50 Best MMA Prospects of 2013

MMA Prospect Rankings

In June of 2013, D.C. Ross of RankingMMA.com, released one of the most in-depth MMA Prospects Reports ever written. Ross ranked 50 of the best MMA prospects in the world, who he believes will make a significant impact in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. This in-depth report is planned to be released once per year. Outside of this report, Top 25 Prospect Rankings for each MMA weight class are updated daily here at www.rankingmma.com, and can be foud at http://rankingmma.com/mma-prospects/.

MMA prospects considered for these rankings meet RankingMMA’s prospect criteria at the time this report was published (06/01/2013). All fighters as of this date have never competed in the UFC, Strikeforce, PRIDE, or a Bellator tournament.

As you will see below, marked with an *, 36 of the Top 50 Prospects have since signed exclusive contracts with either the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, or One FC since the release of this report on June 1, 2013.

Top 50 MMA Prospects of 2013

  1. Alex Garcia – * Signed with UFC
  2. Mamed Khalidov
  3. Henry Cejudo
  4. Lance Palmer – * Signed with WSOF
  5. Bubba Jenkins – * Signed with Bellator
  6. Steve Mocco – * Signed with WSOF
  7. Doo Ho Choi – * Signed with UFC
  8. Justin Gaethje – * Signed with WSOF
  9. Darell Montague – * Signed with UFC
  10. Sergio Pettis – * Signed with UFC
  11. Jared Rosholt – * Signed with UFC
  12. Robert Drysdale – * Signed with UFC
  13. Tyrone Spong – * Signed with WSOF
  14. Bibiano Fernandes – * Signed with One FC
  15. Aljamain Sterling – * Signed with UFC
  16. Marlon Moraes – * Signed with WSOF
  17. Dhiego Lima – * Cast Member of The Ultimate Fighter 19
  18. Sheymon Moraes
  19. Gilbert Burns
  20. Patrick Cummins – * Signed with UFC
  21. Josh Sampo – * Signed with UFC
  22. Elvis Mutapcic – * Signed with WSOF
  23. Yan Cabral – * Signed with UFC
  24. Cathal Pendred – * Cast Member of The Ultimate Fighter 19
  25. Rashid Magomedov – * Signed with UFC
  26. Sean Santella
  27. Josh Hill – * Cast Member of The Ultimate Fighter 18
  28. Chris Holdsworth – * Signed with UFC
  29. Jan Blachowicz – * Signed with UFC
  30. Tony Johnson – * Signed with One FC
  31. Tony Martin – * Signed with UFC
  32. Chas Skelly – * Signed with UFC
  33. Rick Glenn – * Signed with WSOF
  34. Jim Alers – * Signed with UFC
  35. Andre Fili – * Signed with UFC
  36. Gleristone Santos
  37. Tom Niinimaki – * Signed with UFC
  38. Goiti Yamauchi – * Signed with Bellator
  39. Guram Gugenishvili
  40. Magomed Malikov
  41. Michal Materla
  42. Ramazan Emeev
  43. Katsunori Kikuno – * Signed with UFC
  44. Steve Bosse – * Signed with UFC
  45. Satoshi Ishii
  46. Assan Njie
  47. Myung Ho Bae
  48. Mike Rhodes – * Signed with UFC
  49. Hernani Perpetuo – * Signed with UFC
  50. Chidi Njokuani


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