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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.

Sasha Palatnikov Keep An Eye on Him

Sasha Palatnikov impressed me the most in his UFC debut against Louis Cosce. Rocked in the first round but has a crazy chin. Started to kill it with his striking and stuffing Louis Cosce’s takedowns.

Palatinikov’s striking is no joke with some fast hands, Accurate striking. Understand he’s 31 years old but he’s a problem for the UFC Welterweight division.

Gotta keep an eye on Sasha Palatinikov for the foreseeable future.

“I believe when given the opportunity to put on a full camp performance this was again two weeks notice, I’m really gonna highlight and I’m really gonna put on a show for the fans and I feel like this was just a small little taste of what I can really bring to the cage. “

Now imagine what he can do in a full camp, Training at Syndicate MMA. Couple years ago, 2016 trained with Kamaru Usman. Now trains with Julian Marquez, Alumni of the Dana White Contender Series.

Looking forward to watching his next fight as he’ll take advantage of the UFC opportunity to fight as thousands of MMA fighters from all over the world, Wish he was in his shoes right now. Definitely gotta keep training hard at Syndicate MMA and wait for his next call from Sean Shelby or Mick Maynard.

“I’ve been working on this for a very long time ups and downs you know just got to keep working keep following your dreams. ”

Natan Schulte vs Tofiq Musaev Rizin Dream Fight

Professional Fighters League allowing there fighters to fight at other promotions besides UFC & Bellator. Sets up dream fights between PFL champions and rival promotions.

Schulte vs Musaev

Top 5-7 MMA promotion Rizin has one of the best Lightweights in the world Tofiq Musaev. Musaev 18-3 record IMPRESSIVE win over Patricio Pitbull that showed the MMA world how talented he is. Love to see him challenge himself fighting Natan Schulte.

Natan Schulte 20-3 PFL Lightweight Champion, 9 fight winning streak. World Class Lightweight fighter. Definitely can beat some of the best Lightweights in the world as he trains with them at American Top Team.

Schulte has wins over Chris Wade, Rashid Magomedov, Couple Russian and Eastern European savages. Entertaining fighter to watch with his pressure/ volume striking fighting style.

Schulte vs Musaev would be a three or five round war I guarantee it. PFL Champion vs Rizin Lightweight Champion both in the prime of their careers.

Hardcore fans like myself would LOVE to watch this fight, High level underrated Lightweights fighting each other.

Chance of seeing this happen is most likely slim but maybe it happens one can only dream RIGHT!!

JP Buys Earned Second Chance on Contender Series

JP Buys since losing on the Dana White Contender Series went on a 4 fight winning streak becoming Extreme Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion. Latest win at LFA 78 earned him the right to fight on the Dana White Contender Series.

JP Buys now fighting Jacob Silva on Week 10 of the Dana White Contender Series at Flyweight. Looking forward to watch Buys return because he’s a super talented Bantamweight/Flyweight prospect with a entertaining pressure fighting style.

Fit well in the UFC Flyweight Division if rewarded the contract.

“I want to thank the UFC, I want to thank Mick, I want to thank my coach, It’s not often where you get guys you multiple chances, I mean it’s all been out of my control but yeah I’m really grateful that they keep giving me the opportunity and I’m really excited to showcase my skills set and hopefully impress them and make it worth their while. “

” I see myself winning by a finish to be honest you know.”

JP Buys dealing with adversity from visas that lead to two fight cancellations against Nate Smith but Buys believed that he’ll get the contract.

” I know my time is going to come and at the end of the day when the time is right things will fall in place for you.”

Non stop grinding at Fortis MMA & Coach Quan University waiting for the opportunity to fight on the Contender Series.

Now JP Buys is making his dream a reality, One step close for fighting for the UFC. Being a provider for his future family as him and Cheyanne Buys can both fight for the UFC.

Jornel Lugo Long Term Bellator Success

Jornel Lugo 24 year old 4-0 Bantamweight Prospect fought on Bellator 252 with a impressive win against Schyler Sootho. Lugo improved as the rounds went on. Third round was his best.

