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Prospects to watch

  • 1. Askar Askarov (10-0) Flyweight 

Askar Askarov is a very highly touted prospect. Askarov will debut Saturday the 21st against returning fighter Brandon Moreno. Askar is ranked #11 flyweight in Russia. Askarov has finished every fight, and it’s a very exciting fighter.

2. Jack Shore (11-0) Bantamweight

Jack shore is a former Cage Warriors Champion. Jack Shore is taking on another prospect in Nohelin Hernandez at UFC Copenhagen. Jack shore has never seen defeat in his career, dating back to his first fight in 2012. I got a hold of Jack Shore and asked him some questions if you want to get to know him more. 

3. Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-2) Light Heavyweight

“Lord” Michal Oleksiejczuk is a rising LHW. He’s on an 11 fight win streak, would be 12 but his win over Khalil Rountree was a NC. In his past two fights he decimated his opponent. I think Michal has amazing potential, and can very well challenge for the title by the end of next year. 

4. Shawn Bunch (9-3) Bantamweight

Shawn Bunch is the #24th ranked Bantamweight on the regional ranking according to Tapology. He hasn’t lost since 2015, one of those losses was to former Bellator Champion Darrion Caldwell. He’s on a 5 fight win streak, and one of the very few people to finish Bellator veteran Joe Warren, in the first round too. 

5. Maki Pitolo (12-4) Middleweight

Maki Pitolo fought recently on the Contender Series. He scored a 1st round finish against Justin Sumter another promising prospect. He’s on a 3 fight win streak and hasn’t lost since 2017. He fights on the UFC243 card against Callan Potter. He’s currently ranked #6 I predict a first round knock out and new prospect has risen. 

6. Brok Weaver (14-4) Welterweight 

Brok Weaver is coming off a nice unanimous decision win on Dana White’s Contender Series. He holds a 7 fight win streak dating back to 2016. He takes on Thomas Gifford, another prospect at UFC Tampa. He’s got a great personality, but I’m not to sure how he’s going to look against UFC caliber fighters. Guess we will have to wait and see! 

7. Miguel Baeza (7-0) Welterweight

Miguel Baeza is an undefeated prospect fighting out of Florida. 7 of his 5 wins have come by way of KO. He’s also another Contender Series contestant. He beat his opponent who missed weight, and earned his shot into the UFC. He can strike, has good takedown defense, and I think he has a legitimate shot to be a great fighter in the already stacked Welterweight division. 

8. Jonathan Pearce (9-3) Lightweight

 

Jonathan Pearce is another contestant from the Contender Series. He’s currently on a 5 fight win streak, all finishes. He’s a very exciting fighter who looks to finish the fight. He has an unbelievable story and I’m looking forward to see what he can do in the UFC Lightweight division. His UFC debut is against UFC veteran Joe Lauzon at UFC Boston. It’ll be interesting to see how he stacks up against the veteran. Make sure to tune in!

9. Amir Aliakbari (10-1) Heavyweight

Amir Aliakbari is a UFC Signee I’m really excited to see make his debut. He’s fought in Rizin, and ACA. He’s on a 5 fight win streak dating back to 2016. All 5 finishes but 1 have came way of stoppage. His most recent win was against another prospect Shelton Graves who was on a 7 fight win streak himself, and he knocked him out in the first round. We all know the current state of the UFC heavyweight division, it’ll be nice to get some fresh blood in there.

10. Antonio Arroyo (9-2) Middleweight

Last but not least is Antonio Arroyo. He’s an impressive Middleweight who scored a 2nd round submission on Dana White’s Contender Series. He showed a good ground attack and impressive striking. Arroyo makes his debut against Kevin Holland, another young fighter at UFC Sau Paulo.

Thanks for reading! Make sure to like/leave comment and let me know what you think! If you have any other prospects in mind don’t hesitate to comment!

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