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

2. Issac “Headsplitter” Hardman

23 | 5’11” | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | 9-0 | 7 Finishes |
7 KO/TKO | Combined Opponents’ Record: 49-24 | Best win – Kieran Joblin (20-8)

Hardman is arguably the most UFC-ready prospect coming out of Australia right now and he’s somehow only 23-years-old. Hardman is a killer with all seven of his finishes by TKO/KO. The power in his hands is ridiculous along with impeccable hand speed and accuracy. Hardman is predominantly a striker, but he has solid takedown defense and has showcased big ground-and-pound. He’s the reigning XFC and Australian FC champion and with a win or two, Hardman will make his debut in the UFC. He was on my list last year but was sidelined for the duration of 2018 due to an injury.


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