Earned himself a Bellator contract with his Bellator 252 win. No brainer for Scott Coker and Rich Chau to sign Jornel Lugo.

“I’m pretty sure I should be getting a contract with that performance I mean I think I deserve one I’m four, I’m five and now so I think I deserve one.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/11/jornel-lugo-confident-contract-after-win-bellator-252-video

Jornel Lugo if he signs with Bellator will have a long promising career. First fight I watched of him and I was impressed how he mixed up his wrestling and striking.

“I hope that after this fight I’ll be getting a contract,” Lugo said. “I defiantly want to win this fight and get back in. I think February would be a good time for me. In five years I defiantly want to be fighting for a world championship. I’m not sure where I want to go but I just know I do want to prosper in my sport. Wherever that takes me I’m going to keep winning.”

https://mymmanews.com/jornel-lugo-looks-to-keep-his-winning-streak-going-at-bellator-252-and-beyond/

Jornel Lugo signs a fight deal with Bellator looking forward to him fighting Bellator Bantamweights such as Keith Lee, Eduardo Dantas, James Gallagher. Fighters he talked about going against in the future but only has 5 Professional Fights

3-5 fights to go before facing Eduardo Dantas but a fight against Keith Lee actually makes sense.

“I definitely want to keep growing I’m only 5-0 I have a lot I still have to work on but I definitely have my eyes on all of these guys. ” Jornel Lugo

Keith Lee vs Jornel Lugo definitely a fun Bellator Bantamweight Prospect to watch in the winter of 2021. See if Lugo has what it takes facing a talented prospect like Keith Lee whose Kevin Lee’s brother but making a name for himself in Bellator. Keith Lee currently has a record of 7-3.

However if Lugo doesn’t get a chance to fight Keith Lee, I’d be interested to see who Lugo faces next and in 2021. Only will improve in every fight, We can see Jornel Lugo fighting a title or being a title contender in the next 3-5 years!!

Aaron Pico Ends 2020 with a Bang!!

Aaron Pico MMA prodigy who trained with TJ Dillashaw, Juan Archuleta, Cub Swanson, Boxing advice from Freddie Roach. Talked about being a bust but decided to make a gym change.

Switching camps to Jackson Wink and now were seeing success for Aaron Pico. Back to back wins for Aaron Pico and now looking to end 2020 with a BANG against John De Jesus.

“One thing’s for sure, he’s very confident. Very good striker. I’ve seen him around here in the hotel lobby, he’s not lacking confidence. I know he’s going to come with everything he’s got, and it’s going to be a good test for me. But I feel I’m well-prepared.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/11/12/bellator-252-aaron-pico-losses/

“It’s a good feeling every time you win and you get your whole paycheck – it’s a good night. I just have to be consistent, and for me, I know what it feels like to lose in the game. I don’t take winning for granted and my team and I work our ass off so we’re prepared for Thursday.”

Aaron Pico thankful for career setbacks ahead of Bellator 252: ‘I don’t take winning for granted’

John De Jesus 13-8 record impressive win against Vladyslav Parubchenko in his Bellator debut looking to steal the show and shock the world. However Aaron Pico has all the talent in the world to become a future Bellator Featherweight Champion, That’s why we were all disappointed to him lose.

“That self-belief, that work ethic, that drive, that hunger. And that’s what’s gonna really continue to carry Aaron,” Gibson said.

https://www.ocregister.com/2020/11/10/aaron-pico-says-everythings-flowing-ahead-of-bellator-252/

The drive to be the best will help Pico take him to the top of the MMA world, Being a Bellator Featherweight Champion and a superstar. Will see it tonight as he fights John De Jesus. Showing his all around skills.

“John De Jesus Won’t Be able to breathe after the first round.” Aaron Pico

Looking forward to seeing a finish, One sided butt wooping for Aaron Pico, Ends 2020 with a bang. Starting 2021 with confidence riding high on a three fight winning streak.

