With another busy week upcoming in regional MMA, there are a lot of prospects in action. Promotions like CFFC, RIZIN, Fury FC, and Fight Club Rush all have fight cards. With that many regional promotions and more, there is almost too much action to follow. I can give you a list of five prospects that you won’t want to miss.
Here is my list of the best five prospects in action this week.
Lima is a young man at the age of 23 fighting out of Allstars Training Center. Since his debut, Lima hasn’t lost, holding a 10-1 record. He’s from Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil and has fought in Brazil and Sweeden. His strength of schedule hasn’t been too active, only fighting twice in two years. If he was a bit more active, then his name would be more known as a top prospect.
Brazil’s Lima has massive potential. He has gone the distance five times and that doesn’t mean he lacks the killer instinct, because he goes after it. Lima is a dynamic striker. He’s an athletic fighter that favors the flying knee. He goes body to head better than most. Lima is very well-rounded as his grappling and wrestling is up to par. It’s just there in his back pocket when needed. He is headlining Fight Club Rush 10 against Evgeny Odnorog for the vacant bantamweight title.
Odnorog is a veteran of twenty-seven fights with a 21-6 record.
Bantamweight: DeAndre Anderson
Anderson was a successful Alabama high school wrestler and football player. He won a state championship in wrestling and had a 154-15 record throughout high school. It wasn’t until 2016 when he transitioned to MMA. Along with an undefeated pro record, Anderson went 5-1 and had one no-contest as an amateur. His only loss came to UFC veteran Drako Rodriguez.
Wanting to round off his overall skill-set, Anderson has been competing in kickboxing and boxing while doing MMA. He has a 1-2 boxing record and a 1-1 kickboxing record. Since competing in different disciplines, he has really improved his stand-up which is a huge compliment to a strong wrestling base. Anderson is in the main event of CFFC 103 fighting for the vacant CFFC bantamweight title.
His opponent is the 10-4 Da’Mon Blackshear who has won his last two fights.
Lightweight: Anthony Romero
Even though Anthony Romero came up short in his last fight, he’s one of the better prospects fighting this week. That loss was a three-round scrap with JJ Okanovich. In 2020, Romero won on the Contender Series. Despite a very impressive performance over a tough Mike Breeden, he wasn’t awarded a contract. Romero has won multiple titles as an amateur and is 18-2 as a pro and amateur combined.
Romero is a taekwondo black belt and a world IBJJF bronze medalist. He is well-rounded; for example, he has excellent wrestling, a good ground game, is very technical on the feet, and has a solid gas tank. He’s very intelligent, so the nickname “The Genius” is fitting. In the co-main event of Fury FC 54, he is fighting Nico Echeverry.
Echeverry is the former Fury FC lightweight champion.
Strawweight: Josefine Lindgren Knutsson
Knutsson has an extensive kickboxing career. Her kickboxing record is 27-5 and she has beat girls like Mellony Geugjes and Kana Morimoto. She also has a background in amateur Muay Thai and was the 2018 IFMA World Championships gold medalist. After just fighting once as an amateur, she transitioned to a pro and holds an undefeated record at 2-0.
Knutsson will always have her takedown defense, and so far she hasn’t been taken down at all. Instead, Knutsson has been the one to get takedowns. She fights with a lot of volume, feints, and power. She also throws combinations alone with her kicks, but her striking altogether is excellent. Knutsson could possibly be the real deal and is similar to a younger version of Manon Fiorot. She fights the TUF 23 veteran, Lanchana Green who is 3-1 in her last four.
The fight will be on the main card of Fight Club Rush 10.
Atomweight: Rena Kubota
Kubota is a professional kickboxer/shootboxer with all the credentials in the world. Kubota is the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 shootboxing champion, with a record of 23-5. In MMA, Kubota has worked up a 10-3 record. Two of her losses are to a talented Kanna Asakura. Her other loss is to Lindsey VanZandt who Kubota beat in a rematch later on.
Kubota’s MMA career is still burgeoning but she has looked very impressive with her striking, kickboxing, and surprisingly her submissions skills. Impressively, Rena has hit two submissions already. A flying armbar and a cravat choke which are two tough submissions for a shootboxer to capture. This Saturday, Kubota headlines Rizin 32 in Okinawa, Japan.
She’s fighting Miyuu Yamamoto who is 47-years-old and coming off a loss.