Top UFC Prospect by Division

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2012

Top UFC Prospect by Division

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    The UFC is home to many stars, veterans, personalities and prospects. It is what makes the UFC exciting and unpredictable. 

    The UFC is where stars are born, talent is showcased and fans are treated to new faces. Having prospects in the promotion allows fans to jump on the bandwagon while the fighter is still up and coming and hot.

    Here is the top UFC prospect in each division. 

Flyweight: John Moraga

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    John Moraga entered the minds of UFC fans with his triumphant debut over established flyweight stud Ulysses Gomez.

    Moraga, a decorated college wrestler, showed his completeness by destroying Gomez with powerful, precise striking. That kind of well-rounded game will get you places, especially in an upstart division like flyweight.

    Moraga looks to be a solid prospect at 125. Only time will tell.

Bantamweight: Michael McDonald

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    Michael McDonald is a certified star, that much is certain. But, he is definitely still a prospect and a champion in the making.

    McDonald is five fights into his Zuffa career and he is only getting better. His latest outing saw him down Miguel Torres, a legend at 135. 

    If McDonald continues dominating, he could be a champion. For now, he remains the best prospect the UFC has at bantamweight.

Featherweight: Chan-Sung Jung

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    Call him a veteran, call him a title contender. The fact is Chan-Sung Jung is 25 years old and getting into the 145-pound title mix.

    Jung is a combination of solid striking and underrated grappling. His hit list as of late is quite impressive, as he has finished guys like Dustin Poirier and Mark Hominick.

    Jung is quite close to not being a prospect anymore, but for now he remains the best prospect at 145.

Lightweight: Paul Sass

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    A man who sticks to the submission game, Paul Sass can be considered the best prospect at 155 pounds.

    Sass' grappling and submission prowess have carried him to an undefeated UFC record. His latest outing saw him outgrapple wrestling kingpin Jacob Volkmann, a feat in itself.

    Sass gives British MMA a hero, something that the boys (and girls) across the pond love.

Welterweight: Rory MacDonald

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    Some would not consider Rory MacDonald a prospect anymore, but in my eyes the Canadian stud is still a prospect. 

    MacDonald is reminiscent of a young Georges St. Pierre, who happens to be his training partner. His ground and pound and wrestling are too much for most fighters to handle.

    If MacDonald continues to develop the way he is, he is going to be a champion in no time.

Middleweight: Chris Weidman

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    A potential title challenger just happens to be the best prospect at 185 pounds.

    Chris Weidman is a wrestler whose striking has developed nicely. This was showcased in his decimation of Mark Munoz in his last fight.

    If he keeps up his pace, Weidman will rule the middleweight division for many years to come. Watch out, Anderson Silva.

Light Heavyweight: James Te Huna

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    I was going to put Alexander Gustafsson here, but I do not consider him a prospect anymore. Therefore, the powerhouse that is James Te Huna earns this spot.

    Te Huna is a beast in the striking department. His strikes have put away almost every man that isn't Joey Beltran (it takes a wrecking ball to put that man away).

    Currently mending a broken hand, many fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the power striker from New Zealand.

Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic

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    Stipe Miocic is on his way to headlining his first ever UFC card, and for good reason. The heavyweight stud has demolished whatever has been put in his path so far.

    A college wrestler, Miocic has shown that his striking is also lethal in batterings of Joey Beltran and Phil de Fries. He has good leg kicks and powerful hands.

    Miocic looks to be a future headliner for the UFC. If he can get by his next opponent, Stefan Struve, one has to think he is in contention.