for a heavyweight, you’ll hear everyone who trains with him or sees him saying it. He is so fast for a heavyweight and he dances around like nothing I’ve seen before.” Darren Till

https://talksport.com/sport/boxing/737226/who-tom-aspinall-height-weight-speed-heavyweight-ufc-debut-spars-tyson-fury-trains-darren-till/

Aspinall praised by his teammate Darren Till says a lot, Complimented by Brendan Schaub as a prospect to watch on the Whittaker vs Till card.

Ludovit Klein Stronger and More Humble Conor

Ludovit Klein first ever Slovakian UFC fighter is 1-0 with the UFC after defeating Shane Young in the first round with his high level striking. Even though he was disliked by Israel Adesanya because Ludovit Klein missed weight while his teammate Shane Young made weight.

 “Thirty per cent is not enough,” Adesanya complained to UFC boss Dana White inside the cage post fight. “F*** that. Some of these guys are gangsters and they are making money outside the UFC. Thirty per cent ain’t s*** to them. So don’t give them that. Make it 90 per cent and I guarantee you they will try to make the weight and not just bitch out.”

https://www.scmp.com/sport/martial-arts/mixed-martial-arts/article/3103249/ufc-253-israel-adesanya-complains-dana-white

Ludovit Klein is the ultimate professional just missed weight because it was a short notice fight. It will never happen again, Doesn’t want to disappoint his bosses Dana White and Sean Shelby. As the “Humble Conor McGregor” because of his stellar striking, Similar looks and soon to be beloved his people of Slovakia.

Besides the weight cut in his UFC debut it was impressive performance, Dominating Shane Young. Watching his high level striking as he was a Amateur Boxing Champion in Slovakia.

Ludovit Klein before the UFC was one of the top European Featherweight prospects as he had wins in top Europe promotions Oktagon, XFN and ACB. Now after all the years of hard work, Grinding at the gym his dreams are now a reality. Coming from humble beginnings in Slovakia now can inspire the young men and women in Slovakia.

It’s only the beginning as “Mr. Highlight” (Ludovit Klein) will be rising through the UFC Featherweight Division and my opinion can become a UFC Featherweight Champion because of his HIGH level striking.

2020 is the year for Ludovit Klein as a win against Ludovit Klein, Fight options like Nate Landwehr, Herbert Burns, Julio Arce.

Klein with a win against either of those three fighters he can fight top 20-top 25 fighters like Zubaira Tukhogov, Lerone Murphy or against of the best strikers in the UFC Edson Barboza to start off 2021. Continuing to rise through the UFC Featherweight rankings as he becomes a superstar in Slovakia because of his impressive wins. Highlight reel knockouts.

2021 love to see Ludovit Klein least fight twice against top 15 Featherweights like Dan Ige which will be a great fight but Klein has the striking advantage in that one, Striking battle against Calvin Kattar or a fight against Shane Burgos. By the end of 2021 we can see Ludovit Klein finish the year as a top ten maybe top eight UFC Featherweight, Depends on how everything goes with rankings.

2022 is year where Klein is able to be a UFC Title Contender fighting Murderer’s row of the Featherweight division like the Korean Zombie, Brian Ortega, Zabit Magomedsharipov, Yair Rodriguez, Sodiq Yusuff when he rises through the featherweight rankings. Hope he advances on his grappling because fighting Ortega, Zabit or Volkanovski if he loses to Max Holloway in a trilogy will challenges.

However Klein is one super talented Featherweight with some of the best striking in the UFC roster, Works on his grappling and his other weaknesses he has the POTENTIAL to become a UFC Featherweight Champion by 2022 because he’s an exciting fighter to watch. Title shot by the end of 2022 is the GOAL for 2022 for Klein!!

Keep an eye on Ludovit Klein for the next several years as he’s the humble version of Conor McGregor.

Ludovit Klein Future UFC Featherweight Title Contender

Ludovit Klein underrated Slovakian MMA featherweight prospect, Similar to Calvin Kattar defeated Shane Young in the first round of his UFC debut.

Impressive UFC debut for Ludovit Klein as HE DOMINATED Shane Young with his boxing skills as Klein was a Amateur Boxing Champion in his native land Slovakia. That’s why I say Klein is very similar to Calvin Kattar as both are talented boxers.

