*Heavyweight's* - Mattandbenny's Unbeaten Unsigned Prospects 2015

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  1. mattandbenny

    mattandbenny Purple Belt

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    Hi guys. Here is Part 5 of my 2015 unbeaten unsigned prospects - The Heavyweight Division!

    Previous 2015 versions are below
    Middleweights: http://forums.sherdog.com/forums/f6...ys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015-a-2903743
    Lightweights: http://forums.sherdog.com/forums/f6...ys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015-a-2898125
    Bantamweights: http://forums.sherdog.com/forums/f6...s-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015-a-2907269/
    Women: http://forums.sherdog.com/forums/f6...ys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015-a-2900173


    A quick reminder of the rules as always:

    1) They must be undefeated!
    2) They must NOT be signed to any of the three largest promotions (UFC, Bellator & WSOF)
    3) They must have fought at least once in 2014
    4) They must have had at least 3 professional fights


    Today is the time for the Heavyweight division. Due to the lack of heavyweight prospects out there, this list will only be 25 fighters (and even that was a struggle)! Those just missed out on the top 35 include Hideki Sekine (6-0) & John Johnston (7-0) - I left both out due to their age, Jarjis Danho (4-0) - left out due to the fact he has a legitimate loss which got overturned due to a timekeeping error, Andy Gonzalez (4-0), Lloyd Baker (3-0) & Horacio Enrique (3-0).

    Guys ineligible due to inactivity included Salvador Sanchez (8-0), Duke Didier (4-0), Orlando Sanchez (4-0), Mikhail Gazaev (3-0), Jedrzej Mackowiak (3-0), Marcin Oponski (3-0), Martin Pierscinski (3-0), Ewerton Teixeira (3-0) & Leandro Xavier (3-0).

    As always i'd be interested to hear everyone's opinions on this list, both good and bad!. Also if anyone can suggest fighters that I missed out or any ages of the fighters which I couldn't find it would be appreciated.

    Enjoy Part 5!

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    Heavyweights

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    1) Marcin Tybura - 12-0-0 - Poland - 29 Years Old
    Signed to: M1 Global; Finish Ratio: 83% (4 KO, 5 Sub, 2 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 34-10; Opponent Strength Rating: 10/10
    Key Wins: Damian Grabowski (19-1), Maro Perak (23-3), Deniss Smoldarev (9-0), Konstantin Gluhov (26-12), Szymon Bajor (9-1), Chaban Ka (6-1), Denis Komkin (13-11)
    Other Details: M1 Heavyweight Champion, BJJ Purple Belt, Weight: 249 pounds

    2) Michal Wlodarek - 6-0-0 - Poland - 30 Years Old
    Signed to: KSW; Finish Ratio: 67% (3 KO, 1 Sub, 2 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 14-6; Opponent Strength Rating: 8/10
    Key Wins: Michal Andryszak (12-4), Daniel Omielanczuk (4-2), Jacek Czajczynski (6-5)
    Other Details: Weight: 242 pounds

    3) Brandon Griffin - 4-0-0 - USA - 28 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (2 KO, 2 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 5-2; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Tyler East (12-4)
    Other Details: 3-1 Amateur Record, Weight: 230 pounds

    4) James Mulheron - 7-0-0 - England - 26 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 57% (4 KO, 0 Sub, 3 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 25-6; Opponent Strength Rating: 9/10
    Key Wins: Neil Wain (13-3), Stav Economou (15-3), Martin Thompson (10-5), Darren Towler (9-6), Dayman Lake (6-3), Paul Taylor (4-2)
    Other Details: Perfect 4-0 Amateur Record, Weight: 250 pounds

    5) Murad Izmailov - 4-0-0 - Russia - 27 Years Old
    Signed to: M1 Global; Finish Ratio: 100% (4 KO, 0 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 4-4; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Vladimir Mischenko (7-6)
    Other Details: Tall Heavyweight at 6’5”, Weight: 259 pounds

