Joe Silva’s Watch List

I happened to get a hold of Joe Silva’ watch list for fighters he’d like to sign…here it is.

UFC Bantamweight (135 Lbs.) Watch List

Rank Name Record Notes
1 Paul McVeigh 17-6 Scottish fighter, possible for May event
2 Jeff Curran 32-13-1
3 Mike Easton 10-1
4 Marcos Galvao 9-3-1
5 Jimmie Rivera 7-1 KOTC Champ
6 Abel Cullum 18-4
7 Yusup Saadulaev 7-0-1
8 Cole Escovedo 16-6
9 Kevin Belingon 8-0 Filipino Wushu fighter
10 Edwin Figueroa 7-0

UFC Featherweight (145 Lbs.) Watch List

Rank Name Record Notes
1 Marlon Sandro 17-1 Sengoku FW Champ, trains w/ Aldo
2 Bibiano Fernandes 8-2 DREAM FW Champ
3 Nazareno Malegarie 19-0
4 Hatsu Hioki 22-4-2
5 Din Thomas 25-8
6 Mitsuhiro Ishida 20-6-1
7 Micah Miller 17-4
8 Ronnie Mann 18-2-1
9 Masenori Kanehara 16-8-5
10 Zhuo Yang 1-0

UFC Lightweight (155 Lbs.) Watch List

Rank Name Record Notes
1 Gilbert Melendez 18-2 Strikeforce champ, Cesar Gracie trained
2 Eddie Alvarez 21-2 Bellator Champ
3 Alexander Sarnavskiy 12-0 M-1 Fighter đŸ˜¦
4 Shinya Aoki 26-5 DREAM champ
5 Thiago Meller 17-3 Expressed desire to fight UFC
6 Hacran Dias 16-1-1 Nova Uniao trained
7 Eduard Folayang 9-1 Filipino wushu guy
8 Lukasz Sajewski 8-0
9 Lyle Beerbohm 15-0 May be unhappy w/ Strikeforce
10 Carlos Antonio De Souza 9-0

UFC Welterweight (170 Lbs.) Watch List

Rank Name Record Notes
1 Nick Diaz 23-7 Strikeforce champ
2 Gunnar Nelson 8-0-1 Renzo Gracie BJJ Black belt, Iceland native
3 Quinn Mulhern 14-1 KOTC champ
4 Yan Cabral 9-0 Nova Uniao trained
5 Simeon Thoresen 14-1-1
6 Myles Jury 9-0 Tried out for TUF 13
7 Yuri Vilefort 6-0 Trains at ATT; only 19 yrs old
8 Dhiego Lima 4-0 Tried out for TUF 13
9 Hai Lin Ao 8-0 Possible Chinese roster addition
10 Tyron Woodley 7-0 Fights for Strikeforce

Also keeping an eye on: John Alessio, Delson Heleno, Doug Lima and Andre Galvao

UFC Middleweight (185 Lbs. Watch List)

Rank Name Record Notes
1 Hector Lombard 27-2-1 Bellator Champ
2 Jacare de Souza 13-2 Strikeforce champ.
3 Robbie Lawler 18-6
4 Chris Weidman 4-0 Elite prospect.  Trains w/ Serra.
5 Marcos Rogerio De Lima 8-0 Beat Paulo Filho.
6 Papy Abedi 8-0
7 Jimi Manuwa 9-0 Top English MW
8 Bruno Santos 7-0
9 Salvador Montano 9-0
10 Jason Miller 24-7 Host of Bully Beatdown, 1 Fight left w/ Strikeforce

Also Keeping an eye on: Vitor Vianna, Jordan Radev, Rumen Dimitrov, Andreas Spang, Jason Tapia

UFC Light Heavyweight (205 Lbs.) Watch List

Rank Name Record Notes
1 Ricardo Arona 14-5
2 Rafael “Feijao” 10-2 Strikeforce Champ
3 “King Mo” Lawal 7-1 Former Strikeforce champ
4 Jonas Billstein 9-0 Best German prospect, just beat Hans Stringer
5 Gegard Mousasi 30-3-1 Former Strikeforce champ
6 Eliot Marshall 10-2
7 Glover Teixiera 11-2 Visa issues
8 Jan Blachowicz 12-2
9 Ricco Rodriguez 45-11 may struggle to make 205
10 Yoel Romero 2-0 Cuban wrestler

Also keeping an eye on: Marcus Vanttinen, Tony Bonello, Ethan Garrison, Lanus Jones, “Xande” Ribeiro, and Robert Drysdale

UFC Heavyweight Watch List

Rank Name Record Notes
1 Alistair Overeem 33-11 Just won K-1 grand prix
2 Antonio Silva 15-2
3 Tim Sylvia 28-6
4 Fabricio Werdum 14-4-1 Beat Fedor!
5 Daniel Cormier 6-0 AKA guy; Locked up w. Strikeforce
6 Cole Konrad 7-0
7 Dave Herman 19-2
8 Satoshi Ishii 3-1
9 Guram Guginishvili 10-0
10 Marcio Cruz 9-2

Also keeping an eye on: Edinaldo Oliveira

*In case you are curious, this really is not a list from Joe Silva, but his watch list certainly has to include these names.

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