Top 50 Prospects Outside the UFC and Bellator

Any fighter that has never fought in the UFC, Bellator Tournament, or Strikeforce main card is considered eligible for this Top 50 Prospects Big Board.

Rank
 
Fighter
Weight Class

1

Darrion CaldwellDarrion Caldwell | "The Wolf" |
Age: 26 | Ht: 5'10 | Reach: 74.0"
Overall Record: 5-0
Sherdog | Twitter
FW

2

Justin GaethjeJustin Gaethje |
Age: 25 | Ht: 5'11 | Reach: 71.0"
Overall Record: 12-0
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
LW

3

Marlon MoraesMarlon Moraes |
Age: 26 | Ht: 5'6 | Reach: 66.5"
Overall Record: 14-4-1
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
BW

4

Bibiano Fernandes Bibiano Fernandes | "The Flash" |
Age: 34 | Ht: 5'7 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 16-3
Sherdog | Wiki
BW

5

Adriano MoraesAdriano Moraes | "Mikinho" |
Age: 25 | Ht: 5'8 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 12-1
Sherdog | Twitter
FLW

6

Islam Makhachev |
Age: 22 | Ht: 5'11 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 11-0
Sherdog
LW

7

Tyrone SpongTyrone Spong | "King of the Ring" |
Age: 28 | Ht: 6'2 | Reach: 72.5"
Overall Record: 2-0
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
LHW

8

Sheymon da Silva MoraesSheymon Moraes |
Age: 23 | Ht: 5'7 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 6-0
Sherdog | Twitter
BW

9

Mamed KhalidovMamed Khalidov |
Age: 33 | Ht: 6'0 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 29-4-2
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
MW

10

Leandro AtaidesLeandro Ataides |
Age: 27 | Ht: 6'0 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 7-0
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
MW

11

Alexandre Pantoja |
Age: 24 | Ht: 5'5 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 15-2
Sherdog | Twitter
FLW

12

Michael PageMichael Page | "Venom" |
Age: 27 | Ht: 6'3 | Reach: 77.0"
Overall Record: 6-0
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
WW

13

Marcin Tybura | "Tybur" |
Age: 28 | Ht: 6'3 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 11-0
Sherdog | Twitter
HW

14

Rick GlennRick Glenn | "The Gladiator" |
Age: 25 | Ht: 6'0 | Reach: 76.0"
Overall Record: 15-2-1
Sherdog | Twitter
FW

15

Bubba JenkinsBubba Jenkins | "The Highlight Kid" |
Age: 26 | Ht: 5'7 | Reach: 72.0"
Overall Record: 7-1
Bellator Record: 4-1
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
FW

16

Lance PalmerLance Palmer | "The Party" |
Age: 26 | Ht: 5'5 | Reach: 69.0"
Overall Record: 8-1
Sherdog | Twitter
FW

17

Gleristone SantosGleristone Santos | "Toninho Furia" |
Age: 25 | Ht: 5'9 | Reach: 69.0"
Overall Record: 26-4
Sherdog | Twitter
FW

18

Marat Gafurov |
Age: 29 | Ht: 5'9 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 9-0
Sherdog
FW

19

Leandro Higo | "Pitbull" |
Age: 25 | Ht: 5'6 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 13-2
Sherdog | Twitter
FLW

20

Aaron ElyAaron Ely | "The Cyborg" |
Age: 25 | Ht: 5'8 | Reach: 70.0"
Overall Record: 4-2
Sherdog | Twitter
FLW

21

Marcus Edwards | "Bad Intentions" |
Age: 25 | Ht: 5'9 | Reach: 76.0"
Overall Record: 8-2
Sherdog | Twitter
LW

22

Lowen TynanesLowen Tynanes |
Age: 23 | Ht: 5'10 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 5-0
Sherdog | Twitter
LW

23

Gregor GillespieGregor Gillespie |
Age: 27 | Ht: 5'9 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 2-0
Sherdog | Twitter
LW

24

Bekzod Abdurakhmonov |
Age: 24 | Ht: 5'10 | Reach: 73.0"
Overall Record: 6-0
Sherdog
LW

25

Bekbulat Magomedov |
Age: 23 | Ht: 5'8 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 13-0
Sherdog
FW

