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Sampo's Record: 11-2 (1-0)
Ozkilic's Record: 9-1 (1-0)
I include Josh Sampo and Alp Ozkilic together because they have similar skill sets in the same division and are teammates. Both men made their UFC debuts on short notice at the end of 2013 and looked impressive doing so.
Sampo choked out Ryan Benoit at the The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, using superior grappling and a suffocating top game to gain his back and slap on a rear-naked choke. In a light flyweight division, he could be just a win or two away from a title shot.
The same goes for Ozkilic, who debuted at UFC on Fox 9 opposite Darren Uyenoyama. Though many thought he would be at a grappling disadvantage (I was not one of them), Ozkilic dominated the stand-up and held Uyenoyama on the mat for a one-sided win.
Both of these guys have made flyweight a deeper division and could have a big 2014. Ozkilic is already scheduled to fight again in less than two weeks, when he takes on newcomer Louis Smolka, while Sampo will take on Zach Makovsky at UFC 170.