50 Top Prospects, 10 Top Free Agents and 10 Top Non-UFC Fighters

In basketball a triple double is a big deal.  For today, a triple double is the top 50 MMA prospect, top 10 MMA free agents and the top 10 non-UFC fighters that I would sign if contracts were no object (they are).  While the UFC roster is growing, I still can find reason to argue in favor of adding more fighters.  There is lots of talent outside the UFC and some of the talent really is deserving of a shot in the world’s premiere MMA organization.

Top 50 Prospects

  1. Leandro Higo
  2. Gleristone Santos
  3. Thomas Almeida
  4. Pietro Menga
  5. Mansour Barnaoui
  6. Holly Holm
  7. Justine Kish
  8. Denis Smoldaraev
  9. Lowen Tynanes
  10. Mizuki Inoue
  11. Scott Askham
  12. Marcin Tybura
  13. Nicols Dalby
  14. Marcin Bandel
  15. Gilbert Burns
  16. Lukasz Sajewski
  17. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy
  18. Henry Cejudo
  19. Brian Ortega
  20. Raoni Barcelos
  21. Alexandre Pantoja
  22. Musa Khamanaev
  23. Marcin Lasota
  24. Marif Piraev
  25. Rin Nakai
  26. Sheymon Moraes
  27. Sean Santella
  28. Larissa Pacheco
  29. Niklas Backstrom
  30. Magomed Malikov
  31. Yuta Sasaki
  32. Ion Cutelaba
  33. Chris Honeycutt
  34. Vlad Popovskiy
  35. Katja Kankaanpaa
  36. Islam Makhachaev
  37. Chris Fishgold
  38. Walter Gahdaza
  39. Ramazan Emeev
  40. Martin Buschkchamp
  41. Maxim Grishin
  42. Andrew Sanchez
  43. Stephanie Eggink
  44. Ryan Scope
  45. Smealinho Rama
  46. Cody East
  47. Scott Holtzman
  48. Frankie Perez
  49. James Brum
  50. Anthony Birchak

Honorable Mention: Brett Johns, Julio Arce, Bekbulat Magomedov, Viktor Nemkov, Magomed Alhasov, Marat Gafurov, Tomasz Narkun, Alex Sandoval, Oleg Borisov and Jake Collier

Top 10 MMA Free Agents

These are fighters that do not fit under the prospect bill because they have already fought for a major promotion, but are still very good additions to any roster.  They would not be defined as “prospect”.  The fighters currently fight for promotions that would most likely let them out of their contracts if UFC would make them an offer.  This is why they are in the “free agent” category”.

  1. Satoshi Ishii
  2. Mamed Khalidov
  3. Jimmie Rivera
  4. Ronnie Mann
  5. Popo Bezerra
  6. Joe Soto
  7. Tim Means
  8. Luis Santos
  9. Anthony Gutierrez
  10. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky

Honorable Mention:

Top 10 Under Contracts Outside UFC

These guys are not eligible to sign with UFC right now because they are in the midst of exclusive deals with their current promotions.  It is unlikely that would change until they complete their current contract and enter free agency.  However, since this is all hypothetical, what guys would you sign if you were the UFC that are under contract with Bellator, World Series of Fighting and OneFC.

  1. Michael Chandler
  2. Eddie Alvarez
  3. Vitaly Minakov
  4. Patricio Pitbull
  5. Justin Gaethje
  6. Ben Askren
  7. Eduardo Dantas
  8. Marlon Moraes
  9. Pat Curran
  10. Douglas Lima

Honorable Mentions: Daniel Strauss, Shinya Aoki, Adriano Moraes, Nick Newell, Tyrone Spong, Cody Bollinger and Alexander Shlemenko

Furthermore, how would the said fighters do in the UFC?  We know from experience that high level success in other promotions does not ensure success in the UFC?  Could Ben Askren’s wrestling be equally as effective against the better wrestlers in the UFC welterweight division?  How would Marlon Moraes and Eduardo Dantas hold up against the top level UFC bantamweights?  Are Chandler and Alvarez really top 5 lightweights?  Are Patricio Pitbull, Pat Curran and Daniel Strauss really top level featherweights?


One Response to 50 Top Prospects, 10 Top Free Agents and 10 Top Non-UFC Fighters

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