MMA Prospects Report 2013: Introduction, FAQ

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The MMA Prospects Report 2013

Welcome to the very first yearly edition of the MMA Prospects Report. I will be taking you through the depths of each weight class across the world in search of tomorrow’s future stars.

Over the last 2 years, I have posted prospects rankings here at www.rankingmma.com. During that time 68 of the fighters we have listed have been signed to the UFC or Bellator. That is a huge number! So, maybe I have a decent eye for finding top talent on the regional scene, or maybe I was simply lucky, but either way, I am hoping this MMA Prospects report will bring more hype and publicity to the fighters featured. Maybe, even Joe Silva or Sam Caplan will get word of this report and offer me a scouting position. Not likely, but you can never say never.

Prospects featured on my site over the last 2 years have quickly found success at the big show level. Fighters such as John Lineker, Hacran Dias, Rony Jason, Conor McGregor, Andrey Koreshkov, Gunnar Nelson, Brandon Thatch, Uriah Hall, Glover Teixiera, Attila Vegh, Jimi Manuwa, and Vitaly Minakov are just a small sampling of the fighters who once made our prospects lists. So, if you are wondering why you should come back and read my MMA Prospects Report, that should be enough right there.

Feel free to leave comments about the prospect featured or to add any additional info I may have missed.

Eligibility Requirements for prospects to be featured in our Prospects Report:

- A Prospect has not participated in the UFC, PRIDE, Strikeforce main card, or a Bellator tournament (Bellator and Strikeforce sometimes signed guys to 1-fight contracts on their undercards as regional draws. This does not eliminate a prospect from eligibility).

- There is no age limit. Glover Teixeira, Michel Prazeres, and Ryan Jimmo are all recent examples of why eliminating a prospect just because they are north of 30 is a mistake.

- A prospect must have at least fought once professionally to be considered eligible. I will not rank prospects based solely off their past sporting success (amateur wrestling, BJJ tournaments, K-1 experience, etc.), who have never participated in a sanctioned MMA fight.

Frequently asked Questions:

1) Where is the women’s division?

Unfortunately, it won’t be featured in this year’s report. I have yet to fully study the UFC’s newest division. I will try to have it featured in next year’s edition.

2) What criteria do you use to rank your prospects?

Potential. That is the big word in all of this. Which fighters competing around the world have the potential to one day be fighting on the biggest stage. Athletic backgrounds such as wrestling, K-1 experience, former crossover athletes from Judo, BJJ, or even pro football are taken into account. Many of the top fighters in the world come from some sort of athletic background that separates them from the pack. That’s my #1 criteria I am looking for. Beyond that, I start looking at the fighter’s record, his finishing rate, and the strength of competition he has faced.

If he shows decent potential, I will begin watching some footage from YouTube. I will then start looking at the camp he fights for and his ultimate potential of one day signing with the UFC or Bellator. If I stumble onto a prospect that is in his late 30’s with a solid record, but he fights out of an unknown camp and has continually fallen short against stiffer competition, there is a good chance I am not listing him in this report. I am not looking for guys that would simply fill the bottom barrels of the UFC’s or Bellator’s rosters, but prospects that could actually be future contenders.

Prospects Report Timeline

Every weekday, Monday-Friday, starting June 3, 2013, I will be releasing one new prospect report at 8:00 am. Thus, in 2 weeks, I will have covered 10 fighters and one full weight class. I will be starting with the Flyweight Division and ending with the Heavyweight Division. There are 8 weight classes total, and 80 fighters will be featured on this report. So, doing the math, this report will be fully completed in 16 weeks. If a fighter signs with the UFC or Bellator during that time, we will not remove them from the report.

I will include the table below that will be updated daily and within each prospect post. This manifest of sorts will always be accessible to readers if they missed a profile one day or would rather want one central place to read the reports.

If you like the MMA Prospects Report, please try to bring some attention to it through MMA forums or recommending it to another MMA fan. Thank you always for your support!

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

 

Creator/Writer: D.C. Ross
Contact Info: Dcross@rankingmma.com
Sources of Information: Sherdog.com, Youtube.com, Tapology.com, Mixedmartialarts.com

 

About D.C. Ross

D.C. Ross is the lead writer at www.rankingmma.com. Prior to that he worked as the lead MMA columnist at www.mmasurvival.com. His work has been mentioned on sites such as www.mixedmartialarts.com, www.cagepotato.com, and www.reddit.com. D.C. Ross is also the author of, "The World's Top MMA Fighters: Over 450 Fighter Profiles and Analysis," which is available at Amazon, Itunes, B&N.
  • S.E.G SD

    Lightweight- Tony Martin 23 yrs old, 6 ft 185 8-0 with ko power, very good wrestling and submission skills. Protege of UFC vet Brock Larson and has a victory over UFC vet Phillipe Nover

    • D.C. Ross

      I haven’t gotten to Lightweight yet, but when I do, Martin is right in the mix for a possible Top 10 spot.

      Martin’s manager needs to contact Sherdog and get those 2 missing fights added to FightFinder. I assume one of them is his win over Worthington at CFX. Also, just to let you know mixedmartialarts.com still has him listed at 185 lbs.

  • azmma

    ok first off how the hell is cejudo ranked 1 there are so many other guys who deserve that spot he is def not it he’s spoonfed fights what happened to frankie saenz, anthony birchak and others who have worked way harder

    • D.C. Ross

      It’s all about potential. Cejudo has that over anyone else in the Bantamweight Division. Birchak is a good prospect, he’s listed under the Honorable Mentions. Saenz is on my radar, maybe next year.

  • azmma

    Henry Cejudo has fought 4 guys with a combined record of 7-27

    • D.C. Ross

      Most prospects start off facing lackluster competition. The guys you mentioned yourself, Birchak, his first 4 opponents were a combined 5-11, and Saenz’s first 3 opponents were 4-15. I think most people that followed Cejudo’s wrestling career know that he is destined for great things in MMA.

      I guess we will have to check back in a year or 2 and see if Cejudo is worth the hype. I strongly think he will be, otherwise he wouldn’t be ranked #1.