A quick look at some of the better prospects in action this weekend
RFA 8 - 21 Jun - Milwaukee, WI - If you want to see top prospects, there is no better place than any RFA event.
Sergio Pettis (7-0) vs. Joe Pegg
Pettis was suppose to be in a fight with long time MMA veteran Jeff Curran that could have easily sold his case for a shot at the UFC with a win, but Curran has pulled out of the fight just 10 days out. Now Pettis is in a tough spot where he is facing a relatively unknown fighter on short notice. Pegg has 3 wins in 2013, and very little to lose in this scenario against the more hyped prospect.
Palmer has been considered one of the best prospects in the sport from the minute he announced he was pursing MMA, after being a 4 time All-American wrestler at Ohio State. He has been training with Team Alpha Male, and to this point in his career he has delivered on the hype, and is closing in on a UFC invitation.
Munhoz is a two time Brazilian National No-Gi champion. He has been a pro since 2008, but has had six fights cancelled due to opponents pulling out already in his career. Munhoz tried out for the most recent season of TUF, and made the interviews with the TV people but feels he missed his chance when he told the producers that he doesn't talk much shit about his opponents. There are holes in Munhoz's striking, but he is quick to come out of a scramble with a submission attempt. Jackson was a college wrestler at the JUCO, and Division II level.
CFFC 25 - 22 Jun - Valley Forge Casino Resort - King of Prussia, PA
Chris Birchler (4-0) vs. Joe Stripling
Birchler was a 2 x NCAA qualifier while wrestling at Edinboro University. He currently is training at AMA in New Jersey, which is also home to numerous current and former UFC fighters. He has a little pop in his hands, but generally sticks to his base, and takes guys down and grinds out his wins.
KOTC - 22 Jun - Albuquerque, NM
Cody East (6-1) vs. Nick Rossborough -
East will attempt to win the KOTC Heavyweight title for the second time. His first attempt ended when he was stopped by long time KOTC, and MMA veteran Tony Lopez. Since that fight East has won three fights by first round stoppage, and even taken a very low level pro boxing match, which he also won. Sounds like he has been training with guys like Frank Mir, and Travis Browne at Greg Jackson's recently, so that should help his progress.
Vale Tudo Japan - 22 Jun - Tokyo, Japan
Avila trains out of team Alpha Male and puts his 10 fight win streak on the line against the UFC, and Dream veteran Uno. A win here for Avila should put him in line for an offer from UFC, Bellator, or OneFC.
Review from Last Week -
Ring of Combat XLV
Frankie Perez, and Andre Harrison both remained undefeated, and improved to 6-0 with wins last weekend. Perez picked up an unanimous decision win over previously undefeated Adam Townsend, while Harrison TKO'd Matias Vasquez.
Justin Gaethje has graduated from prospect to a top fighter. The only thing keeping him from Bellator or UFC at this point is his current contract with WSOF. Jerrod Sanders and Krasimir Mladenov both picked up decision victories to improve their long win streaks to double digits. Tyson Steele on the other hand was derailed in the first round by veteran Steve Carl.
Scott Holtzman picked up a very nice win, and remained undefeated as a LW prospect.
Doo Ho Choi picked up another entertaining win. I don't know if it was impressive enough to get UFC on the line, but he is sure fun to watch.