While the masses have their eyes on UFC superstars like Israel Adesanya or Conor Mcgregor, the promotion company is bringing in a lot of young talent. All champs and contenders start from somewhere, so there is no doubt that these five fighters are on track to becoming a problem in their division. Here are the top five young prospects to look out for in the UFC.
Sean Brady - Welterweight (14-0)
With four fights in the UFC under the 28 year-old welterweight, Sean Brady steps up to the rankings in the division. He is #14 in the welterweight division and has proven to be a dangerous grappler in the octagon. With Brady being a black belt in BJJ under Daniel Gracie, he has shown the fans that he can submit anyone. His last performance against the young veteran, Jake Matthews, showed that his ground game is that of an elite level.
Sean Brady is not one dimensional by any means as he also can strike. Granted striking is not his specialty, but he does an excellent job of utilizing his Muay Thai to initiate takedowns. He is also a good finisher with ground and pound because of his excellent positioning. Brady is dangerous all around and he is definitely someone to look out for as he approaches the top ten competition.
Brad "Quake" Ridell - Lightweight (11-1)
It takes a certain kind of beast to be able to crack top 15 within four fights in the UFC and Brad Ridell is no exception. The 29 year-old kickboxer made his UFC debut in 2019 and has victories over stiff competitors such as Magomed Mustafaev and Drew Dober. For a prospect entering the UFC, those are not easy fights and Ridell showed that he is a force to be reckoned with.
Ridell's vast experience in Muay Thai has helped him transition to MMA as a dangerous striker, but he definitely is not a one trick pony. His performance against Dober proved that he is not afraid to get to the ground as he initiated numerous takedowns in that fight. Ridell is definitely somebody to look out for in the lightweight division as he brings a whole new level of striking to the competition while making major improvements to his MMA arsenal.
Adrian Yanez - Bantamweight (13-3)
One of the most exciting aspects of MMA is being able to see insane finishes and Adrian Yanez has no trouble delivering them in the octagon. He finished five of his last six opponents in brutal fashion, but do not assume he is just a brawler with heavy hands. Yanez has one of the sharpest boxing skills I have ever seen in a prospect. He is fast, he has head movement, and he can string combos very well.
Yanez only had two fights in the UFC so far and has proven that he can be a problem for the bantamweight division, but I wonder how he would hold up against the seasoned strikers of the division like Rob Font, Cody Garbrandt, or Cory Sandhagen. One thing for sure is that Yanez will bring it every fight.
Terrence "T'Wrecks" McKinney - Lightweight (11-3)
Terrence McKinney made UFC history on his debut by scoring a seven-second knockout against Matt Frevola, making it the fastest knockout in lightweight history. He delivered one of the cleanest one-two's I have ever seen and dropped Frevola in quick fashion. McKinney's comeback story in life and insane performance has skyrocketed him into the spotlight of being prospect to look out for.
Terrence McKinney is on a four-fight winning streak with all of them being finishes within the first round. McKinney has proved to the fans that he is not only a tough individual who came back from a near death experience, but that he is also an exciting fighter who has power in his hands. If you love to watch finishes, Terrence McKinney is somebody to look out for.
Paddy "The Baddy" Pimblett - Lightweight (16-3)
Patrick Pimblett, more famously known as Paddy the Baddy, has yet to compete in the UFC, but he has recently signed with the promotion. The reason he is on this list is because of the hype behind him. Chances are Paddy will storm the arenas with a large fanbase and if his career goes well, he can be a superstar in the game. Some even say that he reminds the fans of Conor Mcgregor when he first fought in the UFC.
Paddy is a tough fighter who will not give up and one thing that makes him very interesting when he fights is the fact that he will pull guard out of nowhere. Paddy does not seem to have the best striking, but he also is not the worst striker either. Judging on his fights so far, I say Paddy's ground game is pretty good and entertaining to watch. What makes me a little skeptical about him signing with the UFC is the fact that he gets hit a lot. I hope he works on his striking because the UFC gives no room for those kind of errors.