The 25 year old Slovakian is the newest Featherweight prospect to keep an eye on, One day I guarantee you will become a UFC Featherweight Title Contender.

Like Jon Anik said “Ludovit Klein puts Slovakia on the map.” I couldn’t agree more as Klein shows there MMA prospects to sign from Slovakia.

“This is everything for me. My dream (was) to be the first Slovakian to go in the UFC and I am here now. All of Slovakia will watch me because this is a big, big moment for my country and for me.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/lists/ludovit-klein-dream-head-kick-knockout-ufc-253-video

Ludovit Klein will pave the way for future Slovakian MMA fighters as he rises for the remaining year of 2020. Looking forward to his next fights in the UFC because he blown me away in his UFC debut.

Prospects to Watch For Covington vs Woodley

Colby Covington vs Tyron Woodley is the fight UFC fans all been waiting for the last couple years. All of us will be impatiently waiting for this fight but the whole card is stacked with great fights.

From Rising stars like Johnny Walker to UFC Legends like Donald Cerrone to prospects like TJ Laramie.

Couple prospects to keep your eye on, They have a bright UFC future ahead of them.

TJ Laramie

TJ Laramie, Dana White Contender Series product is making his UFC debut tonight against MMA veteran Darrick Minner on the prelims.

TJ Laramie is the top Featherweight prospect from Canada. Michael Bisping saying TJ Laramie looks a lot like Cody Stamann.

He’s only 22 years old, A lot of room to grow and no better way to grow in the UFC.

Jerome Rivera

Jerome Rivera is another Dana White Contender Series alumni, 10-2 record looked really impressive in his win against Luis Rodriguez. Rivera will definitely be a problem in the Flyweight division.

Randy Costa

Randy Costa making his third UFC appearance, Last fight was against Boston Salmon in October of 2019. Been a long wait for Randy Costa. Now he can return with a impressive performance against Journey Newson.

Randy Costa trains at Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts, Coached by Joe Lauzon and Greg Rebello.

Ottaman Azaitar vs Lando Vannata

Ottaman Azaitar significant second UFC win over Khama Worthy who was on a two fight win streak of his own. First round finish over Worthy that even impressed Dana White. Taking advantage of the spotlight in the co- main event of Waterson vs Hill.

“You never know how it goes,” Azaitar told reporters, including MMA Junkie, following the win. “You prepare. You give your best in the preparation, and you have to be ready for every situation in the fight. Me, I go every fight for 15 minutes and try to put my best and put my whole efforts in these 15 minutes. But sometimes it comes like in this situation.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/09/ottman-azaitar-out-to-win-the-heart-of-the-people-ufc-fight-island

Ottaman definitely gave out his best performance in his win against Khama Worthy. Will look to have another impressive performance in his third fight in the UFC.

Dana White looking to schedule a fight for Azaitar in one of the events in Abu Dhabi.

Azaitar is one of the top 35-40 UFC Lightweights currently and will continue to rise through the UFC Lightweight rankings. One fight can definitely help him rise through the rankings.

Lando Vanatta

Lando Vanatta one talented UFC Lightweight, Remembered for his fight with Tony Ferguson that put him on the map. He’s a tough fighter and to me is the right match up for Ottaman Azaitar.

I don’t expect a first round knock out against Vanatta because he’s one of the toughest Lightweights going even though his record doesn’t show it.

Last fight for Lando Vannata was against Bobby Green on August 1st. Vannata vs Azaitar can be scheduled in December in Abu Dhabi.

Love for this fight to happen!!

Alexander Romanov UFC Heavyweight Prospect

Alexander Romanov best available Heavyweight prospect made his UFC debut against Roque Martinez. UFC debut was a dominant win, Making easy work of Roque Martinez.

Last year been waiting for Alexander Romanov UFC debut, Seeing he got signed by the UFC. Nothing but excitement because Romanov is one talented Heavyweight as we seen his UFC debut.

Alexander Romanov is a UFC Heavyweight prospect to keep your eye on for the future as the 29 year old Heavyweight can bring some life to the UFC Heavyweight division.

