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5 heavyweight prospects with great backgrounds

1)
Alexey Krupnyakov – 3-0-0 - Krgyzstani – 33 years old
A freestyle wrestler from Krgyzstan, Krypnyakov has worldwide experience – competing at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in freestyle wrestling. His best accomplishments include a gold medal in the 2007 Asian Championships, and a bronze medal in the 2005 World Chamionships. He’s a smaller heavyweight, having wrestled at 212 pounds at the Olympics. He has won each of his first 3 MMA fights, winning every fight by 1st round submission.

2)
Jared Rosholt – 4-0-0 - American – 25 years old
The brother of Jake Rosholt, Jared is a 3x All-American wrestler, and 4x Division 1 qualifier. In the 2010 NCAA championships, he narrowly missed out on the gold medal, losing 3-2 in the final. He is the winningist heavyweight ever at Oklahoma state, with a collegiate career record of 125-27. He has started his MMA career with 4 straight wins inside 2 rounds, with 3 by submission and the other by TKO.

3)
Vitaly Minakov – 6-0-0 – Russian – 28 years old
The only samba specialist on the list, Minakov is the 4x winner of the World Sambo Championships. He has won it for each of the last 4 years, winning gold in 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011. He trains alongside Bellator/M1 fighter Vyacheslav Vasilevsky. He’s won all 6 of his MMA fights, finishing 5 of them in under 70 seconds.

4)
Ruan Potts – 4-0-0 – South African – 33 years old
Potts is more well rounded than the rest of the list, being skilled in Judo, Muay Thai & Jui Jitsu. He is a Judo black belt, Jui-Jitsu purple belt, and the South African Muay Thai Champion. Unoficially he is 14-0, however his official record lists him as 4-0 with 4 finishes. He recently defended his EFCA heavyweight title over Andrew Van Zyl (4-0).

5)
Gheorghe Ignat – 4-0-0 – Romanian – 28 years old
Ignat is another world class wrestler, this time a Greco-roman wrestler out of Romania. He is an 8x national champion, as well as the current Balkan champion. He trains at a good camp (The Arena), alongside fighters such as KJ Noons, Roger Huerta & Myles Jury. Ignat has started his career well, winning all 4 fights and finishing 3 of them.
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