Unsigned Heavyweights - Thread Four

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    This post is dedicated to the heavyweight prototype of the modern prospect scouting era, Guram Gugenishvili. Please see this video posted in honor of his memory. Guram's memorial video.

    For previous Unsigned Heavyweights threads, please see the following links: Thread Two | Thread Three

    Due to the overall scope of the heavyweight division and the visibility most new prospects receive as opposed to other divisions, I thought it would be interesting to post my personal list of upcoming heavyweights that could eventually make their way into a major promotion.

    I've only listed fighters who have never been signed by the UFC, Pride, Strikeforce, or Bellator, with preference to fighters under 35. Factors I've taken into account when profiling fighters are: Age, camp, record, level of opposition, dedication (fight consistency and athleticism), and skill-set.

    Please feel free to post your own prospects, and promote discussion of heavyweights outside major organizations in this thread to make it a continuing resource for fans and insiders alike.


    1. Sergey Pavlovich

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 241 Age: 25 Reach: N/A Rec: 10-0

    A greco roman wrestler with a masters of sport in army hand to hand combat, Pavlovich has a strong base for both grappling and striking. An oddity in the division, Pavlovich looks like a professional fighter with over a dozen fights when he steps into the ring despite his young age and record. Pavlovich is fast and technical on the feet, utilizing a variety of kicks, jabs, and winging punches to overwhelm his opponents. His ground game is suffocating, and his ability to generate power from odd angles and positions allows him to do damage regardless of where the fight goes. If Pavlovich keeps evolving he could be a top 10 talent in his mid 20's.

    2. Denis Goltsov

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 235 Age: 26 Reach: N/A Rec: 19-4

    An accomplished striker and opportunistic grappler, Goltsov had a rough start to his career, earning 3 submission losses and a TKO to fellow heavyweight Alexander Volkov. Goltsov stands at a very lean 6'5, however despite his thinner frame, he carries explosive one punch knockout power. Goltsov has recently proven his losses were simply growing pains, and has compiled an impressive resume of wins over veterans and prospects alike.

    3. Amir Aliakbari [​IMG]

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 255 Age: 29 Reach: N/A Rec: 6-1

    Former Greco-Roman wrestler and worlds gold medal winner Amir Aliakbari holds both the potential to be one of the greatest heavyweight mixed martial artists of all time, or one of the most infamous. While Amir Aliakbari's contentious past is behind him, his long term success relies on it to never recur. As one of the greatest Greco-Roman wrestlers on the planet, Aliakbari's athletic ceiling is as massive as he is. Training at AKA Thailand with Soa Palelei and recently Mark Hunt, Aliakbari has a solid stable of training partners to advance his skill-set, an advantage that will be even greater upon a planned move to ATT in the US.

    4. Dontale Mayes [​IMG]

    Height: 6'6" Weight: 260 Age: 25 Reach: 82" Rec: 3-1

    Former NCAA basketball forward Dontale Mayes brings a rare athletic pedigree to the sport. Standing at a towering 6'6" and weighing in at 260 pounds, Mayes can move like a welterweight, displaying bursts of quick and dynamic boxing mixed in with a grinding clinch game. Mayes speed is almost unique in the heavyweight landscape, bringing back memories of the raw agility and finesse of Pride sensation Mirko Cro Cop. Sporting an 8-0 amateur record and a rapidly increasing repertoire of MMA experience, Mayes eventual entry into a larger organization is only a formality.

    5. Michel Batista [​IMG]

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 255 Age: 33 Reach: N/A Rec: 3-0

    The 2008 Olympic medalist for Cuba in Freestyle Wrestling, Michel Batista's wrestling credentials are some of the best in the world. Winning a bronze medal, Batista was originally slated to wrestle against Daniel Cormier until Cormier's ill fated weight cut dashed his Olympic ambitions. Batista's wrestling has adapted well to MMA, and can be described in one word: Aggressive. Batista's training with ATT and Yoel Romero shows in his fights, he shoots relentlessly for takedowns, and once on top he is a torrent of fists and elbows. Batista's one flaw is his age, at 33 he will follow in Yoel Romero's footsteps as a late starter, and while he has fought recently, he will need to improve his schedule if he hopes to make it into a large promotion.

    6. Ante Delija

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 251 Age: 26 Reach: 80" Rec: 14-3

    Delija has experienced ups and downs, and perhaps his only saving grace is his age and ability to improve, whereas an older fighter may see his limit in sight. Delija combines a strong and sometimes wild striking game with brutal top control. Recent fights and a new training camp have given Delija a second breath, as evidenced by his much improved wrestling and submission defense. If Delija can continue to eliminate flaws from his game, he will undoubtedly find a place amongst the heavyweight elite.

