After taking last week off, we have returned to bring you three prospects to watch this week. From Bellator to APEX FC, this week’s prospects come from a variety of promotions. Whether you have heard of these fighters or not, adding them to your radar would be a great decision.
Let’s take a look at four prospects set to continue their journey in becoming a world champion.
Archie Colgan – Bellator 265
Usually, we try to focus on prospects that are not in a major promotion, but Archie Colgan is different. At 26 years old, Colgan wrestled at the University of Wyoming before transitioning to MMA. Although some wrestlers struggle to transition, Colgan has made the process look easy. After winning all three of his amateur bouts by first-round KO, Colgan started his pro career in March of this year. Safe to say, the decision to turn pro has worked out with Colgan winning both of his pro fights with a finish.
Colgan’s next fight will be on Friday at Bellator 265 against Ben Simons (3-2). Despite being a wrestler, Colgan has developed his striking faster than most would have imagined. With Simons being mostly a grappler, Colgan will have another opportunity to display his striking or dominate with his wrestling. Make sure to set a reminder because Colgan is one of the prospects to watch that has shown the potential to be a future world champion.
Nicholas Meck – APEX FC 2
Nicholas Meck could best be compared to a young Rashad Evans; wrestler, fighting at the wrong weight class and continuing to beat everyone in his path. Although fighting at lightweight would make more sense, we have no right to recommend how much weight a fighter should cut. With that being said, Meck has continued to improve while building up a 7-0 amateur record. Training out of Glory MMA, Meck has a great team around him to succeed. After fighting his last amateur bout four months ago, Meck is now set to make his pro debut. Meck’s next fight will be on Friday at APEX FC 2 against Jamese Taylor III (0-1).
Throughout his career thus far, Meck has shown how relentless his wrestling can be. Not only is his grappling up to par, but he has legit power in his hands as he improves his striking. My only concern with Meck is that he tends to leave his hands down and rely on his striking over wrestling. All things considered, training at Glory MMA with James Krause will be the key to perfecting his fight game.
Meck is dangerous everywhere, and seeing him make his pro debut on Friday will be intriguing.
Tae Kyun Kim – BRAVE CF 53
Tae Kyun Kim is one of the prospects to watch with the potential to become a UFC champion one day. Kim has unbelievable patience that allows him to remain calm in the worst situations. Also, Kim’s ability to preserve energy by fighting fundamentally instead of emotionally has been a gamechanger during his journey through the regional scene. Kim now has the chance to extend his pro record to 9-0 this week.
If you have not seen Kim fight before, you will have another chance on Saturday at BRAVE CF 53 against Nurzhan Akishev (11-2). With this fight being the main event, Kim will have the opportunity to produce his breakout moment. Kim is an example of the new generation that is dangerous everywhere and has the athleticism to beat anyone. Whether you watch the regional scene or not, Kim is a fighter that needs to be on your radar moving forward.