Ultimate Insider names top eight UFC fighters 25 years old or younger

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Budgellism
9/22/11 6:51:53PM
8. Erik Koch - 22, 13-1

A high school dropout, Koch is quickly making a name for himself as a legit contender in the featherweight division. Since a tough loss to Chad Mendes back in March 2010, "The New Breed" has ripped off four wins in a row, including three finishes and two "Knockout of the Night" awards, one of which came in his Octagon debut.

7. John Hathaway - 24, 15-1

A talented Englishman fully capable of heading up the British invasion, Hathaway put himself on the map by mopping the floor with Diego Sanchez in his native land just last year. He followed that up with a loss, unfortunately, but quickly rebounded and is still on track to become one of the promotion's top overseas stars.

6. Anthony Pettis - 24, 13-2

Famous for his "Showtime off-the-wall Kick" and the innovative techniques he manages to execute inside the cage during highly competitive contests, Pettis is a former WEC champion who recently made the jump to the world's largest fight promotion. And while he dropped a close decision in his debut with the UFC, he's still poised to become a staple in the lightweight division for years to come.

5. Alexander Gustafsson - 24, 12-1

They call him "The Mauler" for a reason. 12 wins in 13 career fights and just one of them came by way of decision. His lone defeat, a submission loss to Phil Davis, came in April 2010 and he's since rebounded with three consecutive victories, two submissions and a knockout of Matt Hamill that sent him into retirement.

4. Demetrious Johnson - 25, 14-1

Probably the fastest man in the fight game at 135-pounds, Johnson parlayed wins over Damacio Page, Norifumi Yamamoto and Miguel Torres into a title shot against Dominick Cruz at UFC on Versus 6 on Oct. 1.

3. Rory MacDonald - 22, 12-1

Pegged as the next Georges St. Pierre, the 170-pound MacDonald has shown a freakish combination of size, speed, strength and athleticism rivaled only by the champion of the division and his training partner, the previously mentioned St. Pierre. His lone defeat, a close loss to Carlos Condit, only served to solidify such claims. The future is bright for this one.

2. Jose Aldo - 25, 19-1, UFC featherweight champion

12 wins in a row over the best competition the WEC and UFC could find for him at 145-pounds should say it all. In fact, there are those that feel he could very well become the first simultaneous two-divison champion in the history of the UFC.

1. Jon Jones - 24, 13-1, UFC light heavyweight champion

The most notorious member of the list is also, perhaps, the most talented. His unbelievable size and reach, coupled with an elite training camp and natural ability has combined to make an unstoppable freight train that shows no signs of slowing down. Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans are waiting in the wings to attempt to dethrone the king of the 205-pound mountain but he's quickly gaining steam as one pound-for-pound great. And maybe, just maybe, the best ever.

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Budgellism
9/22/11 6:53:47PM
I'm actually not totally sure this belongs in the news forum. If it doesn't can someone move it please?
Poor_Franklin
9/22/11 7:24:40PM
as fans, we really do have a lot to look forward to in these new breeds of young fighters. this sports has so much potential, considering how deep the talent pool keeps getting.
Chael_Sonnen
9/22/11 7:47:04PM
Rory MacDonald = Future
prophecy033
9/22/11 8:20:12PM
It's hard to believe that these guys are so young. Poor_Franklin said it best, we as fans are lucky. I've been following this sport for awhile now and it just keeps picking up steam. It's like the train on "Unstoppable". I'm excited as all hell to see where this sport will be in 5 years. I know where ill be tho, right here on the best MMA site on the planet
Chael_Sonnen
9/22/11 8:24:35PM

Posted by prophecy033

It's hard to believe that these guys are so young. Poor_Franklin said it best, we as fans are lucky. I've been following this sport for awhile now and it just keeps picking up steam. It's like the train on "Unstoppable". I'm excited as all hell to see where this sport will be in 5 years. I know where ill be tho, right here on the best MMA site on the planet



FastKnockout
9/22/11 8:37:11PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Rory MacDonald = Future



I hate to accuse, but I think MacDonald and your hero might have something in common.
Chael_Sonnen
9/22/11 9:41:12PM

Posted by FastKnockout


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Rory MacDonald = Future



I hate to accuse, but I think MacDonald and your hero might have something in common.





Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do
Aether
9/22/11 11:15:37PM

Posted by FastKnockout


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Rory MacDonald = Future



I hate to accuse, but I think MacDonald and your hero might have something in common.



Testosterone replacement therapy? Nah, I think he's pretty young for that, maybe after another decade and a half of weight cutting he'll need to receive that legitimate medical treatment.
Twenty20Dollars
9/22/11 11:39:30PM
9. Michael "Mayday" McDonald (13-1)

This guy is younger than me, 1/15/91

His brother Brad McDonald looks like an up and comer too, don't know his age, but he is a FW
Twenty20Dollars
9/22/11 11:45:48PM
Renan Barao, 24, (28-1) BW

Dustin Poirier, 22, (10-1) FW

Edson Barboza, 25, (9-0) LW

Charles Oliveira, 21, (14-2) LW

Stefan Stuve, 23, (25-3) HW



As you'll notice most of these younger guys are from the lighter weight classes. Interesting.
Budgellism
9/23/11 9:32:00AM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

9. Michael "Mayday" McDonald (13-1)

This guy is younger than me, 1/15/91

His brother Brad McDonald looks like an up and comer too, don't know his age, but he is a FW



4 months older than me but it's crazy to think a guy my age is 13-1 and a legitmate contender in the ufc.
Bubbles
9/23/11 1:31:01PM

Posted by prophecy033

It's hard to believe that these guys are so young. Poor_Franklin said it best, we as fans are lucky. I've been following this sport for awhile now and it just keeps picking up steam. It's like the train on "Unstoppable". I'm excited as all hell to see where this sport will be in 5 years. I know where ill be tho, right here on the best MMA site on the planet





i have all but abandoned sherdog for the playground. you guys rock
babalu46
9/23/11 3:08:15PM

Posted by FastKnockout


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Rory MacDonald = Future



I hate to accuse, but I think MacDonald and your hero might have something in common.



Got to admit if that story came out I wouldn't be surprised. But then again with all the accusations i wouldn't be surprised by many names being linked with things.
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