20 UFC Prospects To Watch For This Year

Lerone Murphy and Douglas Silva de Andrade, UFC Fight Island 8
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Lerone Murphy punches Douglas Silva de Andrade of Brazil in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 20, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Featherweight, Lerone Murphy (11-0-1)

Back when Murphy was signed in 2019 there were loads of UK talents and Murphy wasn’t near the top of the list for many. Now he’s one of the best up-and-comers out of the UK. Murphy hasn’t been given any softballs since joining the UFC. He went to a draw with Zubaira Tukhugov, beat a tough Douglas Silva de Andrade, and finished Ricardo Ramos and Makwan Amirkhani. He’s a proven fighter that’s going to continue that when he fights Nate Landwehr in March.

Featherweight, Melsik Baghdasaryan (7-1)

Baghdasaryan came from the Contender Series and now 2-0 in the UFC. He came to the UFC with a lot of uncertainties due to a lack of footage. Baghdasaryan is a pro boxer, competed in K1 Kickboxing, and was a WLF champion. You can see right away he’s a really gifted striker/kickboxer. It’s important to see how he fares when fighting against a pure wrestler but the potential is there.

Here are some UFC prospects to watch for who have yet to make their debut;

Flyweight, Muhammad Mokaev (6-0, 1 NC)
Middleweight, Aliaskhab Khizriev (13-0)
Middleweight, Abusupiyan Magomedov (24-4-1)
Middleweight, Tresean Gore (3-0)
Light heavyweight, Azamat Murzakanov (10-0)
Flyweight, Kleydson Rodrigues (7-1)
Middleweight, Gadzhi Omargadzhiev (13-0)
Bantamweight, Javid Basharat (11-0)
Light heavyweight, Jailton Almeida (14-2)
Middleweight, Caio Borralho (9-1)


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