10 Bantamweight Prospects the UFC Should Sign in 2021

Denis Lavrentyev

32 | 5’8″ | Chelyabinsk, Russia | 10-2 | 6 Finishes | 5 KO/TKOs, 1 Submission (RNC, Leglock) | Combined Opponents’ Record: 127-43 | Best Win – Taylor Lapilus (13-2)

In almost five years, Russian judoka Lavrentyev has only lost one fight. Since then, he’s gone on to win his next four fights. That lone loss came at the hands of a really talented fighter in DEEP champion Victor Henry. In fact, in his most recent fight, Lavrentyev exacted some revenge, beating Henry by decision. He is a product of renowned American gym Jackson-Wink MMA and red-hot Thai gym Tiger Muay Thai. He has an extensive background in judo, where he has won multiple championships as well.

With not much to offer on the feet, Lavrentyev does have a few things to work on in the future. Still, he has a well-educated jab, he’s quick on the release, and he is athletic. Denis wants to close the distance so he can use his judo where he is excellent at. On the mat Lavrentyev has dominant positional grappling and very effective ground and pound.