26

Ian Stephens |
Age: 25 | Ht: 5'11 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 3-0
Sherdog | Twitter
WW

27

Nicolas DalbyNicolas Dalby |
Age: 29 | Ht: 5'11 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 12-0
Sherdog | Twitter
WW

28

Levan MakashviliLevan Makashvili | "The Hornet" |
Age: 25 | Ht: 5'8 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 5-1
Sherdog
FW

29

Tom Duquesnoy | "Fire Kid" |
Age: 21 | Ht: 5'7 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 9-1
Sherdog | Twitter
FW

30

Smealinho RamaSmealinho Rama | "The Prince" |
Age: 22 | Ht: 6'0 | Reach: 74.0"
Overall Record: 8-1
Sherdog | Twitter
HW

31

Steve MoccoSteve Mocco |
Age: 32 | Ht: 6'0 | Reach: 76.0"
Overall Record: 4-1
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
HW

32

Julio Arce (white trunks) vs. Jason McLeanJulio Arce |
Age: 24 | Ht: 5'7 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 5-0
Sherdog | Twitter
BW

33

Satoshi IshiiSatoshi Ishii |
Age: 27 | Ht: 5'11 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 12-3-1
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
HW

34

Linton VassellLinton Vassell | "The Swarm" |
Age: 31 | Ht: 6'4 | Reach: 82.0"
Overall Record: 14-3
Bellator Record: 3-0
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
LHW

35

Stephan Puetz |
Age: 27 | Ht: 6'5 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 11-1
Sherdog | Twitter
LHW

36

Larue BurleyLaRue Burley | "The Cannibal" |
Age: 30 | Ht: 5'10 | Reach: 70.0"
Overall Record: 4-0
Sherdog | Twitter
LW

37

Mansour Barnaoui | "Tarzan" |
Age: 21 | Ht: 6'0 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 11-2
Sherdog | Twitter
LW

38

Jimmie RiveraJimmie Rivera | "El Terror" |
Age: 24 | Ht: 5'4 | Reach: 65.0"
Overall Record: 14-1
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
BW

39

Elvis MutapcicElvis Mutapcic | "The King" |
Age: 27 | Ht: 6'0 | Reach: 73.0"
Overall Record: 13-3
Sherdog | Wiki | Twitter
MW

40

Ramazan Emeev |
Age: 27 | Ht: 5'11 | Reach: 68.5"
Overall Record: 11-3
Sherdog
MW

41

Scott HoltzmanScott Holtzman | "Hot Sauce" |
Age: 30 | Ht: 5'9 | Reach: 70.0"
Overall Record: 7-0
Sherdog | Twitter
LW

42

Chris Honeycutt |
Age: 25 | Ht: 5'10 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 4-0
Sherdog | Twitter
MW

43

Frankie PerezFrankie Perez |
Age: 25 | Ht: 5'11 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 9-1
Sherdog | Twitter
LW

44

Brett JohnsBrett Johns | "The Pikey" |
Age: 22 | Ht: 5'7 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 10-0
Sherdog | Twitter
BW

45

Tyler Manawaroa | "Wild Thing" |
Age: 19 | Ht: 6'1 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 10-0
Sherdog | Twitter
MW

46

Denis Smoldarev |
Age: 24 | Ht: 6'5 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 8-0
Sherdog
HW

47

Maxim GrishinMaxim Grishin |
Age: 30 | Ht: 6'3 | Reach: 76.0"
Overall Record: 17-6
Sherdog | Wiki
LHW

48

Konstantin ErokhinKonstantin Erokhin |
Age: 31 | Ht: 5'11 | Reach: N/A
Overall Record: 7-1
Sherdog
HW

49

Mike Wootten |
Age: 24 | Ht: 5'10 | Reach: 68.0"
Overall Record: 8-0
Sherdog | Twitter
BW

50

Chris GruetzemacherChris Gruetzemacher | "Gritz" |
Age: 28 | Ht: 5'7 | Reach: 68.5"
Overall Record: 12-1
Sherdog | Twitter
FW

UFC Standings by Fighter Records

Fighter Records listed below are only based off fights in the UFC.

