With their introduction of the new flyweight division, the UFC currently has just 8-10 flyweight fighters, so they need to expand. This list is based on fighters that are generally unknown to the mma world, thus why it is missing fighters such as Jussier Da Silva, Darrell Montague, Dustin Ortiz, Mamoru Yamaguchi, Roy Docyogen etc.
I hope you all enjoy my suggestions, let me know your opinions and anyone you think the UFC should sign for the flyweight division.
Timothy Elliott – 8-2-1 - American – 25 years old
Elliot is most notably known for knocking out Jens Pulver in December 2011. After starting out his career with a draw and 2 losses, he has since won 8 straight fights, finishing 7 of them. He followed up his knockout of Pulver with a submission of M1 & TPF veteran Josh Rave (18-9) just last week. Elliot is an all-rounder, and with youth on his side and the reasonably strong level of opposition that he has faced, he seems more than ready for the UFC.
Haruo Ochi – 9-2-1 - Japanese – 28 years old
A fighter for top Japanese promotion Shooto, Ochi recently defeated Sengoku vet Kiyotaka Shimizu, halting Shimizu’s 9-2 streak. Ochi has finished 6 of his 9 wins, which is a good ratio for a Japanese flyweight. The level of competition he has faced has also been good, and recent wins include a TKO of Masaaki Sugawara (11-6) & a decision of Ryuichi Miki (10-4). At just 28 years old there’s plenty of time to improve and he’d make a great addition to the UFC.
Yuki Yasunaga – 8-5-0 - Japanese – 29 years old
After losing his first 4 fights, Yasunaga has won 8 of his last 9, including his last 6 fights. Training out of well respected Japanese camp Tokyo Yellow, Yasunaga fights for the Pancrase organisation. He has kept busy, fighting 6 times since 2011. He has beaten fighters with records of 11-6, 7-1 & 5-1, so his level of competition has been good. The stocky flyweight has been to a decision in 6 of his 8 fights, and is a wrestling/submission specialist.
Jose Maria Tome – 28-3-0 - Brazilian – 30 years old
The Brazilian has not lost for 3 years and is unbeaten in his last 16 fights. Just 3 of his 28 wins have been by decision, so he is known for finishing fights. He trains at the famed Renovacao camp in Brazil, where he trains alongside Bellator trio Maiquel Falcao, Genair Da Silva & Luis Nogueira. The downside to such an impressive record is the level of competition he has faced - during his unbeaten streak ALL of the people he has fought have been hugely inexperienced. This could be credited however to the lack of flyweights in the country, and it would be interesting to see him take the much needed step up in competition.
Nate Williams – 17-10-0 - American – 23 years old
American Williams started his career with a mediocre 8-9, but has put this poor start behind him and has now won 9 of his last 10 fights. Williams has fought some tough fighters in his young career – Zach Makovsky, Carson Beebe and Louis Gaudonit, though has lost in each of them. Most recently he got a good submission win over Mike Powell (11-3). At just 23 years old, Williams is very experienced for his age, and he could soon develop into a UFC quality fighter.
Takeshi Kasugai – 8-2-1 - Japanese – 23 years old
Another Japanese submission specialist, Kasugai fights for the DEEP organisation. He has finished 6 of his 8 wins, including his last 4 fights. He has fought solid yet unspectacular opposition, but that is to be expected off a young 23 year old beginning his career. A submission specialist, he has kept busy, fighting 8 times since 2010. A few more fights and he should be ready for a UFC opportunity.
Keiza Hisamoto – 8-2-3 - Japanese – ?? years old
Since starting his career with a 2-2 record, Hisamoto has since not lost in over 3 years. Most notably, all 8 of his wins have been by submission, with 7 of the 8 coming in the first round. However, as with many of the fighters on this list, he is yet to fight someone who has more wins than losses. After spending his whole career fighting for the Japanese ZST promotion, he recently signed with Rings, and hopefully the signing brings better opposition.
Lincoln De Sa – 9-1-0 - Brazilian – ?? years old
In 2010 De Sa won the Shooto Brazil 8-man flyweight tournament to become the promotions flyweight champion. Just 1 of his wins has gone the distance, with an impressive 7 submission finishes and a TKO. He has kept busy with 4 fights in both 2010 and 2011, although like his compatriot Tome, he has fought a weak level of opposition. The only experienced fighter he has faced he won a split decision over Michael Costa (7-2). De Sa is an undersized flyweight, and is a natural 115 pounder.
Czar Sklavos – 6-1-0 - American – 29 years old
A tall flyweight, Sklavos has won 6 straight fights since losing his debut. 5 of his 6 victories have come by submission, including a 1st round submission of Blake Sprouse (10-2) in his first victory. Since then the level of his opponents has declined, but he still just has 7 fights so he’s not expected to be fighting world beaters yet. Sklavos recently signed with top regional promotion ROF (Ring of Fire), where he should get some good fights.
James Porter – 4-0-0 - American – 19 years old
The youngest fighter on the list, Porter holdes a 4-0 professional record as well as a 4-0 amateur record. In just his 2nd fight he won the AFA flyweight title (in which he also held the organisations amateur flyweight title). 3 of his 4 wins have come by submission within 7 minutes. He has been facing great competition considering his age, recently snapping the 5-fight winning streak of Carson Grainey, as well as holding a win over Jake Rosenbaum (4-1). He is 10th in this list purely based on the fact he is 19 years old and just 4-0 and isn;t yet ready, but he has huge potential and will surely be a UFC fighter one day.