MMA Sun 2014 Prospect Spotlight: The Welterweights – #7 – Chris Heatherly

Our number 7 welterweight prospect is Chris Heatherly. With a 7-1 record, Chris just recently signed to fight for the RFA.  Chris is young in ChrisHeatherlythe sport, having only turned pro in May 2012.  However, he shows a lot of promise.  At 26-years old, Heatherly is gearing up for the prime of his career and is on the right track.

Chris has displayed really good power in his hands.  He also know what to do when he gets an opponent hurt.  He really began MMA as a wrestler.   Having wrestled since he was four years old, Heatherly has really solid takedowns and overall wrestling.   He is able to take his opponents down and do what he needed to do to win.  He has developed his striking game and become a danger in all aspects of the game.  He has shown the ability to finish fights with submissions, including a very impressive submission victory over TUF alum Dakota Cochrane. Heatherly is a BJJ purple belt.  Nicknamed the “Stump” Heatherly really is built like a tree stump.  Many of Heatherly’s fights have been at 185 pound or even heavier, so the drop down the welterweight category was a good move for him.  His lone loss was to UFC fighter Alexa Garcia.  With Heatherly, we must remember he is new to the sport.  His game in improving rapidly.  The Illinois native trains with UFC veteran Steve Berger and at Rios Thai boxing.

Heatherly says, “I would want the world to remember my name because I’m coming like a train full speed ahead.”  That train keeps moving in March as he is scheduled to make his RFA debut.  We believe that stringing a few wins together under the RFA banner will lead to a UFC offer.  We believe he is another fighter who has somewhat gone under the radar, but that is about to change as we enter 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

Featherweights

1. Mirsad Bektic
2. Gleristone Santos
3. Raoni Barcelos
4. Jim Alers
5. Chas Skelly
6. Martin Buschkamp
7. Bekbulat Magomedov
8. Chris Fishgold
9. Marat Gafurov
10. Brian Ortega

Lightweights

1. Gilbert Burns
2. Mansour Barnaoui
3. Carlos Diego Ferreira
4. Lowen Tynanes
5. Lukasz Sajewski
6. Islam Makhachev
7. Scott Holtzman
8. Frankie Perez
9. Magomed Alhasov
10. Musa Khamanaev

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8. Sergey Khandozhko
9. Vlad Popovskiy
10. Ryan Scope

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  47. Patty says:

    Team Stump!!!

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