10 Light Heavyweight Prospects the UFC Should Sign in 2023


Rafael “Kratos” Xavier

631 | 6’4″ | Sao Paulo, Brazil/Berlin, Germany | 11-5 | 9 Finishes | 7 KO/TKOs, 2 Submissions | Combined Opponents’ Record: 68-71-1 | Best Win – Marcin Łazarz (13-8)

Xavier has been fighting over in the Czech Republic and Germany for the last couple of years. He’s from Sao Paulo, Brazil but hasn’t had a fight in his country since 2016. Xavier has been up and down in his career but has hit his stride as he’s on a four-fight win streak.

Xavier has a long frame and uses it with his kicks and long straight punches. He has the power to sit guys down with just a jab. His grappling is probably his best weapon. He will accept being off his back but on top he’s very dangerous. An action fighter that’s trying to get to the next level and this should be his year.

“I’m not looking to be another name on UFC’s payroll. I’m looking to be THE guy for the UFC,” he told Cageside Press recently. “I want to do what is hard. I want to become a star for UFC. After I sign with the UFC and fight my first couple of fights, people will look at this interview and say “damn, this guy was right, he really is special”

“Dana, you’re losing money by not having me on the roster, brother. In a few years, I’ll have a drink with him and laugh about it, but it’s true.”


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