Pound for Pound Prospect Rankings 2022

Want to create a list of the POUND for POUND prospects. Ranking system of the best fighters in the world but not the best prospects in the world.

Create a ranking of the TOP 15 PROSPECTS around the world. Excluding Bellator, One Championship, PFL fighters from the list.

Roberto Soldic KSW

KSW Welterweight and Middleweight Champion. Face of the Polish Promotion KSW and is the new KING of CROATIAN MMA.

Destined to become a UFC fighter in 2022 or 2023 as Soldic has a amazing record of 20-3 with impressive wins against Mamed Khalidov and Driscuss Du Plessis.

Split decision loss early in his career against Bellator Welterweight Champion Yaroslav Amosov.

Roberto Soldic is built like a brick, Body type similar to Robert Whittaker and Fighter Comparison is Robbie Lawler.

Roberto Soldic and Mick Maynard meet up, Discussed contract negotiations. Soldic sooner than later might get signed by the UFC.

Yusuf Raisov

Former ACA Featherweight Champion, The Russian Wolf ‘Borz” was one of the best Featherweight prospects in 2018.

Moved up to welterweight since 2021 and is now one of the best welterweight prospects in the world.

LIST of Wins- Hacran Dias, Raimundo Batista 13-0, Luis Palomino Remembered for the wars against Justin Gaethje, Former UFC fighter Andre Winner.

Defeating high caliber fighters in impressive fashion instead of having a padded 19-2 record.

Raisov is the Russian Version of Robert Whittaker.

Definitely has pop in his hands. Putting Hacran Dias down decent amount of times with JABS than has a strength to wrestle you, Bring you down than ground & pound. Other option is hold on to you for rest of the round.

Raisov is such a great talent can do it all at a good level that he belongs in the UFC.

Might have a problem getting signed because of visa issues and the ACA sanctions. However with good lawyers bring him over and have the world see him.

  • Strength’s- Wrestling, Pressuring against the cage, Power, Comfortable in the pocket and being pressured. Jab.
  • Weakness- Might be short for Welterweight in the UFC

Salahdine Parnasse

France future MMA King, Yes I know there’s Ciryl Gane but up next is Salahdine Parnasse.

Current KSW Featherweight Champion is on a impressive run, LOST to Daniel Torres at KSW 58 with a lucky KO but revenged his loss at KSW 65 and dominated.

Parnasse comparison is Arnold Allen.

KSW is is the best promotion in Europe, Selling out arenas in Poland and Eastern Europe. Parnasse headlining some of those events. One of the huge draws for KSW, Defeating Ivan Buchinger in front of twenty thousand plus fans.

37-9 Ivan Buchinger against the 21 year old Parnasse. Writing was on the wall right there that this kid must sign with the UFC one day or it will be a travesty.

His boxing, Kickboxing, Using his length and reach to his advantage. By far his best performance.

Mick Maynard and Sean Shelby definitely should watch that fight, Seeing the title challenger potential.

  • 17-1-1 record
  • KSW Featherweight Champion
  • 24 years old
  • Comparison Arnold Allen
  • Wins over Ivan Buchinger, Morgan Charrierre, Artur Sowisnski
  • Headlined three KSW events

Rustam Kerimov

#1 Bantamweight Prospect in the world is former ACA Bantamweight Champion, Rustam Kerimov. High level Dagestani assassin making second run for the ACA Bantamweight title after trying to test free agency but covid-19 didn’t help.

However with Covid slowing down hopefully a deal can be done and get signed bt the UFC. Khabib has the connection with Dana White to get it done.

All around talented fighter can face Top 15 Bantamweights right now.

Noticeable win over Takeya Mizugaki.

Lesser known fighter title defense win against Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev the WFCA Bantamweight Champion in a dominant three round fight. Great fighter for him striking, Grappling and IQ.

Really showed fans how talented Kerimov is. Shows till his day in 2022 with a 16-0 record.

  • 15-0 record
  • 28 years old
  • Comparison TJ Dillashaw, Chad Mendes
  • Former ACA Bantamweight Champion
  • Win over Takeya Mizugaki

Jordan Vucenic

Talented British Fighter making a name for himself as the Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion.

Well deserved after being two great fights against the popular fighter Morgan Charriere and Paul Hughes.

Defended his title against James Hendin with a standing rear naked choke.

UFC always signs British fighters especially from Cage Warriors. No doubt in my my mind will sign with UFC.

