Lightweight Prospects the UFC Should Sign
We continue the "Prospects the UFC Should Sign" series, which will take us division by division, looking at the top prospects that should be signed by the UFC.
With the lightweight division being as stacked as it already is, fighters seem to go through a revolving door. Fighters who are not already established as company lightweights seem to come and go, as the lightweight division is the ultimate shark tank.
As the UFC progresses, new prospects will continue to emerge and attempt to make a name for themselves.
Here are five prospects that need a serious look from the UFC so they can develop and become household names.
NOTE: Strikeforce and Bellator fighters were not included.
Mairbek Taisumov hails from Austria, which would make him the first Austrian in UFC history to make an appearance for the promotion.
While this alone may not warrant him a shot in the UFC, his skill definitely does.
An M-1 veteran who holds a 17-3 record, Taisumov is a predator. He has finished all of his opponents by knockout (nine times) or submission (seven times). His explosiveness allows him to overwhelm opponents, which has been the key to his success.
The UFC continues to expand into Europe, which may allow for his signing and debut.
Guillaume De Lorenzi
A very talented Canadian prospect, Guillaume de Lorenzi has been nothing less than spectacular in his time as a professional mixed martial artist.
The Ringside MMA veteran is 9-1 in his career, with his only loss coming to War Machine back in 2009.
"Il Toro" has only gone to decision once, using his heavy hands to win eight times via knockout. His notable wins come over UFC veteran Dale Hartt and Nordine Taleb in his debut.
He is from Montreal, so a spot on the UFC 154 card would be fitting.
Talented Russian prospect Alexander Sarnavskiy has been making waves in M-1 and other smaller promotions since his debut in 2008.
Sarnavskiy holds a perfect 18-0 record, while finishing 15 of his wins (10 by submission). He has notably defeated The Ultimate Fighter alumni Len Bentley, Doug Evans and Karen Grigoryan.
He is a tough, talented prospect that reminds me of UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov. A comparison that complimentary definitely deserves a good look from the UFC.
Lukasz Sajewski is a top European prospect to watch, and he is definitely a lightweight that the UFC needs to consider signing.
Hailing from Poland, "Wookie" is undefeated at 8-0, finishing six opponents by submission or knockout. He has notably knocked off fellow Polish prospect and Bellator veteran Marcin Held in his latest bout.
He would be a perfect sign, especially if the UFC were to put on another card in Europe.
The lone American on this list, Gordon Bell has been impressive thus far in his professional mixed martial arts career.
The 7-0 Bell is a submission specialist, as he has won by tapout five times. Bell's victims include David Castillo and current UFC fighter Ramsey Nijem, who he tapped with an armbar.
Gordon Bell is probably a win or two away from receiving a call from the world's largest MMA organization.