UFC Standings by Record
* 5 Fights minimum
UFC Flyweight Division
John Dodson5-183%
Demetrious Johnson8-1-180%
Joseph Benavidez7-278%
John Lineker5-271%
Chris Cariaso6-367%
John Moraga4-267%
Jussier Formiga3-260%
Brad Pickett4-450%
Scott Jorgensen4-544%
Ian McCall2-2-140%
Tim Elliott2-340%
UFC Bantamweight Division
Renan Barao7-188%
Raphael Assuncao6-183%
Bryan Caraway4-180%
T.J. Dillashaw7-278%
Takeya Mizugaki7-278%
Iuri Alcantara6-275%
Michael McDonald5-271%
Rani Yahya5-271%
Urijah Faber7-370%
Erik Perez4-267%
Yves Jabouin5-363%
Francisco Rivera3-260%
Hugo Viana3-260%
Marcus Brimage3-260%
Chico Camus3-260%
Alex Caceres5-456%
Roland Delorme3-350%
George Roop5-645%
Eddie Wineland3-443%
Mike Easton3-443%
Vaughan Lee3-443%
Johnny Bedford2-340%
UFC Featherweight Division
Jose Aldo6-0100%
Chad Mendes7-188%
Dennis Bermudez7-188%
Cub Swanson6-186%
Ricardo Lamas5-183%
Dustin Poirier8-280%
Frankie Edgar12-4-171%
Darren Elkins7-370%
Nik Lentz9-3-169%
Max Holloway6-367%
Robbie Peralta4-267%
Rony Jason4-267%
Dennis Siver10-663%
Cole Miller10-663%
Steven Siler5-363%
Thiago Tavares9-5-160%
Charles Oliveira6-460%
Jimy Hettes3-260%
Diego Brandao4-357%
Clay Guida11-955%
Jeremy Stephens10-953%
Felipe Arantes3-2-150%
Sam Sicilia3-350%
Godofredo Pepey3-350%
Hatsu Hioki3-443%
Manny Gamburyan4-640%
Maximo Blanco2-340%
Andy Ogle1-420%
UFC Lightweight Division
Khabib Nurmagomedov6-0100%
Myles Jury5-0100%
Tony Ferguson6-186%
Benson Henderson9-282%
Norman Parke4-0-180%
Edson Barboza8-280%
Anthony Pettis4-180%
Jorge Masvidal4-180%
Donald Cerrone11-379%
Jim Miller13-476%
T.J. Grant8-373%
Rafael dos Anjos11-569%
Diego Sanchez14-767%
Ross Pearson8-467%
Michael Chiesa4-267%
Al Iaquinta4-267%
Gleison Tibau15-865%
Joe Lauzon11-665%
Gray Maynard9-4-164%
Michael Johnson7-464%
Danny Castillo7-464%
Nate Diaz12-763%
John Makdessi5-363%
Daron Cruickshank5-363%
Francisco Trinaldo5-363%
Ramsey Nijem5-456%
Evan Dunham7-654%
Yves Edwards10-953%
Sam Stout9-950%
Takanori Gomi4-450%
Josh Thomson3-350%
Erik Koch3-350%
Justin Salas3-350%
Rodrigo Damm3-350%
Anthony Njokuani3-443%
Charlie Brenneman4-640%
Jamie Varner3-538%
Efrain Escudero3-538%
Justin Edwards2-433%
Fabricio Camoes1-3-120%
UFC Welterweight Division
Johny Hendricks11-285%
Rory MacDonald8-280%
Stephen Thompson4-180%
John Hathaway7-278%
Dong Hyun Kim10-377%
Neil Magny5-271%
Robbie Lawler9-469%
Mike Pierce9-469%
Demian Maia13-668%
Matt Brown12-667%
Thiago Alves12-667%
Jake Ellenberger8-467%
Tyron Woodley4-267%
Brian Ebersole4-267%
Sean Pierson4-267%
Josh Koscheck15-865%
Mike Pyle9-564%
Rick Story10-663%
Ben Saunders5-363%
Court McGee5-363%
Carlos Condit6-460%
John Howard6-460%
Hector Lombard3-260%
Robert Whittaker3-260%
Sean Spencer3-260%
Ildemar Alcantara3-260%
Kyle Noke4-357%
Dan Miller6-650%
Seth Baczynski5-550%
Erick Silva4-450%
T.J. Waldburger4-450%
Kenny Robertson3-350%
Tim Means3-350%
Patrick Cote7-847%
Paulo Thiago5-838%
UFC Middleweight Division
Chris Weidman8-0100%
Anderson Silva16-289%
Cezar Ferreira4-180%
Thales Leites9-375%
Lyoto Machida13-572%
Michael Bisping15-671%
Brad Tavares7-370%
Vitor Belfort13-668%
Francis Carmont6-367%
Nate Marquardt11-665%
C.B. Dollaway9-564%
Mark Munoz8-562%
Tim Boetsch9-660%
Ed Herman9-660%
James Te Huna5-456%
Tom Lawlor5-456%
Rafael Natal6-4-155%
Chris Camozzi6-650%
Nick Catone4-450%
Andrew Craig3-350%
Nick Ring3-350%
Tom Watson2-340%
Lorenz Larkin1-420%
UFC Light Heavyweight Division
Jon Jones14-193%
Glover Teixeira5-184%
Alexander Gustafsson8-280%
Phil Davis8-280%
Ovince St.Preux4-180%
Rashad Evans14-3-178%
Ryan Bader11-473%
Dan Henderson7-654%
Fabio Maldonado4-450%
Ryan Jimmo3-350%
Mauricio Rua6-746%
Anthony Perosh4-544%
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira3-443%
Igor Pokrajac4-640%
UFC Heavyweight Division
Cain Velasquez11-192%
Stipe Miocic6-186%
Junior dos Santos10-284%
Andrei Arlovski12-475%
Fabricio Werdum6-275%
Matt Mitrione8-373%
Josh Barnett5-271%
Travis Browne7-2-170%
Frank Mir14-961%
Gabriel Gonzaga11-761%
Brendan Schaub6-460%
Soa Palelei3-260%
Roy Nelson7-558%
Mark Hunt4-2-157%
Ben Rothwell4-357%
Shawn Jordan4-357%
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira5-550%
Alistair Overeem2-340%
Antonio Silva2-3-133%

