5 “Big Show” Ready MMA Prospects From September
MMA Prospects expert Shawn Bitter takes a look at five fighters who proved they’re ready for the “big show” in September.
Virna “Caecara” Jandiroba
Date – September 1st, 2018 | Promotion – Invicta FC 31 | Method – Submission (Arm-Triangle), Round 2 | Opponent – Janaisa Morandin (10-1)
Jandiroba is a high-level jiu-jitsu black belt with 11 submission-finishes in 14 wins. Jandiroba has wins over two former UFC fighters in Lisa Ellis and Ericka Almeida. With a good submission base, Jandiroba has very solid wrestling to compliment her style. She gets inside in the clinch well, moving towards getting her hands together and dumping her opponents to the mat. She hasn’t had a problem getting the fight to the mat yet, and she’s been nothing short of dominant once the fight hits the ground. I’m very high on Jandiroba and you can check out this article I made for her being a more in-depth career of “Carcara” here.
Check out her full fight from September.
From Serrinha, Bahia, Brazil
Training out of Academia Fight House
Ideal Cad- UFC Brazil targeted early 2019
Ideal Opponent – JJ Aldrich
Raufeon “Supa” Stots
Date – September 7th, 2018 | Promotion – LFA 48 | Method – TKO (Ground and Pound), Round 3 | Opponent – Ryan Lilley (9-3)
Stots is a former NCAA Division II national wrestling champion at the University of Nebraska. In June of last year, Stots was set to fight Merab Dvalishvili where Dana White was in attendance. The main focus was on Stots but the result didn’t go his way as he was stunned by a spinning back fist in only 15 seconds. Since that loss, Stots has got back on board with two wins. He is one of the best bantamweight prospects today. Stots is a fantastic wrestler but his stand up has come along nicely along with some great movement as he is the total package overall.
Here is a highlight clip from his fight in September.
West Allis, Wisconsin
Training out of Roufusport MMA Academy
Ideal Cad- UFC card not yet announced
Ideal Opponent – Luke Sanders
Date – September 14th, 2018 | Promotion – LFA 49 | Method – Decision (Unanimous) | Opponent – Gilbert Urbina (5-0)
Brady does a bit of Muay-Thai under the well-known Rami Ibrahim, and some boxing under Derek Ennis to sharpen up his stand-up. He’s been training muay thai since 15 which compliments his ground game well. With a brown belt in jiu-jitsu, Brady is fluid on the mat with control, and even though he only has two submissions, Brady is a major threat on the floor. Training out of Renzo Gracie Philly, Brady has put himself around some good training partners such as UFC fighters Paul Felder and Eddie Alvarez. Brady has beaten decent competition like TUF winner Colton Smith. Brady should of been on the previous season of the Contender Series but now that’s over, a leap onto the bigger stage needs to happen.
Here is a highlight clip of his fight in September.
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Training out of Renzo Gracie Philly
Ideal Cad- UFC 232 (Dec. 28th)
Ideal Opponent – Emil Weber Meek
Date – September 21st, 2018 | Promotion – TKO 44 | Method – TKO (Punches), Round 1 | Opponent – Adam Hunter (7-1)
With only one loss to his record, Barriault is now on a 8-fight win streak including a win over Jo Vallee who was the only one that has beat him in his professional career. Barriault is a physical fighter who relies on his strength and power. He has all eight of his finishes by KO/TKO and has shown huge power in his hands and excellent fight stopping ability. He does get hit a lot and does need to tighten up his takedown defense but his toughness will take him far. Barriault is the current TKO middleweight champion with one title defense and in his last bout, he would become the double-champ winning the light-heavyweight title.
From Quebec, Canada
Training out of Patenaude Kung Fu
Ideal Cad- UFC Canada (Dec. 8th)
Ideal Opponent – Ion Cutelaba
Date – September 29th, 2018 | Promotion – WWFC 12 | Method – Submission (Neck Crank), Round 1 | Opponent – Tony Lopez (61-28)
WWFC Heavyweight Champion Sergey Spivac is a fighter that relies heavily on his size and strength. Although five of his nine wins are by submission, he could really improve his success by improving his offensive wrestling. He has the ability but needs to set up his attempts better. On top, Spivac is a force. He likes mount and has very strong active ground-and-pound, but his ability to go for the armbar is impressive for a big man, and he does it well with two armbar finishes to his name. On the feet, he is good once he lets his hands go and starts to string together combinations. He even has the ability to throw kicks up top with relative success. At the age of 23, Spivac has a good future and beating a guy like Tony Lopez in his last fight, it speaks a lot for his future.
Check out his full fight from September.
Training out of Polar Bear Team
Ideal Cad- UFC China (Nov. 24th)
Ideal Opponent – Augusto Saki