The prospect discussion doesn't center only on the sport's minor leagues. The UFC mill is always generating fresh grist, either from other promotions or its own mechanism, The Ultimate Fighter.
We here at The Beaten Path, well, we're not the bragging types, but we think a lot about prospects and we watch a lot of fights. And that goes for the UFC just as much as any other promotion.
So here are the top prospects already under contract with The Big Show and guaranteed to make a splash in the relatively near future. In the interest of clear definitions, the list is restricted to up-and-coming UFC fighters who haven't yet made it onto a UFC pay-per-view card (TUF notwithstanding) or TV main event.