Ryan Scope – 7-0-0 - English – 21 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 16-5, Last Fought: Mar ‘13
The number 1 welterweight this year is Englishman Ryan Scope. He was arguably England’s brightest unsigned MMA prospect in 2011, however a serious knee injury kept him out 18 months and halted his progress. A ‘new breed’ of martial artist, he has been training in MMA since 4 years old and had his first amateur fight at 14, before turning pro at 17. Now 21, he has put together an excellent 7-0 record, with his last 6 fights being stoppages. He made his return from injury March 2013 under the BAMMA promotion when he submitted TUF veteran Luke Newman (5-0) in the very first round. He also holds wins over Stu Barrs (6-4), James Mair (5-5) and Scott Ward (4-3). He was scheduled to face Walter Gahadza (13-0) in June, but another injury kept Scope from fighting and they have been rescheduled to fight in February. He splits his training time between England and the Alliance Training Centre in San Diego, where he trains alongside fighters such as Dominic Cruz, Michael Chandler, Phil Davis and Ross Pearson.
Rodrigo Botti – 6-0-0 - Brazilian – 33 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 12-3, Last Fought: Jul ‘13
Rodrigo Botti is a 33 year old Brazilian fighter based in America, and trains out of Syndicate MMA where his training partners include Vinny Magalhaes, Amir Sadollah & Mike Pyle. In addition to this he has also spent time training at the Blackzilians camp. Botti is a high level Jiu-Jitsu black belt – a belt he earned from Leo Vieira in 2005. Among his jiu-jitsu accomplishments include being a 2X Pan American champion, 3X Brazilian champion and 7X State champion. After fighting just 3 times between 2007 and 2012 he rededicated himself to MMA last year, fighting 4 times (1 of which being a no contest). He has made a perfect 6-0 start to his MMA career with 4 of his 6 wins coming via submission.
Dwayne Hinds – 9-0-0 - Trinidadian – 30 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 15-7, Last Fought: May ‘13
Dwayne Hinds is unsurprisingly the lone fighter from Trinidad & Tobago on the entire 2014 list. He has fought all of his fights in either Trinidad or the UK and in 2011 he earned a good win over UFC veteran Gideon Ray (17-13). Born in Trinidad, he migrated to USA when he was 3 years old where he grew up wrestling in high school. He earned a District Championship and was selected to the All New Jersey All-Star Team by the time he was a senior. In addition to his wrestling credentials the 30 year old has also won 2 national judo championships in Trinidad and is the reigning national boxing champion. In his most recent fight be beat American fighter Mike Wade (4-2), who himself was coming off of a win over UFC veteran Kris McCray.
Marcelo Mafra – 5-0-0 - American – 29 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 8-9, Last Fought: Sep ‘13
Marcelo Mafra is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, perhaps best known in the jiu-jitsu community as being the victim of Clark Gracie’s amazing come from behind victory in final of the 2013 Pan Ams. Nicknamed ‘Lapela’, he is a black belt under Damien Maia and as a brown belt he won the World No-Gi Championships at middleweight. Lapela trains and teaches at Joe Stevenson’s Cobra Kai MMA and fights for the regional promotion KOTC. He has finished 4 of his 5 fights (3 submissions and 1 TKO) and among his victims includes Kris Armbrister (7-3) and Isaac Gutierrez (5-4).
Nicolas Dalby – 11-0-0 - Danish – 29 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 29-16, Last Fought: Sep ‘13
The lone fighter from Denmark out of all 230 fighters, Dalby has beaten some of Europe’s top prospects. His opponents have a combined record of 29-16 and his career highlights include ending the unbeaten records of prospects Acoidan Duque (5-0) and Glenn Sparv (4-0). The 29 year old comes from a karate background and is best known for his stand up, of which he possesses an excellent head kick. Dalby won the Fighter Gala Welterweight title in 2011 when he knocked out Mindaugas Baranauskas (5-2) in just 90 seconds and has also holds 2 wins over Ivica Truscek (19-11 & 20-17). In his most recent fight in September he won the battle of Denmark’s top fighters and TKO’d Morten Djursaa (12-4) in the first round.