UFC Women’s Strawweight Rankings

Photo Credit: www.wmmaroundup.com

The UFC announced they were adding a Women’s Strawweight division to their roster a few months back. Most of the fighters that were signed will be competing on Season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter coached by Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez. Instead of simply crowning a season winner of TUF, and an actual UFC Championship will be awarded to the winner.

Since most of the top Strawweights will be competing on TUF 20, and not technically debuting in the UFC, I will keep fighters ranked as NR (Not Ranked), until they have officially fought in the UFC, just as a I do for all other divisions.

10 out of 10 on Fight Night 48 Predictions

It’s rare that I can pick a card perfect, but I just did so. After reading through BloodyElbow’s panel of experts’ picks I was starting to get nervous on a few of my picks, but I guess that’s why watching actual tape of prospects helps me feel confident making fight predictions.

Once again, here’s my picks from earlier this week:

Main Card

Michael Bisping def. Cung Le  – Bisping struggles against opposition with good footwork and KO power, but Le is coming off another long layoff, and though he is by far the more explosive fighter, Bisping should have the overall wrestling and conditioning advantage for a 5-round fight. There’s still potential for Le to win via KO, but Bisping has held his own against recently against Brian Stann and Alan Belcher.
Tyron Woodley def. Dong Hyun Kim – Kim has been nearly invincible fighting in Asia, but Tyron Woodley is a stylistic nightmare. Woodley will have to make sure to not give up a takedown, which sounds strange since he is one of the top wrestlers in the sport, but Kim has proven resourceful with his judo. If Kim can seize top position, he’s capable of keeping Woodley on his back. What’s more likely to happen though is Kim gets reckless on his feet and pays for it.
Zhang Lipeng def. Brendan O’Reilly – I’m stunned Brendan O’Reilly is getting a shot in the UFC. No disrespect, but he didn’t exactly shine on The Ultimate Fighter: Canada vs. Australia. O’Reilly did do a good job of garnering camera time for his trash talk, so it looks as if it won him an audition against TUF China Welterweight winner Zhang Lipeng. This is supposed to be a showcase fight for Lipeng, so if he doesn’t it will show just how far behind China is in the sport.
Ning Guangyou def. Jianping Yang – The Featherweight winner of TUF China is finally going to be determined as the #1 and #2 overall pick of the season face off. Ning finished both his fights on TUF China via KO, while Yang primarily relies on his submissions. I will side with Ning, though it’s merely just a flip of the coin.

