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Bantamweight Scouting Report: #1 - Rony Jason

Over the course of the last four months, results poured in on fighters who placed in our early drafts, and some failed to maintain their spot. From the first draft to the final edit, Team Nogueira's Rony 'Jason' Mariano (10-3) stood out as a prospect who could have a major impact in the UFC immediately

Bantamweight Scouting Report: #2-Aljamain Sterling

Chiming in at #2 on the 2012 World MMA Bantamweight Scouting Report, Ring of Combat bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (5-0) claims his spot on our countdown. The 22-year-old two-time NCAA Division III wrestler has recorded six straight wins since turning pro in April...

Bantamweight Scouting Report: #3- Chris Holdsworth

One would be hard pressed to find a résumé as extensive and impressive as Cobra Kai's Chris Holdsworth (3-0). The 24-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, who is also an instructor at Marc Laimon's school in Las Vegas, Nevada, has decimated any and all challengers to his undefeated record.

Bantamweight Scouting Report: #4 - Josh Hill

Hailing from Stoney Creek, Ontario, 25-year-old bantamweight prospect Josh Hill (7-0) could be the next prospect in Canada's regional scene to get a phone call from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.

Bantamweight Scouting Report: #5-Fabiano Fernandes

Fighting out of the Niteroi region of Rio de Janeiro, Fabiano Fernandes (3-0) is one of the young, emerging benefactors of a rapid explosion in interest for Brazilian MMA.

Bantamweight Scouting Report: #6 - Claudio Ledesma

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Claudio Ledesma (5-2) calls the region home, and he's taken full advantage of the resources available to become one of the top bantamweight prospects in the world. The 28-year-old has amassed a 5-2 record in three years, earning his fifth win at Bellator 54 in October against Team Bombsquad fighter Brian Kelleher (4-2).

Bantamweight Scouting Report: #7 - Sirwan Kakai

One of the emerging prospects that the UFC may want to target is Sweden's Sirwan Kakai (6-1). The 22-year-old bantamweight is likely on the UFC's radar already after he participated in a casting call for The Ultimate Fighter season 14 earlier this year, making it past the first round of cuts before getting the axe himself.

Bantamweight Scouting Report: #8 - Kyoji Horiguchi

Japan is the last place more informed readers of the report would expect to find a prospect, but Japanese knockout artist Kjoyi Horiguchi (6-0) is an impressive exception to the downward trend. Hailing out of Takasaki, Gunma, Japan, the 21-year-old Krazy Bee team member has spectacularly destroyed five of his six opponents since stepping into the sport last May.

Bantamweight Scouting Report: #9 - Leandro Higo

Brazil's Leandro Higo (7-1) fits that profile perfectly. At the time when an American teenager would make a visit to the DMV to get his or her driver's license, Leandro was beginning his MMA career, relying on his strong Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills and aggressive stand-up game to topple the opposition.

Bantamweight Scouting Report: #10 - Pedro Munhoz

For Brazilian fighters, it's not just a part of their identity, it's a gateway to the rest of the world and a promise of prosperity. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors with national credentials are typically the most highly sought after in North America. Well-regarded black belt Pedro Munhoz (6-0) is among the latest in a long line of such fine exports from Brazil.

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