Dileno Lopes: MMA Prospects Report 2013

Flyweight Division

#7 Prospect: Dileno Lopes

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Profile:

Dileno Lopes made his mixed martial arts debut in 2007 at just 18 years old. Lopes quickly established his top prospect status as he submitted his way through his first 8 opponents. Lopes’ talents nearly earned him a contract stateside to compete in Tachi Palace Fights against Ian McCall, but talks fell apart and Lopes was resigned to continue competing on the Brazilian regional scene. Lopes continued to rack up wins before trying out for Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Unfortunately, TUF: Brazil 1 was only looking for Featherweights and Middleweights, but Lopes ultimately made the decision to move up 2 weight classes in order to fight his way into the UFC. Lopes was given no favors as he was matched against eventual TUF: Brazil 1 winner Rony Jason in the preliminary rounds. Lopes nearly scored the upset, rocking Jason with strikes early, but despite a valiant effort, Jason was able to storm back and finish Lopes with strikes in the 1st round.

Lopes was once again forced back to the Brazilian regional scene, where he racked up three 1st round submission victories in 2012. Lopes was supposed to face fellow TUF: Brazil 1 contestant Giovanni Santos, but Lopes pulled out of the fight last minute due to injury.

Camp/ Country:

Lopes trains out of Nova Uniao Manaus, which is not home to the famed list of alumni that surrounds Nova Uniao’s headquarters in Rio. Lopes likely has trained alongside the beasts at Rio’s Nova Uniao, but he may not enjoy the same benefits that Head Coach Andre Pederneiras provides his fighters, which are connections to bigger promotions and opportunities to fight overseas. Lopes has only fought for Shooto Brazil once in his career, which is Nova Uniao’s dedicated promotion. He has primarily fought on fight cards located around the Amazonas area. Unfortunately, this region does not gain the mainstream attention that Brazil’s top promotions; Jungle Fights, Shooto Brazil, or Bitetti Combat receive.

Career Forecast

Lopes is ultra-aggressive and that style will likely catch the eyes of the UFC and Bellator. The UFC already thought he had the talent to try out for The Ultimate Fighter, but the problem was Lopes was forced to fight 2 weight classes above his natural weight class. Lopes may jump at the chance to sign with Bellator, though he would be forced to compete as a bantamweight.

Lopes is UFC-ready. His skill-set has already proven to be dominant on the Brazilian regional scene. Though Lopes has never really faced any big-name competition besides Rony Jason, his performances thus far have spotless. Should Lopes sign with the UFC, he would be an instant crowd pleaser. Although, Lopes has won most of his fights via submission, he has proven his willingness to swing for the fences. Lopes may not have the wrestling pedigree of many of the UFC’s current flyweights, but he does bring a stellar top game, and has a stocky build that should allow him to hold his own in the strength department. Lopes is still just 24 years old, but the time is now for him to compete against the UFC’s best flyweights in the world.

Statistics

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Videos

Video 1: Lopes Highlights

Video 2: Lopes vs. Stenio Silva (2012)

Other Links

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Sherdog Profile: http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Dileno-Lopes-29635

The 2013 MMA Prospects Report

My 2013 Prospects Report started on June 1, 2013. All statistics, news, and info are reflected up to that date.
*Introduction/FAQ
Fighters marked with a "+" after their name have since signed with a major promotion.
FlyweightBantamweightFeatherweightLightweight
1. Darrell Montague +
2. Sergio Pettis +
3. Josh Sampo +
4. Sean Santella
5. Danny Martinez +
6. Mamoru Yamaguchi
7. Dileno Lopes
8. Ali Bagautinov +
9. Rafael de Freitas +
10. Jose Maria +


* Honorable Mentions
1. Henry Cejudo
2. Bibiano Fernandes +
3. Aljamain Sterling +
4. Marlon Moraes +
5. Sheymon Moraes
6. Josh Hill +
7. Chris Holdsworth +
8. Brandon Bender +
9. Kyoji Horiguchi +
10. Sirwan Kakai +


* Honorable Mentions
1. Lance Palmer +
2. Doo Ho Choi +
3. Chas Skelly+
4. Rick Glenn +
5. Jim Alers+
6. Ande Fili +
7. Gleristone Santos
8. Tom Niinimaki +
9. Goiti Yamauchi +
10.Chris Gruetzemacher +


* Honorable Mentions
1. Bubba Jenkins +
2. Justin Gaethje +
3. Gilbert Burns
4. Tony Martin +
5. Katsunori Kikuno +
6. Joe Ellenberger +
7. Carlos Ferreira+
8. Ivan Jorge +
9. Yui Chul Nam +
10. Nick Newell +


* Honorable Mentions
WelterweightMiddleweightLight HeavyweightHeavyweight
1. Alex Garcia +
2. Dhiego Lima +
3. Yan Cabral +
4. Cathal Pendred +
5. Rashid Magomedov +
6. Assan Njie
7. Myung Ho Bae
8. Mike Rhodes +
9. Hernani Perpetuo +
10. Chidi Njokuani


* Honorable Mentions
1. Mamed Khalidov
2. Elvis Mutapcic +
3. Michal Materla
4. Ramazan Emeev
5. Joseph Henle
6. Ricardo Abreu+
7. Bubba Bush
8. Jeremy Kimball +
9. Tim Williams +
10. Sean Strickland+


* Honorable Mentions
1. Robert Drysdale +
2. Tyrone Spong +
3. Patrick Cummins+
4. Jan Blachowicz+
5. Steve Bosse+
6. Kyle Cerminara
7. Viktor Nemkov
8. Max Nunes
9. Francimar Barroso +
10. Jake Butler


* Honorable Mentions
1. Steve Mocco +
2. Jared Rosholt +
3. Tony Johnson +
4. Guram Gugenishvili
5. Magomed Malikov
6. Satoshi Ishii
7. Derrick Lewis +
8. Chris Birchler
9. Walt Harris +
10. Ante Delija


* Honorable Mentions

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