The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is always looking for new prospects. The company has “never been bigger”, according to promotion president Dana White, who says that despite the fact that some PPV didn’t bring in huge numbers at the box office, the promotion is still thriving and making money, all the while hosting a record-breaking number of events across the world, which means there are more fights to put on and more fighters are needed.
Here are some of the rising UFC stars of 2017:
During his first two UFC fights, Vannata has put on quite the impressive performances. He stepped in as a late replacement at UFC Fight Night 91, to meet “El Cucuy”. Everyone expected him to be gone just as fast, forgotten. But Vannata proved everyone wrong. He dropped Ferguson with a spinning back fist, followed by a good jab. Then, again, with a head kick. In the second round, however, Ferguson managed to submit Vannata. Seeing his potential, he was then booked to fight against veteran Makdessi. Vannata proceeded to flatten his opponent with an impressive wheel kick – a great contender for “Knockout of the Year”.
It seems like just yesterday when UFC president Dana White found Mickey Gall for his “ Lookin ’ For A Fight ” series. There, Gall took a microphone and told White he wanted a fight with CM Punk. He was given the chance to earn that fight – a debut. At UFC Fight Night 82, Mickey Gall managed to submit Mike Jackson after 45 seconds. Then, he found himself facing Punk, who hadn’t had an MMA fight in the amateurs or pros. Gall managed to submit Punk after two minutes and 14 seconds. Sage Northcutt was booked to fight against Gall for UFC on FOX 22. This was the first time in his young career when he faced a challenge, but he succeeded in dropping North cutt with a right hand, finishing the fight with a rear-naked choke.
Following a successful UFC debut, Team Alpha Male’s Josh Emmett unfortunately suffered a compound fracture in one of his fingers. He returned at UFC on FOX 22 to fight Scott Holtzman,managing to show even more courage and skill. Emmett swung for the fences in the second stanza, after a couple of takedown attempts. In the final round,he scored a few takedowns, as well as hitting Holtzman with a really good knee – getting a unanimous decision. He proved that he can rise above challenges after his first two fights in the UFC.
Doncaster-born Mark Diakiese had a pretty unstable opening round in his debut versus Lukasz Sajewski (at UFC 204). However, “Bonecrusher” managed to absolutely destroy Sajewski in the second frame, earning himself a TKO victory. Following this, a second fight against Frankie Perez (at UFC Fight Night 102) brought him even more praise.
Despite it also not being a flawless win, he kept his record safe and overcame a cut over his left eye. His ability to overcome these shaky situations at the beginnings of fights should not be overlooked by fans. Following these two
tough tests, Diakiese will have good opportunity to rise further.