Truly believe one day he’ll become a UFC Heavyweight Champion or a UFC Heavyweight title contender because of how talented he is. Defeated some tough European Heavyweights and that will translate to the UFC.

On the mat, Romanov is a problem — and a big one at that. He uses his weight to smother guys in top position and once he’s on top, especially in mount, he’s hard to shake off. His top position is reminiscent of Derrick Lewis. For a big man Romanov moves well on top and once he lets loose on the ground and pound he will rain down heavy strikes until the ref steps in. Romanov is a submission threat but it’s sort of white belt level, submitting opponents with neck cranks and forearm chokes. Nonetheless it shows how strong the Moldovan really is. His striking would be his biggest weakness and it’s important to note that the longer the fight goes on, the bigger a problem his cardio becomes.

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/09/11/welcome-to-the-ufc-alexander-romanov-and-roque-martinez/

Looking forward to the rest of 2020 for Alexander Romamov and his UFC future. Definitely needs to improve in areas but with hard work he can become a UFC Heavyweight Champion one day.

Joe Solecki UFC Prospect to Watch

Joe Solecki Alumni of the Dana White Contender Series defeated Matt Wiman in his UFC debut. Now looking to make it two wins in the UFC.

Solecki is fighting Austin Hubbard tonight on the prelims of Munhoz vs Edgar. Solecki vs Hubbard was supposed to happen before but Solecki withdrew from the fight because he tested positive for COVID-19.

“I can look at my wife, look at that child and know it doesn’t matter if you’re motivated or not, that is a very short-term feeling and I think people look too much into that, you got to get the work done,” Solecki said. “I have a family. This is my job. I have to answer the bell, I have to answer the call. I definitely think I would have had a great night that night.” https://mmasucka.com/2020/08/18/joe-solecki-expects-to-answer-bell-against-austin-hubbard/

“I’m super pumped it got rebooked,” Solecki said. “He’s definitely a great opponent and I get to fight him coming off a win now too

https://mmasucka.com/2020/08/18/joe-solecki-expects-to-answer-bell-against-austin-hubbard/

Now Joe Solecki tested negative without putting his young family in harm can show his talents to Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard.

“I’ve got to dial in and clock in for 15 hard minutes,” Solecki said. “That’s really it. Being alert, being in the fight, fighting for every single exchange and position. If I pull ahead I can’t let him back into the fight, or if I fall behind I have to stay in the fight

Impressive win over Austin Hubbard former LFA Lightweight Champion will be a big win for him moving forward. Fighting tough UFC Lightweights in his next fights.

Joe Solecki is a UFC prospect to keep an eye on, Underrated Lightweight. He’s a grinder.

Merab Dvalishvili vs Marlon Vera October 2020

Two top 15 underrated Bantamweights won their fights at UFC 252, Now I’m looking forward to Merab Dvalishvilli fighting Marlon Vera. Merab calling out Marlon Vera in his post fight interview with Joe Rogan.

Marlon Vera had the biggest win of his career by defeating UFC star Sean O ‘ Malley who we all predicted to win but Marlon Vera surprised us with a shocking upset. Taking advantage of the spotlight and the most of it last night.

Now we have an exciting top 15 Bantamweight match up between two talented Bantamweights Merab Dvalishvilli vs Marlon Vera. Scheduled fight in October on a UFC Fight Night Main Card.

Fight of the night potential, Close fight odds because of there latest wins at UFC 252.

Interesting fight to watch because of Marlon Vera’s quickness, See if Vera is a challenge to take down because of Merab’s wrestling talents. Does Marlon Vera what have it takes to compete with Merab’s five round cardio?

We will find the answers in the fall of 2020.

Phillipines Prospect Mark Striegl signs with UFC

Mark Striegl former One Championship Bantamweight, Current URCC Featherweight Champion and Combat Sambo Gold Medalist at the South East Asia Games.

32 year old’s UFC Newcomer debut is against another newcomer in Timur Valiev former PFL Fight who had a 8-1 record. MMA prospect that I’ve been looking forward to watching compete in the UFC.

Both fighters are making there MMA dreams a reality as they fight on UFC Fight Night: Munhoz vs Edgar prelims.

