MMA Sun Prospects in Action This Weekend (February 17-19)

  • Jared Scoggins (MMA Sun #4 FlyW) vs. Jesse Bazzi @ WXC 67: Out Cold – Friday – Southgate, MI
  • Kevin Aguilar (MMA Sun #34 FW) vs. Damon Jackson @ LFA 4 – Friday – Bossier City, LA – AxsTV
  • Andrea Lee (MMA Sun #4 WFlyw) vs. Heather Bassett @ LFA 4 – Friday – Bossier City, LA – AxsTV
  • Stephen Puetz (MMA Sun #8 LHW) vs. Rashid Yusupov (MMA Sun #17 LHW) @ M-1 Challenge 74 – Saturday – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Abukar Yandiev (MMA Sun #30 MW) vs. Alexander Butenko  @ M-1 Challenge 74 – Saturday – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Kerry Hughes (MMA Sun #32 WBW) vs. Zarah Dos Santos @ British Challenge MMA 18 – Saturday – Colchester, England
  • Bryony Tyrell (MMA Sun #23 WSW) vs. Kate Jackson @ British Challenge MMA 18 – Saturday – Colchester, England
  • Jared Gordon (MMA Sun #15 FW) vs. Bill Algeo (MMA Sun #23 FW) @ CFFC63 – Saturday – Atlantic City, NJ
  • Shawn Teeds (MMA Sun #28 HW) vs. Azunna Anyawu @ CFFC63 – Saturday – Atlantic City, NJ
  • Tanner Saraceno (MMA Sun #50 WW) vs.Matt Socholotiuk @ CFFC63 – Saturday – Atlantic City, NJ
  • Joe Solecki (MMA Sun #58 LW) vs. Kevin Perez @ CFFC63 – Saturday – Atlantic City, NJ
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MMA Sun Prospects in Action This Weekend (February 10-12)

  • Yoni Sherbatov (MMA Sun #23 FlyW) vs. Martin Sandoval @ La Serie de Boxe GYM – Thursday – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Trevin Giles (MMA Sun #9 MW) vs. Ryan Spann (MMA Sun #43 MW) @  LFA 3 – Friday –  Lake Charles, LA – AxsTV
  • Brendan Allen (MMA Sun #25 MW) vs. Jon Kirk @ LFA 3 – Friday =   Lake Charles, LA – AxsTV
  • Andy Main (MMA Sun #23 FW) vs. Chang Hyun Kim @ Road FC 36 – Saturday – Seoul, South Korea
  • Vladislav Parubchenko (MMA Sun #56 FW) vs. Takahiro Ashida @ Real 6 – Saturday – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Ary Farias (MMA Sun #45 BW) vs. Ernie Braca @ Real 6 – Saturday – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Dmitriy Parubchenko (MMA Sun #47 LW) vs. Daisuke Hoshino @ Real 6 – Saturday – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Markus Perez (MMA Sun #37 MW) vs. Ildemar Alcantara @ Real 6 – Saturday – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Dominick Reyes (MMA Sun #13 LHW) vs. Marcus Govan @ HFC 32 – Saturday – Michigan City, IN

MMA Sun Prospects in Action This Weekend (January 20-22)

  • Ben Neuman (MMA Sun #54 WW) vs. Damion Hill @ LFA 2 – Friday – Prior Lake, MN – AxsTVJoseTorres
  • Bobby Lee (MMA Sun #57 LW) vs. Matthew Marsh @ LFA 2 – Friday – Prior Lake, MN – AxsTV
  • Arbi Aguev (MMA Sun #19 WW) vs. Patrik Kinci @ ACB 52- Saturday – Vienna, Austria
  • Denis Smoldaraev (MMA Sun #2 HW) vs. Michal Andryszak (MMA Sun #21 HW) @ ACB 52- Saturday – Vienna, Austria
  • Abdul Rakhman Temirov (MMA Sun #46 FW) vs. Valdines Silva @ ACB 52- Saturday – Vienna, Austria
  • Brian Kelleher (MMA Sun #15 BW) vs.  Murad Kalamov @ ACB 52- Saturday – Vienna, Austria
  • Shamil Nikaev (MMA Sun #4 LW) vs. Joao Luis Nogueira @ ACB 52- Saturday – Vienna, Austria
  • Nick Roehrick (MMA Sun #38 LHW) vs. Combat Night Pro – Saturday – Tallahassee, FL
  • Jose Torres (MMA Sun #6 FlyW) vs. Pedro Nobre @ Titan FC 43 – Saturday – Coral Gables, FL – UFC Fight Pass
  • Caio Urugai (MMA Sun #60 FW) vs. Michael Quinones @ Titan FC 43 – Saturday – Coral Gables, FL – UFC Fight Pass
  • Mo De’Reese (MMA Sun #28 LHW) vs. Volkan Oezdemir @ Titan FC 43 – Saturday – Coral Gables, FL – UFC Fight Pass
  • Steve Mowry (MMA Sun #52 HW) vs. Abel Valdez @ Titan FC 43 – Saturday – Coral Gables, FL – UFC Fight Pass

5 Featherweights I Expect UFC to Sign in 2017

The UFC’s featherweight division has lots of talent.  However, it may be the most difficult division to get into the

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UFC.  They only signed 7 featherweights in all of 2016.  I expect that number to go up slightly in 2017, but the fact remains that the door is much smaller for the featherweights into the UFC.    The best hope for many of these fighters is a late injury replacement.

