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For example Maia for MW. Someone who is relatively new to the UFC.

HW-Shane Carwin

LHW-Luiz Cane

MW-Damian Maia

WW-Dan Hardy

LW-Efrain E.

Lightweight was hard one for me

Post #1   3/31/09 12:23:43AM   

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HW - There really isnt much to pick from in terms of prospects here so ill refrain.
LHW - Hamill - Great wrestling, greatly improving striking. He needs a good camp to compliment his wrestling. He either needs team quest, att or even the Wolf's Lair in london
MW - Maia, Obvisously his grappling is off the charts but he needs a more complete game.
WW. - Anthony Johnson is head and shoulders above the rest of the #20-#11 ranked WW's. Explosive, powerful, and well rounded.
LW - Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar tie in my book. Both are excellent boxers with Maynard having the advantage in wrestling and Edgar in subs and well roundedness.

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Good answers from everybody so far.

HW: Junior Dos Santos
LHW: Jon Jones
MW: Dan Miller
WW: Ben Saunders
LW: Evan Dunham

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HW: Shane Carwin
LHW: Steve Cantwell
MW: Demian Maia
WW: Paulo Thiago
LW: Efrain Escudero

-Carwin is 10-0 (3-0 UFC) and just knocked out Gonzaga.
-Cantwell just came from WEC as champ and broke some guys arm in UFC debut.
-Maia is undefeated including 5-0 in UFC.
-Thiago is 11-0 and just knocked out top contender Josh Koscheck.
-Efrain just won TUF and looks extremely well rounded.

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Ummmm for the post above me(Florida Golf Coast University?)

Paulo Thiago was getting beat until he landed that punch which I would call kinda lucky. It's a limb going out and saying he's the best prospect.

But whatever thats why I put this thing up I wanted to see what everyone else thinks.

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HW - Pretty easy call with Cain.

LHW - Bones Jones, Ryan Bader (I just think when a strong wrestler has power like he does hes always going to be a threat)

MW - Maia, if he even counts as a prospect anymore. I cant even really think of any others.

WW - Hardy

LW - Pretty much made up of prospects, but at this point id go with Nate Diaz and Terry Etim.

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HW: Cain Velasquez
LHW: Jon Jones (Come back, Goran!)
MW: Rousimar Palhares
WW: Anthony Johnson (Does Kampmann still count?)
LW: Gray Maynard

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HW- Lesnar lol 3 fights, fewer than just about any fighter in the UFC

LHW- (Hamill does not count) Bader, Jon Jones is a close second

MW- Maia if he still counts

WW- Hazelett I think Anthony Johnson will wash out once he fights b competition.

LW- I would've said Gray, but Efrain looks like the next (better) Matt Hughes.

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HW: Antoni Hardonk( realitsically though Shae Carwin)
LHW: Mike Ciesnolevicz (or Luiz Cane)
MW: Dan Miller
WW: Ben Saunders
LW: Efran Escudero

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When does a guy go from "prospect" to "contender"? I think if you have less than 3 UFC fights or 8 career fights, you're still a prospect.

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HW: Pat Berry dude has some serious leg kicks and an alltogether stand up game

LHW: Luis Cane I love this guy. he has a great killer instinct

MW: Ben Saunders He keeps on winning against lower teir guys. Cant wait to see how he does against a vet like Swick

WW: Anthony Jiohnson This guy is on a roll, and he is a big 170

LW: Grey Maynard His boxing is improving and has great wrestling. Another guy i cant wait to see fight some tougher competition.

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Posted by lohmann

HW: Cain Velasquez
LHW: Jon Jones (Come back, Goran!)
MW: Rousimar Palhares
WW: Anthony Johnson (Does Kampmann still count?)
LW: Gray Maynard





my thoughts exactly....i almost put maia instead of palhares, but i didnt cuz demian isnt really a prospect anymore, he's one fight away at most from a title shot and is solidified contender, were as palhares is definitly up and coming....i was suprised to see that it took this long to get cain on this thread

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Posted by jhallway

When does a guy go from "prospect" to "contender"? I think if you have less than 3 UFC fights or 8 career fights, you're still a prospect.


I have the same question, but a different answer. I don't think of a "prospect" is the same thing as a "future contender", although I can see that lots of folks do.

3 fights in the UFC appears to be the benchmark for establishing whether a fighter is legit or not. Dana White appears to use "3 strikes and you're out" as a rule of thumb, for journeymen, former champions, and fan favorites alike. New guys don't even get that many chances to prove themselves. So I think a "prospect" would be somebody with 0-2 fights in the UFC, and who looks ready for more.

Shane Carwin is no prospect, in my opinion. With 3 KOs under 2 minutes, the last over a former title contender, basically everybody has already penciled him in for a title shot (myself included). He's a top UFC fighter, full stop. Same with Demian Maia, Cain Velasquez, and Gray Maynard.

Jon Jones is the first name that came into my mind. A year ago, he had zero professional fights.

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HW Brett Rodgers(UFC should sign this guy)
LHW Ryan Bader/Jones
MW Akiyama
WW Johnson
LW Nover

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