Even though Timur Valiev is the more exciting, Interesting prospect with more notoriety don’t count out Mark Striegl. Understand Valiev comes from the MMA hotbed of Russia where Russia grows and prospers savages.

However Phillipines is a underrated country for growing fighters such as Brandon Vera, Stephen Loman(Brave CF Bantamweight Champion),

“Everyone knows that when I go out there it’s never boring so they can expect an action-packed fight. This is an explosive Russian fighter from the mountains of Dagistan and I’m from the mountains of Baguio so it’s gonna be a wild fight,” said Striegl.

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/sports/2020/8/14/Fil-Am-MMA-fighter-Mark-Striegl-makes-UFC-debut-on-August-22-.html

Agree with Mark Striegl that this fight will be wild but I believe he’ll get the win on August 22nd. He’s a talented Philippines prospect with a win win over Kai Kara France which says a lot because we all know how talented Kai is.

Wins in the third best MMA promotion, One Championship help as well. Accomplished everything on the Asia Scene now it’s time for Striegl to show what he’s made of in a short notice fight against Timur Valiev.

“I’m just taking advantage of the opportunity. You have to keep trying if this is your passion. I fought everywhere but the UFC is the promotion that has eluded me in my career. And now I’m trying to make this happen,” he said.

https://www.bworldonline.com/filipino-mma-fighter-mark-striegl-excited-over-possible-ufc-debut/

Kai Kamaka UFC 252 Debut

Kai Kamaka, Zane Kamaka’s little brother is making his UFC debut at UFC 252. Hawaii continues to grow talented MMA fighters such as Max Holloway, Brad Tavares, Ray Cooper, Zane Kamaka and Kai Kamaka now.

Now making his dream a reality by signing with the UFC. Taking advantage of the 11 day notice fight, Making the most of it with a impressive performance. Showing Dana White and Sean Shelby they made the right decision.

“There are a lot of people that’s proud back home and they see how hard I work Max I’m just glad that I can be the one to do it right now,” Kamaka told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello. “That’s the way I look at it. I’m just the guy, I’m just the one representing on Saturday and it could be any one of us. Anyone of us from Hawaii, anyone of us from especially my family and so I’m just glad I got the opportunity.”

https://www.khon2.com/sports/you-have-to-go-out-and-get-it-hawaiis-kai-kamaka-iii-will-make-ufc-debut-this-saturday-after-rolling-the-dice-in-las-vegas/

Looking forward to Kai Kamaka’s debut he’s a talented underrated MMA prospect, Part of the next generation of Hawaiian born MMA fighters.

Merab Dvalishvili Big opportunity

Merab Dvalishvili dominant performance against Gustavo Lopez continued his four fight winning streak, Now looking to make his winning streak to five by defeating former UFC Flyweight Title challenger John Dodson.

Big opportunity for Merab to show his best against Dodson on the UFC 252 Main Card. Impressive performance can lead to fighting top ten UFC Bantamweights.

“I’ve got to win first, but we are closely ranked. We should fight, why not? Sean O’Malley, he never fought top 15 guys, so now I think is the time,” suggested Dvalishvili. “Hopefully this fight can happen, but I have to win first, and I wish him the best of luck in his fight. Marlon Vera is not an easy fighter.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/08/13/ufc-252-merab-dvalishvili-georgia-omalley/

Possible we see Merab fight Sean O ‘Malley next but he needs to defeat John Dodson next which is no easy task to anyone. However a dominant win, Sean O’ Malley will be interested in fighting Merab.

Basically a make or break fight for Merab to show what he’s truly made of.

“He has much more experience than me,” Dvalishvili said. “He’s been in the UFC (for a) long time, he has the win against T.J. Dillashaw, he has wins against Pedro Munhoz and he’s an ‘Ultimate Fighter’ champion. He’s hard fight for everyone. He’s the biggest test for me.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/08/merab-dvalishvili-stars-align-sean-omalley-ufc-252-win

Betting lines predict Merab to win the fight and they’re right because I believe so as well because he’s a Georgian savage, Trains at Serra Longo with Aljamain Sterling, Al Iaquinta, Chris Weidman.