Despite the door into the UFC being more narrow in the featherweight division, there is loads of talent out there.   Despite TUF likely going away soon, the show would have been a nice way for some of these prospects to make it into the UFC.

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MMA Sun Prospects in Action This Weekend (January 13-15)

  • TJ Laramie (MMA Sun #45 FW) vs. Maxime Dubois @ TKO 37: Rivals – Friday – Montreal, Canada – UFC LeandroHigoFight Pass
  • Tony Laramie (MMA Sun #55 FlyW) vs. Keith Lee @ TKO 37: Rivals – Friday – Montreal, Canada – UFC Fight Pass
  • Leandro Higo (MMA Sun #3 BW) vs. Steve Peterson (MMA Sun #28 BW) @ LFA 1 – Friday – Dallas, TX – AxsTV
  • Eli Tamez (MMA Sun #30 BW) vs. Ulyses Aguila @ LFA 1 – Friday – Dallas, TX – AxsTV
  • Montana Stewart (MMA Sun #27 WSW) vs. Cynthia Calvillo @ LFA 1 – Friday – Dallas, TX – AxsTV
  • Musa Khamanaev (MMA Sun #16 LW) vs. Luis Palomino @ Absolute Championship Berkut 51 – Friday – Irvine, CA
  • Shamil Gamzatov (MMA Sun #6 LHW) vs. Rodney Wallace @ Absolute Championship Berkut 51 – Friday – Irvine, CA
  • Mario Israel (MMA Sun #25 BW) vs. Kyle Reyes @ Absolute Championship Berkut 51 – Friday – Irvine, CA
  • Terrion Ware (MMA Sun #24 BW) vs. Nick Mamalis @ Absolute Championship Berkut 51 – Friday – Irvine, CA\
  • Guan Wang (MMA Sun #45 FW) vs. Ghassan Muhareb @ Glory of Heroes 6 – Friday – Shenzen, China
  • Megan Anderson (MMA Sun #1 WFW) vs. Charmaine Tweet @ Invicta FC 21 – Saturday – Kansas City, MO – UFC Fight Pass
  • DeAnna Bennett (MMA Sun #3 WSW) vs. Jodie Esquibel (MMA Sun #26 WSW) @ Invicta FC 21 – Saturday – Kansas City, MO – UFC Fight Pass
  • Pannie Kianzad (MMA Sun #2 WBW) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi @ Invicta FC 21 – Saturday – Kansas City, MO – UFC Fight Pass
  • Aspen Ladd (MMA Sun #8 WBW) vs. Sijara Eubanks @ Invicta FC 21 – Saturday – Kansas City, MO – UFC Fight Pass
  • Amy Montenegro (MMA Sun #23 WSW) vs. Celine Haga @ Invicta FC 21 – Saturday – Kansas City, MO – UFC Fight Pass

How To Get Signed By the UFC…

 

I have been scouting and watching MMA prospects for many years now. I am always happy when a fighterufcthat I have scouted and watched makes it to the UFC. Over the years I have been scouting prospects I have encountered many who are frustrated by the seeming lack of UFC interest in them. Sometimes it seems odd who UFC is interested in and who they are not. Sometimes it seems inconsistent.  In the midst of watching who the UFC signs and who struggles to get there I have found some things to be true.  Below I outline the pathway for any prospect to get to the UFC.

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5 Lightweights I Expect UFC to Sign in 2017

The lightweight division, now ruled by Conor McGregor is one of the bigger divisions in the UFC.  It also seems to be moises-300x300a division that they are willing to add to on a regular basis.  That bodes well for the top prospects in one of the deepest divisions in the sport.  The UFC seems intent on signing the top prospects.  The UFC signed around 20 lightweight fighters in 2016 alone.  I look for them to add more of that same in 2017.

As one might expect the list of prospects in the lightweight division is very long.  We take a look at five of the fighters who are well positioned to get a call from the UFC offering them a contract.  This list does not countdown the top 5 prospects in the division, but rather focuses on who I think the UFC is likely to sign in 2017.  I would be surprised if all of these fighters do not eventually end up there.

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