50 Prospects The UFC Could Sign in 2024

Axel Sola Credit: Tapology

Flyweight, Marciano Ferreira (13-3):
Ferreira is an underrated prospect out of Brazil. He’s a Muay Thai black belt but has a solid ground game as well. He can fight in any area and be comfortable. Ferreira is a winner of his last six fights. Ferreira has a great chance of getting on the Contender Series next season.

Bantamweight, Sabrina Laurentina De Sousa (1-0):
Sousa had a much better amateur career than some women competing years as a pro. She has won three IMMAF golf medals – two world championships and one European championship. There are a lot of positives you can see with Souza, and negatives you can’t find. She has spent the majority of her time striking. Her takedown defense has looked stellar and from what I’ve seen of her on the ground, she’s very capable. She actually has more submission victories than anything else. Sabrina Laurentina De Souza is a high-level bantamweight who will make a splash now that she’s a pro.

Flyweight, Nick Piccininni (5-0):
Piccininni is a three-time NCAA Division I All-American and a four-time Big 12 Conference champion out of Oklahoma State. His wrestling in MMA has translated into MMA well and looks comfortable on the feet. The jiu-jitsu has been a nice touch to his high-level wrestling. Fighting for Fury FC he has a real chance of winning their flyweight championship.

Lightweight, Axel Sola (7-0)
Sola is someone I think needs more time working on his craft but he’s very talented. He just won the Ares FC title which is a big deal. Sola is a talented kid out of France. He’s a two-time IMMAF silver medalist and went 19-5 as an amateur. Sola is well-rounded. On the feet, he’s technical, uses a lot of kicks, and has a slick one-two. His wrestling and grappling is even better. Sola is a good positional grappler and has nasty ground and pound.

Welterweight, Anthony Orozco (2-0):
Orozco is a stud to keep a close eye on. He’s only 2-0; but has good experience as an amateur. He has the personality, fighting style, and skill set that will draw in a big promotion. Orozco is a very good striker and can wrestle as a two-time national champion and can grapple as well. This guy could go far.