Maybe a win against Paul Hughes because the fight with very close first time he’ll sign with UFC.

  • Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion
  • Win over Paul Hughes, Morgan Charriere
  • 26 years old

Abdoul Abdouraguimov

Current ARES FC Welterweight Champion is choking out former UFC fighters and making it look easy.

Must have the craziest strength or the submission fundamentals down pat.

He’s a great talent, One of the most talented and respected welterweights in the world.

List of wins include Godofredo Pepey, Jarrah Hussein Al-Silawi and Louis Glismann.

Next title defense is against Karl Amoussou former Bellator fighter 27-9-2 record. Headlining ARES FC 7 on UFC Fight Pass.

Abdoul definitely will be looking for the submission finish. Abdoul and his Head Coach Fernand Lopez should watch the Karl Amousso fight against Ben Askren.

Fight similar to that and you’ll get the submission win.

I hope Abdoul gets signed by UFC or Bellator. Testing himself against the best welterweights in the world.

  • 14-1 record
  • 4 fight winning streak
  • ARES FC Welteerweight Champion
  • Trains with Ciryl Gane, Nassourdine Imavov
  • Comparison Jake Shields Strikeforce career

Charles Johnson

LFA Flyweight Champion is red hot right now since signing with Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Charles Johnson such a high level Flyweight, Focuses on the striking as he has some pop in his hands.

Struggled early in his career but that’s MMA for you but now cooking. Defeating former UFC fighter Yuma Horiuchi.

Last fight against CARLOS MOTA at LFA 122 was a back and forth action fight, Charles Johnson defeated one of the best Brazilian prospects and showed everyone he belongs with the best flyweights in the world.

Mota win impressed me a lot, Absorbed punches, Pushing the pace. Definitely was the INNER G in that fight.

  • 11-2 record
  • 31 years old prime of his career
  • LFA Flyweight Champion
  • Strength- Striking, Leg Kicks, Pushing the pace. CHIN

Wellington Prado

Brazilian #1 Featherweight prospect part of the next generation of MMA Fighters.

Only 22 years old all the tools to be a UFC Featherweight and compete at a high level.

Surprisingly is a very good grappler, Shooting for takedowns successfully. Nasty ground & pound.

Not afraid to test himself against older fighters like Joanderson Brito who before signing with UFC was one of the best Brazilian prospects.

Last fight was against a 20-11 at 25 years old.

I love that he wants the challenge.

Muslim Magomedov

Hard to find Hybrid Light Heavyweights but the one that stands out is ACA Light Heavyweight Champion Muslim Magomedov.

High level Russian fighter, Ability to take you down without a problem. Dominate you on the ground. Definitely has some meat on him but strong like an OX.

Work on his striking more, Above level striking similar to the way Fedor used to be but just pressure constantly that the opponent will get overwhelmed.

Without a doubt will get signed by the UFC in 2022 or 2023. Needs to happen.

  • 27 years old
  • 11-0 record
  • Combat Sambo fighting style
  • ACA Light Heavyweight Champion

Paul Hughes

Northern Ireland’s first UFC fighter is a talented stud having great success fighting for Cage Warriors.

Close fight with Jordan Vucenic that was a controversial loss, Bounce back win against the French star Morgan Charriere which was a high level stand up, grappling three round fight that can be on the prelims of a UFC card.

Paul Hughes vs Morgan Charriere was UFC Fight Pass Fight for a reason.

Hughes unfortunately has a neck injury but when he’s healed up deserves a rematch against Jordan Vucenic to settle the controversy.

Hughes has such crafty and fast striking, Constantly moving and trying to pressure. He’s so good that he can make a real impact with the UFC.

No better place to show your skills than fighting for Cage Warriors and being the Interim Featherweight Champion. Defeating good fighters from Europe.

  • 25 years old
  • 8-1 record
  • Comparison -Calvin Kattar
  • Cage Warriors Interim Featherweight Champion

Apti Bimarzaev

Belarus had some great fighters like Andrei Arlovski, Vladimir Mutyushenko and now Apti Bimarzaev.

Apti is such a beast extremely talented fighter has that Sambo fighting style where he pressures and controls the fight.

Swarming with you with striking combinations, Pressure towards the cage. Can’t speak of this fighter highly enough.

Fights for ACA right now Top five ACA Featherweight. Dream matchup for me is Apti Bimarzaev vs Felipe Froes than can face current ACA Featherweight Champion Magomedrasul Khasbulaev.

