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Old 11-23-2010, 11:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation List the BEST PROSPECTS by division + say how far you think they can go ?

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prospects defined as without a top 10 victory.

jump in with opinions even if you cant make all divisions.

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Old 11-23-2010, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Heavywieght - Jon Madsen - he might get a title shot.
Light Heavyweight - Phil Davis - he'll be champion.
Middleweight - Mark Munoz - I think he'll get over the hurdle and make the top ten at some point.
Welterweight - Kim Dong-hyun - He'll contend at some point.
Lightweight - Charles Oliveira - scary talent, could be on the p4p list.
Featherweight - Jonathan Brookins - he gave Jose Aldo the best fight of his career and he's winning the Ultimate Fighter, with more experience and Greg Jackson he could be the guy to dethrone Aldo.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Heavyweight - There are no great prospects ATM but Brendan Schaub is probably the best of the bunch. I think he could be a top 10 guy but never a champion.

Light Heavyweight - The two big guys who i am really in love with (no homo) are Phil Davis and Jon Jones. I think they are the future and will both be title contenders with one - if not both - of them becoming champion at some point. Although i believe Jones will eventually move up to heavyweight.

Middleweight - Court Mcgee comes to mind as the recent TUF winner. I cant see him being champion worthy but maybe if everything pans out he can be top 5 at best.

Welterweight - Dong Hyun Kim has to be the guy here. He's still undefeated at 13-0 and definitely has real skills. I think hell get a title shot at some point after he beats a couple top guys.

Lightweight - There's a lot of talent here in what i think is currently the deepest division in the UFC, especially now with the merger. I think Evan Dunham has to be the guy here, and i believe he can be a champion, but first must get past Kenny Florian. I would name GSP2 here but he jsut beat Lauzon who is probably a top 10 guy.

FW/BW - too early to tell, havent done anything yet in the UFC.
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Heavyweight - He might be champion, but Cain Velasquez is still the best prospect at HW. He could be scarily good in a few years.

Light Heavyweight - This division is going to be ruled by 2 fighters in the near future. Those fighters are Jon Jones and Phil Davis. Both have fantastic wrestling credentials (more-so Davis) and are improving their all-round MMA game at incredibly fast levels.

Middleweight - At 185 Alan Belcher is the dude I see as most promising. He has ever improving, vicious stand-up, he's exciting to watch and proved with his submissions over Patrick Cote and Denis Kang that he's no mug on the ground either. He seems to have been around the sport a long time, but at only 26 I think we're going to see a lot more from 'The Talent'. An honourable mention also has to go to C.B. Dollaway. His face might be the most punchable at 185, but with wrestling as good as Dollaway's and an ever improving submission game, good luck landing that punch on him.

Welterweight - At 170 Dong Hyun Kim clearly stands out. He looked hugely impressive in his last fight against Sadollah, and other than a split decision loss to Karo Parisyan (which was turned to a NC due to Karo testing positive for steroids), he has an unblemished 13-0 (with 1 draw) MMA record. His next fight against a fellow prospect, Nate Diaz, will be a huge test. Nate possesses a very similar fight style to his brother Nick. He's tall, has rangy boxing with decent power, more than decent takedown defence, and is a brown belt in BJJ under Cesar Gracie. That fight, to me, will show us who the most promising prospect is. I'm personally going to go with Diaz. Honourable mentions also have to go to high level wrestler Johnny Hendricks and impressive youngster Rory MacDonald.

Lightweight - Probably the most stacked division in the world. The UFC 155lb division houses some of the best fighters in the world, and hence, some of the most promising prospects. It's a relative newcomer to the UFC I'm most excited about however, that being Charles Oliveira. As soon as I saw his first fight, against Darren Elkins, where he regained composure immediately after being slammed, to pull out a slick triangle choke I knew we had a prospect on our hands. He mixes that vicious brand of Jiu Jitsu with surprisingly explosive strikes. He mixes up his punches and kicks superbly and in his last fight against Escudero put on an absolute clinic before finishing the fight via a choke. Oliveira's not the only prospect though, honourable mentions also have to go to Evan Dunham, Cole Miller and Jim Miller.
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There's a lot of talent to watch at LW right now I think. The kid has some seriously vicious kicks (he's won two fights by leg kicks, one in the first round!) and he's finished everyone. Charles Olivera needs watching as well, that dude's something special in the making. Eban Dunham is also very deserving of this IMO. Dennis Siver and G-Sot both deserve mention as well.

Others: Miquel Falcao is very obviously a monster. Phil Davis, JBJ and a few others that I can't remember off hand.
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HW: Brendan Schuab. I think he has a lot of talent. His striking looks good and is still improving. He also trains out of Greg Jackson's camp. I think he will do good things.

LHW: Phil Davis. This guy is ever improving and always impressing. I expect to see him tear through some higher opposition as well.

MW: Court McGee. Court has a good wrestling base with a solid ground game. His striking has been improving and he has the gas tank to outlast opponents as well.

WW: Dong Hyun Kim. Kim's grappling is very good and I can see him using it to move up the rankings and get some tougher challenges in the future.

LW: Charles Oliveira. Oliveira's ground game is incredible. His striking is good and he has very good cardio. Expect him to really start shaking things up here soon.
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Featherweight - Jonathan Brookins - he gave Jose Aldo the best fight of his career and he's winning the Ultimate Fighter, with more experience and Greg Jackson he could be the guy to dethrone Aldo.
I'm so glad someone finally mentioned this! +rep for you sir.
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I'm so glad someone finally mentioned this! +rep for you sir.
People have been mentioning it since we saw Brookins on the first episode of TUF o.O
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I expect Brookins to do well in the UFC. He will more than likely get a contract after making it this far into TUF.
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People have been mentioning it since we saw Brookins on the first episode of TUF o.O
I was first then to (I was the guy that did that long scouting report on the cast). I didn't know he would be as good as he was until he started running through top prospects.

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I expect Brookins to do well in the UFC. He will more than likely get a contract after making it this far into TUF.
Not to go off Topic but I think the next season of TUF will be a comeback season with LW's so all the ones not signed will compete again a year later. Though I don't think it matters to much as I'm sure he's the overwhelming favorite.

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