Prospects the UFC Should Sign by the End of 2020

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Dricus Du Plessis KSW
Dricus Du Plessis Credit: KSW

Jason Deel

Bantamweight, Herbeth Sousa (15-1): The current bantamweight champ of Future FC. Coming with a real tearjerker of a story about his brother for all the motivation he needs. He ultimately rose to the occasion dominating via grappling-led beatdown of New Jersey-based fan fave Alexander Keshtov on a stacked CFFC card. So I’ll remind you about the name that may not be mentioned but is very deserving to get the chance to engage in the stacked warfare of the UFC’s best division if he can make the weight… the BW Division.

Middleweight, Dricus Du Plessis (14-2): This 26-Year-Old South African is known for his time in KSW & EFC winning titles in both locations. Being 1-1 against fellow top prospect Roberto Soldic, the UFC would be smart to sign this man. Plessis has set his eyes on wanting to go to the UFC but I have concerns regarding KSW not releasing him since they are in the midst of a contract dispute. His contract expires December 2020 so if he can’t find a way to get out before then, maybe next year?

Lightweight, Lucas Almeida (11-0): The Wildcard pick of my five. It may feel random to mention this undefeated Kickboxer with all finishes but his streak reminds me slightly of Till getting to 12-0 in Brazil before getting signed. A few Submission wins, a bunch of Highlight reel Knockouts, don’t be shocked if one of the next DWCS has this exciting talent produce a holy sh*t moment there that leads to getting a contract.

Flyweight, Carlos Mota (5-0): When in doubt pick the LFA option as the UFC loves signing LFA guys in general. Coming off an impressive sub-minute body kick TKO win. The only thing even beginning to stand against him is he’s only had five fights. Considering the Rohskopf controversy is still fresh it might be a bit soon for bringing in guys with a low amount of fights, despite Mota holding a win over Cage Warrior’s current flyweight champ Samir Faiddine. UFC still needs to start rebuilding the Flyweight division and my solution is throwing him against a 7-2 guy on DWCS. (I promise to stop using DWCS as a cop-out).

Lightweight, Mason Jones (9-0): 25 years young and winning the vacant Cage Warriors LW title at Cage Warriors 113 via a well-timed knee. I believe the Welshman has won the gamble of being at the right place (Champ of Cage Warriors) on a card with the main event that was a UFC fight moved and lent to CW so it could take place on the card so it could happen (Bartosz Fabiński vs Darren Stewart). We’ve seen the likes of Brett Johns, Jack Marshman, Jack Shore and more make it to the UFC so maybe the Welsh country demographic/CageWarrior Champ/Young Prospect coming off a firepower win will combine for a fair signing.

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