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The Outsiders: Top 25 Light Heavyweights Outside the 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.

Light Heavyweights (205lb)

RANK NAME RECORD AGE Last Promotion (Origin)
19 Roger Gracie 7-2-0 33 ONE FC (Asia)
24 Vinny Magalhaes 12-7-0 30 Titan FC
25 Maxim Grishin 18-6-0 30 Fight Nights (Russia)
31 Stephan Puetz 12-1-0 27 M-1 (Russia)
36 Alexandre Zaneti 10-2-0 35 BRFC (Brazil)
38 Leonardo Leite 5-0-0 36 Legacy FC
39 Goran Reljic 14-4-0 30 KSW (Poland)
41 Jason Brilz 22-6-1 39 Titan FC
44 Josh Stansbury 6-2-0 30 Fight To Win
45 Ken Hasagawa 9-0-1 27 Titan FC/DEEP (Japan)
49 Alexey Butorin 8-0-0 28 Warrior's Way (Russia)
50 James McSweeney 14-12-0 34 ONE FC (Asia)
51 Viktor Nemkov 20-5-0 27 M-1 (Russia)
52 Joachim Christensen 10-3-0 ? Superior Challenge (Sweden)
53 Luiz Cane 15-6-0-1 33 Thunder Fight (Brazil)
56 Anthony Gomez 9-2-0 ? Hoosier FC
57 Shamil Nurmagomedov 18-3-0 ? Oplot Challenge (Russia)
60 Myron Dennis 11-4-0 ? XFL
61 Paul Buentello 33-16-0 40 Legacy FC
63 Joe Doerksen 51-16-0 37 KOTC
64 Maciej Browarski 12-6-0 34 FEN (Poland)
65 Trevor Prangley 34-11-1 42 KOTC
66 Matt Thompson 19-10-0 34 Titan FC
67 Rodney Wallace 22-10-1 33 Hard Knocks FC
68 Doo Hwan Kim 8-2-0 26 GFN (New Zealand)

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