Light-heavyweight, Tee Cummins (4-0)
28-years-old | 6’0″ | Memphis, Tennessee, US | 100% Finish Rate | 4 KO/TKOs | Combined Opponents’ Record: 10-9 | Best Win – Anthony Kalani (5-0)
Although Cummins isn’t experienced much in pro-MMA, Cummins had a good amount of amateur experience. Cummins has also dabbled in some bare-knuckle boxing for BKFC, going 2-0 last year. The difference in his pro career compared to his amateur career is he’s not had one defeat. Dropping three fights as an amateur, if you watch the Tee Cummins today, he’s so much better than the one in 2017-2018. Cummins displays technical ability, patience, and timing. That trifecta isn’t seen much at 205. A lot still needs to be seen from Cummins, but he’s looked outstanding recently.
Light-heavyweight Joshua Silveira (5-0)
28-years-old | 6’1″ | Coconut Creek, Florida, US | 100% Finish Rate | 1 KO/TKO, 4 Submissions | Combined Opponents’ Record: 13-8 | Best Win – Rafael Viana (6-1)
Living in Coconut Creek, Florida, Silveira trains out of American Top Team under head coach and his father, Conan Silveira. He’s currently 5-0 and went 4-0 as an amateur, so he does have good experience. Not high-level experience but in the gym every day with some of the best at ATT. Silveira wrestled in College for Arizona State University and was a Florida high school state champ. With that wrestling pedigree always in his back pocket, he’s able to let loose on the feet. His shot selection is very on-point with his hands, and his left high kick is very sneaky and dangerous. Silveira really checks all the boxes and is a major prospect to watch for.
Lightweight, Slava Borshchev (3-1)
29-years-old | 5’11″ | Sacramento, California, US | 2 Finishes | 2 KO/TKOs | Combined Opponents’ Record: 6-3 | Best Win – Ali Zebian (4-1)
Born in Volgograd, Russia, Borshchev has been residing in Sacramento, California, training out of Team Alpha Male. He’s a former international K1 kickboxer with over 200 kickboxing fights and was a K1 champion. His sole loss was to a good fighter in Will Starks in a fight he arguably won as he lost a split decision. Borshchev is a treat to watch compete on the feet as he has some high-level striking/kickboxing. Everything to his vision, shot selection, bodywork, combinations, and counter ability is top-notch quality. His takedown defense has been his biggest issue, but it’s something that’s shown improvement over little time. Such a fun guy to watch for.
Flyweight, Clayton Carpenter (4-0)
25-years-old | 5’5″ | Pheonix, Arizona, US | 3 Finishes | 1 KO/TKO, 2 Submissions’ | Combined Opponents’ Record: 5-6 | Best Win – Nick Clem (3-1)
Carpenter is fighting out of Pheonix, Arizona, and trains out of a top camp in the MMA Lab under head coach John Crouch. He trains with other killers such as Kyler Phillips, Sean O’Malley, Mario Bautista, and many more. Carpenter has not only had success in MMA. He was the USA junior National Muay Thai champion, a four-time Muay Thai National Champion, a junior Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, World junior Grappling and Pankration medalist, and an IBJJF World Champion in gi and no-gi. As expected with his experience across an array of sports, Carpenter puts it all together in MMA.
He doesn’t do anything significantly better than the other, but he’s as well-rounded as they come for such a young fighter.
Light-heavyweight, Murtaza Talha Ali (3-0)
24-years-old | 6’1″ | Al-Muharraq, Bahrain | 100% Finish Rate | 2 KO/TKOs, 1 Submission | Combined Opponents’ Record: 14-3 | Best Win – Cameron Meintjies (6-1)
Ali was one of the highest-level light-heavyweight amateurs in a long time. Murtaza is a two-time IMMAF world champion which is the biggest accomplishment out there as an amateur. Ali is a good striker and is an excellent wrestler. He’s already 3-0 as a pro, and he’s never faced defeat between a pro and amateur. He’s had no issue closing the distance and powering guys to the mat. Ali has solid ground and pound and can grab the neck at any time. He has the blueprint to be the next big thing at light-heavyweight, and I believe he will be just that.
