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*Welterweight's* - Mattandbenny's Unbeaten Unsigned Prospects 2015 **Final Edition**

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  1. mattandbenny

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    Hi guys. Here is Part 9 of my 2015 unbeaten unsigned prospects - The Welterweight Division! With this, it brings the 2015 edition to an end with a total of 298 prospects! I will post in a reply under this topic some details of the entire lists. Thanks to everyone that has read them, I hope you have enjoyed reading about the fighters.

    Previous 2015 versions are below
    Heavyweights: http://forums.sherdog.com/threads/h...nys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015.2909795/
    Light Heavyweights: http://forums.sherdog.com/threads/l...nys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015.2916871/
    Middleweights: http://forums.sherdog.com/threads/m...nys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015.2903743/
    Lightweights: http://forums.sherdog.com/threads/l...nys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015.2898125/
    Featherweights: http://forums.sherdog.com/threads/f...nys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015.2911647/
    Bantamweights: http://forums.sherdog.com/threads/b...nys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015.2907269/
    Flyweights: http://forums.sherdog.com/threads/flyweights-mattandbennys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015.2914117/
    Women: http://forums.sherdog.com/threads/w...nys-unbeaten-unsigned-prospects-2015.2900173/


    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 Welterweight division. This is a solid division and I had to leave some solid prospects out of the top 35. Those just missed out on the top 35 include Alexander Makovoz (6-0), Craig Turner (6-0), Juscelino Caetano (5-0), Dae Ryeong Kim (5-0), Themba Gorimbo (4-0), Bruno Lopes (4-0), Vladislav Kanchev (4-0), Bruno Murata (6-0), Ackson Junior (5-0), Emil Rozewski (5-0) and many many more!

    Guys ineligible due to inactivity included Dmitriy Gozha (8-0), Tolly Plested (8-0), Vitor Pinto (7-0), Jason Cardillo (6-0), Rob Wood (6-0), Rocky Biggs (5-0), Ashley Beaumont (4-0), Arturs Cernavskis (4-0), Damian Klosek (4-0) & Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz (4-0).

    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 9!

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    1) Ryan Scope – 8-0-0 - England – 22 Years Old
    Signed to: BAMMA; Finish Ratio: 88% (3 KO, 4 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 21-8; Opponent Strength Rating: 8/10
    Key Wins: Luke Newman (5-0), Ali Arish (20-2)
    Other Details: 8-2 Amateur Record, 6 of 8 Wins in 1st Round

    2) Marif Piraev – 11-0-1 - Russia – 23 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 75% (2 KO, 7 Sub, 2 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 19-9; Opponent Strength Rating: 8/10
    Key Wins: Benjamin Brinsa (13-0), Laszlo Soltesz (21-11), Vadim Orischak (4-2)
    Other Details: Trains at Fight Nights Team with Ali Bagautinov, Vitaly Minakov & Gasan Umalatov

    3) Darren Till – 11-0-0 - England – 21 Years Old

    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 83% (7 KO, 2 Sub, 2 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 6-10; Opponent Strength Rating: 6/10
    Key Wins: Guillermo Ayme (6-1), Sergio Matias (4-2)
    Other Details: English Muay Thai Champion at 16 Years Old, Lives & Trains in Brazil

    4) Nicolas Dalby – 13-0-0 - Denmark – 30 Years Old

    Signed to: CWFC; Finish Ratio: 54% (4 KO, 3 Sub, 6 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 34-17; Opponent Strength Rating: 10/10
    Key Wins: Sergei Churilov (15-1), Mohsen Bahari (8-1), Ivica Truscek (19-11), Morten Djursaa (12-4), Acoidan Duque (6-0), Glenn Sparv (4-0), Mindaukas Baranauskas (5-2)
    Other Details: CWFC Welterweight Champion, Training Partner of UFC Fighter Mats Nilsson

