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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: 24 Reach: N/A Rec: 10-0

    Next fight: TBA

    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

    Next fight: TBA

    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: 5-1

    Next fight: TBA

    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: 240 Age: 25 Reach: 82" Rec: 2-1

    Next fight: TBA

    Former NCAA basketball forward Dontale Mayes brings a rare athletic pedigree to the sport. Standing at a towering 6'6" and weighing in at 240 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. Tanner Boser [​IMG]

    Height: 6'2" Weight: 258 Age: 25 Reach: N/A Rec: 12-2

    Next fight: TBA

    The first of two Canadian heavyweights on the list, Tanner Boser is not your typical heavyweight prospect. Boser doesn't hold a storied amateur martial arts career, and he isn't an athletic experiment. What Boser does have is the natural ability to understand the MMA game and apply it brutally in a fight, learning from past mistakes and eliminating flaws from his ever evolving skillset. Sporting a 10+ fight record comprised of savage finishes, Boser's goal to end fights is clear the moment he steps into the cage.

    6. Arjan Bhullar [​IMG]

    Height: 6'1" Weight: 240 Age: 30 Reach: N/A Rec: 5-0

    Next fight: TBA

    An Olympic freestyle wrestler representing Canada, Bhullar brings to the table the highest level of athletic pedigree in the world. Driven by his long time love for boxing and his world class abilities in wrestling, Bhullar has the mindset to be a successful well rounded mixed martial artist. Bhullar is a shorter, stocky heavyweight along the same lines as Daniel Cormier, a fighter he has trained extensively with during his visits to AKA. Much like Cormier, Bhullar may be better suited to light heavyweight in the future, but with his wrestling abilities and undefeated record no one can question his success against larger opponents.

    7. Michel Batista [​IMG]

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 255 Age: 32 Reach: N/A Rec: 3-0

    Next fight: TBA

    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 32 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.

    8. Ante Delija

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

    Next fight: TBA

    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.

    9. Evgeny Erokhin

    Height: 6'1" Weight: 225 Age: 30 Reach: N/A Rec: 17-5

    Next fight: TBA

    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.

    10. Chris Lewis

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 265 Age: 28 Reach: 80" Rec: 1-0

    Next fight: TBA

    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.
     
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    11. Fernando Rodrigues

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    6'3" Weight: 240 Age: 29 Reach: N/A Rec: 11-2

    Next fight: TBA

    Explosive striker Fernando Rodrigues is a relatively inconsistent fighter, recording losses to journeyman fighters and wins over high potential prospects. What isn't inconsistent is Rodrigues' power, garnering a TKO or KO victory in almost every win he has earned. More high level competition will reveal Rodrigues' limits, until then we will have to remain satisfied over more brutal knockout wins and potential strange losses.

    12. Michal Andryszak

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 255 Age: 24 Reach: N/A Rec: 18-6

    Next fight: TBA

    To be profiled shortly.

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    Steve Mowry [​IMG]

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

    Next fight: TBA

    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.

    14. Sergey Spivak

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 238 Age: 22 Reach: N/A Rec: 5-0

    Next fight: TBA

    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.

    15. Karol Bedorf

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

    Next fight: TBA

    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.

    16. Kazbek Saidaliev

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 230 Age: 26 Reach: N/A Rec: 7-1

    Next fight: TBA

    To be profiled shortly.

    17. Adam Wieczorek

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 230 Age: 24 Reach: N/A Rec: 8-1

    Next fight: TBA

    To be profiled shortly.

    18. Darko Stosic

    Height: 6'1" Weight: 230 Age: 25 Reach: N/A Rec: 10-1

    Next fight: TBA

    To be profiled shortly.

    19. Masoud Ranjbar

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 251 Age: 27 Reach: N/A Rec: 3-0

    Next fight: TBA

    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.

    20. Jared Van Deraa

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 240 Age: 24 Reach: N/A Rec: 5-0

    Next fight: TBA

    To be profiled shortly.


    Honorable Mentions (Sorted alphabetically by first name): Anton Vyazigin, Ivan Shtyrkov, James Mulheron, Junior Albini, Ricardo Prasel, Wessel Mostert
     
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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.


    1.
    Ernest James

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 245 Age: 25 Region: CA Amateur Rec: 2-0

    Next fight: TBA

    NCAA D1 wrestler Ernest James is the number one ranked amateur fighter in the country. Sporting a high level amateur wrestling background and training at Dethrone MMA alongside Josh Koshcheck and Chris Honeycutt, James has all the tools at his disposal to be a successful mixed martial artist. Still raw in his development, James is currently a powerhouse with brutal takedowns that allow him to advance position on stunned opponents and secure submissions. James looks to have the knowledge and instinct needed to become a top level heavyweight, and his future in both amateur and professional is undoubtedly bright.

    2. Ronnell Lewis

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

    Next fight: TBA

    To be profiled shortly.

    3. Hammer Morton

    Height: 6'1" Weight: 255 Age: 22 Region: CO Amateur Rec: 3-0

    Next fight: TBA

    To be profiled shortly.

    4. Garrett Fosdyck

    Height: 6'0" Weight: 248 Age: 24 Region: TN Amateur Rec: 4-1

    Next fight: TBA

    To be profiled shortly.

    5. Andrew Kimler

    Height: 6'7" Weight: 260 Age: 26 Region: TX Amateur Rec: 4-0

    Next fight: TBA

    To be profiled shortly.


    Honorable Mentions (Sorted alphabetically by first name): Brett Sanchez, Calyn Hull, Ian Suttles, Je'Quan Williamson, Juan Adams, Lucas Kailing
     
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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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