February is the cruelest month. It's cold. You're writing the correct year on your checks now with no wacky misunderstandings. The egg nog is gone or quite rancid. And spring is still very, very far away.
But as February hits its halfway point, I think I can confidently claim that the month is really "heating up" from an MMA perspective.
Especially if you're into finding The Next Big Thing in the sport. Want to be the smartest person on Twitter for the UFC's next big signing? We here at The Beaten Path are here to help. We track and interview the sport's rising stars and we deliver them to you, come rain or snow or dark of night.
So read on why don't you. Here are the five top prospects in action this month, and they're all coming to you in the next two weeks.