September 22, 2016 Leave a comment
Middleweight has long been one of the weaker weight classes of prospects. However, as I assembled this list of 16 middleweight prospects, I found that the weight class is not as prospect starving as many assume. In fact, pound for pound, I would stack these 16 up against any other. Middleweight may not have 40-50 prospects like welterweight and below, but these 16 prospects are very strong.
- Ramazan Emeev – 14-3 – 29 years old – Russia
Emeev was born in Azerbaijan, but lives and trains in Dagestan, Russia at the Gorets gym. He is a very well-rounded fighter who has shown off his skills in multiple arts. While he seems to have very good grappling ability, he is very impressive in his striking. He possess really good power. He is able and willing to use kicks and knees. He also seems to have good quickness. His takedown defense is very good as well. All of this together make him very formidable. I also think that his particular skill set would translate well against American competition. His improvements are noticeable from fight to fight. He also seems to know how to finish. His hands are very heavy as Albert Duraev learned. Emeev is not really a liability in any one place. Emeev has an impressive resume. He holds wins over Mario Miranda, Maiquel Falcao, Luigi Fiorvanti, and Vyacheslav Vasilevsky. I believe that Emeev is not only the top middleweight prospect, but he may be the top overall middleweight outside the UFC. Emeev has talked about his interest in fighting in the UFC, so I believe it is a very real possibility once he is contractually able to do so.