The Best UFC Talent in 2018
The UFC enjoyed a hugely successful 2017 with more fans tuning in than ever before. MMA is also on the rise and is rapidly growing in popularity with people around the world. So, it’s no surprise that everybody is wondering just what 2018 has in store. There were some great bouts in 2017 and fighters such as Max Holloway, Demetrious Johnson, Rose Namajunas and Robert Whittaker really impressed. With the New Year now well underway, what talent should UFC fans be keeping their eyes on over the next 12 months?
It’s probably worth keeping an eye on Nina Ansaroff in 2018, as she looks to be back on track after putting together two good wins. She may not be the finished article just yet, in terms of being due a shot at a belt; But this could be the year that she becomes a contender in the strawweight division. It’s probably also worth monitoring the progress of the returning Alexa Grasso and Tatiana Suarez, although lengthy layoffs may have set them back slightly.
In the flyweight division, Alexandre Pantoja is on a remarkable 11-fight win streak and many are expecting him to emerge as a contender this year. Especially if he puts in a good performance against Dustin Ortiz in his next outing. The women’s flyweight division is the newest in the UFC and it will be a year where all eyes will be on those that are signed up in the not-too-distant future. In terms of the female flyweights already out there, Katlyn Chookagian is probably the one to watch.
When it comes to the bantamweight divisions, the men’s and women’s side of proceedings are literally polar opposites. In the men’s division, there is plenty of talent there. Undefeated Brett Johns, as well as 22-year-old knockout specialist, Ricardo Ramos, are certainly worth monitoring in 2018. However, in the women’s division, there is a serious lack of competition.
According to a spokesman from one of the most renowned sports betting sites, Unibet, Aspen Ladd is probably the pick of the bunch. Although, she will only progress if she is developed properly.
Zabit Magomedsharipov is on course to have a great year in the featherweight division, especially after two superb victories in 2017. Then, in the lightweight division, you have got the likes of James Vick and Mairbek Taisumov as the ones to watch. It could also be worth keeping an eye on the undefeated Gregor Gillespie. So far, he has managed to go under the radar and this could stand him in good stead during 2018. The welterweight division is as competitive as ever with Colby Covington and Darren Till likely to be contenders this year. Yet, the champion, Tyron Woodley, could be the real danger in the hotly contested division.
The best UFC talent in the middleweight division will ultimately be a Brazilian; With both Antonio Carlos Junior and Paulo Costa being the ones to watch this year. Light heavyweight has never been a division with talent in depth, but Tyson Pedro sticks out as one of the better prospects. He lost last time out but he could well come back with a bang. The heavyweight division is one that can really make or break fighters, with experience being key. Justin Ledet is a decent prospect but he wasn’t that great in his last outing.
So, there is no doubt that 2018 is going to be one of the best ever in the history of the sport. With so much existing talent and new blood to look forward to, there has never been a more exciting time for fans and indeed, the world, to enjoy wonders of the UFC.