Unsigned Heavyweights - Thread Four

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  1. Paul L

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    This post is dedicated to the heavyweight prototype of the modern prospect scouting era, Guram Gugenishvili. Please see this video posted in honor of his memory. Guram's memorial video.

    For previous Unsigned Heavyweights threads, please see the following links: Thread Two | Thread Three

    Due to the overall scope of the heavyweight division and the visibility most new prospects receive as opposed to other divisions, I thought it would be interesting to post my personal list of upcoming heavyweights that could eventually make their way into a major promotion.

    I've only listed fighters who have never been signed by the UFC, Pride, Strikeforce, or Bellator, with preference to fighters under 35. Factors I've taken into account when profiling fighters are: Age, camp, record, level of opposition, dedication (fight consistency and athleticism), and skill-set.

    Please feel free to post your own prospects, and promote discussion of heavyweights outside major organizations in this thread to make it a continuing resource for fans and insiders alike.


    1. Sergey Pavlovich

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 245 Age: 26 Reach: N/A Rec: 12-0

    A greco roman wrestler with a masters of sport in army hand to hand combat, Pavlovich has a strong base for both grappling and striking. An oddity in the division, Pavlovich looks like a professional fighter with over two dozen fights when he steps into the ring despite his young age and record. Pavlovich is fast and technical on the feet, utilizing a variety of kicks, jabs, and winging punches to overwhelm his opponents. His ground game is suffocating, and his ability to generate power from odd angles and positions allows him to do damage regardless of where the fight goes. If Pavlovich keeps evolving he could be a top 10 talent in his mid 20's.

    2. Amir Aliakbari [​IMG]

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 250 Age: 30 Reach: N/A Rec: 8-1

    Former Greco-Roman wrestler and worlds gold medal winner Amir Aliakbari holds both the potential to be one of the greatest heavyweight mixed martial artists of all time, or one of the most infamous. While Amir Aliakbari's contentious past is behind him, his long term success relies on it to never recur. As one of the greatest Greco-Roman wrestlers on the planet, Aliakbari's athletic ceiling is as massive as he is. Training at AKA Thailand with Soa Palelei and recently Mark Hunt, Aliakbari has a solid stable of training partners to advance his skill-set..

    3. Juan Adams

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 280 Age: 26 Reach: 81" Rec: 3-0

    To be profiled shortly.

    4. Denis Goltsov

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 240 Age: 27 Reach: N/A Rec: 21-5

    An accomplished striker and opportunistic grappler, Goltsov had a rough start to his career, earning 3 submission losses and a TKO to fellow heavyweight Alexander Volkov. Goltsov stands at a very lean 6'5, however despite his thinner frame, he carries explosive one punch knockout power. Goltsov has recently proven his losses were simply growing pains, and has compiled an impressive resume of wins over veterans and prospects alike.

    5. Dontale Mayes [​IMG]

    Height: 6'6" Weight: 250 Age: 26 Reach: 82" Rec: 4-2

    Former NCAA basketball forward Dontale Mayes brings a rare athletic pedigree to the sport. Standing at a towering 6'6" and weighing in at 250 pounds, Mayes can move like a welterweight, displaying bursts of quick and dynamic boxing mixed in with a grinding clinch game. Mayes speed is almost unique in the heavyweight landscape, bringing back memories of the raw agility and finesse of Pride sensation Mirko Cro Cop. Sporting an 8-0 amateur record and a rapidly increasing repertoire of MMA experience, Mayes eventual entry into a larger organization is only a formality.

    6. Salimgerey Rasulov

    Height: 6'0" Weight: 250 Age: 31 Reach: N/A Rec: 16-7

    To be profiled shortly.

    7. Mukhomad Vakhaev

    Height: 6'0" Weight: 250 Age: 28 Reach: N/A Rec: 6-4

    To be profiled shortly.

    8. Jeff Hughes

    Height: 6'2" Weight: 250 Age: 30 Reach: N/A Rec: 9-1

    To be profiled shortly.

    9. Mohammed Usman

    Height: 6'2" Weight: 255 Age: 29 Reach: N/A Rec: 3-1

    To be profiled shortly.

    10. Ante Delija

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 245 Age: 27 Reach: N/A Rec: 15-3

    To be profiled shortly.
     
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    11. Karol Bedorf

    Height: 6'2" Weight: 255 Age: 34 Reach: 78.5" Rec: 15-3

    KSW's talent at heavyweight and BJJ black belt, Bedorf makes the profiles list more-so due to his consistency than any other factor. Bedorf nullifies opponents strengths and works on their weaknesses well, as displayed in his recent fights against aging veterans and journeyman opponents. Bedorf's primary flaws lie within his strength of competition, fighting only mid level heavyweights that will not challenge him to become a better fighter.

    12. Michel Batista [​IMG]

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 255 Age: 34 Reach: 78" Rec: 4-0

    The 2008 Olympic medalist for Cuba in Freestyle Wrestling, Michel Batista's wrestling credentials are some of the best in the world. Winning a bronze medal, Batista was originally slated to wrestle against Daniel Cormier until Cormier's ill fated weight cut dashed his Olympic ambitions. Batista's wrestling has adapted well to MMA, and can be described in one word: Aggressive. Batista's training with ATT and Yoel Romero shows in his fights, he shoots relentlessly for takedowns, and once on top he is a torrent of fists and elbows. Batista's one flaw is his age, at 34 he will follow in Yoel Romero's footsteps as a late starter, and while he has fought recently, he will need to improve his schedule if he hopes to make it into a large promotion.

