10 Best MMA Featherweight Prospects of 2014

Final Words

So, just to sum up this year’s 2014 MMA Featherweight Prospects Report, I will list the rankings and will be updating the list as I go. Once I have completed every weight class, I will set up an index as I did for last year’s report. A few Featherweight prospects ended up signing with the UFC during the break between my 2013 and 2014 Report. Mirsad Bektic, Brian Ortega, Robert Whiteford, Alex White, Alan Omer, Sean Soriano, Zubaira Tukhugov, Douglas Andrade, Noad Lahat, would have likely been in the mix for a Top 25 spot had they not signed with the UFC.

The 2014 MMA Prospects Report rankings are as follows:

  1. Levan Makashvili
  2. Darrion Caldwell
  3. Lance Palmer
  4. Marat Gafurov
  5. Gleristone Santos
  6. Rasul Mirzaev
  7. Mark Dickman
  8. Raoni Barcelos
  9. Bekbulat Magomedov
  10. Rick Glenn



2013 MMA Prospects Report revisited

Last year’s 2013 Featherweight Prospects report rankings were as follows:

  1. Lance Palmer – Signed w/WSOF
  2. Doo Ho Choi – Signed w/UFC
  3. Chas Skelly – Signed w/UFC
  4. Rick Glenn – Signed w/WSOF
  5. Jim Alers – Signed w/UFC
  6. Andre Fili – Signed w/UFC
  7. Gleristone Santos
  8. Tom Niinimaki – Signed w/UFC
  9. Goiti Yamauchi – Signed w/Bellator
  10. Chris Gruetzemacher – Signed w/WSOF

9 of last year’s Top 10 Featherweight prospects signed with the UFC, Bellator, or WSOF a few months after my report on June 1, 2013. The lone holdout, Gleristone Santos, signed a contract with Titan FC, but has struggled with visa issues.

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