5 “Big Show” Ready MMA Prospects From July
This will be the seventh installment of MMA prospects who are “Big Show” ready. From the September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, and June pieces of this series, nine prospects have signed with the UFC: Petr Yan, Markus Perez, Israel Adesanya, Curtis Millender, Manny Bermudez, Jim Crute Alonzo Menifield, Jennifer Maia, Ricky Simon, Molly McCann, Jose Torre, Nathaniel Wood, Weili Zhang, and Chris Fishgold as Bellator has signed Juan Archuleta.
Jun Yong Park
Date – July 17th, 2018 | Promotion – RFC Way of the Dragon 2 | Method – Decision (Unanimous) | Opponent – Glenn Sparv (18-4)
Park started off his MMA career with an up and down record going 3-3 in his first six fights. Park hit a spark with a win in November of 2016 and then went on to win his next six fights with five finishes. Park is arguably one of the best Korean prospects right now but is for sure the best in the middleweight division. Park has a fan-friendly style as the Korean loves to throw down and put on a show. When Park fought Glenn Sparv in July, Sparv was riding a six-fight win streak and was close to a deal with the UFC. Park ruined Sparv’s UFC hopes with a three-round beatdown in a very impressive striking performance by Sparv.
Date – July 9th, 2018 | Promotion – RCC 3 | Method – Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Round 2 | Opponent – Viktor Nemkov (25-6)
Farias is a solid BJJ guy that is very physically strong, but for a bigger guy he is really light on top and his transitions are so smooth. Farias does well on the feet, he at times lacks footwork but he is explosive and they way he strikes his way into the clinch is efficiently done. Farias has good wrestling which compliments his BJJ and overall he’s just a very good prospect. Farias has beat some good prospects such as Nemkov, Timo Feucht, Leonardo Santos, and Johnny Walker while winning the Brave CF title in the process. Any big promotion would love to have a great young talent like Farias.
Date – July 9th, 2018 | Promotion – RCC 3 | Method – TKO (Corner Stoppage), Round 1 | Opponent – Kleber Silva (14-8)
Mokhnatkin is widely known for his accomplishments in Combat Sambo where he became a master of sports. He’s fought and beaten some good competition wherein the last seven years he only lost to top prospect Sergey Pavlovich in a heavyweight bout that went the distance. Mokhnatkin should stay at 205 but many thought he actually beat Pavlovich. He’s a very well-rounded prospect who is very technical on the feet with a well-educated jab and solid kickboxing which is a great weapon to have being a good wrestler with a dangerous ground game. There have been rumors of Mokhnatkkin signing with the UFC and with Moscow on the verge, it’s very possible.
Date – July 21st, 2018 | Promotion – M-1 Challenge 95 | Method – TKO (Punches), Round 4 | Opponent – Rafael Dias (15-5)
He doesn’t have a ton to offer on the feet, but Evloev is a high-level grappler. He has a good feel for takedowns that mainly capitalize on mistakes, catching kicks, jumping on the back, and jumping on slips. But he has also shown he can get the body lock and work for a takedown that way. On the mat is where he is excellent. He’s great on top and during the little amount of time he has been on his back, has shown great scrambling ability. Evloev is a submission threat but is more prone to positional dominance, as he is an excellent back-taker and sticks like glue to his opponent. While nothing special on the feet, he’s been improving. Evloev is the current M-1 bantamweight champion so expect the move to the UFC soon.
Date – July 27th, 2018 | Promotion – LFA 46 | Method – Decision (Unanimous)| Opponent – Kyle Stewart (10-0)
Nakashima doesn’t have the fan-friendly style in the slightest as he is remotely a grinder who will stay in his opponent’s face every second of the round. As his style isn’t exciting he is still undefeated and is the current LFA champion while also training out of top camp The MMA Lab. This past July he beat fellow top prospect Kyle Stewart in a one-sided fight with continued takedowns and massive amounts of top control.
Jun Yong Park
From South Korea
Training out of Korean Top Team
Ideal Card- UFC China (Nov. 24th)
Ideal Opponent – Markus Perez
From Amazonas, Brazil
Training out of SIAM MMA
Ideal Card- UFC Sao Paulo (Sep. 22nd)
Ideal Opponent – Mike Rodriguez
From St. Petersburg, Russia
Training out of Fight Nights Team
Ideal Card- UFC Moscow (Sep. 15th)
Ideal Opponent – Jimi Manuwa
From Ingushetia, Russia
Training out of Fight Club Nart
Ideal Card- UFC Moscow (Sep. 15th)
Ideal Opponent – Frankie Saenz
From Glendale, Arizona
Training out of The MMA Lab
Ideal Card- Bellator Cali (Sep. 29th)
Ideal Opponent – Gerald Harris