MMA Sun 2014 Prospect Spotlight: The Featherweights – #2– Gleristone Santos

Gleristone Santos is our number 2 ranked prospect in the featherweight division.  The fighter known as “Toninho Furia” is one of the guys ongleristone this list who is UFC ready yesterday. The 25 year old Brazilian Top Team fighter has a 25-4 career record. Two of his career losses have come at the hands of highly regarded fighters such as Patricio Freire and Carlo Prater.

Currently riding a seven fight winning streak, Toninho Furia is hoping for a chance to prove himself on the world’s biggest stage. Gleristone is one of the more exciting fighters in a stacked division. He packs knockout power in his hands, and is willing to throw a variety of striking techniques.  When we say he has knockout power in his hands, we mean he has one punch knockout ability.  He has great leg kicks as well.  He also is more than competent on the ground, but he certainly prefers the striking.  He has has some success in Muay Thai competition as well as MMA (HERE TOO),  He really is the most exciting of our prospects.  He is big and strong for the weight class.  He may remind a little but of a Douglas Lima or Thiago Alves, maybe even a little bit less technical version of Edson Barboza.  The one concern is that a high level grappler could be able to control him like Carlo Prater did.

I have heard rumors that he is garnering interest from UFC.  Santos seems to be a phenom.  Having fought professionally since he was 17-years old, he has experience and talent.  He also has time to improve and build upon his skills.  He could be a really, really good addition to any roster because he is not only good, but he is exciting and has a great personality.  Keep an eye on him in 2014.

Flyweights

1. Leandro Higo
2. Henry Cejudo
3. Pietro Menga
4. Alexandre Pantoja
5. Sean Santella
6. Marcin Lasota
7. Nick Urso
8. Mikihito Yamagami
9. Alex Sandoval
10. Louis Smolka

Bantamweights

1. Aljamain Sterling
2. Michinori Tanaka
3. Pedro Munhoz
4. Thomas Almeida
5. Sheymon Moraes
6. Julio Arce
7. Anthony Birchak
8. Tuerxun Jumabieke
9. Yuta Sasaki
10. Adi Alic

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4. Jim Alers
5. Chas Skelly
6. Martin Buschkamp
7. Bekbulat Magomedov
8. Chris Fishgold
9. Marat Gafurov
10. Brian Ortega

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