    13. Sergey Spivak

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 240 Age: 23 Reach: N/A Rec: 8-0

    The youngest heavyweight prospect in the world is also one of the biggest wild cards. Fighting out of the notoriously low level Ukrainian regional scene, Spivak's impressive performances may be the heralding of a future high level fighter, or simply a result of the contrast inherent in fighting very low level opponents. Nicknamed "Polar Bear", Spivak's uncommon size and strength were a rarity even as a teenager, attributes that only seem to be increasing with age. Whether Spivak will follow in the footsteps of young East European fighters like Nikita Krylov remains to be seen, and higher level competition will be needed for future insights on his potential.

    14. Raphael Pessoa

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 245 Age: 29 Reach: N/A Rec: 8-0

    To be profiled shortly.

    15. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

    Height: 6'2" Weight: 245 Age: 30 Reach: N/A Rec: 9-0

    To be profiled shortly.

    16. Calyn Hull

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 240 Age: 31 Reach: N/A Rec: 4-0

    To be profiled shortly.

    17. Shawn Teed

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 260 Age: 25 Reach: N/A Rec: 5-1

    To be profiled shortly.

    18. Adam Bogatyrev

    Height: 6'2" Weight: 240 Age: 23 Reach: N/A Rec: 6-0

    To be profiled shortly.

    19. Adam Dyczka

    Height: 6'4" Weight: 260 Age: 27 Reach: N/A Rec: 7-0

    To be profiled shortly.

    20. Alexander Romanov

    Height: 6'0" Weight: 260 Age: 27 Reach: N/A Rec: 8-0

    To be profiled shortly.


    Honorable Mentions (Sorted alphabetically by first name): Anton Vyazigin, Alikhan Vakhaev, Brett Martin, Mitchell Sipe, Rodrigo Nascimento, Roggers Souza, Sergey Bilostenniy
     
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    As a compliment to the professional heavyweight listing above, I will also post amateur fighters that meet the same criteria. I will continue to update this post with my personal list of top amateurs in heavyweight MMA. Any fighters that become professionals will be removed, and new fighters will be added to keep an up to date list that strives to pick the needles from the heavyweight amateur haystack.


    1.
    Alton Meeks

    Height: 6'3" Weight: 255 Age: 24 Region: FL Amateur Rec: 3-0

    2. Trevor Wallace

    Height: 6'5" Weight: 255 Age: 28 Region: MS Amateur Rec: 3-0

    3. Billy Swanson

    Height: 6'2" Weight: 260 Age: 24 Region: TN Amateur Rec: 9-1
     
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    That top 10 is quality, imagine if those guys were all in the UFC... Would turn HW into one of the stronger divisions.
     
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    Unsure why the ufc has let so many of these hw prospects from eastern europe slip through their grasp whilst signing krylov or that chechen.

    Your really sold on curtis blaydes perhaps the ufc should make the call.
     
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    It seems like the ufc doesn't sign heavyweights with limited experience as often as they used to . Maybe it's because they have a small heavyweight roster so it's harder to build guys up?
     
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    They'd probably be more willing to sign bedorf or erokhin before the top 3
     
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    Damn, I hope the UFC picks up some of those top 10 guys soon. Especially the top 2.

    Aliakbari has great potential, bus they may not want him due to his drug test history and the USADA thing. Maybe the risk of him popping is too big for the UFC right now, but if he keeps winning they may have to sign him anyway. For now, the UFC has Makhov, who I understand is an even better wrestler.

    Not sure why the UFC doesn't sign any of these guys though. The HW roster is already tiny, with a shitload of aging guys and lower level guys.
     
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    From the heavies
     
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    Wow. Congrats to Blaydes. I feel like Paul L definitely had a role in putting him on the map.
     
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    Time to strike number one off the list!
     
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    Holy shit! Blaydes vs ngannou in ufc! Sucks that one of them has to lose though.
     
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    Thought of this thread as soon as I seen the Blaydes news. Nice one Paul
     
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    Bit dissappointed he's fighting Ngannou, they are both solid prospects. Great signing for UFC though.
     
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    Thank you for making the list, it's amazing how much work you put into this.
     
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    Great to see Blaydes get picked up.
     
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    The best heavyweight in a long time is now in the UFC, congrats to Curtis!

    That makes Sergey Pavlovich the best heavyweight not signed by a major promotion as of now. Hopefully we'll see him make the move soon as well. I'll compare Pavlovich to JDS and Blaydes to Cain, although they are both very different fighters, but the signing of those two would be similar to when they picked up JDS and Cain.
     
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    Pavlovich has shown some interest on signing with UFC?

    I ask that because I could think M-1 could be behind him for obvious reasons
     
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    Really sucks that one of them has to lose since they're two of the best HW prospects the UFC has right now.
     
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