Our job here at the Beaten Path is to steer the casual fan toward the next wave of MMA stars. October is not short of up-and-coming talent, as promotions such as Bellator, Cage Warriors, CFA, RFA, Legacy FC, Maximum FC, Vale Tudo Japan, Road FC, One FC, Deep, XFC, PXC and World Series of Fighting all hold events this month.
With all that high-quality MMA going on and the new TV deals that many of them have made, there is also great access to that competition. Whether it's AXS TV, NBC Sports, Spike TV or the internet, we all will be able to witness a number of great up-and-coming talents.
With such a busy month, it's tough to narrow things down to five prospects. However, here are five prospects to watch in October.