MMA Sun 2014 Prospect Spotlight: The Middleweights – #2– Sean Strickland

Number 2 on our 2014 Prospect Spotlight is 13-0 Sean Strickland. Strickland is the King of the Cage Middleweight champion and is poised toSean-Strickland take a step up in competition in 2014.  At just 22-years old Strickland has tons of potential and good experience for his age.  We believe that given all that we know and see about him that he is a real blue chip prospect.

Strickland began training in MMA  at a young age.  He has proven himself to be very well rounded.  One of the things that we noticed, even from his earlier fights is that Strickland has some real power in his punches. His striking is not the most technical, but it is improving.  Also, we have some concerns about his striking defense.  He has also shown himself to be fairly quick.  Strickland is a finisher.  Only two of his thirteen fights have gone to a decision.  Many of the fighters on our list have a particular base that they excel in, Strickland does not really have one base that he excels in, but his base really in mixed martial arts.  He has steadily faced stiffer competition throughout his career.  He likes to keep at distance and work his strikes.  However, he does have a good double leg takedown.  He also has good size for the weight class.  We think if he can improve his striking technique a little bit that he really can take another step towards being an elite middleweight.  He has recently began training with Millenia MMA alongside Lorenz Larkin and George Karakhanyan.  I believe that training with high level guys should help Stickland’s all around game.

Strickland is slated to fight UFC veteran Tomasz Drwal on March 1st.  We believe that a win over Drwal would be the type of win he would need to get a UFC offer.  Again, given his age, we expect Strickland to continue to improve in leaps and bounds.  In 2014 we could see him UFC bound.

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

Middleweights

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2. Sean Strickland
3. Chris Honeycutt
4. Ben Reiter
5. Ricardo Abreu
6. Andrew Sanchez
7. Jake Collier
8. Ramazan Emeev
9. Max Nunes
10. Miles Marshall

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