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. Kirill Kornilov Height: 6'5" Weight: 250 Age: 30 Reach: N/A Rec: 10-0 To be profiled shortly. 2. Denis Goltsov Height: 6'5" Weight: 240 Age: 30 Reach: N/A Rec: 27-6 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. A Russian combat sambo champion, with wins over the best combat sambo practitioners in the world, Goltsov's abilities as a mixed martial artist are well refined and extremely deadly. Goltsov has fluid, movement heavy striking, and can stand toe to toe with any striker in the world without ceding a disadvantage. Goltsov's submission game is strong on the top, and he often creates scrambles on the bottom to lock in a sneaky triangle or sweep. Goltsov's one weakness is in his wrestling. As a thinner fighter who relies on speed and finesse, Goltsov has problems with powerful wrestlers who seek to impose a clinch heavy, grinding style of fight. If Goltsov can acclimate to a more wrestle heavy North American scene, he can see success similar to fellow heavyweight Alexander Volkov. 3. Anatoly Malykhin Height: 6'0" Weight: 251 Age: 33 Reach: N/A Rec: 8-0 To be profiled shortly. 4. Renan Ferreira Height: 6'8" Weight: 252 Age: 31 Reach: 83.5" Rec: 8-2 To be profiled shortly. 5. Hugo Cunha Height: 6'2" Weight: 265 Age: 28 Reach: N/A Rec: 6-0 To be profiled shortly. 6. Mukhomad Vakhaev Height: 6'0" Weight: 250 Age: 31 Reach: N/A Rec: 9-4 The classic Russian grinder, Vakhaev is an extremely physical and tenacious fighter. Pressure, clinch fighting, and takedowns are Vakhaev's bread and butter, and despite his deceptive record, his ability to break superior fighters is almost unparalleled. With a huge upset over a top heavyweight prospect in Denis Golstov, Vakhaev has a high standard to live up to if he is to maintain his status as a prospect. Fighters who can wrestle and make opportunities to create distance will be difficult opponents for Vakhaev. In order to reach his potential, he will need to follow in the footsteps of fellow pressure fighters such as Cain Velasquez, improving his striking, conditioning, and strength to further compliment his close quarters style. 7. Sergey Bilostenniy Height: 6'1" Weight: 240 Age: 25 Reach: N/A Rec: 7-2 To be profiled shortly. 8. Salimgerey Rasulov Height: 6'0" Weight: 250 Age: 34 Reach: N/A Rec: 20-7 An accomplished Russian hand to hand combat champion and experienced Sanda stylist, Rasulov is extremely technical and evasive on the feet. With a rough start to his early career Rasulov has put together several high profile wins, and has shown that adapting and improving are two of his greatest assets. A short heavyweight at only 6 feet, Rasulov none the less has shown he can fight larger opponents with little issue. While Rasulov's striking is his focus, his most notable secondary skills come in his wrestling and takedown defense, often frustrating powerful wrestlers by forcing the fight on the feet. 9. Alikhan Vakhaev Height: 6'5" Weight: 240 Age: 27 Reach: N/A Rec: 11-2 A lanky heavyweight from Chechnya, Vakhaev is all about utilizing reach and distance to coax stoppages from his opponents. Vakhaev keeps his distance and looks to land jabs, often rocking his opponents who charge in to get into his range. When in the clinch he uses his height well to land knees and create distance with his long limbs. Vakhaev's success has not only been tied to his physical attributes. Grappling and an exceptional ability to scramble have been an important part of the Chechen's arsenal. Vakhaev's major downside is his promotion. Akhmat rarely has warm up fights and Vakhaev may find himself fighting a murderers row of opponents in the future. If he can pass through this gauntlet of opposition, he will assuredly find himself joining fellow Akhmat fighters in the UFC's ranks. 10. Rizvan Kuniev Height: 6'4" Weight: 250 Age: 28 Reach: N/A Rec: 10-2 To be profiled shortly. 11. Evgeniy Goncharov Height: 6'1" Weight: 250 Age: 34 Reach: N/A Rec: 16-3 To be profiled shortly. 12. Vyacheslav Ryabov Height: 6'5" Weight: 250 Age: 25 Reach: N/A Rec: 6-0 To be profiled shortly. 13. Alexander Maslov Height: 6'2" Weight: 255 Age: 27 Reach: N/A Rec: 7-1 To be profiled shortly. 14. Kevin Szaflarski Height: 6'5" Weight: 260 Age: 25 Reach: 81.5" Rec: 10-1 To be profiled shortly. 15. Andre Schmidt Height: 6'3" Weight: 240 Age: 26 Reach: N/A Rec: 6-0 To be profiled shortly. 16. Lukasz Brzeski Height: 6'4" Weight: 235 Age: 28 Reach: N/A Rec: 8-1 To be profiled shortly. 17. Martin Buday Height: 6'5" Weight: 265 Age: 29 Reach: N/A Rec: 8-1 To be profiled shortly. 18. Oleg Popov Height: 6'1" Weight: 230 Age: 29 Reach: N/A Rec: 12-1 To be profiled shortly. 19. Elkhan Musaev Height: 6'2" Weight: 242 Age: 28 Reach: N/A Rec: 6-1 To be profiled shortly. 20. Ji Won Kang Height: 6'0" Weight: 230 Age: 25 Reach: N/A Rec: 5-0 To be profiled shortly. 21. Kirill Grishenko Height: 6'4" Weight: 250 Age: 28 Reach: N/A Rec: 4-0 To be profiled shortly. 22. Thomas Petersen Height: 6'0" Weight: 242 Age: 26 Reach: 72" Rec: 5-0 To be profiled shortly.