    7. Evgeny Erokhin

    Height: 6'1" Weight: 225 Age: 31 Reach: N/A Rec: 17-5

    Lightning fast striker Evgeny Erokhin is a David in a division of Goliath's. Utilizing his footwork, exceptional hand speed, and laser sharp accuracy, Erokhin can put down almost anyone who stands in front of him. Following the same path as his idol Fedor Emelianenko, Erokhin is content being a smaller light heavyweight, or large middleweight, fighting in a higher division. This however has cost him some of his earlier fights due to heavier hitting and more physically imposing opponents. Erokhin's future success will rely on him adapting to being bullied by larger fighters, utilizing his footwork and speed to avoid clinches and keeping the fight at distance.

    8. Michal Andryszak

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 255 Age: 25 Reach: N/A Rec: 19-6

    To be profiled shortly.

    9. Darko Stosic

    Height: 6'1" Weight: 230 Age: 25 Reach: N/A Rec: 11-1

    To be profiled shortly.

    10. Denis Smoldarev

    Height: 6'7" Weight: 260 Age: 27 Reach: N/A Rec: 13-3

    Nicknamed Brock Lesnar by his peers due to his similar characteristics, Smoldarev is the one of the largest heavyweights on the list. The comparisons to Lesnar end with appearance however, as Smoldarev hails from a striking background. Smoldarev's striking is powerful and crisp, a feature that is readily apparent in his kicks and knees, but it's his pure physicality that allows him to bully his way into favorable positions whether it be on the ground or on the feet, often causing opponents to relent early in the fight.
     
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    11. Sergey Spivak

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 238 Age: 22 Reach: N/A Rec: 6-0

    The youngest heavyweight prospect in the world is also one of the biggest wild cards. Fighting out of the notoriously low level Ukrainian regional scene, Spivak's impressive performances may be the heralding of a future high level fighter, or simply a result of the contrast inherent in fighting very low level opponents. Nicknamed "Polar Bear", Spivak's uncommon size and strength were a rarity even as a teenager, attributes that only seem to be increasing with age. Whether Spivak will follow in the footsteps of young East European fighters like Nikita Krylov remains to be seen, and higher level competition will be needed for future insights on his potential.

    12. Jared Van Deraa

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 240 Age: 25 Reach: N/A Rec: 5-0

    To be profiled shortly.

    13. Karol Bedorf

    Height: 6'2" Weight: 258 Age: 33 Reach: 78.5" Rec: 14-3

    KSW's talent at heavyweight and BJJ black belt, Bedorf makes the profiles list more-so due to his consistency than any other factor. Bedorf nullifies opponents strengths and works on their weaknesses well, as displayed in his recent fights against aging veterans and journeyman opponents. Bedorf's primary flaws lie within his strength of competition, fighting only mid level heavyweights that will not challenge him to become a better fighter.

    14. Masoud Ranjbar

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 251 Age: 28 Reach: N/A Rec: 3-0

    Training partner to heavyweight super prospect Amir Aliakbari, Masoud Ranjbar has much of the same potential as his highly heralded peer. Unlike Aliakbari, Ranjbar's primary background is his boxing. Sporting a 15-1 record in Iran and an Iranian heavyweight title in boxing, Ranjbar has an excellent base to evolve his MMA striking abilities. Training at AKA Thailand with Mark Hunt, Soa Palelei, and Amir Aliakbari, Ranjbar has experienced sparring with fighters who compete at the highest levels of their craft, experience that will help him set the bar he is aspiring to reach.

    15. Steve Mowry [​IMG]

    Height: 6'9" Weight: 235 Age: 24 Reach: N/A Rec: 1-0

    Stefan Struve doesn't have to feel lonely at the top anymore, 6'9 heavyweight Steve Mowry is only a few inches off from being one of the tallest still active MMA fighters in the world. Sporting a Golden Gloves state championship and a medal at the IBJJF No-Gi Worlds, Mowry's amateur combat sports experience is almost unheard of since Stipe Miocic's D1 wrestling and Golden Gloves boxing credentials wowed prospect scouts. Mowry's game is what you would expect, a lengthy striker that utilizes his jab and a tricky BJJ wizard who slides into dominant positions and threatens with long limbs at every second of the fight. If there was a sure bet for a fighter that will find success, Mowry and his ability to be a mixed martial artist above all is the iconification of it.