Preliminary Card

Wang Sai def. Danny Mitchell – I went back and forth on this pick probably more than any other fight on this card. I sided with Sai mainly due to his homefield advantage. Mitchell is as scrappy as they come, and he has legit submissions, which has been a sore spot at times for Sai. Yet, if the UFC really wants China to get behind the sport, the need for homegrown athletes is paramount. For that reason, I am guessing UFC matchmaker Joe Silva booked Sai in a fight he feels he can win.
Alberto Mina def. Shinsho Anzai – Mina is finally set to make his UFC debut, but he sure has had to go through his fair share of drama to get there. From a prior Bellator contract, injuries, Zak Cummings missing weight, and now a last minute opponent change, Mina finally gets to step inside the octagon. He faces a relatively unknown, yet rising Japanese prospect Anzai. I haven’t watched much film on Anzai, but I do know Mina’s game, and I’m sticking with him to win via submission.
Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme – I originally was about to side with Delorme, but I watched a little film, and once again remembered why Sasaki is one of the rising phenoms in Japan. This is still a tough fight for Sasaki’s debut, but Delorme’s lack of striking should allow Sasaki the freedom to take risks. As long as he can avoid Delorme’s submission attempts, I see him winning via decision.
Colby Covington def. Wang Anying – Colby Covington was my #2 Welterweight prospect prior to signing with the UFC. His wrestling is off the charts, and he trains daily at American Top Team. The word has been spreading about his immense potential. Covington should have no problem taking Anying down and doing what he wants with him.
Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui – Another flip of the coin type fight as there’s not a whole lot of video available on these two guys. This is the type of fight that shows just how much the UFC has watered down their roster. I’ll take Wee.
Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips – Phillips proved ultra-tough in her debut, but I will still take experience over toughness in this one.

Welcome to the UFC Cain Carrizosa

The UFC adds another Cain to their roster. Joining UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, will be Lightweight Cain Carrizosa. Carrizosa is set to face fellow newcomer Chris Wade at UFC 177. Carrizosa was my #27 Lightweight prospect prior to signing with the UFC. He’s definitely a powerhouse-type fighter with great size for the division, standing 6’0 tall.

Carrizosa has never competed outside of California, having primarily competed for the Tachi Palace Fights promotion. He also fought once on a Bellator undercard in 2013. Carrizosa hasn’t faced top-level competition thus far in his career. The biggest name under his belt is a 2011 decision win over Featherweight prospect Daniel Romero.

To see Carrizosa in action, check out some fight footage below:

 

UFC Fights for August – Sorted by Weight Class

Heavyweight
Anthony Hamilton vs. Ruan Potts

Light Heavyweight
None

Middleweight
Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le
Francis Carmont vs. Thales Leites
Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson

Welterweight
Tyron Woodley vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Mike Pyle vs. Jordan Mein
Ben Saunders vs. Chris Heatherly
Alex Garcia vs. Neil Magny
Danny Mitchell vs. Wang Sai
Alberto Mina vs. Shinsho Anzai
Colby Covington vs. Wang Anying

Lightweight
Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo
James Vick vs. Valmir Lazaro
Ramsey Nijem vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira
Yancy Medeiros vs. Justin Edwards
Tony Martin vs. Beneil Dariush
Zhang Lipeng vs. Brendan O’Reilly

Featherweight
Max Holloway vs. Clay Collard
Tom Niinimaki vs. Chas Skelly
Ning Guangyou vs. Jianping Yang
Royston Wee vs. Yao Zhikui

Bantamweight
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao
Joe Soto vs. Anthony Birchak
Roland Delorme vs. Yuta Sasaki
Matt Hobar vs. Aaron Phillips

Flyweight
Scott Jorgensen vs. Henry Cejudo
Wilson Reis vs. Joby Sanchez

Women’s Bantamweight
Shayna Baszler vs. Bethe Correia
Milana Dudieva vs. Elizabeth Phillips