This coming weekend is a busy one in the mixed martial arts scene. There are big events being promoted by Strikeforce and Bellator respectively. However, this weekend also features several fights of top level prospects. I am quite certain these prospects are on Zuffa’s radar.
First, on Friday night (9/9), undefeated lightweight prospect Al Iaquinta will fight Gabriel Miglioli in a rematch at Ring of Combat 37. A win for Iaquinta would put him on the cusp of a offer from a major promotion.
Also, at Ring of Combat 37, keep an eye on 4-0 Tom DeBlass. He probably needs a few more wins to get called to the big leagues, but he is legit.
In Brazil, at Jungle Fight 32, the top bantamweight prospect, John Lineker will be in action. He is very young and experienced. A win Saturday should get him a UFC invite, if not I may scream.
On Saturday night in Oklahoma, Cody Bolinger will face TUF veteran Cameron Dollar. It is rumored that UFC wanted Bolinger in the cast for TUF 14, but then they realized he was too young. A win over Dollar potentially gets him directly in.
BAMMA 7 is a big event featuring well known fighters such as Frank Trigg and Paul Daley. Hidden in that card is a featherweight scrap between Leonardo Santos and Rob Sinclair. The winner of that fight may head stateside for his next fight.
Stay tuned for more updates.