From the training, To his talents and grit Merab will get the win tonight. Big opportunity, Life changing fight.

Beneil Dariush vs Paul Felder UFC 254

Beneil Dariush five five winning streak is one of the most underrated UFC winning streaks going. Last win was a impressive win against Scott Holtzman. Spinning back fist first round knock out. Should’ve been rewarded performance of the night but he missed weight.

However Dariush can be rewarded a fight against Paul Felder. Dariush well deserving a top ten fight, Fight against Paul Felder is a fight that can help him moving forward as Felder has a name from being a savage and a talented UFC commentator.

In this five fight winning streak has defeated Drew Dober who we found out now is no slouch at all and Drakkar Klose who always bring his best.

All though Dariush needs top ten UFC Lightweight and match up against Paul Felder to me personally is the PERFECT fight.

Dariush vs Felder can be a Main Card Fight on the UFC 254 PPV Khabib vs Gaethje. Help Dariush name go on notice on the biggest Pay Per View of 2020.

Defeating a savage like Paul Felder will catapult Dariush’s career moving forward with more recognition. However he rather stay silent and let his wins do the talking.

“The problem with recognition is that it comes with a lot of drama,” he said. “I like being under the radar. I like fighting high-level competition and being under the radar. I don’t need much (in terms of publicity and recognition). I just want to continue to work my way up to the title and become a champion.

https://www.ufc.com/news/healthy-beneil-dariush-firing-all-cylinders

I’ll do the talking for him and call out Paul Felder. Fans would love to see this fight happen and be a great match up for Dariush. Congratulations to Dariush finding success in the UFC, Congrats to Rafael Cordeiro and Kings MMA for improving Dariush game.

Youssef Zalal UFC Featherweight prospect to keep an Eye On

Youssef Zalal Newest UFC Featherweight prospect outclasses Peter Barrett Friday Night with a dominant win, Four fight winning streak. All of three wins Zalal has been impressive, Similar fighting style not gonna lie to Dominick Cruz.

End the year on a five fight winning streak defeating a tough UFC Featherweight prospect, Showing his striking skills. Maybe a sweet knockout in the first round on a UFC Pay Per View in October. Talked about as one of the rising UFC Featherweight prospects.

Youssef Zalal not edging as a top 20-25 UFC Featherweight in 2020 but readers keep an eye on this kid. He has the right team around him by training at Factory X Muay Thai. Coached by coach of the year candidate Marc Montoya.

2021 Zalal will continue to rise through the UFC Featherweight rankings or the UFC Bantamweight rankings since he discussed moving down to Bantamweight. Either way he’s a UFC prospect to keep on these next couple years.

New & Improved Jonathan Martinez

Man oh man Johnathan Martinez impressed the hell out of me last night with his dominant striking performance against UFC veteran Frankie Saenz.

Martinez 2-2 UFC record before the win against Saenz, Not the most eye brow raising record but the win against Saenz will get more fans interested to watch his next fight.

Jonathan Martinez since changing camps from Different Breed MMA to Elevation Fight Team see the improvements in his striking game. Strength and Conditioning program at Elevation Fight Team.

Still young at 26 years old with a 12-3 record, Couple years before becoming a top 15 Bantamweight but definitely has the capabilities to be ranked if he stays focused.

2020 Jonathan Martinez

Love to see Jonathan Martinez fight two more times before 2020 is over against tough Bantamweight veterans, Test fights to see what needs to be worked on as he continues to improve at Elevation Fight Team.

Ending 2020 as a top 25 UFC Bantamweight, Starting 2021 as one of the UFC Bantamweight prospects to keep an eye on.

Congratulations on Elevation Fight Team for fixing his mistakes, Growing him as a fighter he truly impressed me last night, Looking forward to the rest of 2020 and his UFC future.

Not Diaz but Belal Muhammad Fights Luque

Vicente Luque called out Nate Diaz in his post fight interview but that fight will never happen. Next opportunity call out Belal Muhammad because that fight makes sense.

Belal Muhammad on a three fight winning streak, Edging close to the top 15. Great opportunity for Belal Muhammad to fight a top welterweight while showing Luque can show he’s a future title contender.