    5) Tom Breese – 7-0-0 – England – 23 Years Old

    Signed to: CWFC; Finish Ratio: 100% (1 KO, 6 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 25-8; Opponent Strength Rating: 7/10
    Key Wins: Thibaud Larchet (7-1), Warren Kee (7-1), Jack Magee (7-4), Mark Tucker (4-1), Qasim Shafiq (3-0)
    Other Details: Perfect 8-0 Amateur Record, BJJ Purple Belt, Trains at Tristar with GSP & Rory MacDonald, Tall for Weight Class at 6’3”, Finished All 7 Fights

    6) Jonavin Webb – 7-0-0 - USA – 25 Years Old

    Signed to: CFFC; Finish Ratio: 64% (2 KO, 3 Sub, 2 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 15-15; Opponent Strength Rating: 8/10
    Key Wins: Daniel Stittgen (7-4), Aung La N Sang (15-8), Mike Winters (7-3)
    Other Details: Perfect 5-0 Amateur Record, BJJ Black Belt, Trains at Renzo Gracie Acadamy With Rafael Natal, Dave Branch, Akira Corassani etc, Went to No-Contest with Lyman Good

    7)Walter Gahadza – 14-0-0 - England – 27 Years Old

    Signed to: BAMMA; Finish Ratio: 79% (6 KO, 5 Sub, 4 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 15-30; Opponent Strength Rating: 7/10
    Key Wins: Paul Cook (10-2), Alan Johnston (6-1), Manuel Garcia (22-14)
    Other Details: Has 11 Wins in 1st Round

    8) Jose Diaz – 5-0-0 - USA – 24 Years Old

    Signed to: Jungle Fight; Finish Ratio: 80% (1 KO, 3 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 5-1; Opponent Strength Rating: 6/10
    Key Wins: Renne Pessoa (6-2), Joao Melo (5-1)
    Other Details: Perfect 6-0 Amateur Record, Finished 4 of 5 Opponents

    9) Joaquim Silva – 7-0-0 - Brazil – 25 Years Old

    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (4 KO, 3 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 6-10; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Julio Alves (10-7)
    Other Details: BJJ Black Belt, Finished All 7 Fights in 1st Round

    10) Michael Graves – 4-0-0 – USA – 23 Years Old

    Signed to: Titan FC; Finish Ratio: 100% (3 KO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 8-4; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Perfect 8-0 Amateur Record, Trains at American Top Team With Other Welterweights Such as Hector Lombard, Robbie Lawler & Thiago Alves, Finished All 4 Fights

    11) Marcus Sanchez – 4-0-0 – USA – 24 Years Old

    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (3 TKO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 6-6; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Kemmyelle Haley (6-1)
    Other Details: Perfect 4-0 amateur record, 2-0 Professional Boxing Record, Finished all 4 opponents in 1st round

    12) Kevin Silva – 6-0-0 - Brazil – 18 Years Old

    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (4 TKO, 2 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 1-2; Opponent Strength Rating: 2/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Made Pro Debut Aged 16, Amateur Boxing Champion in Brazil

    13) Oskar Somerfeld – 4-0-0 - Poland – ?? Years Old

    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (0 TKO, 4 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 5-5; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: James Bateman (6-2)
    Other Details: Polish Grappling Champion, Submitted all 4 opponents

    14) Mahir Mamedov – 11-0-0 – Kazakhstan – ?? Years Old

    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 82% (3 KO, 6 Sub, 2 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 5-6; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Valery Mikalauskas (7-3)
    Other Details: N/A

    15) Joe Merritt – 6-0-0 – USA – 30 Years Old

    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (6 KO, 0 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 6-8; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Steven Ciacco (4-1)
    Other Details: Perfect 6-0 Amateur Record, Knocked Out All 6 Pro & All 6 Amateur Opponents, Training Partner of Lorenz Larkin & Georgi Karakhanyan
     
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  2. mattandbenny

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    16) Alexei Kunchenko - 8-0-0 - Russia - 30 Years Old
    Signed to: M1 Global; Finish Ratio: 86% (5 KO, 1 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 23-8; Opponent Strength Rating: 7/10
    Key Wins: Gennadiy Kovalev (9-2), Anatoly Safronov (19-20), Grigoriy Kichigin (5-2), Adil Boranbayev (3-0)
    Other Details: Finished 7 of 8 Fights

