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Top 5 prospects in the UFC

RealSport takes a look at the brightest talents under 25 set to make their mark in the UFC


  1. 5 "Thug" Rose Namajunas


    Rose Namajunas has been a standout at 115 since her debut for the company back in 2014. 

    Since then, her constant exposure against the top talent at strawweight has won her countless opportunities to show her skills, and her latest submission victory over Michelle Waterson was a culmination of all that hard work coming to a head. Now, with all the contract situations all but complete en route to her next blockbuster fight with Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, she will have another opportunity to legitimize herself as a mainstay at the strawweight division and possibly crown herself as the most accomplished female UFC fighter under 25 if the outcome is favorable. 

    With the biggest fight of her life coming up, she will be looking to keep the same focus that has won her tough bouts against names like Waterson and Van Zant as another upset lurks in the crosshair.

  2. 4 "The Korean Superboy" Doo Ho-Choi


    Doo Ho-Choi was already a star-studded prospect before that Fight of the Year candidate with Cub Swanson, but after the fight, he solidified his place as one of the brightest prospects to come out of South Korea in recent memory, and the future is looking boundless for this 24-year-old prospect.

    Hell, he might even make a case to replace Chan Sung-Jung as the 'Korean Zombie' if he can keep on pulling off insane FOTN bouts like that. His skills are only improving from here on out, and his knack for finding the chin is unlike any other in a division that is never lacking on fighters with that killer instinct. With a few more years of training under his belt, he might have what it takes to win it all incredibly soon.

  3. 3 "The Motown Phenom" Kevin Lee


    Kevin Lee has been a surging force at lightweight since his upset win over Jake Matthews this past year. 

    Since then, Lee's streak of upsets has continued as he got big wins over names like Chiesa and Mustafaev by winning in emphatic fashion. He doesn't just win, he enjoys beating his opponents at their own game, and he's been able to do it time and time again en route to his biggest fight against Tony Ferguson next month. Regardless of underdog status or not, you can guarantee that Lee will be coming with intentions to win, and his hallmarks of relentless pace, dominant wrestling, and up-tempo movement will be key in pulling out a victory over 'El Cucuy'. Time will tell if the Motown Phenom has what it takes to make that transition from promising talent to superstar as he gets set for his first main event fight.

  4. 2 Cody "No Love" Garbrandt


    Cody Garbrandt came, saw, and conquered the bantamweight division upon his arrival just a few short years ago. 

    After a string of KO wins over the likes of Thomas Almeida and Takeya Mizugaki he made his case for the title against Dominick Cruz, and what followed was one of the best performances from an underdog in the history of the UFC, the world is completely at Garbrandt's disposal, and if he can manage to keep the belt against the slew of tough opponents at 135, he can quickly make his case as one of the greatest young champions in the history of the brand.

  5. 1 Max "Blessed" Holloway


    Max Holloway's path to stardom started with a grueling yet powerful lesson in his loss to Conor McGregor back in 2014. 

    In the few short years since then, he has made the most of every opportunity to completely outclass his 'overmatched' and 'more experienced' opponents in the octagon en route to a huge upset win over long-time Champion Jose Aldo. With all the tools at his disposal to continue on a historic run at featherweight, Max Holloway is wasting littletime on returning to the octagon as he looks to defend his belt soon, and hopefully one day make his dream of an event for UFC: Hawaii ring true.

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Nicolas Vera

Currently studying at Rollins College pursuing a Bachelors in English.

 

If I'm not keeping up with the latest fight news then I'm probably writing about it!  There's nothing better than watching two martial artists compete at their peak in the name of competition, and that's why I cover this amazing sport!  It's not always about entertainment, it's an art form.

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