Who Will Be the Next Fighter to Join Their Sibling in the UFC?

There have been several siblings that have both fought in the UFC. With Joe Ellenberger signing and scheduled to compete inside the UFC it makes me wonder, what other current UFC fighter could see their sibling join them in the UFC.

1. Abubakr Nurmagomedov – 7-0 – Welterweight – The brother of highly touted Khabib Nurmagomedov has the best chance of getting to UFC. I have heard some say he is very good. Could we see another Russian dominate in the UFC soon?

2. Chidi Njokuani – 10-4 – Welterweight – Brother to Anthony Njokuani, Chidi has the tools to make it to the UFC. At just 25-years old I like his chances. I still think he needs another win or two under his belt.

3. Guilherme Sarafian – 6-0 – Lightweight – The brother of TUF Brazil standout Daniel Sarafian has a nice record, which makes him a potential candidate for UFC.

4. Gabriel Silva – 4-0 – Bantamweight – The brother of UFC standout Erick Silva has a good chance to make it to the UFC not just on his brother’s name, but also on his own skills.

5. Freddy Assuncao – 8-1 – Featherweight – Freddy has had two brothers compete in the UFC (Junior and Raphael), could he be the third? Right now he is signed to World Series of Fighting, but I could envision a scenario where he makes his way to the UFC one day.

6. Evan Thompson – 4-0 – Middleweight – He is the brother of UFC welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. At 29-years old his door is not closed yet.

7. Keoni Koch – 5-1 – Featherweight – The brother of Erik Koch is coming off a loss to new UFC signee Brian Ortega. Given his age and what he would have to do to get to UFC, it seems a long shot that he would ever get the chance.

8. Chinzo Machida – 2-2 – Featherweight – The brother of former UFC champion and contender Lyoto Machida. He desperately needs to improve his record. At 37-years old it does not seem likely that he will make it to the UFC. However, he did notch one of the best and most vicious KO’s in MMA history last year.

9. Adam Nijem – 1-0 – Lightweight – The brother of Ramsey Nijem.

10. Musa Amagov – 4-1 – Lightweight – Brother of UFC welterweight Adlan

Steve Swanson – 10-2 – Flyweight – Brother of UFC featherweight contender Cub Swanson. Swanson is ona two fight losing streak, which really slows his chances of getting to the UFC.

Eric Dodson – 3-0 (Amateur) – Bantamweight – Could we eventually see the brother of John Dodson in the UFC. He has some work to do first.

Brad McDonald – 9-4 Bantamweight – The brother of “Mayday” McDonald has a decent record, but also a string of losses.

Ryan Healy – 24-13 – Lightweight – I doubt Pat Healy’s brother ever gets to the UFC, but he does have a solid professional career going.

Brian Camozzi – 2-2- Welterweight – He doesn’t have a great record, but crazier things have happened. He could turn it around, but I don’t feel optimistic about that happening.

Jose Caceres – 5-0 – Welterweight – Bruce Leroy’s brother has a MMA career.

There are other scenarios that could add siblings to the UFC. Dhiego Lima is likely to be in the UFC after his stint on the currently running TUF 19. Perhaps there comes a day when his brother, current Bellator welterweight champ, Douglas Lima fights in UFC. Maybe we see Bellator standouts Patricio and Patricky Pitubull in UFC together. Maybe there is a day that prospects Gilbert and Herbert Burns or the Banario brothers (Harold, Honorio and Dario) make it to the UFC. I wouldn’t say its impossible (although unlikely) that King Mo and Bull Lawal end up in UFC one day.


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