Top 25 Bantamweight MMA Prospects

Top 25 Bantamweight Prospects

Rank Name Record Notes
1 John Lineker 19-5
2 Kevin Belingon 9-0
3 Jimmie Rivera 8-1
4 Sirwan Kakai 6-1
5 Kyoji Horiguchi 6-0
6 Josh Hill 4-0
7 Alex Soto 6-0
8 Mitch Gagnon 8-1
9 Jared Papazian 14-6
10 Paul McVeigh 18-6
11 Aljamain Sterling 5-0
12 David Aranda 7-0
13 Joe Taimanglo 16-4
14 Tommy Vargas 8-2
15 Giorgio Andrews 8-0
16 Patrick Holohan 6-0
17 Jake Grigson 4-0
18 Justin Cruz 18-4
19 Travis Marx 18-3
20 Frank Baca 9-1
21 Jason Sampson 8-0
22 Joe Coca 7-1
23 Brandon Garner 8-1-1
24 Rob Menigoz 5-1
25 Marat Pekov 5-1

The bantamweight division is a growing division. The UFC’s creation of the division has allowed guys to fight in their natural weight classes and the 135 lb talent is stacked.

  • Although it is not my typical formula, I included 2 guys on this list who lost in the elimination round of the Ultimate Fighter 14 (Jimmie Rivera & Paul McVeigh)
  • Some of the guys listed above can fight at flyweight
  • Alex Soto’s next fight will be at featherweight against Masanori Kanehara
  • John Lineker had been rumored to be in talks with the UFC and Bellator
  • Several prospects who would have been on this list signed with other promotions recently including Rodrigo Lima (Bellator), Rodolfo Marques and Yusup Saadulaev (DREAM).
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