Seven Bellator Fighters Who Could Make Waves in The UFC

Robert GardnerSenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2010

Seven Bellator Fighters Who Could Make Waves in The UFC

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    With their third season now in full swing there is little doubt that Bellator Fighting Championships is quickly becoming a premier MMA promotion.

    Between the the non-stop excitement of their tournament format, a talented roster of fighters and their relationship with Fox Sports Net, Bellator has become MMA fans weekly destination for great action.

    While there are improvements that can be made to the promotion, Bellator has positioned themselves to become a major player in the world of MMA.

    If you have any doubts about the kind of talent Bellator has under their roof just look at these 10 fighters who would have no problem competing in the UFC.


7. Lyman Good, Welterweight

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    Young, powerful and undefeated, Bellator season one welterweight tournament winner and reigning Bellator welterweight champion Lyman Good has the skills and drive to compete with the best.

    His combination of athleticism and powerful, accurate striking makes him a handful for anyone to deal with.

    Check him out first hand as he defends his Bellator welterweight title at Bellator 33, when he takes on talented wrestler and winner of Bellator's season two welterweight tournament, Ben Askren.

6. Bryan Baker, Middleweight

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    Bryan Baker is a stud, plain and simple. He is big, powerful, athletic and has a tremendous set of skills.

    While Baker did not manage to win Bellator's season two middleweight tournament, he was very impressive in his performances leading up to the finals.

    When I look at Bryan Baker I see a lot of Rich Franklin; comfortable and dangerous wherever the fight takes place. 

5. Dan Hornbuckle, Welterweight

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    Dan Hornbuckle is a long, rangy welterweight with a lot of experience under his belt.

    Hornbuckle has fought all over the world and has some big wins to his credit; the most notable being a vicious head kick KO win over Japanese legend Akihiro Gono.

    In all honesty it's surprising Hornbuckle hasn't already found himself in the Octagon, but I'm sure we will see his talents on the big stage before it is all said and done. 

4. Alexander Shlemenko, Middleweight

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    Winner of Bellator's season two welterweight tournament, Alexander Shlemenko brings a very unique style to the cage with him but it has proved to be effective none the less.

    Shlemenko is a dynamic striker with knockout power who utilizes a vast array of techniques and angles to keep his opponents off balance and guessing.

3. Ben Askren, Welterweight

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    We've seen it time and time again in MMA, elite level wrestlers making a seamless transition into the sport and Ben Askren has been no different.

    A two-time Division One national champion and 2008 Olympian, Askren is one of the best amateur wrestlers to ever make the jump to MMA and it shows.

    Askren completely and utterly controlled and dominated a very highly regarded Dan Hornbuckle to capture Bellator's season two welterweight tournament championship.

2. Eddie Alvarez, Lightweight

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    Eddie Alvarez is a beast and is, without question, one of the ten best lightweight fighters in the world right now.

    Alvarez has fought and won all over the world and if he were to take his talents to the UFC I have no doubts that he would be in the title mix from day one.

    If you have never seen this man fight I suggest you jump on YouTube right now because Eddie Alvarez is for real.

1. Hector Lombard, Middleweight

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    It is simply amazing to me that no matter what he does in the cage Hector Lomard receives little to no respect from much of the MMA community.

    All this guy does is destroy everything put in front of him. Yes, some of his opponents are questionable but I think a lot of that has to do with guys not wanting to get in the cage with Lombard.

    Lombard is a former member of the Cuban Olympic Judo team, a BJJ black belt and a devastatingly powerful striker.

    In my eyes Hector Lombard is the third best middleweight in the world behind Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.