Bellator Must Steal Nikolas Motta

Dana White Contender Series Week 9 had some talented fighters such as Nikolas Motta CFFC Lightweight Champion who had a slug fest win against former CFFC Lightweight Champion Joseph Lowry.

Motta looked impressive in the short notice fight but still needs work, Gotta be more defensive because against high level strikers he’ll get knocked out. Leaving himself a little open for the easy shots.

On the other hand Nikolas Motta is a KILLER from Brazil. He’s a potential title contender and since Dana White didn’t offer the UFC contract, Scott Coker can offer the Bellator contract.

Be a big mistake if Bellator doesn’t sign Motta. Motta is only going to progress from here as he’s entering the prime of his career at 27 years old. No better than to sign Motta as he can face the world class Bellator Featherweights. Showing what he’s truly made of.

Imagine what Nikolas Motta can do to Bellator Lightweights with a full training camp, Being that killer that he says he is.

Motta has wins over Lowry, Juan Gonzalez, Cesar Balmaceda, Joe Solecki. I’d love to see him fight Brent Primus, Adam Piccolotti, Jaleel Willis in his beginning Bellator fights if he signs with Bellator.

Bellator definitely NEEDS to sign Nikolas Motta.

Lowry vs Motta Week 9 Contender Series Fight to Watch

Joseph Lowry former CFFC Lightweight Champion, 9-1 record, Top Northeast Lightweight prospect is fighting Nikolas Motta 11-3 record, CFFC Lightweight Champion, Contestant on the Dana White Contender Series.

Obviously Dana White Contender Series doesn’t award fight of the night bonuses but Lowry vs Motta is a GREAT FIGHT to watch. Two of the best Lightweight Prospects in the world. Former CFFC Lightweight Champions fighting each other.

Joseph Lowry fighting for a second chance on the Dana White Contender Series. Looking for that UFC contract.

Nikolas Motta traveling from Brazil to New Jersey to train at Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu. Now can get awarded a UFC contract with a knock out, submission win. Living the American Dream, Next Brazilian to sign with the UFC.

Definitely will be paying attention to this fight that can be on the prelims of a UFC Fight Night or a Bellator prelims. I have no clue who wins this fight!!

Brendan Allen Top 15 Middleweight with Win

Brendan Allen 15-3 Middleweight, Former LFA Middleweight Champion, Dana White Contender Series alumni. UFC record of 3-0 looking to be 4-0 with a win against the savage himself Ian Heinisch #15 Middleweight.

Win against Ian Heinisch will replace his spot at #15 and be a rising UFC Middleweight at 24 years old.

“It’s cool to see those things, but I don’t pay any attention to it,” he said of the three strong performances that carry him into Saturday’s meeting with Heinisch in Las Vegas. “It doesn’t mean anything to me right now. Every fight is my biggest fight, no matter whom it’s against and it doesn’t matter what you’ve done.

https://www.ufc.com/news/brendan-allen-tunnel-vision-santos-teixeira-vegas-13

So far this is the biggest fight of his life fighting Ian Heinisch, Step in the right direction.

Stealing the show at UFC Fight Night Teixeira vs Santos with the performance of his life.

“I’m going to let it show on Fight Night. ” https://www.ufc.com/news/brendan-allen-tunnel-vision-santos-teixeira-vegas-13

” I just want to go out there and be the guy that’s been in the gym and do what I need to do and be very calculated and take advantage of anything that he leaves open. I just want to capitalize on everything, I want to feel fear in his heart and make him second guess things really early that’s my goal every time is just instill fear make them second guess and that’s the goal Saturday night put fear in his heart and make him second why he’s there.” Brendan Allen

Brendan Allen labels Ian Heinisch a step down in competition, Will see tonight if he makes easy work of Ian Heinisch. Shows that he’s a UFC Middleweight to watch for the future.

Makhmud Muradov UFC Middleweight Keep An Eye On

Makhmud Muradov 2-0 UFC Middleweight, Record of 24-6 at 30 years old. Born and raised in Uzbekistan is now one of my favorite MMA fighters to watch. Watched his Oktagon Fights on YouTube, Both UFC Fights and I was really impressed with his performances.

