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As we head into the first major MMA event in 2019, we look outside the UFC at 10 welterweight prospects that should be in the Octagon by year’s end.

Here’s a look at last year’s list, with Carlos Pedersoli being the lone name to make his UFC debut last year:

  • Sean Brady
  • Roberto Soldic
  • James Nakashima
  • Alex Lohore
  • Tofik Musaev
  • Carlos Pedersoli
  • Chris Curtis
  • Jaleel Willis
  • Kyler Stewart
  • Giorgio Pietrini

1. Sean Brady

26 | 5’9″ | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 9-0 | 4 Finishes | 2 KO/TKOs, 2 Submissions (Rear-naked Choke, Guillotine) | Combined Opponents’ record: 39-17 | Best Win – Colton Smith (7-4)

Sean Brady does a bit of Muay Thai under the well-known Rami Ibrahim, and some boxing under Derek Ennis to sharpen up his stand-up. He’s been training Muay Thai since he was 15 which compliments his ground game well. With a brown belt in jiu-jitsu, Brady is fluid on the mat with control, and even though he only has two submissions, he is a major threat on the floor.

Training out of Renzo Gracie Philadelphia, Brady is surrounded by some good training partners such as UFC fighters Paul Felder and Eddie Alvarez. Brady has already beaten decent competition like TUF winner Colton Smith. The Philadelphia native should already be in the UFC so this year as he already has another fight set February 16 for CFFC 72. With that win in the main event on UFC Fight Pass that should be his golden ticket.