Bellator is fast becoming one of MMA’s mainstream promotions with their ability to bring in accomplished martial artists. As we have seen over recent months, they also have the ability to root out the next big prospects in the sport and amongst their ranks, they have some of the best young fighters from all over the world. Below is a list of Bellator’s five brightest young talents that have made an impression already in the world of MMA.
5 Aaron Pico
One of the most highly touted prospects in recent years, Aaron Pico at just 21-years-old is looking like the future in Bellator. At just 21-years-old Pico has been competing in freestyle wrestling since he was young and with his strong wrestling as a base he has endless potential to flourish in the sport of MMA.
Debuting earlier this year at Bellator 180 he had an upset loss, but he dealt with it like a true champion and since then he has bounced back with an impressive first round KO victory over Justin Linn in September. His potential is endless at such a young age and I see him making a real impression in the next few years as he evolves his game.
4 Goiti Yamauchi
One of the best Japanese fighters in years, 24-year-old Goiti Yamauchi is looking very dangerous in Bellator's lightweight division coming off three straight victories. He has an overall record of 22-3 with 18 wins coming by way of submission, a very impressive record for such a young competitor. He is a talented submission artist who holds a black belt in BJJ, and it shows in his game as his last three victories have all been first-round submissions. He is a huge threat to anybody in his division and I see him going very far a definite future championship contender.
3 Logan Storley
Another very accomplished wrestler on the list Logan Storley has been on a tear since making his debut back in 2015 winning all of his six fights by way of KO. The 25-year-old has finished five of those six fights in the first round a testament to his finishing ability. He trains with much revered striking coach Henri Hooft and it is scary to think his striking is still developing one can only imagine what his skills will be like in a years time. One of the brightest prospects in recent years, the undefeated Storley has so much potential to thrive in MMA with the skills he has from wrestling. Not only that but with his recent performances I predict many more KO's in his near future.
2 James Gallagher
The youngest man on the list, Irishman James Gallagher has been one of the hottest young prospects to come out of Europe in recent times. A training partner and teammate of Conor McGregor, the 21-year-old has all the potential and all the attitude of his fellow Irishman. He made his pro debut in 2015 and since then he has gone undefeated. Gallagher holds a pro record of 7-0, with six of his seven wins coming by way of submission with his latest victim being Chinzo Machida at Bellator 180. At the ripe young age of just 21-years-old, I see him going very far if he keeps up his recent performances, a definite star in the making the sky is the limit for James " The Strabanimal" Gallagher.
1 A.J McKee
At just 22 years old A.J. McKee is fast becoming one of the best fighters in Bellator's featherweight division. Riding a nine straight win streak since his debut for the promotion in 2015 he is one of the most active fighters on this list. McKee is tied with Michael Chandler and Ben Askren for most consecutive wins in Bellator History. An extremely well-rounded fighter, McKee trains under his father fellow mixed martial artist Antonio McKee. A dazzling prospect for the future he is super dangerous both standing and on the ground as his record shows holding five first-round victories from both KO's and submissions. Bellator easily has the best young prospects in the sport competing for them and one name that stands out among them all is that of A.J. McKee he is a future star for sure.
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