Walter Gahadza – 13-0-0 - English – 26 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 15-19, Last Fought: Aug ‘13
26 year old Walter Gahadza grew up in Zimbabwe but moved to England at 13 years old. He has one of the most impressive records on the welterweight list at 13-0. Out of his 13 wins, Gahadza has finished 11 of them in the very first round, with the other 2 wins coming by decision. ‘The Sniper’ is well rounded and has won 6 fights by TKO and 5 by submission. The ripped Englishman extremely athletic being a former 100m runner and trains out of Team Sure Grip – an up and coming camp in Essex. Since 2012 he has faced some extremely tough competition with wins over Paul Cook (10-2), Manuel Garcia (22-14), Loic Marty (13-14) and Tautvydas Lileikis (6-4). In his most recent fight in August he beat Cage Warriors veteran Alan Johnston (6-1).
Darren Till – 8-0-0 - English – 20 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 2-9, Last Fought: Nov ‘13
Darren Till is a former English Muay Thai champion and has notched a perfect 8-0 record since turning his attention to MMA. He is one of the youngest fighters on this list at 20 years old and incredibly had over 20 Muay Thai fights, making his debut as a 15 year old. He trains out of one of England’s top camps at Team Kaebon, which is also home to fighters such as Terry Etim, Paul Sass & Andy Ogle. He has kept busy since making his debut with all 8 of his fights coming in 2013 and interestingly he has been plying his trade in South America, with all 8 of his professional fights taking place in Brazil. He has not fought majorly experienced opponents but he has stopped each of his last 7 opponents inside the distance after starting his career with a decision victory. 6 of his 8 wins have come via TKO with another by submission.
Jason Cardillo – 6-0-0 - American – 30 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 11-10, Last Fought: Apr ‘13
American fighter Jason Cardillo was a division 1 wrestler at university and is currently the wrestling coach at MMA fight club Pittsburgh, where he also trains. Cardillo was an amateur champion during an amateur career that saw him go 5-0 with 4 finishes. Since turning professional he has won all 6 fights, with 4 of them coming via submission. Among his wins include Jacob Clark (9-5), Tony Parker (8-7) and Caleb Ball (5-3).
Piotr Mroz – 6-0-0 - Polish – 21 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 4-5, Last Fought: Apr ‘13
Piotr Mroz is one of the youngest fighters on the welterweight list at just 21 years old and moves up 14 places from the 2013 list to take the number 9 spot this year. He had an extensive amateur career before turning pro, finishing with an impressive 18-4 record. He is a 5 time judo champion for his region in his homeland of Poland and is a champion in the Vietnamese martial art Viet Vo Dao. The 21 year old has finished 3 of his 6 fights in the first round and his best win came in 2012 over Mahomed Tulshaev (5-5).
Warlley Alves De Andrade – 6-0-0 - Brazilian – 23 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 15-11, Last Fought: Aug ‘13
Young Brazilian welterweight Warlley Alves De Andrade trains out of X-Gym, one of the top camps in Brazil, where he trains alongside the likes of Ronaldo Souza, Paulo Thiago and Diego Nunes. The 23 year old fights for top Brazilian promotion Jungle Fights and is 4-0 for them. He has started his career a perfect 6-0 with 4 finishes (3 submissions & 1 TKO) and as well as wins over Adilson Ribiero Jr (6-2) and Ederson Moreira (8-8), he brutally knocked out Mike Jackson (11-9) in his most recent fight August.
Jonavin Webb – 4-0-0 - American – 24 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 3-6, Last Fought: Oct ‘13
24 year old Jonavin Webb has an excellent mix of wrestling and jiu-jitsu skills – as a wrestler he has been both district and regional champion, and as a jiu-jitsu practitioner he won the 2011 Abu Dhabi qualifiers at purple belt (he is now a brown belt). In addition to his excellent martial arts background, Webb went a perfect 6-0 in his amateur MMA career and was the champion of 2 different promotions at light heavyweight. In his pro career the Renzo Gracie pupil has dropped all the way down to welterweight and managed to put together a perfect 4-0 record under the CFFC promotion, finishing 3 of his fights in the very first round. In his most recent fight in October he beat veteran Aung La Nsang (14-8).
