A new year is nearly upon us, which means a changing of the MMA guard is in short order. The sport is in a constant state of change, every year bringing in a new crop of up-and-comers eager to supplant current stars as the cream of the mixed martial arts crop.
Here, we will take a look at some of those up-and-comers who have the greatest chance of making a real impact on the sport.
For the purpose of this list, we are looking for guys on their way up, but who have garnered enough success to this point in their career that they are more than long-term projects that are as likely to miss as to hit.
On the other hand, I've stayed clear of fighters that have already solidified themselves as bona fide stars, even those still clearly growing. That means no Jose Aldo, or the like.
If you feel like there are any omissions worth mentioning, feel free to add them in the comments section.