Siyar Bahadurzada - (21-5)- Kickboxing, Welterweight, 5'11", 170 lbs. 29 years old. , from Kabul, Afghanistan. Currently in the UFC. Was the Shooto Middleweight Champion, has fought in Sengoku, UG, and in Russia. Went on a 7 fight winning streak before losing his second fight in the UFC, a decision against Dong Hyun Kim. I'm hoping he has learned how to sprawl and brawl and will make another run for the UFC WW title. Cause after Hendricks, GSP, Condit....it's Siyar.
Erik Silva - (14-3) - Kickboxing, BJJ, Welterweight, 5'11", 170 lbs. Won a lot of fights in Brazil under the Jungle Fight promotion. Recently lossed a decision to Jon Fitch on October 12, 2012. He's due for another fight soon. He's not as high on my list as Siyar, at WW, but he's good and promising.
Alexander Gustaffson.....an unknown fighter from Russia. From the Russian Top Team. Kickboxing, Sambo, trained with Fedor. Light Heavyweight. Recently sufered a injury in training, was supposed to fight Jon Jones for the LHW title. Hoping he gets back in there, because I believe he is the one to beat Jones.
Fighters I had
a lot of hope for:
Ian McCall - Had a lot of hope in him after the first MM-McCall fight. I wasn't really fond of the introduction of the flyweight division, but that fight changed my mind. I thought McCall won the decision, but Johnson got the decision and after a day or two it was announced a draw. Hoped McCall would beat up MM in the 2nd fight and go on to win the title, but things didn't go as planned. Having lost to MM and Benavidez, I don't think a title shot is on the horizon.
Brian Ebersole - Man I remember him being a fan favourite on this forum in 2011. Talks of him being a future title contender and so on. He was on an awesome win streak before that loss to Heads. No idea what he is doing now. Last fight was nearly a year ago...
Rashad - Thought he would absolutely demolish Lil Nog and drop down to 185. His performance in that fight...
I don't see him doing too well against Hendo if he does that same shit again. Doubt he is gonna make another run at the LHW title or the MW title. He is getting old now.
Fighters I have
a lot of hope for:
Alex Caceres - I really like the guy and his fighting style. Seems like he gets some hate on this forum due to his character on TUF. Hopefully his fighting style changes peoples' mind and he makes a good comeback after his suspension.
Conor McGregor - Excellent performance in his last fight. Can't wait to see how he fares against better competition.
Rafael Dos Anjos - Considering that he trains at Evolve MMA Singapore, and I used to train there as well, I can't help but root for this guy. (Never met him, but whatever
). He is on a really good 3 fight win streak as well. Looked so dominant against Bocek. Hopefully he gets a title shot by 2014.
Maia - What a monster he is at welterweight. Finally putting his BJJ to good use. I don't mind seeing GSP vs Maia in early 2014
Mark Hunt - That fight against Rothwell really made me a fan. Couldn't believe he was outgrappling Rothwell...that was totally awesome. Now,
JDS-Hunt. I will be happy no matter who wins.