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Prospects who didn't pan out...

Less a FanPost, more meant to trigger a discussion. Reading Leland and Smoogy's excellent Scouting Report pieces (and particularly Smoogy's follow-up pieces on 2011's picks) got me thinking -...

World MMA Scouting Report Update: Welterweights

BloodyElbow.com's Leland Roling updates the 2011 World MMA Welterweight Scouting Report, breaking down news regarding all ten prospects on the countdown.

World MMA Scouting Report Update: Lightweights

BloodyElbow.com's Leland Roling gives a complete update of the 2011 World MMA Lightweight Scouting Report, including upcoming bouts, recent performances, and where each fighter stands today.

South Korean prospect Ui Cheol Nam, recently ranked #4 on Bloody Elbow's World MMA Lightweight...

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South Korean prospect Ui Cheol Nam, recently ranked #4 on Bloody Elbow's World MMA Lightweight Scouting Report, will headline Road FC 2: Alive in Seoul on April 16th. Nam will square off against Kota Okazawa in a rematch of their bout from the first Road FC event last October. Nam knocked out Okazawa in the first round of that bout. Road FC 2 will feature a host of other South Korean talent, including freestyle wrestler Young Bok Gil in a bout against Atlanta-based fighter Jaral Bowman. [HT: Nightmare of Battle]

Featherweight Scouting Report: #1-Antonio Carvalho

Carvalho's track record certainly puts him at the apex of the heap, and his well-rounded, proven skill-set of grappling prowess and effective striking make him a desirable acquisition in the future. In our minds, he'll more than likely be the #1 guy that a promotion like the UFC will seek out later this year.

Featherweight Scouting Report: #2 - Taiki Tsuchiya

Our #2 ranked prospect, Taiki Tsuchiya (9-2), is easily one of the most exciting prospects in Japan, and while most fans will see his weaknesses in the ground department as the ultimate Achilles' heel -- I think most readers will agree that Tsuchiya's stand-up is on another level.

Featherweight Scouting Report: #3 - Mark Adams

At #3 on our 2011 World MMA Featherweight Scouting Report, British standout Mark Adams (6-0) makes his mark as one of the most hyped prospects on our countdown. Adams' lengthy frame, wrestling skills, and grappling acumen combined with a top notch training camp filled with UFC veterans should have Mark well on his way to stardom in the UFC.

Featherweight Scouting Report: #4 - Alan Omer

There are only a handful of mixed martial artists coming out of the Middle East these days, and while our #4 ranked prospect wasn't raised in the region -- he was born in the war torn country of Iraq during the lapse in artillery fire between the Iran-Iraq war and the Gulf War. Alan Omer (15-3)...

FW Scouting Report : #5 - Koichiro Matsumoto

At #5 on our 2011 World MMA Featherweight Scouting Report, DEEP Featherweight champion Koichiro Matsumoto (12-2) chimes in on our countdown as one of two Japanese featherweights breaking into our top ten.

Featherweight Scouting Report: #6 - Tom Niinimaki

At #6 on the 2011 World MMA Featherweight Scouting Report, former Finnish lightweight fighter Tom Niinimaki (15-5-1) chimes in on our countdown. Once considered a mediocre 155 pounder who succumbed to the submission games of Hatsu Hioki and Tristan Yunker, Niinimaki turned his back to active competition after defeating Bogdan Cristea in August of 2007

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