Ashley Beaumont – 4-0-0 - Welsh – 23 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 8-6, Last Fought: Feb ‘13
Beaumont is arguably Wales’ top prospect and fights out of Tillery Combat MMA Academy – the best camp in Wales where he trains alongside BAMMA fighter Jack Marshman. The 23 year old has destroyed all of his opponents to date, dispatching each of them inside of 2 minutes, with 3 TKO’s and a submission. In his most recent fight he became the Ultimate Impact welterweight champion with an impressive first round submission of Lee Caers (7-2). He signed with top European promotion Cage Warriors Fighting Championship last year and will debut with them in 2014.
Marif Piraev – 8-0-0 - Russian – 22 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 10-1, Last Fought: Dec ‘13
Russian fighter Marif Piraev trains out of Fight Nights Team – an up and coming camp in Eastern Europe that also features UFC fighter Ali Bagautinov and Bellator champion Vitaly Minakov. Since making his debut late in 2011 he has won 8 straight fights, finishing 6 of them inside of the distance (5 submissions & 1 TKO). The 22 year old put his name on the map in Europe in December when he won the battle of unbeaten prospects as he submitted former UFC signee Benjamin Brinsa (13-0) in less than 3 minutes. He also holds a 2012 win over the previously unbeaten Alexey Gannenko (3-0).
Aziz Pahrudinov – 10-0-1 – Ukrainian – 24 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 11-5, Last Fought: Nov ‘13
The first of 2 Ukrainian fighters on the welterweight list, Pahrudinov is a Sambo specialist and regularly competes in combat Sambo events in Europe. He started his career with 2 one-night tournament wins – he won the 4-man Pankration cup in February 2010, followed by winning 4-man MMA Pro Grand Prix later that year. Of his 10 victories, he has never been to the judges’ scorecards, winning 9 by submission and the other by TKO. He has fought for a variety of promotions throughout Eastern Europe and his best win came in 2012 over Anatoly Safronov (13-13).
Rob Wood – 6-0-0 - American – 26 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 9-5, Last Fought: Nov ‘13
Rob Wood is the champion of regional promotion Rage In The Cage, a title he won last June against Kemmyelle Haley (2-0). He is a purple belt in jiu-jitsu under Jiu-Jitsu world champion Rafael Lovato Jr and has gone to the judges’ scorecards just once so far in his pro career, winning 4 fights by submission and 1 by TKO. He trains out of R-1 MMA, where he is a training partner of UFC fighters James Head and Matt Grice, and in his most recent fight he won a close split decision over Alex Morono (5-1).
Rasul Abdulaev – 3-0-0 - Russian – 24 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 11-3, Last Fought: Nov ‘13
Rasul Abdulaev has the least number of wins out of any fighter on this year’s welterweight list at 3-0, however he makes it into the top 30 due to the high calibre of opposition he has beaten. He only has 3 fights, but so far in his young career he already owns wins over Jean Manuel Suarez (13-4), Christian Eckerlin (7-3) and Magomed Dibirdadaev (5-0). Abdulaev has fought his entire career for the M1 organisation, fighting on average every 6 months since making his debut in 2012.
Toshikazu Suzuki – 7-0-1 - Japanese – 24 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 11-14, Last Fought: Oct ‘13
The only Japanese fighter on the welterweight list, Toshikazu Suzuki has earned himself a solid 7-0 record with 1 draw. The 24 year old fights for the Pancrase organisation and fought for them 3 times last year. Unlike many Japanese fighters Suzuki is a finisher and after starting out his career with a draw he finished 6 straight opponents opponents (4 TKO’s & 2 Submission’s), including a TKO win over Japanese prospect Gota Yamashita (6-1). He went to a decision for the first time in his most recent fight in October, beating Pride veteran Diajiro Matsui (12-27).
