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

Here’s a look at last year’s list, with Chris Fishgold and Ottman Azaitar both making it to the UFC in 2018:

  • Issac Hardman
  • Killys Mota
  • Chris Fishgold
  • Robert Watley
  • Ottman Azaitar
  • Arman Tsarukyan
  • Joseph Lowry
  • Tim Barnett
  • Nate Andrews
  • Damian Norris
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1. “Pretty Boy” Troy Lamson

27 | 6’1″ | East Lansing, Michigan | 12-2 | 10 Finishes | 4 KO/TKO, 6 Submissions (3 Rear-Naked Chokes, 2 D’Arce Chokes, Arm-Triangle) | Combined Opponents’ Record: 66-42 | Best Win – Kyle Prepolec (10-4)

Lamson had a lengthy amateur career, but a very successful one as he went 17-0. Lamson competed in wrestling competitions since a young age including time at Division 1 with Michigan State University. Those wrestling chops have translated nicely to MMA thus far leading to his 12-2 record.

Lamson doesn’t tend to strike much despite his power, but then again, he finds it much easier to get the takedowns, take the back, and unleash ground-and-pound. In 2016, Lamson lost two in a row, but to his defense, they were against two solid regional prospects in Justin Jaynes and Nick Browne. Since those two losses, Lamson has won his next six fights, including a regional title. The Michigan native has the growing skill-set to compete in the big show today but has the personality and look a big promotion would love.

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