20 UFC Prospects To Watch For This Year

Mariya Agapova
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 08: Mariya Agapova poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 08, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Flyweight, Mariya Agapova (10-2)

Agapova in 2020 had a lot of hype but it was shut down in a big way. She was a -1400 favorite against Shana Dobson and lost. She came out guns blazing and had a cardio dump losing in round two. Agapova is young (24) so she learned from that. She proved that by getting back to her winning ways, beating down Sabina Mazo last October. Agapova is just so intense and is one of the best prospects among all female fighters on the UFC roster.

Pat Sabatini, UFC Vegas 43 Weigh-In Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

Featherweight, Pat Sabatini (16-3)

Sabatini has a very good year last year: getting signed to the UFC, fighting three times, going 3-0, and winning a Performance of the Night bonus. He’s a former CFFC champion as well. Sabitini is a legit grappler with an endless gas tank and improved wrestling. He’s set to fight in March at UFC 273 against Gavin Tucker. It’s a very winnable fight for Sabitini and fighting on a big PPV is only going to build his resume. He will most likely crack the top 15 by the end of the year.


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