Featherweight, Gabriel Alves Braga (5-0)
23-years-old | 5’10″ | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 3 Finishes | 3 KO/TKOs | Combined Opponents’ Record: 14-3 | Best Win – Loibe de Oliveira Neto (4-0)
In my opinion, Brazil is the strongest talent when it comes to young rising fighters. Gabriel Alves Braga fights for top Brazilian promotion Future FC and will soon make his LFA debut. Only 23-years-old, it’s impressive to see that everyone he’s fought had a winning record. Braga is very technical as he loves to throw from all different kinds of angles. He throws a bit of everything and has some wrestling/BJJ to fall back on. He’s one of the best-kept secrets Brazil has today.
Lightweight, Mike Figlak (5-0)
24-years-old | 5’10″ | Poznan, Poland | 4 Finishes | 4 KO/TKOs | Combined Opponents’ Record: 18-9-1 | Best Win – Oban Elliott (3-0)
Poland’s Mike Figlak made his name known when he beat a top prospect in Oban Elliott nearly a year ago. And since that, he’s picked up two more wins and all under the cage warriors platform. Figlak is well-rounded and is everything you look for in a young fighter. On the feet, Figlak gets right at it throwing combinations, never throwing single strikes. He’s very accurate with everything thrown, and his right hand over the shoulder is his best weapon. If Figlak isn’t impressive enough with his striking, his wrestling is just as good, if not better. I like Figlak so much I think he’s a future Cage Warriors champion.
Bantamweight, Shido Boris Soto Esperanca (5-0)
25-years-old | 5’8″ | Luanda, Angola | 4 Finishes | 3 KO/TKOs, 1 Submission | Combined Opponents’ Record: 10-1-1 | Best Win – Esoe Franklin (4-0)
Of all the fighters on this list, Esperanca is the most unknown competitor. He’s been in martial arts since a young age. He’s competed in Muay Thai and kickboxing, as well as various grappling tournaments, such as the IBJJF championship. Esperanca is also a BJJ black belt. He has strong wrestling as he can lift guys and slam them down in an emphatic fashion. On the mat, grappling is where Esperanca is most comfortable. He has strong ground and pound and is a submission threat. There are still unsolved mysteries on the feet with Esperanca as there isn’t much footage to tell how good he is. Still young and with a strong grappling base, he’s someone to watch out for.
Middleweight, Mo Miller (5-0)
28-years-old | 5’8″ | Cleveland, Ohio, US | 4 Finishes | 3 KO/TKOs, 1 Submission | Combined Opponents’ Record: 14-9 | Best Win – Mando Gutierrez (4-0)
Miller has a background as a wrestler being a three-time All-American at Notre Dame. He had a breakthrough performance last September handing a tough prospect, Mando Gutierrez, his first pro loss. In his last performance, he had a highlight-reel slam knockout win. Of course, Miller has good wrestling, but he does have some bright spots on the feet. He throws a good one-two, and his right hand is dangerous. Miller has the style to go far with his patient but technical approach on the feet and some solid wrestling to fall back on. Expect him this season on the contender series fighting for a UFC contract.
Middleweight, Roland Dunlap (2-0)
28-years-old | 6’3″ | Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US | 100% Finish Rate | 2 KO/TKOs | Combined Opponents’ Record: 6-18 | Best Win – Obinwa Ikebunna (2-1)
Dunlap trains with Roufusport along with guys like Emmanuel Sanchez, Raufeon Stots, Brendan Allen, Gerald Meerschaert, and many more top fighters. The 6’3″ wrestler has been in MMA since 2015. The former US marine, Roland Dunlap, before coming into MMA, was competing in wrestling at a high level. He won two state titles in high school and had a career record of 159-9. He went on to be a three-time All-American and wrestled D3 in the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. You may be surprised to see him in the cage fighting out of a classic karate stance even with his wrestling background.
Dunlap fights very loosely and very long. He’ll throw a lot of kicks, and he’ll attack with both legs attacking each side of his opponent. Where Dunlap shines is when he uses his wrestlers. Dunlap does nice work changing levels as his opponents come forward to engage. He sneaks under punches to get ahold of the legs to left guys up and slam them to the mat. Definitely, someone to watch.