I understand he recently loss to Andrey Goncharov but the win list speaks for itself.

Wins- Luis Palomino, Tural Ragimov, Elismar Lima.

  • 19-3 record
  • 29 years old
  • Top Five ACA Featherweight
  • Belarus #1 prospect
  • Comparison- Similar to Josh Thomson

Imran Bukuev

ACA Flyweight Champion is one high level technical fighter. Doesn’t wow you with physical ability but pure technical and fundamentals.

Watched the full fight between Imran Bukuev vs Aren Akopyan. Shows why he’s the champion. Defeated a very good flyweight who was no slouch. Imran displayed his striking combinations, Takedown and takedown defense.

He’s one of the best Flyweights in the world can beat any flyweight any day.

Azam Gaforov former ACA Flyweight Champion returned to ACA, I want to see Imran fight him and see what he’s truly made of.

  • 13-2 record
  • ACA Flyweight Champion
  • 26 years old
  • Top Flyweights outside of the UFC

Mehdi Dakaev

Eagle FC Lightweight Champion is one of the best prospects in the world for his world class skills.

Part of the next generation of Russian Fighters who will be scouted by the UFC and Bellator right now.

Multiple Eagle FC Light title defenses against high caliber fighters like Gadzhi Rabadanov and Uzair Abdurakov both are top Russian Lightweights.

Watch this fight

Mehdi definitely was battle tested in this fight, Getting takedown but getting right back up. Taking some punches but on the other hand fought back hard.

Struck back harder, Sure he was tired in the fourth round but won with a takedown. Pressured with strikes and leg kicks.

  • 14-2 record
  • 26 years old
  • Eagle FC Lightweight Champion
  • Comparison Rafael Dos Anjos

Levi Mowles

Fury FC Bantamweight Champion easily one of the best Bantamweights prospects in the world and top United States prospects.

In addition is Fury FC Bantamweight Champion and Atlas Bantamweight Champion.

Have no clue why he’s still fighting in the regional circuit but he is.

Hot streak right now defeating former UFC fighter Teruto Ishihara in the first round after dealing with pressured strikes than submissions him with rear naked choke.

Last fight was a dominant performance against the regional veteran Johnny Campbell who upset Henry Corrales at Bellator 258. Shows how good Levi is.

Must be Texas Cattle strong because easily takedowns his opponents than either plays ground & pound or hunts for the submission.

Striking isn’t a weakness but definitely needs to improve where striking heavy Bantamweights can dominate him.

However I like what I see and will have true future with the UFC or Bellator.

  • 26 years old
  • 16-4 record
  • six fight winning streak
  • CFFC Bantamweight Champion, Fury FC Bantamweight Champion,
  • Biggest Win- Jimmy Flick
  • Comparison- Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes
  • BJJ No- Gi Competitor

Andres Quintana

One of the best Featherweights unsigned by the UFC was the former Combate Americas Featherweight Champion, Winning the Copa Combate Featherweight winner.

Record speaks for itself of 19-4.

Back in 2015 was on the Ultimate Fighter losing to Thanh Le current One Championship Featherweight Champion,

However never gave up and became the face of Combate Americas defeating very good fighters like Alejandro Flores by far his best win, Rey Trujillo was another good win and second to last fight was against Edwin Chavez.

Edwin Chavez fight at Fury FC 53 was a striking beatdown looking like the Diaz Brothers at there best.

Unfortunately broke his jaw in loss to Huseyn Aliev but I wish Quintana a really good recovery he’s a very good fighter whose in his prime at 30 years old.

  • Copa Combate Featherweight winner
  • 30 years old
  • 19-4 record
  • Comparison- Nate Diaz, Nick Diaz

Anthony Romero

Former Dana White Contender Series fighter unfortunately didn’t get signed but put on a great performance, Putting people on notice with his taekwondo fighting style.

One of the best Lightweight prospects in the world whose difficult for most Lightweight opponents because of his pressure heavy taekwondo, Striking fighting style with very good Jiu-Jitsu defense.

Split decision loss to JJ Ovanovich was one of the best UFC Fight Pass Fights of 2022. Three round High Level Fight on all phases of Martial Arts.

Loss don’t get disappointed by as it was a very good fight that could’ve went either way.

  • 10-1 record
  • 26 years old
  • Contender Series winner, LFA win, Fury FC Wins.
  • Comparison- Eddie Alvarez, Gilbert Melendez