Top Five Up and Coming Fighters in the UFC

Criteria No older than 25 years old, maximum 3 fights in the UFC.

#5 Paul Sass

      Coming in at #5 is UK's own Paul Sass. At only 22 years old, Paul has amassed a respectable 11-0 record, and is 1-0 in the UFC. Remarkably, 8 of Paul's wins have come by the way of triangle, including his submission of the night victory over Mark Holst, earning him the nickname "Sassangle". Paul's repetoire includes wins over tough UK fighters Rob Sinclair, Jason Ball as well as British Marine and TUF alumni Martin Stapleton. Paul Sass will only improves as he continues to train at Team Kaobon with promenant UFC fighters Terry Etim and Paul Kelly.

#4 Jonathon Brookins 

      Former FW fighter, Bellator and WEC veteran and Ultimate Fighter Season Twelve winner Jonathon Brookins takes the number 4 spot on the list. Jonathon demonstrated incredible humility and poise as he dominated his opponents to with relative ease to win the most recent season of the ultimate fighter. Jonathon sports a 12-3 record, and has wins over Canadian veteran Yves Jaboin, and bellator fighter Luis Palomino, as well as lasting 3 rounds against the highly respected Jose Aldo. Jonathon is currently on a 4 fight win streak, including his most recent win over tough wrestler Micheal Johnson, and is regarded as one of the best fighters to come out of the Ultimate Fighter recently. Look for Brookins to become a dominating lightweight in the near future.

#3 Rory McDonald

     At only 21 years old, Rory McDonald appears to be one of the best prospects to come out of Canada in a long time. At 10-1, McDonald is coming off a devestating loss to former WEC WW champion Carlos Condit, in a fight which was dominated by McDonald. Rory is now 1-1 in the UFC, after finishing his first opponent via first round submission. Rory has a very tough chin and slick Jiu Jitsu, and will improve immensily as he matures as a fighter. Training at Tristar gym in Montreal, Quebec, Rory will be mentored into an elite WW fighter under the guidance of greats Georges St Pierres, Kenny Florian and Miguel Torres

#2 Chad Mendes

    Unbeaten 25 year old featherweight Chad Mendes takes the number 2 spot on the list. At 9-0, college wrestling star Chad Mendes has beaten the likes of Javier Vasquez, Cub Swanson and Erik Kock. After going unbeaten in four WEC fights, Chad looks to keep the streak alive against Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 126. Chad's incredible wrestling gives him the advantage on the ground over nearly any featherweight, and he has appeared uncontested in his first 9 fight. Training partners Urijah Faber, Danny Castillo and Joseph Benavidez will help shape Chad into a more well-rounded competitor as he continues his dominance of the featherweight division.

#1 Michael McDonald

    Coming in at number 1 spot is 19 year old, WEC veteran, Michael McDonald. Michael started kickboxing at the tender age of 10, fought amature MMA at only 14 and remarkably turned professional at only 16 years old. What's more impressive is that Michael remained unbeaten in his first seven MMA fights, finishing 3 of his opponents by first round submission, and 4 of his opponents by first round knockout. Michael is now 11-1. His only loss which has since been avenged, came at the hands veteran Cole Escovedo. In his WEC debut, McDonald showed great poise defeating 11-3 vetera Clint Godfrey by submission in the first round. McDonald, whois a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt, has already shown that he is a force to be reckoned with and will continue to make the push for the new UFC Bantamweight belt.

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