UFC Prospects to Keep an Eye On (Part 11 of 12)

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!

Light Heavyweight Division

Alonzo Meinifield

Alonzo Meinifield has a great start to his UFC career with two first round knockouts which adds on to his finish streak totaling to 10 consecutive wins dating back to his amateur MMA record. Alonzo’s big power, athleticism, and speed make him a threat to earn a knockout against any opponent that is opposite to him inside the octagon. The other intriguing thing about Meinifield is that in addition to his dangerous striking, he has a wrestling and grappling game. Meinifield is not the most technical wrestler, but his superior physical strength has helped him get his opponents to the mat where he’s shown good control & threatened with submission attempts.

Now, it should be noted that Alonzo has not been past the 32 second mark of the second round in his entire MMA career (professional and amateur) so his cardio in extended time inside the octagon obviously remains a question mark. That said, I do not think it is fair to assume a fighter has bad cardio if they haven’t seen the scorecards or been past the second round. It’s certainly possible a fighter in this scenario does not have good cardio, but it remains to be seen. I will be monitoring this as Alonzo makes his way up the Light Heavyweight rankings, but for the time being, I am very high on him as a prospect. According to his Twitter account, Alonzo really wants to get back into the octagon again just like I think a lot of us would too considering how he’s been performing inside the octagon. Still young in his MMA career and training at notable camp, Fortis MMA with other very talented fighters can only help Alonzo improve in the UFC. I look forward to more finishes from the heavy-handed, Alonzo Meinfield.


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