While much of the talent is under the UFC banner and Bellator and WSOF have seemed to scoop up the best of 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.
Top ranked Ben Askren (#12) and Luis Santos (#54) were set to engage in a pretty major fight as far as regionals go, but an eye poke by Askren fizzled the bout with a no-contest in the first round. Despite all the finger pointing, no pun intended, ONE Championship will likely rebook the title fight as soon as possible.
Sergey Khandozhko made a jump in the rankings from 105 to 89 by picking up two wins since the last post to run his record to an impressive 19-1-1. Aslambek Saidov picked up a huge decision win over Rafal Moks (#133) at KSW 30 to jump from #114 to #65.
Upcoming matches of interest include a battle of title holders as RFA champ Chidi Njokuani (#72) takes on TPF champ Max Griffin (#78) at Tachi Palace Fights 23 on May 7. They could be fighting for a UFC contract. Former Bellator champ Lyman Good (#63) will defend his Cage Fury FC title against Nah-Shon Burrell (#166 @ MW)at CFFC 48 on May 9.
Recently signed by a top promotion: Nicolas Dalby (#49-UFC)
|RANK||NAME||RECORD||AGE||Last Promotion (Origin)|
|12||Ben Askren||14-0-0-1||30||ONE FC (Asia)|
|45||Tyler Stinson||29-10-0||28||Titan FC|
|50||Bristol Marunde||16-9-0||33||XFFC (Canada)|
|54||Luis Santos||61-9-1-1||35||ONE FC (Asia)|
|57||Beslan Isaev||32-7-0||31||M-1 (Russia)|
|58||Danny Roberts||11-1-0||?||Cage Warriors (UK)|
|59||Ryan Jensen||21-8-0||37||Victory FC (US)|
|60||Borys Mankowski||17-5-1||25||KSW (Poland)|
|63||Lyman Good||17-3-0-1||29||Cage Fury FC (US)|
|64||Gil de Freitas||17-5-0||?||CES MMA (US)|
|65||Aslambek Saidov||16-4-0||?||KSW (Poland)|
|69||Jose Figueroa||13-7-0||30||Titan FC (US)|
|72||Chidi Njokuani||12-4-0||26||Tachi Palace (California)|
|73||Trey Houston||11-3-0||26||BattleGrounds (Oklahoma)|
|75||Karl Amoussou||18-7-2||29||Fightor (Belgium)|
|80||Max Griffin||10-1-0||29||Tachi Palace (California)|
|82||Ryan Machan||23-9-0||31||Fight Night @ Corral (Canada)|
|84||Marcelo Alfaya||16-7-0-1||36||Absolute FC (Florida)|
|82||Brock Larson||40-9-0||37||KOTC (US)|
|89||Sergey Khandozhko||19-1-1||22||ACB (Russia)|
|90||Belal Muhammad||7-0-0||?||Titan FC (US)|
|93||Steven Kennedy||22-6-0||?||Hex FS (Australia)|
|94||Nobutatsu Suzuki||11-2-2||37||ONE FC (Asia)|
|95||Ryan Scope||9-0-0||23||BAMMA (UK)|
|100||Jim Wallhead||27-9-0||31||ADW (UAE)|
Dropped out of the Top 25: Derrick Krantz (#102), Shamil Zavurov (#110), Rafal Moks (#133)
Top 3 promotions in the division
|Promotion||# Top 100 fighters||Champ|
*All Rankings taken from Fight Matrix at time of writing.