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It seems like there is always a lot of talent in the UFC's 170-pound weight class. There is currently, and while some of that talent is aging, much of it should remain intact for at least a few years to come.
Still, there are a number of up-and-comers knocking on the door, looking to jump into the fray.
He entered The Ultimate Fighter with minimal expectations in tow but proved doubters wrong, taking middleweight tournament honors.
Now the youngster takes his career to 170, where continued success may very well await.
Mein crashed the UFC party, knocking out Dan Miller in the first round of his first fight with the promotion. He stumbled while trying to built on that momentum against Matt Browne, but let's not forget, Mein is still just 23.
A bright future awaits the young Canuck. He, along with fellow Canadian Rory MacDonald, represents a considerable portion of the division's future.
Moraes failed to take home The Ultimate Fighter title, but the show is just the beginning for him, not the end.
Since losing in the TUF finale to Cezar Ferreira (at middleweight), Moraes has gone 2-0 with two submissions. He appears ready to at least take a stab at jumping up in competition. Hopefully he'll soon receive the opportunity.
The submission specialist from Iceland has transitioned nicely to the UFC, gaining two victories in two goes. His latest win over Jorge Santiago was somewhat underwhelming, but at 25, the best of Nelson is still over the horizon.
He'll have to round out his game by improving his standup if he hopes to contender for a title, but it's almost a certainty that he rises high enough to make the division's upper tier.
Some probably consider Saffiedine part of the welterweight's top tier already, but I'm including him since he still hasn't competed inside the Octagon.
Saffiedine is well-rounded, implementing fine striking technique, adequate wrestling and a solid submission arsenal.
The Jon Fitch loss quelled some of the excitement surrounding Silva, and even an impressive followup victory didn't bring it all back.
But even with reduced hype, Silva is a future contender at 170, and the days when he begins to make a true impact are not very far off. He could potentially land a meaningful fight before the year is out and parlay that into a title run.
I was concerned that Whittaker may get flushed out by a tough wrestler, but he handled Colton Smith nicely. Now the 22-year-old looks poised to move on to bigger and better things.
His first major test will come later this month when he faces off with fellow TUF winner Court McGee.
Woodley is 31, but he still hasn't peaked as a fighter. His inability to handle Jake Shields' smothering wrestling offense revealed some gaps in his game, but Woodley is a fine athlete and will be able to overcome that exposure.
I expect him to end up as an upper-tier welterweight and I don't expect the transition to be a lengthy one. Whether he winds up a title player is another question, but he should at least settle in as a high-level gatekeeper soon enough.