5 “Big Show” ready prospects from November
November was a huge month for proving prospects. With that said there are so many that are ready for the big show so it was a tough task narrowing it down to just 5 but I did my best.
Patrick “Patchy” Mix
Date- November 10th, 2018 | Promotion – KOTC: In The Mix | Method – Submission (Suloev stretch), Round 2 | Opponent – Keith Richardson (18-10)
Undefeated as a pro and also as an amateur going 11-0. Mix is all about pressure and he is always moving forward walking his opponent down. Mix has eleven career submissions showing he is more comfortable on the mat but now training out of Jackson Wink MMA he’s been improving every step of the way. He’s beat some good regional competition such as top prospect Tony Gravely and UFC fighter Andre Ewell. His last win was his last fight on his KOTC contract where he now has a UFC-out clause. With an impressive finish capturing the rare Suloev Strech and now signed with Ali Abdelaziz his chances are likely he’s with a big promotion next.
From Buffalo, New York
Training out of Jackson Wink/WNY MMA & Fitness
Ideal Cad- UFC Brooklyn (January 19th)
Ideal Opponent – Teruto Ishihara
Date- November 30th, 2018 | Promotion – Celtic Gladiator 22 | Method – TKO (leg kicks), Round 2 | Opponent – Amaury Junior (12-8)
If you look at his three losses they are to the likes of Pat Healy, Tom Duquesnoy, and Mike Wilkinson. Loughnane would later avenge his loss to Wilkinson and very many though he won his fights against Duquesnoy and Wilkinson. Brendan is a high-level featherweight who should be in the big show and should have been for awhile now. He shows a bit of everything when he fights, including good wrestling with nice level changes that he mixes into exchanges on the feet. On top, he has decent ground and pound and on the feet, he is explosive as he comes forward with barrages of strikes. His striking features some speed but mainly power, and Loughnane has won some fights with just one punch. He also has a few knockouts with a knee and can sit on the outside and use his kicks – he has a really solid skill set overall.
From Manchester, England
Training out of Manchester Predators
Ideal Cad- UFC London (March 16th)
Ideal Opponent – Rick Glenn
Sabina “Colombian Queen” Mazo
Date- November 16th, 2018 | Promotion – LFA 54 | Method – Decision (Unanimous) | Opponent – Carol Yariwaki (7-2)
he bright star out of Colombia and at only 21 years old, Mazo is one of the best flyweights in the world. Mazo is the current LFA flyweight champion with a title defense to her name. She has scored two highlight-reel head kick knockouts but in her last two bouts, she has gone the distance. To some, they are not too impressed she isn’t able to out her opponents away to punch her ticket to the UFC. With that said, I think it’s important to get in five rounds before going to the big show. zo is good at a distance with her kicks and her jab and has good footwork. Mazo has solid takedown defense and has an underrated ground game that hasn’t been shown yet. She is very technical and can mix all her weapons together perfectly and has solid cardio as well.
From Huntington Beach, California
Training out of Kings MMA
Ideal Cad- UFC Card targeted March 2019
Ideal Opponent – Antonina Shevchenko
Raufeon “Supa” Stots
Date- November 30th, 2018 | Promotion – LFA 55 | Method – Decision (Unanimous) | Opponent – Levi Mowles (10-3)
A product out of top camp, Roufusport MMA Academy “Supa” has been ready for the big show for a few years. 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 got back on board with two wins and is one of the best bantamweight prospects today. Stots is a fantastic wrestler but his stand has come along nicely along with some great movement as he is the total package.
From West Allis, Wisconsin
Training out of Roufusport MMA Academy
Ideal Cad- UFC Card targeted early 2019
Ideal Opponent – Luke Sanders
Date- November 16th, 2018 | Promotion – Invicta FC 32| Method – Submission (Rear-naked-choke), round 4 | Opponent – Pam Sorenson (7-2)
Spencer is the current Invicta FC champion and with the recent win over an opponent like Pam Sorenson it proves she’s ready for the big show. Also, the featherweight division is still very new in the UFC and Spencer is one of the best featherweights out there. Spencer has impressed in her career showing a well-rounded skillset. Spencer is primary a wrestler who is a good position grappler and really good at getting the back and getting dominant positions. On the feet, she is still improving but foundationally has good movement. Spencer has really good kickboxing as she is flashy but she does a great job throwing behind her punches.
From Orlando, Florida
Training out of The Jungle MMA & Fitness
Ideal Cad- UFC Canada (Targeted early 2019)
Ideal Opponent – Leah Letson