Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend.
Ring of Combat - 16 May - Atlantic City, NJ
I'm only half joking when I say that this card might have more guys that will finish 2015 on the UFC roster than the July 17th, UFC FN card in Atlantic City.
Frankie Perez (8-0) vs. Chris Wade (6-1)
Age: 24 Age: 24
Height: 5'11 Height: 5'9
Perez is a Brown Belt under UFC vet Ricardo Almeida. He uses his long frame to implement a slick BJJ game where he can control and attempt submission on his opponents. He has shown a very good double leg at times that allows him to get top position and control the fight. Wade is the ROC LW Champ and was a New York State wrestling champ in 2005, National Junior College runner up in 2007, and D3 All-American in 2009.
Andre Harrison (6-0) vs. Neil Johnson (7-6)
Harrison was a Junior College, and Division 2 wrestling All-American in college. After relying on that style to grind out wins in his first three pro MMA fights, his trainers told him he needed to continue to evolve if he ever wanted a shot at the big time. Since that talk, he has finished all three of his opponents. He trains at Bellmore Kickboxing Academy alongside UFC fighters Costa Philippou, and Ryan LaFlare.
Julio Arce (5-0) vs. John de Jesus (6-4)
Arce has won the New York State Golden Gloves, and has also competed in kickboxing and submission grappling competitions. He is a very well rounded fighter who could move quickly through the regional scene.
Gregor Gillespie (1-0) vs. Brandon Priest (1-3)
Gillespie hold the Edinboro University record for wins as he compiled a 159-13 record while becoming a 4 x All American, winning the 2007 National title. After being derailed several times by injury, he made his MMA debut in January, scoring a 1st round stoppage.
Justin Woods (4-0) vs. Brendan Barrett (9-6)
Woods won a state championship wrestling in Indiana, but has shown big KO power as a Pro in MMA with 4 first round KOs. He is always going to be at a height and reach disadvantage at HW, but has been able to get inside and land his big shots.
Titan FC - 16 May - Newkirk, OK - CBS Sports Network
Gleristone Santos (25-4) vs. Alvin Robinson (13-7)
Santos has been a pro since 2005, but is still only 25 years old. His recent ascent to the big shows has been slowed as he has seen earlier opportunities to fight in the United States delayed due to visa issues. He has dynamite in his hands, and a well rounded striking game from his training with Brazilian Top Team under UFC vet Murilo Bustamante.
KSW - 17 May - Sopot, Poland
Mateusz Gamrot (5-0) vs. Jefferson George (4-2)
Gamrot is a decorated grappler having won the FILA European No-Gi Grappling Championships in 2013. Last time out he picked up a clear UD over UFC veteran Andre Winner, and displayed an improved jab that kept Winner off balance as he worried about avoiding takedowns
Review from last week:
Island Fights - 9 May - Pensacola, FL
Dillon Cleckler (5-0) scored a 1st round TKO over Jonathan Ivey (30-51)
Chaz Morgan (7-0) needed only 28 seconds to TKO Aubrey Collier (1-1).
MFC - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Marcus Edwards (8-2) scored a 1st round RNC submission over Aaron Gallant (6-6)
Pancrase - 11 May - Tokyo, Japan
I'm not perfect, if I've missed a prospect let me know in the comments section.