    17) Wellington Turman - 5-0-0 - Brazil - 18 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (2 KO, 3 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 7-4; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Thiago Natan (7-1)
    Other Details: Perfect 4-0 Amateur Record, Finished All 5 Fights

    18) Ben Fodor - 4-0-1 - USA - 26 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 40% (1 KO, 1 Sub, 2 Dec, 1 Draw)
    Opponent W/L: 7-3; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Justin Larsson (8-7)
    Other Details: Perfect 11-0 Amateur Record, Brother of UFC veteran Caros Fodor, Alter Ego is Pheonix Jones

    19) Andrew Todhunter - 7-0-0 - USA - 26 Years Old
    Signed to: Legacy FC; Finish Ratio: 100% (1 TKO, 6 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 10-14; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Levi Avera (18-14)
    Other Details: Perfect 7-0 Amateur Record, Finished All 7 Opponents (5 in 1st round)

    20) Ben Egli - 4-0-0 - USA - 26 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (0 TKO, 4 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 4-5; Opponent Strength Rating: 3/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: 10-1 Amateur Record, BJJ Brown Belt, Submitted All 4 Opponents

    21) Mounir Lazzez - 4-0-0 - Tunisia - 27 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (4 KO, 0 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 6-5; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Amr Wahman (6-4)
    Other Details: 8-1 Amateur Record, Former African Muay Thai Champion, Knocked Out All 4 Opponents

    22) Thiago Gaia - 3-0-0 - Brazil - 24 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (0 TKO, 3 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 0-0; Opponent Strength Rating: 1/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: BJJ Black Belt, 2007 Junior BJJ World Champion

    23) Sam Boult - 7-0-0 - England - 30 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 86% (1 KO, 5 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 5-2; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Alan Johnston (5-0)
    Other Details: 13-1 Amateur Record, BJJ Brown Belt

    24) Bill Beaumont - 4-0-0 - England - 29 Years Old
    Signed to: UCMMA; Finish Ratio: 50% (2 KO, 0 Sub, 2 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 11-6; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Makunga Bunduku (4-0), Marvin Vettori (5-1)
    Other Details: Perfect 4-0 Amateur Record, Brother is Also Unbeaten MMA Fighter

    25) Takashi Sato - 6-0-0 - Japan - 24 Years Old
    Signed to: Pancrase; Finish Ratio: 83% (2 KO, 3 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 15-11; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Hidetora Hidetora (10-6), Yasuaki Miura (7-4), Genpei Hayashi (4-2)
    Other Details: Finished 4 of 5 fights , Training Partner of Ryo Chonan & Yuya Shirai

    26) Murilo Trevizan - 4-0-0 - Brazil - ?? Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 50% (2 TKO, 0 Sub, 2 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 7-3; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Victor Eustaquio (6-3)
    Other Details: Judo Black Belt, BJJ Purple Belt

    27) Justin Patterson - 4-0-0 - USA - 29 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (3 TKO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 4-4; Opponent Strength Rating: 3/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: 3-0 Amateur Record, Finished All 4 Fights

    28) Kevin Medinilla - 5-0-0 - Argentina - ?? Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 80% (0 KO, 4 Sub, 1 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 9-1; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Pedro Junior (8-0), Alessandro Gambulino (3-0)
    Other Details: BJJ Purple Belt, Submitted 4 of 5 Opponents

    29) Chris Thirkell - 4-0-0 - England - 32 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (3 KO, 1 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 6-3; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: Graham Langley (3-0)
    Other Details: Judo Black Belt, 4-1 Amateur Record, Finished All 4 Opponents

    30) Antonio Trocoli - 6-0-0 - Brazil - 24 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (2 KO, 4 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 7-2; Opponent Strength Rating: 2/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Extremely Tall Welterweight at 6’5”

    31) Alvaro Correa - 6-0-0 - Paraguay - ?? Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (6 KO, 0 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 13-8; Opponent Strength Rating: 6/10
    Key Wins: Cristian Torres (6-2), Misael Chamorro (6-2)
    Other Details: Knocked Out All 6 Opponents

