Scouting the Globe 2022: The Five Best Prospects From Canada

Anthony Romero DWCS
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 25: (L-R) Anthony Romero punches Mike Breeden in a lightweight bout during week four of Dana White's Contender Series season four at UFC APEX on August 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Two years ago, we took a look at the top five prospects in MMA, nation by nation. This year, we’re back with another look at some of the best up-and-coming talents in the business.

For this instalment, we head to the Great White North. Canada has produced a number of MMA champions over the years: Carlos Newton (UFC), Georges St-Pierre (UFC), Rory MacDonald (Bellator), Julia Budd (Bellator), Sarah Kaufman (Strikeforce/Invicta FC) and more.

Our original Scouting the Globe series singled out five Canadian talents:

  • TJ Laramie who was signed to the UFC but went 0-2 and is now a free agent.
  • Christien Savoie lost and hasn’t fought since November 2020.
  • Malcolm Gordon who is signed with the UFC and is 2-2 for them.
  • Jamie Siraj who has been sidelined due to major health issues.
  • Jasmine Jasudavicius who is signed with the UFC and 2-1 for the promotion.

Let’s take a look at who has been shining on the Canadian scene since then.

Lightweight, Anthony Romero (11-1)

Romero has had an interesting career over the last two years. He fought on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020, and although he was dominant, he wasn’t awarded a contract in the end.

He had a setback last year, but has since won his last two. He’s 11-1 as a pro and went 9-1 as an amateur. So he’s 20-2 combined with multiple regional titles. Romero is a Taekwondo black belt and a world IBJJF bronze medallist. Romero is extremely well-rounded. He has excellent wrestling, a good ground game, is very technical on the feet, and has a great gas tank. In his last outing, he won with a highlight-reel flying knee knockout. He deserves a big-time break for a big promotion.


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