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Five Prospects the UFC Needs to Sign in 2014

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As the UFC looks to continue their global expansion, the number of fighters on their roster will expand as well. If the UFC wants to truly make a mark globally, then they have to sign only the best prospects that remain in the MMA world. Here are the top five prospects the UFC needs to sign in 2014.

Photo via the Cage Warriors Website
Photo via the Cage Warriors Website

1. Jim Alers
Weight Class: Featherweight

Jim Alers is by far one of the best fighters outside of the UFC right now. He’s currently 12-1 and the Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion. He’s an aggressive finisher with all but one of his twelve wins coming before the final bell. While he may lack knockout power, his expertise comes in his grappling. Alers has nine wins via submission with five coming in the very first round. He would make a huge impact in the featherweight division and needs to be signed by the UFC.


2. Mamed Khalidov
Weight Class: Middleweight

Mamed Khalidov is the premier fighter outside of the UFC. Khalidov is currently fighting for KSW and has piled up wins over multiple UFC vets. In the past three years he’s finished the likes of James Irvin, Kendall Grove, Jorge Santiago, and Melvin Manhoef. Khalidov has finished all but one of his twenty-seven wins with fifteen submissions and eleven knockouts. If the UFC wants to make a big splash in Poland, they need to sign Mamed Khalidov.


3. Sam Alvey
Weight Class: Middleweight

UFC fans will remember Sam Alvey from his stint on the Ultimate Fighter 16. Alvey was upset by unheralded Jimmie Rivera in the quarterfinals and never received a callback from the UFC. Since then he’s posted a 2-1 record with impressive wins over UFC vet Jay Silva and Jason South both by knockout. Alvey is far from the most skilled fighter, but his fan friendly style would make him a great signing by the UFC. Putting him versus Luke Barnatt on a card in England would be a barnburner.

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Photo Via OneFC.com

4. Chris Lokteff
Weight Class: Heavyweight

Chris Lokteff is one of the best heavyweights who does not call the UFC home. Lokteff currently competes in the fast rising One-FC where he most recently defeated American Kickboxing Academy product Tony Johnson by split-decision. The bout with Johnson was significant for heavyweights outside the UFC as Johnson had been looked at as someone who was on the cusp of being UFC ready. Lokteff had finished every single opponent before Johnson boasting nine knockouts and two submissions. In a world where Nikita Krylov gets a shot inside the UFC; it’s only right for Lokteff to get a shot.

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Photo Via RFAFighting.com

5. Steve Mocco
Weight Class: Heavyweight

Former Olympic wrestler Steve Mocco has turned his attention from wrestling mats to the cage and is the best prospect outside of the UFC. Mocco only has four MMA bouts, but his credentials speak for themselves. Mocco has three wins via submission and one win via decision over Ultimate Fighter 13 coach Lew Polley. With contenders quickly running out for heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Mocco is a fighter the UFC can ill-afford to pass up.