    6) Curtis Blaydes - 3-0-0 - USA - 23 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (3 KO, 0 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 8-4; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Lorenzo Hood (6-1)
    Other Details: Perfect 5-0 Amateur Record, State Champion Wrestler, 95-18 High School Wrestling Record, Training Partner of Stipe Miocic, Weight: 265 pounds

    7) Gheorghe Ignat - 6-0-0 - Romania -31 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 83% (2 KO, 3 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 5-2; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Attila Ucar (8-3)
    Other Details: 8x Romanian Greco-Roman Champion, Weight: 265 pounds

    8) Zelimkhan Umiev - 5-0-0 - Russia - 32 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 60% (1 KO, 2 Sub, 2 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 11-2; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Alexander Stolyanov (4-1), Jaczek Czajczynski (7-6), Israfil Makhashev (3-0)
    Other Details: Training Partner of UFC Heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov, Tall Heavyweight at 6’5”, Weight: 243 pounds

    9) Chi Lewis Parry - 6-0-0 - England - 31 Years Old
    Signed to: One FC; Finish Ratio: 100% (4 KO, 2 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 3-9; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Alain Ngalini (1-1)
    Other Details: Former #Basketball Player, Weight: 243 pounds

    10) Dmitry Smolyakov - 6-0-0 - Russia - 30 Years Old
    Signed to: Pro FC; Finish Ratio: 100% (3 KO, 3 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 6-6; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Pierre Digonal (6-1)
    Other Details: State Wrestling Champion in Russia, Spent Time Training in USA, Stopped All 6 Opponents, Weight: 265 pounds

    11) Tanner Boser - 6-0-0 - Canada - 23 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 83% (3 KO, 2 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 8-5; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Nick Campbell (5-4)
    Other Details: Karate Black Belt, Former Light Heavyweight, Weight: 245 pounds

    12) Allen Crowder - 4-0-0 - USA - 25 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 75% (0 KO, 3 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 4-7; Opponent Strength Rating: 2/10
    Key Wins: Tomar Washington (6-3)
    Other Details: 7-1 Amateur Record, Former American Football Player at College, Weight: 255 pounds

    13) Valdrin Istrefi - 4-0-0 - Liechtenstein - 23 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (2 KO, 2 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 2-4; Opponent Strength Rating: 2/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Weight: 265 pounds

    14) Daylin Murray - 3-0-0 - USA - 22 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (2 KO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 5-2; Opponent Strength Rating: 3/10
    Key Wins: Tommy Stokes (4-0)
    Other Details: Former Light Heavyweight, Weight: 225 pounds

    15) Cecil Dillon Cleckler - 8-0-0 - USA - 33 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (7 KO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 7-14; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Richard Whote (16-16), Jonathan Ivey (30-50)
    Other Details: Perfect 4-0 Amateur Record, Finished All 8 Fights, Weight: 265 pounds
     
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  2. mattandbenny

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    16) Curt Lemmon - 4-0-0 - USA - 26 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (3 KO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 7-4; Opponent Strength Rating: 3/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Perfect 7-0 Amateur Record, Short Heavyweight at 5’10”, Weight: 250 pounds

    17) Chris De La Rocha - 3-0-0 - USA - 35 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (2 KO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 6-3; Opponent Strength Rating: 6/10
    Key Wins: DJ Linderman (15-8)
    Other Details: 3-0 Amateur Record, Weight: 240 pounds

    18) Chaz Morgan - 8-0-0 - USA - 33 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 88% (7 KO, 0 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 7-13; Opponent Strength Rating: 3/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Weight: 266 pounds

    19) Rodrigo Nascimento Ferreira - 3-0-0 - Brazil - 22 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (2 KO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 2-0; Opponent Strength Rating: 2/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Weight: 231 pounds

    20) Francisco Sandro Da Silva Bezerra - 5-0-0 - Brazil - 30 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 80% (3 KO, 1 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 4-2; Opponent Strength Rating: 2/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Weight: ??? pounds