Pedro Junior – 5-0-0 - Brazilian – ?? Years Old - Opponent W/L: 10-3, Last Fought: Nov ‘13
Pedro Junior is an excellent striker that trains out of the famous Chute Boxe camp in Brazil. He put himself on the map in his most recent fight in November when he stopped another prospect via TKO - the previously unbeaten Antonio Marcos (8-0). He has fought for a variety of regional promotions in Brazil and he also holds a win over Giovani Lima (5-8). After starting his career with a decision victory he has won each of his most recent 4 fights by TKO.
Heydar Mamedaliev – 6-0-0 – Azerbaijani – 22 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 6-6, Last Fought: May ‘13
Mamedaliev is unsurprisingly the only fighter from Azerbaijan on this year’s 230 man list, but he is a solid prospect from the Eastern European country. He has never fought outside of Russia or Azerbaijan and in 2012 won the CIS cup - a 4-man one-night tournament. Late in 2012 he gained the best win of his career when he won a dominant decision over another Eastern European prospect, Pavel Pokatilov (10-2). The 22 year old has finished 4 of his 6 fights, with 3 TKO wins and 1 by submission.
Craig Turner – 6-0-0 – English – ?? Years Old - Opponent W/L: 15-14, Last Fought: Nov ‘13
The fourth of 5 Englishman on this year’s welterweight list, Craig Turner is a Jimmy Wallhead protégé that trains at Team Rough House alongside Dan Hardy & Andre Winner. Turner comes from a boxing background and has finished 4 of his 6 fights by TKO. The Englishman won the Made 4 The Cage welterweight title in 2012 when he knocked out Kyle Redfearn (5-3). He is a big welterweight, and also holds wins over experienced fighters such as Shaun Lomas (13-29), Leslie Ojugbana (12-12) and Phil Flynn (7-9).
Marcio Alexandre Jr. - 12-0-0 - Brazilian – ?? Years Old - Opponent W/L: 4-9, Last Fought: Sep ‘13
Alexandre Jr has the best record out of any of the new entries to the welterweight list this year and also has one of the best records on paper out of any fighter on the 2014 list – he is 12-0 with 12 finishes, 11 of which have come in the 1st round and 8 of these in less than 2 minutes! However, the down side to this is that he has fought an extremely poor level of opposition - 9 of his 12 opponents have never won a fight, with Douglas Pilati (3-2) and Murilo Faraco (2-4) being the only fighters he has beaten with any sort of experience.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov – 5-0-0 - Russian – ?? Years Old - Opponent W/L: 5-6, Last Fought: Dec ‘13
Abubakar Nurmagomedov is the brother of top UFC contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. He fights a weight class above his brother at welterweight and just like Khabib he is a former champion of Sambo in Russia. He has looked excellend so far in his young career, putting together a perfect 5-0 record with 5 stoppages, 4 of which coming in the very first round. Among his wins to date include 1st round submissions over Anatoly Safronov (8-11) and Yuri Grigoryan (3-3).
Tolly Plested – 8-0-0 - English – ?? Years Old - Opponent W/L: 3-11, Last Fought: Nov ‘13
Englishman Tolly Plested is a jiu-jitsu instructor at regional British camp Icon BJJ. His background is in boxing, but he soon moved on to jiu-jitsu and is now a brown belt under World Champion Ze Marcello. In 2010 he came 3rd in the British no-gi Open Elite Division and in the same year he won the WUMA European cup. Plested is a huge welterweight – he is a former strongman competitor and power lifter and recently dropped down to 170 pounds from middleweight. Plested fights for the UCMMA promotion and has finished all 8 of his fights (4 TKO’s & 4 submissions), with 7 of these coming in the very first round. The downside is he has mainly fought fighters with losing records.