    32) Roberto Neves - 6-0-0 - Brazil - 31 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 50% (3 KO, 0 Sub, 3 Dec)
    Opponent W/L: 9-2; Opponent Strength Rating: 6/10
    Key Wins: Luciano Palhano (11-0)
    Other Details: Trains at Team Nogueira

    33) Mohammad Walid - 4-0-0 - United Arab Emirates - 21 Years Old
    Signed to: One FC; Finish Ratio: 100% (1 KO, 3 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 7-2; Opponent Strength Rating: 5/10
    Key Wins: Vaughn Donayre (7-1)
    Other Details: Brother Is Also MMA Fighter

    34) Damian Bilas - 5-0-0 - Poland - 23 Years Old
    Signed to: Unsigned; Finish Ratio: 100% (0 KO, 5 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 7-5; Opponent Strength Rating: 4/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: Submitted All 5 Opponents, 3-1 Amateur Record

    35) Isamu Kanazawa - 4-0-0 - Japan - ?? Years Old
    Signed to: Shooto; Finish Ratio: 100% (1 KO, 3 Sub)
    Opponent W/L: 3-3; Opponent Strength Rating: 2/10
    Key Wins: N/A
    Other Details: All 4 Wins in Less Than 60 Seconds, Includes Banana Split Submission Victory

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    whatever happened to that scope vs waltar fight
     
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    Brilliant, I love what you do.

    There's so much talent to be excited about.
     
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    That's been cancelled about 3 times, I wouldn't get your hopes up on it ever happening!
     
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    Great thread man. Though likely needs an update but cool read was linked from your sig to another awesome thread you made. Keep it up,. this is why I come to Sherdog for shit like this.
     
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    Will you do a 2016 Edition ?
     
  9. mattandbenny

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    Thanks :). Yes i think when they changed the forum over it messed some of the first few posts up (i see some of the 1-15 text has completely dissappeared). I've got it all saved in a word document, so will try correct them all at some point. Towards the end of the year i will post a detailed update for the whole list - how they are doing 2 years later, and how my rankings are looking now etc.


    Yes i have started the early research part, putting together the lists the past couple of weeks. So after a 2 year break it will be back. Got over 1,000 fighters shortlisted so takes a while lol. Not for another 6 months though - i normally publish the first weight class new years day, so it will be back 1st jan 2017.

    Edit - looking back the welterweight list looks pretty successful with 6 of the top 10 now foghting fot UFC. And guys like Gahadza & Piraev are still good prospects. Shame Scope has been inactive - not sure if he's been injured or has given up on MMA, but its been a couple of years and no sign of a return.
     
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    Alot has changed since your last rankings so you have to do lots to research :D Top prospects like Bibulatov, Askhabov and Yan werent in your previous rankings but im curious for how you will rank them.
     
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    I'm very high on both the Askhabov brothers. I know the bigger one has lost a couple of times so is ineligible, but the smaller one will be very high on the list (if he is still unsigned).
     
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    Keep up the solid work man, I know how much work it is to post these stats and things in a comprehensible format. The information is out there but takes time to sort through, and format etc. I know because I've made a few threads of the like though not nearly as in depth and detailed as you have so thank you for putting the time and energy into them and I look forward to future statistics.
     
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    Great list. Wonder what there records are nearly two years after this original post.
     
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    Cheers. I've got their updated records all on an excel document. I'm releasing my 2017 prospect lists in January so probably in December i'll create a thread with updates of the 2015 version. Currently 43 guys were signed by UFC, 14 by Bellator & 6 by WSOF, so pretty decent results.


    This thread for example (Welterweights) has been pretty successful. Unfortunately my #1 pick Ryan Scope hasn't fought in the past 2 years due to injuries, but elsewhere 6 of my top 10 have been signed by UFC (Till, Breese, Dalby, Webb, Silva & Graves).
     
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    will be interested, as by my rankings in my sig, russian picks are hellish
     

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