10 Bantamweight Prospects the UFC Should Sign in 2022


Matheus “Bocao” Mendonca

22 | 5’6″ | Sao Paulo, Brazil | 9-0 | 6 Finishes | 2 KO/TKO’s, 4 Submissions’ (2 Armbar, Triangle, Kimura, RNC) | Combined Opponents’ Record: 41-13-2 | Best Win – Pedro Nobre (21-5-2)

Brazil’s Mendonca is an outstanding prospect. He may just be only 6-0 but with good wins especially against a veteran like Pedro Nobre in his last fight, he has proved he is a top 135’er out of Brazil. Mendonca trains out of an excellent team in Chute Boxe Diego Lima. He’s a training partner of UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliviera.

Billed more of a striker it’s the grappling/jiu-jitsu that makes him the special prospect he is. On the feet, he just needs to work on his defense and put together combinations better. On the mat, he can be more calm so he won’t lose position as much. His strengths heavily outweigh his flaws. Mendonca is an explosive, hard-hitting, athletic striker with a high-level ground game.


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