Vitor Pinto – 7-0-0 - Portuguese – ?? Years Old - Opponent W/L: 7-8, Last Fought: Oct ‘13
The only fighter from Portugal on this year’s 230 man list, Pinto has fought regularly, fighting 4 times last year with victories including Bruno Silva (5-10) and Lius Pinho (4-6). He has finished 4 of his 7 fights, with 2 TKO and 2 submission victories. Pinto has never fought outside of his home country but recently signed for top Asian promotion One FC, but unfortunately had to pull out of his debut for them in November due to medical clearance.
Isaac Steele – 4-0-0 - American – 24 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 4-2, Last Fought: Feb ‘13
Isaac Steele is a student of UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel and also owned a perfect 5-0 amateur record before turning pro. The 24 year old, who fights out of Kentucky, has also put together an equally good 4-0 pro record. He has finished 3 of his 4 fights, with 2 submission wins and 1 by TKO. In his most recent fight he stopped Tommy Roberts (2-3) by 1st round TKO. He trains at Team Jorge Gurgel alongside UFC fighter Justin Edwards and Bellator fighter Jason Butcher.
Luiz Gustavo Dutra Da Silva – 5-0-0 - Brazilian – 28 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 13-6, Last Fought: Oct ‘13
28 year old Luiz Dutra Da Silva trains out of Renovacao Fight Team where he trains with UFC veteran Jose Maria Tome and Bellator veteran Luis Nogueira. He is not the only fighter in his family – his older brother Luiz Dutra Jr is also an MMA fighter and is currently signed to the UFC. Since making his debut in 2012 he has fought for a variety of promotions including Jungle Fight, Shooto Brazil, Bitetti Combat and WOCS. In April last year he picked up a great victory over Sergio Souza (10-2). However, he is not a natural finisher and has gone to a decision in 4 of his 5 fights.
Dmitriy Gozha – 8-0-0 – Ukrainian – 18 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 6-1, Last Fought: Dec ‘13
At just 18 years old, Dmitriy Gozha is one of the youngest out of all 230 fighters on this year’s list. The Ukrainian fighter comes from a judo background and has also trained in jiu-jitsu and kickboxing since a teenager. He has fought his entire career for the Oplot Challenge promotion and won their welterweight grand prix in 2012. He has fought regularly with all 8 fights coming in the last 14 months and he has finished 4 of his 8 victories (3 submissions & 1 TKO). He has however fought a poor level of opposition.
Albert Odzimkowski – 6-0-0 - Polish – 26 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 8-2, Last Fought: Oct ‘13
26 year old Polish fighter Albert Odzimkowski has won his first 6 fights with ease, with 6 first round finishes (5 submissions & 1 TKO), including 53, 55 and 69 second victories. Odzimkowski is a tournament specialist and has already won 2 one-night welterweight tournaments. In 2011 he submitted 2 opponents in the first round (both via heel hook) to win the PK Memorial welterweight tournament, beating Piotr Wawrzyniak (3-1) in the final. Most recently in October he won the Exped Cup tournament, beating Adan Jankowski (2-1) in the final.
Vlad Popovskiy – 6-0-0 - Moldovan – 22 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 7-8, Last Fought: Sep ‘13
Moldovan fighter Popovskiy trains at CSA Moldova – the best camp in his home country where he trains alongside CWFC heavyweight prospect Ion Cutelaba. Popovskiy is a submission specialist and has finished 5 of his 6 fights via submission, including 35, 38 and 56 second wins. In 2011 he won a 4-man one-night welterweight tournament, where he impressively beat Mariusz Radziszewsky (7-8) and Vitaly Ostrovskiy (5-8).
Marco Olano – 4-0-0 - Peruvian – 20 Years Old - Opponent W/L: 4-8, Last Fought: May ‘13
Rounding off this year’s welterweight list is the only fighter from Peru out of all 230 fighters, Marco Olano. He is also one of the youngest on this list at 20 years old and incredibly he actually had his first amateur fight at just 15 years old, turning pro 3 years later aged 18. Olano fights for Inka FC, Peru’s top promotion, and is their welterweight champion. He has destroyed each of his opponents in the first round and with his boxing background is no surprise he has won all 4 fights by 1st round TKO, including 35 and 39 second wins.