In this two-part article, we will be looking at the top prospects outside of the UFC. This article covers Lightweight and up and the other article covered Featherweight and below. So, check out who you could be seeing in the Octagon by the end of 2014.
The UFC tried to sign him, but Bellator sued just to try and keep Alvarez. There is a rumor that a win or loss in his rubber match with Michael Chandler could set him free. If that is the case, he would be a welcomed edition to the UFC ranks.
Gaethje is competing for the title in the WSOF, and with ten straight wins he may be one of the brightest prospects at 155. He is a finisher with knockouts in his last three fights over Dan Lauzon, Brian Cobb, and Gesias Cavalcante.
Even though Dana White professed not to want Askren in the Octagon, it is hard to deny him being one of the best in the world. White was wrong in saying he has not proven himself, because wins against Douglas Lima, Nick Thomson, Jay Hieron, and Dan Hornbuckle prove he is. Plus, finishes in his last two fights have proved some of the critics wrong as well.
Speaking on Lima outside of Askren, he is the best welterweight outside the UFC. He is also more marketable having finished all but three of his 25 wins. His record stands at 13-1, with knockouts in his last five wins, and his only loss coming to Askren.
Speaking of people who have beaten some great fighters but have not been signed by the UFC, Khalidov is the prime example of that. He has gone 25-1 since opening his career at 3-3, and is riding a nine fight winning streak. In those nine fights, he has beaten Melvin Manhoef, Kendall Grove, Jesse Taylor, Matt Lindland, and James Irvin.
At 25 years old, Vasilevsky has already fought 25 times and only lost once in his last 20 fights. Most people need a signature win to get into the UFC, and just last August he knocked out MMA veteran Trevor Prangley.
Even though Blachowicz has some losses most of them came in his first five fights. The only loss since then was against UFC veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, but he avenged the loss just two fights later. Plus, he has picked up some big wins over Houston Alexander and Goran Reljic.
Even though Nunes suffered his first loss in 2013, it could still be considered a great year. He went 3-1 with two knockouts in those three wins. The other win was the first decision victory of his career which is okay considering that he had just lost his first fight right before.
Two years, nine straight wins, three by knockout, and four submissions is what makes Tybura a great prospect. If the UFC cannot see that then they are blind.
Magomedov lost a fight by a body punch, but that loss has spurred him to pick up some of the biggest wins of his career. He has beaten two former UFC champions in Ricco Rodriguez and Tim Sylvia in the span of a year. That should be enough to get a fight in the UFC this year.