    21) Denny Houle - 5-0-0 - Canada - 28 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (4 KO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 2-5; Opponent Strength Rating: 2/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Former Light Heavyweight, Took 3 Year Hiatus From 2011-2014, Weight: 257 pounds

    22) Sergey Grebenec - 4-0-0 - Ukraine - ?? Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 50% (1 KO, 1 Sub, 2 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 3-5; Opponent Strength Rating: 3/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Weight: ??? pounds

    23) Rocky Quichocho - 3-0-0 - Guam - ?? Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 67% (2 KO, 0 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 10-6; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Slade Edelbae (8-4), Myron San Nicolas (5-3)
    Other Details: Weight: 230 pounds

    24) Daniil Arepyev - 3-0-0 - Russia - 24 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (2 KO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 4-6; Opponent Strength Rating: 3/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Weight: 245 pounds

    25) Luis Ayala - 3-0-0 - Paraguay - ?? Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (3 KO, 0 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 1-5; Opponent Strength Rating: 2/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Weight: 265 pounds

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  3. ithinktheymad

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    I'd expect the UFC and Bellator to be looking at Chi with a few more Ws if they aren't already. I dunno if they throw him a few more bodies first but a fight with Vera could be a good headliner for One.

    I wouldn't mind seeing Gheorghe on a Bellator prelim.
     
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    can't wait for UFC to sign none of these guys
     
  5. Slongkong

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    just waiting for paul l to complain at Blaydes not being #2 :p he's obsessed with that guy. I'm sure he's talented but it feels like overvalued potential.

    and I mean no ill will by the obsessed comment. He just talks about him a lot
     
  6. mattandbenny

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    Haha yea I do like Blaydes - he's a big young guy and has a good wrestling background. Just for me, watching his fights, I was maybe expecting a little better considering the background -his shot for the takedown seems a little slow and predictable.

    But he is still #6 for me and I do think he'll have a decent future and be in the UFC in 2 or 3 years. The guys above him are more tested and experienced.
     
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    Great thread as usual.

    I reckon Georghe Ignat certainly lives up to his nickname the Carpathian bear, dudes an animal. What does he bench haha.
     
  8. Paul L

    Paul L Gassed Belt Platinum Member

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    Blaydes should be ranked higher. :icon_chee

    But seriously, good list. I wouldn't rank Ignat that high due to the fact he can't fight in most other countries due to his criminal history. Also he weighed in at 310 in his last fight. Dat prison weight.

    I'm glad you gave Izmailov some props, he's a sleeper not many people have caught onto yet.

    It really also shows how HW's are more prone to freak losses. In some divisions having 2 losses before a big show run is rare, while at HW it's an acceptable level.

    Finally, keep an eye out next year for Arjan Bhullar (maybe at HW, maybe at LHW), Dakota Merritt, and especially Tom Aspinall.
     
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    w

    I cant seem to find any footage anywhere :icon_neut
     
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  11. Polex

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    Excellent job!! I really enjoy these lists

    Glad to see Istrefi here, I noticed this guy's record a few months ago and was wondering if he would be considered

    Always great to see some unknown names for me ( Grebenec, Quichocho)

    Here are other fighters you could consider for next year:
    - Mark Tanios
    - Craig Burke
    - Ioannis Arzoumanidis
    - Tony Mustard
    - Marvin Skipper
     
  12. ricanth

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    Haha! Blaydes has the most potential on the list. Not just IL state champ wrestler, he was the 2012 NJCAA national champ (4/5 of the last UFC heavyweight champs were state champs or college wrestlers, more than any other weight class). He has an 83" reach and benches over 500 pounds, 8-0 ammy. Became Stipe's partner after being invited to train when he was an ammy. Everyone get on the Blaydes train ;)
     
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    Love this thread

    Mulheron doesn't have a contract with M4TC?
     
  14. Paul L

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    A fellow Curtis Blaydes fan! I completely agree. I didn't know his reach though, that's crazy. NJCAA champs don't appear all the time, and if he went into the NCAA's I think he would have done extremely well at a D1 school.

    Once his striking gets to the level of his ground game, he's going to terrorize HW.
     

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