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HW Scouting Report: #1 - Guram Gugenishvili

Closing out the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report, M-1 veteran Guram Gugenishvili tops our list as the #1 prospect on the heavyweight countdown. The Georgian wrestler/grappler remains undefeated at 11-0, attaining the M-1 Heavyweight crown in October with a submission win over Kenny Garner and defending it against Maxim Grishin in March.

HW Scouting Report: #2 - Shamil Abdurahimov

At #2 on the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report, Shamil Abdurahimov (12-1) lands on our countdown as one of the most promising prospects out of Russia who has the skills to succeed in the UFC. The 28-year-old Dagestan-native is enjoying a six-fight win streak that includes wins over Jeff Monson, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, and Marcos Oliveira.

Heavyweight Scouting Report: #3 - Tony Johnson Jr.

Tony Johnson's story is similar to that of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. A child was involved, dreams were put on the back burner, and duties fulfilled to be a father. Before his days of changing diapers and earning income for his family, Johnson was one of the best wrestlers in the United States, ranking #2 in the country during his senior year of high school.

Heavyweight Scouting Report: #4 - Gerald Turek

Austria. The land of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sigmund Freud, and our #4-ranked heavyweight on the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report Gerald Turek (10-1). While his name probably shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence as such noteworthy figures in Austria's history, Turek is a significant figure in the world of mixed martial arts.

Heavyweight Scouting Report: #5 - Stipe Miocic

Former Golden Gloves champion and NCAA Division I wrestler Stipe Miocic (4-0) breaks our top 5 on the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report as one of the most heavy-handed punchers on our countdown. The 28-year-old dual sport collegiate athlete has turned heads in the Ohio regional scene...

Heavyweight Scouting Report: #6 - Jared Rosholt

At #6 on the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report, three-time NCAA All-American and 2010 NCAA runner-up Jared Rosholt (1-0) chimes in as one of the most promising heavyweights in the landscape of the division. With enormous size and blazing speed for the weight class, the 24-year-old could be on the fast track to becoming a major player in the division in the years to come.

Heavyweight Scouting Report: #7 - Vitaly Minakov

Russia has a storied history of producing great heavyweight talent, most notably Fedor Emelianenko, Alexsander Emelianenko, and Sergei Kharitonov. While Fedor was obviously a kingpin at the top of the worldwide division for roughly a decade, time and the progressing skills of other top-flight talents are now obstacles in the way of his continued dominance.

HW Scouting Report: #8 - Konstantin Gluhov

At #8 on the 2011 World MMA Heavyweight Scouting Report, Latvian-born kickboxer Konstantin Gluhov (17-6) enters the countdown with a vast background in kickboxing and proven knockout power.

Heavyweight Scouting Report: #9 - Nick Gaston

At #9 on the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report, heavyweight Nick Gaston (4-0-0-1) takes his place as a youthful 25-year-old rising prospect with a well-rounded skill-set and some notoriety as one of MTV's Bully Beatdown fighters.

Friday Night Fights: Strikeforce Challengers VII, King of the Cage: Legacy

This weekend could be considered a mecca of combative sports action that will feed the hunger for any mixed martial arts fan. While UFC 111 is the obvious headliner, Friday night will serve as the perfect primer as Strikeforce Challengers VII and King of the Cage: Legacy take place.

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