I am writing this article to provide some of the prospects I feel have relatively high potential in the UFC based off what I’ve seen thus far. I am not stating all of these fighters in this full article have the potential to be the champion of their respective division (though I think some can be). However, I am including them because I believe they have the capability of moving up the rankings and obtaining a very good reputation inside the octagon.
I realize ‘prospect’ can be perceived as a subjective term so I will specify that the fighters in this article I am referring to have no more than 4 fights in the UFC thus far (as of April 10th, 2020) and have made their promotional debut. By no means have these fighters looked perfect in the UFC thus far. In fact, some of these fighters have lost at least once so far in the promotion, but I believe in their long-term growth and future success which is why I am mentioning them in this piece. I hope you enjoy!
Men’s Flyweight Division
Raulian Paiva entered the UFC with a very impressive record of 18-1. When Raulian first performed in the UFC’s octagon, he showed that he is an impressive fighter as he fought very competitively with very talented fighter, Kai Kara-France (4-1 record in the UFC). Paiva was on the losing end of a split decision in his UFC debut against Kara-France and then was stopped in the first round his following fight due to a nasty cut above his eye which he was deemed unable to resume fighting against Rogerio Bontorin by the medical staff despite wanting to continue. I’m glad Paiva got to show his skill set AND get his hand raised the following fight by winning inside the distance because he had one of the unluckier starts to his UFC career that comes to me in recent memory. Paiva is long for the weight class with a very well-rounded skill set as he is a technical striker (that utilizes good leg kicks), a solid grappler, a capable wrestler, and a good scrambler. Paiva is just 24 years young with the potential to get even better than he’s shown. Even as the #13th ranked fighter at Flyweight, I believe Raulian can move up a few more spots in this weight class.
My read-on David Dvořák prior to making his UFC debut was that he is a very solid, well-rounded fighter that fights at a decent pace. When he made his UFC debut on short notice at high altitude (Brasília, Brazil), he confirmed my observations and got his hand raised which helped get him into the top 15 of the Flyweight rankings. My question I had about Dvořák prior to making his UFC debut was: What is his cardio like? Dvořák had not fought to a decision nor been past the 2nd round since 2012 prior to his UFC debut as he is a finisher on a then, 13 fight winning streak (15 of his 18 wins are via finish). My question was answered in an encouraging way as Dvořák rallied in rounds 2 and 3 to get his hand raised while landing the majority of his significant strikes of the course of the entire fight in the third round per ufcstats.com. While still young and relatively inexperienced in the UFC, I believe David can improve and move up in the rankings at Flyweight.
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