Never really paid attention to his UFC fights but now I will because he’s one world class fighter from Uzbekistan. This dude from Uzbekistan has all the skills to be a UFC Middleweight Title Contender one day.

Perfect time to enter the UFC in the PRIME of his career. 2020 & 2021 will see Muradov quietly rise through the UFC Middleweight Rankings.

Muradov was suppose to fight Kevin Holland but Muradov withdrew from that fight. Was looking forward to that fight because according to Dana White, Kevin Holland is a star but I believe Muradov would’ve ruined the party.

Hopefully Holland vs Muradov is scheduled again because that will be a GREAT fight to watch. Coming out party for Muradov I guarantee it.

Even if Muradov doesn’t fight Holland, Fights against Krzysztof Jotko, Brad Tavares, Marvin Vettori are PERFECT for Muradov to get his name out there and climb up the rankings.

Muradov as you can see in his fight against Wendell Oliveira, Shows a masterful performance at OKTAGON 13.

Definitely keep an eye on Makhmud Muradov for the seeable future, 2020, 2021 and 2022. In for a treat whenever he fights.

Adrian Yanez Make Father Proud Tonight

Adrian Yanez miniature version of Jorge Masvidal, Dana White Contender Series alumni with one of the fastest knock outs is making his UFC debut tonight against Alaska FC Bantamweight Champion Victor Rodriguez.

Yanez looking for a first round exciting finish in his UFC debut, To impress Dana White but also Yanez father whose looking far above as his father always believed he can sign with the UFC.

“Whenever my dad would drive me to practice, on the freeway that we would take we’d see the Toyota Center in Houston and he’d tell me, ‘You’re gonna be fighting in there one day,’” recalled Yanez. “My dad had that much belief in me before I even went pro. He knew I was gonna be here.” 

https://www.ufc.com/news/adrian-yanez-is-fulfilling-his-dream-ufc-vegas-12#:~:text=In%20February%202016%2C%20Adrian%20Yanez,decision%20win%20over%20Ryan%20Hollis.

Fought his way to the UFC, Never giving up on his dream to the UFC. Making his dream a reality.

“Right after the fight I had that ‘whoa’ factor that I hit my dream,” he said. “My dream was to get a UFC contract and for me to hit that goal was amazing. I was on this high. And then the next day when I woke up, I went back home and I had this switch where I said, I’m here, but my next thing I have to do is to prove that I belong. So it’s not even a glow; I’m still trying to prove my worth and October 31st, I’m gonna go in there and show everybody that I belong here.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/adrian-yanez-is-fulfilling-his-dream-ufc-vegas-12#:~:text=In%20February%202016%2C%20Adrian%20Yanez,decision%20win%20over%20Ryan%20Hollis.

October 31st Yanez fighting on the prelims underneath his favorite fighter Anderson Silva. Couldn’t be a better way to make a UFC debut. 50k bonus showing a Spider Silva display of striking.

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.

Vugar Kyaramov #1 Azerbaijan Prospect

Something in the water in Russia, Caucuses because there’s so many talented fighters who can become KILLERS in the UFC or Bellator. Vugar Kyaramov is fighting out Azerbaijan and he’s one of those killers.

Vugar Kyaramov top 150 Featherweight in the world, #1 Ukraine Featherweight with a 15-3 record at 28 years old.

All around talent as Vugar was a successful Wushu fighter, Four time World Champion, Three Time European Champion. Silver Medalist at the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games for Wushu.

Currently fighting for top ten MMA Organization in Rizin as he last fought at Rizin 21 against Kyle Aguon.

If Rizin in the future creates a Featherweight division put Vugar on the top of your list for becoming a Rizin Featherweight Grand Prix Champion.

However Vugar can be signed to UFC, Bellator, One Championship or the Professional Fighters League. Vugar is a fighter to watch for 2020 & 2021.

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.

