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Author: Ed Gallo

Rafael Fiziev Prospect Evaluation

Photo courtesy of Toyota Revo Muay Thai In the first fight of the night in Saint Petersburg, the UFC will showcase a striker with potential for stardom. Hailing from Kyrgyzstan, lightweight Rafael Fiziev successfully transitioned from muay thai to mixed martial arts around 2015. The 26-year-old is 6-0 in MMA with six finishes, five of them being knockouts. He’s based out of Tiger Muay Thai, previously Phuket Top Team, reputable training camps known for developing well-rounded, dangerous fighters like MMASucka favorite Petr Yan. If his Twitter bio is to be believed, Fiziev is actually a striking coach at TMT. By far the most effective...

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Five Class of 2019 Wrestling to MMA Prospects

Check out five Division 1 graduating seniors who could make championship runs in mixed martial arts. READ: Five Class of 2018 Wrestling to MMA Prospects Since the early days of the sport, wrestlers in MMA have made an impact. From the times of Dan Severn and Mark Coleman, to the present day elite, Division 1 wrestlers have had success at the highest level. Men like Tyron Woodley, Frankie Edgar, Daniel Cormier, Stipe Miocic and TJ Dillashaw all started as blue-chip wrestling to MMA prospects. After the conclusion of the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh this past weekend, the time has come once again to assess the talent we may see in...

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Sheymon Moraes is a Live Dog vs. Sodiq Yusuff

(Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Since losing his UFC debut to Zabit Magomedsharipov, Brazilian striker Sheymon Moraes has been flying under the radar in the featherweight division. Prior to that bout, Moraes was best known for losing a title bid (just three years into his pro career) to then WSOF champion and now UFC bantamweight contender, Marlon Moraes. Sheymon Moraes had a bit of a Cody Garbrandt moment in the bout, swinging recklessly in the pocket before getting clocked by a tight left hook by the faster, more polished fighter. He’ll face rising prospect Sodiq Yusuff at UFC on ESPN 2 in Philadelphia....

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