2012 World MMA Scouting Report - Lightweights

ttt our #1 and the 2011 Lightweight Review coming tomorrow

 Good stuff again. 

This brazilian kid Francisco "Massaranduba" Drinaldo is also quite promising. Paulo Thiago's team mate and former Brazilian muay thai champ. Too bad he got injured before his fight with Sarnavskiy at M-1 30.

Drinaldo is another fighter who looks pretty UFC ready but at 32 we had to rule him out. He's one of a number of Brazilians who seems to have vanished recently..................

  1. Fabricio Guerreiro


    Name: 22px-flag_of_brazil Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva
    Nickname: Guerreiro
    Age: < 30
    Height: 5'10"
    Location: Santana, Amapa, Brazil
    Brazil's Fabricio Guerreiro (12-1) tops our list as the #1 prospect on this year's countdown. The Amapa native has amassed a 12-1 record over the course of a three-year career in the sport. His current three-fight winning streak hasn't featured the strongest competition, but Guerreiro did finish worthy veterans Adson Nascimento, Rafael Bastos, and Joao Paulo Rodrigues de Souza in previous encounters. Those three fighters alone boasted a combined record of 93-38-4.

    Guerreiro's lone loss came against Rafael Bastos at W-Combat 14 in July. The outcome was, however, marred by the referee's decision to stop the fight prematurely, thus a rematch was scheduled a little over a month later at King of Combat. As expected, Guerreiro shined in front of an enormous crowd of supporters, submitting Bastos via arm-triangle choke in the third round.

    Guerreiro's appeal stems from his well-rounded skill-set and ability to put opponents away. In thirteen career bouts, Guerreiro has finished all but three, usually putting away his opponents within the first five or ten minutes of the fight. He has an incredibly slick Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu base that's supported by a strong foundation in traditional Judo, and his striking is brutally effective.



 ttt, looks like a beast


Never heard of the number 1 guy, seems like he is legit.

Smoogy which div would you say is the strongest? has the best prospects in it top to bottom?

Strongest at the top, maybe this one. Deepest overall, probably 135, 145 or 170. Hard to say

2011 World MMA Scouting Report Review - Lightweights

1. Thiago Michel Pereira Silva (9-2)

After falling to Alessandro Ferreira in his first post-scouting report fight, Thiago Michel came back strong, notching two 2011 first round stoppages in front of his partisan home crowd in Minas Gerais, Brazil. After his last bout, he announced to the crowd that he would be making his North American debut next as part of Bellator's sixth season. Michel enters a tournament field stacked with talent including returning finalist Patricky Freire (10-2), 2011 #2 Lightweight selection Ricardo Tirloni (14-1), and former welterweight tournament fighters Rick Hawn (11-1) and Brent Weedman (18-7-1).

2. Ricardo Tirloni (14-1)

Ricardo Tirloni earned his place in Bellator's season six lightweight tournament via a dominant second round submission victory over Steve Gable (5-2) in his promotional debut. Tirloni showed some of his kickboxing ability, but the fight was memorable mainly for his complete shutdown of Gable's takedown attempts. Most shots resulted in Ricardo casually reversing the attempt into top position for himself. Now he presumably heads into the tournament behind in the odds to favorites Freire and Hawn, but it would be unwise to count him out.

4. Yui Chul Nam (13-3-1)

Yui Chul Nam started 2011 on the wrong foot with another dubious judge's decision against Adrian Pang (19-8-2) at Legend Fighting Championship 4, dropping a split loss after being dealt a draw in their first meeting. But since then "The Korean Bulldozer" has been better than ever, finishing the year on a three fight winning streak. Sometimes Nam even finds the self-discipline to rein his wild, brawling style now. His July win over Aussie Rob Hill (9-5-1) at LFC 5 put him back in the promotional #1 contender slot. Nam is expected to challenge Sengoku standout Jadamba Narantungalag (7-2) next for the belt Jadamba took from Pang at LFC 6 in October.

6. Reza Madadi (11-2)

Reza Madadi rappelled his way onto the rooftop of our hearts last year with his bombastic demeanour and complete victories over UFC veteran Junie Browning (4-5) and UFC newcomer Carlo Prater. He capped off his run in Stockholm, Sweden's Superior Challenge series by edging Rich Clementi (42-21-1) in a three round affair. From the pre-fight chatter to the highly disputed outcome, there was no love lost between the two. Madadi recently infiltrated the UFC and will make his debut January 20th at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller in Nashville, Tennessee. He is facing the toughest opponent of his six year career, Brazil's Fabricio Camoes (13-6-1)

7. Alexander Sarnavskiy (17-0)

Alexander Sarnavskiy ran his record up to a gaudy 12-0 within two years of his pro debut, but why stop there? In 2011 the 22 year old collected five more wins to reiterate his status as one of the most fearsome young fighters in Europe. A May submission over UFC veteran Doug Evans (13-10) proved he can handle a step up in competition. He almost took another against Francisco Drinaldo (10-1) at M-1 Challenge 30 in December, but he had to settle for steamrolling late replacement Sergio Cortez (7-7) instead. Sarnavskiy is the obvious #1 contender for Daniel Weichel's M-1 Lightweight Championship, but with his contract set to expire soon, Alexander could take a break from his busy schedule and test the free agent waters rather than challenging for the belt.




Top notch once again smoogy.

 Since I left the bylines out I should specifiy who wrote what

Adriano Martins and Alessandro Zoio profiles, and the 2011 review = by me

All of the eight remaining profiles and editing/formatting = by Leland Roling

Welterweight no. 10 and 9 coming tomorrow

UPDATE: No. 8 Anton Kuivanen will face No. 4 Justin Salas at UFC on Fuel 1


UFC on adds lightweight bout between Finnish reality star Anton Kuivanen and http://t.co/Swio43Z6

 soliddd.....finally a finn

 MMAViking's story on Kuivanen's signing and his bout with Salas etc.