William Meyer Top Ten MMA Prospects October 2020

Talent has never been better in MMA. High caliber athletes transferring into MMA. MMA has come a long way in a short amount of time. All over the world there’s future UFC & Bellator Champions such as…

Andres Quintana

Andres Quintana #1 Featherweight prospect in the United States was the former Combate Americas Featherweight Champion. Currently 29 years old, In the prime of his career with a 18-3 record. Accomplished everything on the regional scene. Time to get signed by the UFC or Bellator!!

Anthony Romero

Anthony Romero Lightweight Prospect fought on the Dana White Contender Series but didn’t get the contract. Even though he didn’t get the offer, Romero is one of the best Lightweight prospects in the world. Since UFC isn’t signing him time to sign with Bellator.

Romero is only 23 years old as well. He’ll have a long promising UFC or Bellator career!!

Rafa Garcia

Requested his release from his former promotion Combate Americas as he accomplished everything for them and wants to challenge himself with the best of the best!! 12-0 record at 25 years old . #1 Lightweight prospect in Latin America!! Hope he signs with the UFC!!

Melissa Martínez

Melissa Martínez Combate Americas Flyweight Strawweight Champion. One of the best strawweight prospects in the world. No doubt doesn’t she get signed by the UFC. Her time is coming as she’s highly ranked on tapology. Com!!

Roberto Soldic

A fighter I wrote about several times because of his success in one of the best MMA promotions, KSW. Soldic is 25 years old with a 17-3 record. Easily one of the best Welterweights not in the UFC. I hope the UFC, Bellator or One Championship signs him. Fighting the best of the best fighters!!

Salahdine Parnasse

French MMA prodigy, Salahdine Parnasse is one of my favorite prospects to watch. The kid is only 22 years old and masterfully defeated one of the most successful European fighters in Ivan Buchinger. KSW Featherweight Champion has a 14-0 record. Looking forward to his next couple fights with KSW against tough fighters from Europe or MMA veterans!!

Khusein Askhabov

Khusein Askhabov impressive record of 20-0 as one of the best Bantamweights in the world. Fights for #1 MMA promotion WFFC in Ukraine. Wins over successful Brazilian fighters, European fighters. Basically dominating them as he’s an all around fighter. Trains at Tiger Muay Thai and American Top Team. Why Askhabov isn’t fighting for the UFC or Bellator is beyond me.

Joanderson Brito

Joanderson Brito #1 Brazilian MMA prospect in the Lightweight division is one of the best Lightweight prospects in the world. Traveled to Val, Colorado to fight José Mariscal at LFA 65 with a high reel knock out. Will see Brito the 25 year old sign with the UFC. Next generation of Brazilians.

Mochamed Machaev

Mochamed Machaev is a very underrated MMA prospect who fights for Brave CF which is now becoming a MMA hotbed of talent. Machaev is only 20 years old with a winover Shoaib Yousaf.

Igeu Kabesa

Igeu Kabesa #1 Africa Prospect is the Extreme Fighting Championship Featherweight Champion. Multiple time wrestling champion. Successful wins over Karlo Caput, Peter Queally, Danny Henry. One day will see him have successful wins over UFC or Bellator fighters as well. 26 years old, Time is now to fight against the best Featherweights in the world!!

These fighters I listed aren’t ranked in no specific order there just my favorite mma prospects all over the world. Hope they fight for UFC, Bellator or even One Championship!!

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.

Luke Shanks Wins the Cage Warriors Flyweight Title ?

Luke Shanks England Flyweight prospect with a 5-1 record at 25 years old is challenging Samir Faiddine for the Cage Warriors Flyweight Title.

Love Luke Shanks chances in this fight. Shanks had a significant win in his last fight at Cage Warriors 107 against Pietro Menga.

A professional since November 2016 and representing Higher Level Martial Arts under the steady and skilful hand of head coach James Doolan, Luke Shanks owns a 6-1 record in seven career bouts as a professional comprised of three submissions, one knockout and two decisions. Shanks is currently 2-0 under the Cage Warriors banner and has gone on to earn a finish in four of his six professional victories. He has also competed with various promotions across the globe including Contenders, Budo FC and ACB.

http://mmauk.net/2019/10/01/across-the-pond-profile-cage-warriors-fighter-luke-shanks/

Luke Shanks will be the new Cage Warriors Flyweight Champion, Knocking out Samir Faiddine and go on to bigger and better things UFC or Bellator.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kelvin Gastelum Drops Down to Welterweight?