    16. Chris Lewis

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 260 Age: 29 Reach: 80" Rec: 2-0

    Team Buhawe heavyweight Chris Lewis is a top shelf fighter from California. A star high school wrestler on a national level and collegiate football player, Lewis has the athletic background to quickly advance his skill-set from infancy to maturity. Lewis is expectedly an extremely physical fighter, utilizing his wrestling background to get the fight to the ground where he unleashes a torrent of strikes and well chained submission attempts.

    17. Mohammed Usman

    Height: 6'1" Weight: 247 Age: 28 Reach: N/A Rec: 1-0

    To be profiled shortly.

    18. Anton Vyazigin

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 250 Age: 24 Reach: N/A Rec: 7-1

    To be profiled shortly.

    19. Ricardo Prasel

    Height: 6'7" Weight: 242 Age: 26 Reach: N/A Rec: 8-0

    To be profiled shortly.

    20. Jahsua Marsh

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 255 Age: 26 Reach: N/A Rec: 2-2

    To be profiled shortly.


    Honorable Mentions (Sorted alphabetically by first name): Ivan Shtyrkov, Valdrin Istrefi, Wessel Mostert, Zelimkhan Umiev
     
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    As a compliment to the professional heavyweight listing above, I will also post amateur fighters that meet the same criteria. I will continue to update this post with my personal list of top amateurs in heavyweight MMA. Any fighters that become professionals will be removed, and new fighters will be added to keep an up to date top 5 list that strives to pick the needles from the heavyweight amateur haystack.


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    Juan Adams

    Height: 6'6" Weight: 300 Age: 25 Region: TX Amateur Rec: 4-0

    2. Atanas Krastanov

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 285 Age: 19 Region: BG Amateur Rec: 3-1

    3. Ronnell Lewis

    Height: 6'2" Weight: 250 Age: 26 Region: MO Amateur Rec: 4-0

    4. Calyn Hull

    Height: 6'6" Weight: 245 Age: 30 Region: WI Amateur Rec: 4-0

    5. Ian Suttles

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 260 Age: 20 Region: IN Amateur Rec: 3-0


    Honorable Mentions (Sorted alphabetically by first name): Andrew Kimler, Brett Sanchez, Hammer Morton
     
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    That top 10 is quality, imagine if those guys were all in the UFC... Would turn HW into one of the stronger divisions.
     
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    Unsure why the ufc has let so many of these hw prospects from eastern europe slip through their grasp whilst signing krylov or that chechen.

    Your really sold on curtis blaydes perhaps the ufc should make the call.
     
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    It seems like the ufc doesn't sign heavyweights with limited experience as often as they used to . Maybe it's because they have a small heavyweight roster so it's harder to build guys up?
     
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    They'd probably be more willing to sign bedorf or erokhin before the top 3
     
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    Damn, I hope the UFC picks up some of those top 10 guys soon. Especially the top 2.

    Aliakbari has great potential, bus they may not want him due to his drug test history and the USADA thing. Maybe the risk of him popping is too big for the UFC right now, but if he keeps winning they may have to sign him anyway. For now, the UFC has Makhov, who I understand is an even better wrestler.

    Not sure why the UFC doesn't sign any of these guys though. The HW roster is already tiny, with a shitload of aging guys and lower level guys.
     
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    From the heavies
     
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    Wow. Congrats to Blaydes. I feel like Paul L definitely had a role in putting him on the map.
     
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    Time to strike number one off the list!
     
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    Holy shit! Blaydes vs ngannou in ufc! Sucks that one of them has to lose though.
     
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    Thought of this thread as soon as I seen the Blaydes news. Nice one Paul
     
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    Bit dissappointed he's fighting Ngannou, they are both solid prospects. Great signing for UFC though.
     
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    Thank you for making the list, it's amazing how much work you put into this.
     
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    Great to see Blaydes get picked up.
     
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    The best heavyweight in a long time is now in the UFC, congrats to Curtis!

    That makes Sergey Pavlovich the best heavyweight not signed by a major promotion as of now. Hopefully we'll see him make the move soon as well. I'll compare Pavlovich to JDS and Blaydes to Cain, although they are both very different fighters, but the signing of those two would be similar to when they picked up JDS and Cain.
     
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    Pavlovich has shown some interest on signing with UFC?

    I ask that because I could think M-1 could be behind him for obvious reasons
     
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    Really sucks that one of them has to lose since they're two of the best HW prospects the UFC has right now.
     
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