I grew up a baseball fan and one of my favorite parts about the early spring was lists of prospects. Baseball America's Prospect Handbook was my bible for many years, and to this day I like to get a copy to look over.
I want to take this concept and apply it to a prospect list in MMA. Hopefully give people new to the sport a list of fighters to keep their eyes open for and some good talking points for the hardcores.
One of the things about baseball is there are set rules about what counts as a prospect, laid down by MLB. There are no such rules for MMA, so I will make some rules for my list:
To be counted as a prospect a fighter must:
- Have 10 or fewer professional fights
- Cannot have appeared as a headline a PPV or major event for the UFC, Strikeforce/Dream or the WEC or have won a DREAM Grand Prix
- Main card of a PPV without headlining is acceptable as are Strikeforce Challenger cards, Ultimate Fight Nights or Non-title WEC events.
- No major promotional titles or title shots
Keep these rules in mind when reading the list.