Kelvin Gastelum riding high… Now riding low after a three fight losing streak. Sucks to see for Kelvin because he’s such a talented fighter with all the potential to become a UFC Middleweight or UFC Welterweight Champion which to me is the better option.

Gastelum Down to Welterweight

Kelvin Gastelum needs a change, Not change gyms but a drop down in weight. Fighting in the Middleweight division is too hard for him. Fighting against Till, Adesanya, Romero. Drop down to welterweight he’ll fit perfect there.

Be faster, Little bit stronger than some of the welterweights. His punches will be more effective. Kelvin fighting at 185 pounds at five foot nine is too small.

Kelvin Gastelum moving down to welterweight we can see challenge for a UFC Welterweight Title. Imagine the fights against Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Kamaru Usman. Return to welterweight in his next fight.

Watch the Kelvin Gastelum of old who defeated Jacare Souza and knocked out Michael Bisping.

However to drop down to welterweight NEEDS to have a strict diet, Lay off the junk food most of the time. Love to see Kelvin build some muscle, Lose some baby fat. Be in the best shape of his life entering his athletic prime.

Kelvin Gastelum can stand and bang with Israel Adesanya for five rounds than he CAN fight the best welterweights in the world.

“I know people at home are going through worse things than I ever was, going through their own personal battles. Here I am on the other side. I worked through my own personal demons. I’m OK.”

https://www.mmafighting.com/2020/7/16/21327216/kelvin-gastelum-explains-how-he-had-to-battle-some-demons-after-disappointing-2019-campaign

Battling some personal demons after the Till loss and I’m sure is dealing with problems again but I hope he stays strong mentally because he’s that talented. Please move down a weight class and fight in the welterweight division.

Rafael Fiziev Next Fight Options ?

Rafael Fiziev impressively defeated Marc Diakiese, Outstriked him in the three rounds. Blown away by his performance and really looking forward to his next fight. Who should Fiziev fight next?

Lando Vanatta

What a sick fight this would be in my opinion, Vanatta vs Fiziev. Vanatta is a very TOUGH Lightweight, Remembered for his fight against Tony Ferguson. Lando will be a intriguing challenge to Fiziev. Fiziev vs Vanatta has fight of the night potential.

Bobby Green

Bobby Green biggest win of his career was his last against UFC Legend Clay Guida. Now Bobby Green can fight a UFC prospect. Bobby Green 25-10 record with a lot of experience can test Fiziev’s IQ see where he’s at currently. Love this fight as well.

Khama Worthy

Coming off two significant wins off AKA prospect Luis Pena and Devonte Smith. Worthy is a rising Lightweight at 33 years old. He’s a talented fighter, Be the biggest challenge for Rafael Fiziev. Worthy vs Fiziev be a stand up fight for three rounds, See the new tools in the tool shed for Rafael Fiziev.

Overall I’m looking forward to Rafael Fiziev next fight and the future for this man, Truly blown away with his kicks. Potential to become a UFC Lightweight Champion.

Youssef Zalal Next fight Yas Island?

Youssef “Moroccan Devil” Zalal 23 years old is 2-0 with the UFC in the Featherweight division. Coached by Marc Montoya, Trains at growing MMA Gym Factory X.

Last fight was against Jordan Griffin last Saturday, Hooker vs Poirier. Winning the fight by unanimous decision. Impressive win for Zalal who coming into this fight had 10 fights.

Zalal stuffing the take downs, Staying composed under the constant pressure. Improvements in his striking ability with his knees.

