The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) has been around for quite some time now, and has produced many talented fighters over the years. TUF debuted in 2005 and has been a pipeline for talented fighters and future champions.
Here is a list of fighters that I believe will attain UFC gold in the near future:
Ranking the likely future champions from TUF
#5. Tony Ferguson
#4. Michael Chiesa
Chiesa just recently made the move up to the welterweight division, and it proved to be a good choice. There is still much to prove in the striking department for Chiesa, but his ground game looks to be one of the best in the UFC. He stopped Carlos Condit with a one-armed kimura. There is no way that has ever been done before in the UFC. He looks strong and comfortable in the new division, it is clear the weight cut down to lightweight was too much for his body to handle. He is a couple fights away from getting his shot although the welterweight division is full of talent awaiting their turn for a shot at the belt. He should climb the ranks quickly and establish himself as a true contender with a few more fights.
#3. Kelvin Gastelum
Kelvin Gastelum has his title shot coming against Robert Whittaker on February 10th at UFC 234. Gastelum had a hard time making weight at welterweight and had to make the move up to middleweight, which appears to have served him well. The two of these fighters squared off as coaches on Season 28 of TUF, which is fitting since that was Gastelum's way into the UFC. Kelvin likes to stand and engage in striking affairs with many wins coming by way of TKO, but he is no slouch on the ground either. This fight looks to feature a large amount of striking as Whittaker also prefers to fight standing up.
#2. Kamaru Usman
#1. Tatiana Suarez
Honorable Mention: Ryan Hall
The only problem with Ryan Hall, is he’s way too good on the ground. In his most recent fight, he shot for a leg against BJ Penn, and in one swift motion secured a heel hook that made Penn tap almost instantly. He should have tapped earlier because it appeared he suffered an injury. How do you tap out earlier than instantaneously? For this reason, it is hard for Ryan Hall to get a fight. People do not want to fight him because he specializes in leg locks, and fighters do not want to get hurt the way Penn may have. If Hall has more fight opportunities, he should rise to the top of the division quickly.