Belal Muhammad in his three fight winning streak improved his game radically, Watch his fight against Lyman Good and spot his heavy hands. Absorbing heavy hand shots from Lyman Good.

Options like Robbie Lawler, Rafael Dos Anjos have no clue where they’re at so Belal Muhammad is the best option. Win over Belal will help Luque’s career moving forward.

Watch Kid Kvenbo Johnny Munoz Jr Tonight

Johnny Munoz Jr former King of the Cage Bantamweight with a 10-0 record is making his UFC debut against former TKO Bantamweight Champion. Interesting fight between two of the best Bantamweight prospects in North America.

However I believe Munoz Jr is the better prospect and will get the impressive win tonight.

Kid Kvenbo finishes fights early in the 1st or 2nd round with his stellar jiu jitsu game which is his best attribute.

Since he’s a talented submission specialist will get the submission win tonight, Show Sean Shelby they made the right choice as a replacement for Ray Borg.

Johnny Munoz Jr rising Bantamweight prospect always been looking forward for the UFC to sign because of his success as a KOTC Bantamweight, One of the best feeder league promotions in the world.

Congratulations to Kid Kvenbo for signing with the UFC, Hope it works out for him and rises in 2020.

Vicente Luque Breakout Performance Against Randy Brown?

Vicente Luque rising UFC Welterweight growing and prospering since his learning loss to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Dominant win against Niko Price and see another win tonight against tough welterweight in Randy Brown.

Will wee see a impressive performance from Luque? I believe yes!! More of a breakout performance.

He may not be ranked, but he is dangerous. It’s a challenge for me – I like challenges. My focus is to put on a dominant performance and continue climbing up the rankings.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/07/ufc-on-espn-31-vicente-luque-wary-dangerous-randy-brown

Randy Brown is no slouch, Former Ring of Combat Welterweight Champion. Signed on from Dana White Lookin for a Fight. Win over Randy Brown tonight will boost Luque notoriety and respect from the rest of the UFC Welterweight Division.

Luque been fighting with the UFC since 2015 but finally things are coming along, Learning from the success from training partners Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns. Luque can be the third title contender from the successful Sanford MMA Gym.

Win against Randy Brown, Sean Shelby matchup Luque against Rafael Dos Anjos, Robbie Lawler or Anthony Pettis former UFC Champions.

2020 the year of Nathaniel Wood

Nathaniel Wood England’s next generation of talent was on a hot start before losing to John Dodson. Nathaniel now can start his second hot streak, Be the year to show what he’s truly made of.

Defeated John Castaneda but his original fight was against Khabib’s cousin Umar Nurmagomedov but Umar withdrew from that fight. However Nathaniel Wood still interested in fighting Umar Nurmagomedov .

“But if the UFC want me to fight Umar next, so be it. If not, I’m sure he is going to do very well in the UFC so hopefully we can rebook it in the future.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/other-sports/nathaniel-wood-ufc-fight-island-john-castaneda-a4507911.html

Wood vs Nurmagomedov was a fight to be excited for Nathaniel Wood. Fighting one of the best Russian prospects, One of the best Bantamweight prospects in the world. Defeating a talented Bantamweight like Umar Nurmagomedov would boost Nathaniel Wood’s moral and give him top ten matchups.

“I just want to get in there and do what I do best, but I do want to prove to the UFC that I do belong in there with the top 15, the top 10,” Wood said.  I hope that they haven’t lost faith in me after my last fight and as I say to myself, I just lost by making a mistake, but I’ll be back and I’ll be back stronger.”https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/other-sports/nathaniel-wood-ufc-fight-island-john-castaneda-a4507911.html

End the year fighting John Dodson in a rematch. Revenging his loss as Wood admits to making mistakes and looking pass Dodson. However it’s a different story.

“John Dodson hat’s off to him, he beat me that night, but I’ve come away now and I’ve improved as a fighter,” Wood said. “I’ve looked at the holes in my game and I’ve worked on them and now I’m not going to be rushing. I’m not going to be going in there trying to finish the fight desperately. I’m going to pick my shots, pick him apart and look for the finish when it comes.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/nathaniel-wood-wont-rush-greatness-ufc-fight-island-3

Masterful performance defeating John Dodson end the year as a top 15 UFC Bantamweight. Rising Bantamweight star, Discussed as a future UFC Bantamweight Champion.

