20 UFC Prospects To Watch For This Year

UFC Vegas 23 Jack Shore Hunter Azure
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 10: (R-L) Jack Shore of Wales punches Hunter Azure in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Bantamweight, Jack Shore (15-0)

I had Shore on this list last year, but he struggled to get fights. Although he did manage to fight twice last year, he also had three opponents fall through. Shore came to the UFC from Cage Warriors where he was their bantamweight champion. His wrestling and jiu-jitsu have been unstoppable throughout his career. If he can beat Timur Valiev, and I think he will, in March, I’m sure Shore will be ranked.

Erin Blanchfield, UFC 269 Official Weigh-In Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Flyweight, Erin Blanchfield (8-1)

Blanchfield is one of the better prospects that debuted in the UFC last year. She dominated both Sarah Alpar and a solid Miranda Maverick since coming into the UFC. Blanchfield is very well-known in the jiu-jitsu world where she won the EBI 12 flyweight championship. Her sole MMA loss is to UFC fighter Tracy Cortez; many including myself thought Blanchfield won that fight. Blanchfield has really looked apart and has improved so much with every fight. I’m sure Blanchfield will be ranked by the end of the year.


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