This is going to be the last edition of Prospects to Watch, for at least the immediate future. I posted the first edition just over a year ago and have only missed a couple of weeks since. It has been fun to research these prospects trying to bring everyone some background and fights of the best young talent out there.
Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend.
RFA - 6 Jun - Culver City, CA
Andrew Sanchez (5-1) vs. Kevin Casey (7-3)
Sanchez was a 2x NAIA Champ, and 4 x NAIA All-American in college. He also went 6-0 as an amateur prior to turning pro, and is very close to earning a shot at the UFC after beating stopping fellow prospect Miles Marshall last time out. Casey was a participant on the TUF: 17, and is a BJJ black belt under Rickson and Kron Gracie.
BAMMA - 7 Jun - Southampton, Hampshire, England
Max Nunes (13-1) vs. Scott Askham (11-0)
Age: 25 Age: 25
Height: 6'2 Height: 6'3
This fight has been rumored for a little while now, and now looks to be coming to fruition. I expect the winner of this fight to have a UFC contract waiting for him by the time he gets back to the dressing room. Nunes is a well rounded fighter who will use his striking to work into a clinch and then trip his opponents, landing in top position. Once on top he has brutal GnP and the ability to generate serious power.
Askham vs. Lomas - It is worth the 4 seconds of your time
Cage Warriors - 7 Jun - London, England
Arnold Allen (7-0) vs. Marcin Wrzosek (7-2)
Allen is taking a little bit of a step up in competition in this fight, but with 6 stoppages in his 7 pro fights, including 4 in a row he should be ready for the next level of regional competition. Allen has a amateur boxing and kickboxing background, but also uses his lanky frame very effectively in grappling.
Fighters Arena - 8 Jun - Jozefow, Poland
Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (6-0) vs. Julia Stoliarenko (1-0-1)
A very good young prospect out of Poland, Niedzwiedz looks to keep her winning streak alive and build her resume towards the UFC. She has a Judo background, with a bronze medal in the European Cup in the Cadet age group being her most significant accomplishment. She has a very good top game where she will hunt for submission, and GnP based on what her opponent will give her.
Coliseum - 29 May
22 year old Edvard Vartanyan (7-1) won a Majority Decision over Sergey Faley (16-6).
Lukasz Sajewski (13-0) submitted Igor Egorov (7-4) in the first round.
MMA Super Heroes - 30 May
Ricardo Ramos (6-0) finished Fabio Lima (3-1) with a 3rd round choke.
SCC - 30 May
Jeremy Osheim (5-0) scored a UD victory over Todd Stoute (5-2)
Kyle Nelson (6-0) submitted Ainsley Robinson with a Guillotine Choke early in the 1st round.
UCL - 31 May
Elite grappler Ryan Hall (4-1) submitted Ryan Hogans (1-1) in the 1st round.
Tech-Krep FC - 23 May - Simferopol, Crimea
Maxim Grishin (17-6) suffered a leg injury cancelling his fight with Joaquim Ferreira (16-8)
European MMA - 23 May - Copenhagen, Denmark
Mark Madsen (2-0) submitted Chay Ingram (0-1) in the first round. An World Class Greco Roman wrestler with numerous World Championship medals, I expect Madsen to move through the regional scene quickly if he can stay active.
Unified MMA - 23 May - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Inka Fighting Championship - 24 May - Magdalena, Lima, Peru
Ben Reiter (14-0-1) vs. Dirlei Broenstrup (9-3) was cancelled.
M-1 Global - 24 May - Astana, Kazakhstan
Dennis Smoldarev (7-0) scored a first round submission over Evgeni Guryanov (6-2).
Pavel Vitruk (11-0) vs. Agoney Romero (3-1-1) was cancelled with the reasoning "Romero Tried Escaping to Spain on Fight Day"
Maxim Divnich (8-0) KO'd Max Coga (9-3) early in the first round with a head kick. Coga has gone from the brink of UFC to being stopped quickly in his last two fights by outstanding competition.
I'm not perfect, if I've missed a prospect let me know in the comments section.