2020 the Year for Nathaniel Wood.

Aspinall vs Sergey Spivak

Tom Aspinall made quick work of Jake Collier in 45 seconds, Took advantage of the extra time and called out Sergey Spivak which is rare to see from UFC newcomers.

Love to see UFC fighters ask for there next fight and hopefully Aspinall receives the match up against a tough heavyweight in Sergey Spivak.

Be a interesting fight to watch as well for Tom Aspinall against Spivak who has wins over Tai Tuivasa and Tony Lopez. Former WWFC Heavyweight Champion.

Aspinall vs Spivak can be scheduled in August if Aspinall is hungry to fight again, Show why he’s one of the rising Heavyweight prospects.

Hopefully this fight happens as Aspinall can bring some new life to the Heavyweight division.

Khamzat Chimaev Chechen UFC Welterweight Champion

Khamzat Chimaev 2-0 with the UFC. Two wins in 11 days is rising Welterweight prospect to keep an eye on. Superb grappling similar to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Potential to be UFC Welterweight Champion in the next 3-4 years if everything goes as planned.

“People can say what they want, for me it doesn’t matter. I’m Khamzat Chimaev. I’m going to be champion, I’m going to be number one pound-for-pound and everyone’s going to talk about me.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rt.com/sport/495856-ufc-khamzat-chimaev-history/amp/

Chimaev definitely doesn’t lack the confidence as it’s a key to becoming a UFC Welterweight Champion. Doesn’t lack training at a top gym as well.

Chimaev trains at All Star Training Center with Alexander Gustafsson, Illir Latifi, David Teymur, Daniel Teymur.

“Very good, he’s a future world champ for sure,” said Gustafsson, who trains out of Allstars Gym in Stockholm with Chimaev. “He loves this, this is his life. He’s gonna go all the way. He’s my main sparring partner right now. He pushes me all day.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.scmp.com/sport/martial-arts/mixed-martial-arts/article/3094243/alexander-gustafsson-says-training-partner

Praised by Alexander Gustafsson means a lot, Means a lot from one of the best fighters in the world who sparred with the best of the best.

Work ethic, The talent and the mental toughness Khamzat Chimaev has all the makings to become the first born UFC Champion from Chechnya.

In 2020 love to see Khamzat Chimaev fight two more times against tougher Welterweights just to test him.

Tom Aspinall UFC Prospect to Watch

Tom Aspinall England Heavyweight prospect making his UFC debut tonight against Jake Collier, Matchup in Aspinall’s favor as I see a first round knockout to begin his UFC career.

Tom Aspinall

  1. 7-2 record
  2. 27 years old
  3. Team Kaobon Liverpool
  4. Six First Round Knockouts
  5. Trains with Darren Till
  6. Sparring Partner of Tyson Fury

Tom Aspinall high praised by Darren Till as he says “Aspinall is one of the best Heavyweights in the world.”

“He is such a fast guy for a heavyweight, you’ll hear everyone who trains with him or sees him saying it. He is so fast for a heavyweight and he dances around like nothing I’ve seen before.

https://talksport.com/sport/boxing/737226/who-tom-aspinall-height-weight-speed-heavyweight-ufc-debut-spars-tyson-fury-trains-darren-till/

Tom Aspinall 27 year old Heavyweight prospect with high level boxing from sparring with Tyson Fury and Darren Till will have a long successful career in the UFC. Don’t think it will be a three fight UFC career but a UFC Heavyweight Title run.

 I want to have a run at the title and win the title. I don’t want to just go in and then get knocked out and leave straight away and get back to square one. I’m trying to learn from other people’s mistakes, especially UK guys. A lot of UK guys go in, win one, lose two and that’s it; they’re gone and you never hear from them again. I didn’t want to be that guy.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/tom-aspinall-making-most-his-postponed-debut

Aspinall all around heavyweight with high level boxing, quickness for a Heavyweight, Brown Belt in BJJ, 3 Time British BJJ Champion, Success in Cage Warriors gives me the reason for prospect to watch. Heavyweight prospect to keep an eye on in 2020.