Since Youssef Zalal barely got damaged Saturday, Zalal can quickly return by fighting at Yas Island against another tough Featherweight. Zalal doesn’t mind short notice fights anyway

“I definitely like to stay busy,” said Zalal. “I like short notices. I feel like it doesn’t put all that pressure into training or that stuff at all. For me I love staying busy and having as many fights as possible.”

https://www.mmaweekly.com/youssef-zalal-up-for-the-challenge-against-jordan-griffin-at-ufc-on-espn-12

Dana White loves quickly returning young promising fighters back in the Octagon and Youssef Zalal is one of those promising fighters.

Zalal approved on his first home and needs to pay off the mortgage, Fighting quickly will help pay off the mortgage and even better fight out his contract.

Impressive performance at Yas Island as United Arab Emirates has 100,000 Moroccans can be leverage for his next contract.

Youssef Zalal one of the UFC prospects that I’m HIGH on and looking forward to in the future.

Roosevelt Roberts Fighter to Watch Blaydes vs Volkov

Roosevelt Roberts Dana White Contender Series alumni is 4-1 looking to make it 5-1 against UFC veteran Jim Miller. Without a doubt will be the toughest fight in his life but with a breakout performance will be a rising Lightweight prospect.

“I remember watching Jim Miller,” he said. “He’s been around for a while. He wasn’t one of the guys that I modeled my fighting after, but I’ve watched him fight. That dude’s tough and it’s going to be an amazing fight. I feel like me standing in that cage looking across from him, he’s gonna bring out the best in me and I’ve got to go out there and make it happen.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/roosevelt-roberts-planning-coming-out-party-ufc-fight-night-vegas-3

Jim Miller has seen it all since his days of WEC, Fighter IQ and having the experience will give himself the advantage against rising Lightweight Roosevelt Roberts.

However Roosevelt Roberts is fully confident of his abilities to go out there and be rewarded performance of the night.

“He’s human. He bleeds just like I bleed, he’ll go to sleep just like I’ll go to sleep, he’ll get knocked out just like I get knocked out,” Roberts told us. It’s not all about cage time, he suggested. “I don’t care how many times he’s been in there. I’ve been fighting my whole life. I haven’t been fighting MMA my whole life, but I’ve been fighting my whole life. So it don’t matter. He’s just human.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/06/19/ufc-espn-11-roosevelt-roberts-experience/

Opportunity right here for Roosevelt Roberts to build your name off a WEC fighter, UFC vet. Showing his talents from striking to grappling.

“I think my striking is better than his. I think I’m faster. Matter of fact, I know I’m faster. I can’t say really that my jiu-jitsu … he’s a black belt, I can’t disrespect the black belt he has. I wouldn’t do that. I definitely think I match up pretty well with Jim Miller.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2020/06/19/for-roosevelt-roberts-the-fight-continues-in-the-ufc/

Win over Jim Miller gives Roosevelt Roberts the opportunity to call out top 15 Lightweights and continue to make 2020 the best year of his life!!

Charles Jourdain ESPN 10 Fighter To Watch

Charles Jourdain UFC Featherweight 1-1 record. Last win was against Doo Ho Choi at Edgar vs Korean Zombie. Sweet left cross knockout against Doo Ho Choi.

Jourdain now looking for another impressive finish against respected, Team Alpha Male prospect Andre Fili. Fili edging the top 15 but Charles Jourdain defeats Andre Fili he’d replace Andre Fili spot.

Becoming one of the rising UFC Featherweight Prospects.

“I always wanted to fight in Vegas,” Jourdain told MMA Junkie. “It’s a dream coming true. Of course, the circumstances make it a little less special, to be honest – but I love it. The way the UFC is treating us, I almost feel uncomfortable. I feel treated (like) a king. For me, I always see me as a conquerer – not as a king, yet.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/06/ufc-on-espn-10-charles-jourdain-uncomfortable-king-treatment

Jourdain has the potential to be a conqueror of the Featherweight division. Former TKO Lightweight Champion and TKO Featherweight Champion.

Becoming the next fighter from Canada to fight and have success in the UFC. Charles Jourdain asking for top Featherweights like Edson Barboza, Darren Elkins, Cub Swanson to build his name off of but he can build name by finish against Andre Fili.