MMA Sun 2014 Prospect Spotlight: The Middleweights – #7 – Jake Collier

Our number 7 middleweight prospect is Rodney “Jake” Collier.  The 25 year old, Collier is a guy that should start to be noticed.  He has proven himselfjakecollier to be a very good prospect.  A full time welder by trade and father of two, Collier can potentially to do very well in MMA.

I knew Collier was a great prospect, but he really grabbed by attention with an impressive win over Cully Butterfield.  Collier excels in the striking department.  He has very good knees and kicks.  Jake makes good use of a muay thai clinch.  He puts together very crisp combinations.  He seems to have some power, but the real danger from him is in the combinations he throws.  He may have the smoothest striking out of the middleweight prospects.  Collier is not bad by any means on the ground, but it certainly appears to be the place he is most vulnerable.  In his only loss, Collier got caught in a triangle by Kelvin Tiller.  In that fight, Collier looked very good.  He handled himself very well on the ground, threatening with submissions, striking effectively from the clinch, and escaping and even reversing positions. He held top position for a large portion of the fight, but made one mistake and got caught in a triangle choke.  Interestingly, Collier has a win over Tiller as an amateur, and I believe that he looked like the superior fighter.  He has shown improvement on the ground, and does have the ability to finish fights with submissions.

Collier is working his way back from an injury.  The word is that he will begin light training in February and has hopes of fighting in the early summer.  We believe that with a few solid wins that Collier could draw interest from the UFC.  We are also quite certain that if he wanted to he could probably get a deal from Bellator.  Having strung four wins together, Collier has shown a nice rebound from his lone loss.  We project Collier to have a very solid career.  We think he can be competitive at a very high level inside the UFC.

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

Welterweights

1. Nicolas Dalby
2. Marcin Bandel
3. Marif Piraev
4. Tom Breese
5. Warlley Alves de Andrade
6. Walter Gahadza
7. Chris Heatherly
8. Sergey Khandozhko
9. Vlad Popovskiy
10. Ryan Scope

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8. Ramazan Emeev
9. Max Nunes
10. Miles Marshall

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