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  1. DS66 Brown Belt

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    Who in your opinion are the best prospects in the UFC? I'll define "prospect" with very basic criteria: Under 30 years old, not ranked, at least one UFC fight (just to exclude any fighters who have been signed but haven't proven anything yet).

    Here's a list of some top prospects on my radar, by division:

    FLW:
    Amir Albazi: 13-1, 1-0 UFC, 27 years old
    Su Madaerju: 13-4, 2-1 UFC, 24 years old
    Tagir Ulanbekov: 13-1, 1-0 UFC, 29 years old

    BW:
    Casey Kenney: 16-2-1, 5-1 UFC, 29 years old
    Sean O'Malley: 12-1, 4-1 UFC, 26 years old
    Kyler Phillips: 8-1, 2-0 UFC, 25 years old
    Ricky Simon: 16-3, 4-2 UFC, 28 years old
    Said Nurmagomedov: 14-2, 3-1 UFC, 28 years old
    Jonathan Martinez: 13-3, 4-2 UFC, 26 years old
    Jack Shore: 13-0, 2-0 UFC, 25 years old
    Randy Costa: 6-1, 2-1 UFC, 26 years old
    Nathaniel "The Prospect" Wood: 17-5, 4-2 UFC, 27 years old
    Adrian Yanez: 12-3, 1-0 UFC, 27 years old

    FW:
    Ilia Topuria: 10-0, 2-0 UFC, 23 years old
    Movsar Evloev: 13-0, 3-0 UFC, 26 years old
    Grant Dawson: 16-1, 4-0 UFC, 26 years old
    Hakeem Dawodu: 12-1-1, 5-1 UFC, 29 years old

    LW:
    Brad Riddell: 9-1, 3-0 UFC, 29 years old
    Jordan Leavitt: 8-0, 1-0 UFC, 25 years old
    Rafael Fiziev: 9-1, 3-1 UFC, 27 years old
    Arman Tsarukyan: 15-2, 2-1 UFC, 24 years old
    Nasrat Haqparast: 12-3, 4-2 UFC, 25 years old
    Joel Alvarez: 18-2, 3-1 UFC, 27 years old
    Ludovit Klein: 17-2, 1-0 UFC, 25 years old
    Guram Kutateladze: 12-2, 1-0 UFC, 29 years old

    WW:
    Sean Brady: 13-0, 3-0 UFC, 28 years old
    Shavkat Rakhmonov: 13-0, 1-0 UFC, 26 years old
    Miguel Baeza: 10-0, 3-0 UFC, 28 years old
    Khaos Williams: 11-2, 2-1 UFC, 26 years old

    MW:
    Brendan Allen: 15-4, 3-1 UFC, 25 years old
    Tom Breese: 12-2, 5-2 UFC, 29 years old
    Punahele Soriano: 8-0, 2-0 UFC, 28 years old
    Dricus Du Plessis: 15-2, 1-0 UFC, 26 years old
    Sean Strickland: 22-3, 9-3 UFC, 29 years old (most experienced prospect ever)
    Kyle Daukaus: 10-1, 1-1 UFC, 27 years old

    LHW:
    Modestas Bukauskas: 11-3, 1-1 UFC, 26 years old
    Da Un Jung: 13-2-1, 2-0-1 UFC, 27 years old

    HW:
    Tom Aspinall: 9-2, 2-0 UFC, 27 years old
    Alexander Romanov: 13-0, 2-0 UFC, 30 years old (slightly too old but for HW I'm making an exception)


    I'm sure I'm missing a bunch, any good ones that I'm missing? Particularly in the higher weight classes... it seems like it's a barren wasteland of young talent up there.

    Should be interesting to look back on this thread in the future and see how these guys turn out!

    EDIT: Lot's of good suggestions, adding to the list
     
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  2. Jose Beehive No.1 Soldier Of God Gif User

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    Khamzat is ranked at 14 in WW now.

    Great list otherwise!
     
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  3. giovanni_ss Taeyeon Belt

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    Where's the young hot prospect, Erick Silva?
     
  4. DS66 Brown Belt

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    Oh shit, you're right! I wouldn't have even thought that was possible given his only win at WW is vs Rhys McKee haha. But I guess can't underestimate the hype train... I'll remove him from this list.
     
  5. DS66 Brown Belt

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    He's still too young and inexperienced to even be considered a prospect at this point. Give him a couple more years and I'll add him to the list.
     
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    Sergey Morozov and Umar Nurmagomedov are fighting each other in like two days. Both are top BW prospects. I'm hoping UFC signs Kerimov, Askhabov, Racic, Deak and Fernandes for BW. BW is by far the deepst division worldwide followed by FW.
     
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    LHW:
    Jamahal Hill 6ft4 unbeaten light heavy 9-0, 3-0 in UFC
     
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    Bryce Mitchell is a real deal.
     
  9. Jose Beehive No.1 Soldier Of God Gif User

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    Yeah fair enough man, it doesn't make much sense to me, he has 2 wins at MW and 1 at WW yet is ranked at WW..
     
  10. davidlemonparty Black Belt

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    This boy is ranked, and well deserved.
     
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    Really like Brad (some local Bias) and look forward to seeing if he can continue his development.
     
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    Lazzez not on the list. Interesting
     
  13. Ironnik94 Silver Belt Yellow Card

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    @DS66 add Arman Tsarukyan @ 155 to that list or i'll go to war with ya!
     
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  14. Jose Beehive No.1 Soldier Of God Gif User

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    For HW I might add Carlos Felipe.. Not sure if my namesake Nascimento is still considered one after his abysmal last showing(i'm still hoping for big things) Both are young for HW though at 26 and 28 .
     
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    Yeah big big prospect! I 2nd this... Surprised he's not ranked yet!
     
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    Oh damn. Didn’t realize he was ranked now. Good for him. I actually met him when I was in college. His brother lived in the same dorm as me freshmen year. Jamahal came down to visit him a couple times, was a nice dude. Pretty sure he wasn’t training mma at that time. This was years ago lol
     
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  17. JonJonesLost3times Banned Banned

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    Hill is ranked because the LHW division is shallow, hence why a guy can jump 20lbs and be a favourite for the belt and guys like Thiago santos can go for title contention as a journeyman middleweight and 12 fight Dominick Reyes also fights for the belt.

    But he's still only 3-0 in the UFC and relatively unknown. I wasn't going to post him until I seen 4-0 and 5-1 fighters in the UFC.
     
  18. DS66 Brown Belt

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    Good call, not sure how I forgot about him... I'll add him on there.
     
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    He's a bit older, 33 years old. He's definitely got some skills though, looked awesome beating Alhassan.
     
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    Sodiq Yusuff is better than Hakeem Dawodu IMO, he should be on that list.
     

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