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The Outsiders: Top 25 Heavyweights Outside UFC, Bellator, and WSOF

While most of the best talent is under the UFC banner and Bellator and WSOF have seemed scooped up the rest, there is still plenty of talent yet to be signed by the top promotions of the MMA food chain. These are not necessarily 'free agents' or even prospects, they are top 100 ranked fighters who are navigating the nebulous seas of regional and international fight promotion for whatever reason.

Will anyone on this list be signed by a major US promotion in the near future? Your guess is as good as mine, but they should at least be considered if promotions hope to compete for top talent.

Heavyweights (265lb)

RANK NAME RECORD AGE Last Promotion (Origin)
13 Marcin Tybura 12-0-0 29 M-1 (Russia)
16 Alexander Volkov 23-4-0 26 Union MMA(Russia)/Bellator?
18 Damian Grabowski 20-2-0 34 M-1 (Russia)
19 Sergei Kharitonov 22-5-0 34 M-1 (Russia)
28 Denis Goltsov 13-4-0 24 Tech-Krep FC (Russia)
36 Evengy Erokhin 9-4-0 28 FEFOMP (Russia)
37 Michal Kita 16-7-0 34 PROMMAC (Poland)
38 James Mulheron 7-0-0 ? M4TC (UK)
40 Peter Graham 10-7-0 39 KSW (Poland)
41 Chris Barnett 12-1-0 28 IGF (Japan)
42 Cody East 9-1-0 ? Legacy FC
43 Konstantin Gluhov 28-15-0 34 M-1 (Russia)
45 Mike Kyle 20-12-1-2 34 FEFOMP (Russia)
46 Philip de Fries 11-4-0-1 28 M4TC (UK)
48 John Hawk 10-5-0 35 NAAFS
51 Kenny Garner 14-8-0 40 M-1 (Russia)
52 Alexei Kudin 19-7-0 30 Union MMA (Russia)
53 Richard Odoms 8-2-0 39 FEFOMP (Russia)
56 Dion Staring 31-10-0 36 Final FC (Croatia)
57 Tony Johnson 8-2-0 ? V3 Fights
58 Brandon Vera 13-7-0-1 37 ONE FC (Asia)
59 Tim Hague 19-9-0 31 Unified MMA(Canada)/WSOF?
63 Brett Rogers 17-9-0-1 33 Absolute CB (Russia)
64 Magomed Malikov 7-3-0 ? Fights Nights (Russia)
65 Denis Smoldarev 9-1-0 ? M-1 (Russia)

*All Rankings taken from Fight Matrix at time of writing. Promotions without a country listed next to it are considered US based.