5 More Under-the-Radar UFC Fighters to Watch in 2013

Anthony Fusco@fusconation16Correspondent IIIJanuary 5, 2013

5 More Under-the-Radar UFC Fighters to Watch in 2013

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    There are many UFC fighters who impressed the fans and the UFC brass with their performances in 2012.

    They'll want to keep that momentum and climb the ladders of their respective divisions by stringing together some impressive wins.

    There are many fighters flying under the radar of UFC fans who are poised to bring their power and skills to prominence this year.

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    Without further ado, let's dive into five more under-the-radar UFC fighters to watch in 2013.

Hacran Dias

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    Hacran Dias came into the UFC and won a dominant decision over fellow prospect Yuri Alcantara.

    He displayed improved wrestling and excellent ground-and-pound to go along with his already-deadly submission game.

    Dias owns a record of 21-1 and has some of the best training partners in the business, such as featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao.

    Dias is a hot featherweight prospect who can definitely make some noise this year.

Francis Carmont

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    Despite a bad last fight, Carmont is still a fighter worth watching this year.

    He has put together a perfect 4-0 UFC record, with stoppages of Magnus Cedenblad and Karlos Vemola.

    Carmont is a massive middleweight with a good, well-rounded skill set. His control on the ground is dominant, and he keeps a cool head when he's in trouble.

    Carmont is ready to put on a great performance and keep his UFC record perfect in 2013.

Rustam Khabilov

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    Rustam Khabilov made his name known when he won his UFC debut by way of suplex and punches.

    Khabilov was able to effortlessly pick up and slam his opponent, and on the third suplex, he stunned Pichel and went for the kill with punches.

    It was one of the most impressive displays of strength and technique that had been seen in the UFC in 2012.

    Khabilov carries a record of 15-1 into 2013 and should be putting his skills on display for even more fans this year.

Matt Brown

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    One fighter who is flying under the radar coming into 2013 is Matt Brown.

    That fact surprises me, considering the monster year that Brown just had.

    He won all four of his fights in 2012, and three of those victories were stoppages.

    Brown went from a fighter on the chopping block to one who seems to have found his groove. People constantly underestimated him, and he proved them all wrong.

    A motivated Brown will be a treat to watch in 2013.

Abel Trujillo

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    Abel Trujillo made a heck of an impression when he made his UFC debut against Marcus LeVesseur.

    He was able to stuff most of his opponent's takedown attempts and control him with vicious elbows and punches when he was against the cage.

    Trujillo put an exclamation point on his debut by defeating LeVesseur by technical knockout with the nastiest knees to the body since GSP vs. Serra 2.

    He got his full weight behind them, picked his spots and drove each one home.

    Trujillo has excellent skills and power to boot. Here's looking forward to more from "Killa" in 2013.

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