December was a slow month for Regional MMA. It usually is… There were various promotions putting on quality cards with several prospects in the spotlight. Katie Vega and Shawn Bitter usually scout the world to watch all the top prospects that competed in December. This time around, only Katie did so, and she came up with four fighters who are “Ready 4 The Call”.
For the purposes of this article, the UFC and Bellator will be the only promotions considered for fighters to sign to…
Katie Vega’s Choices
“The Phenom” is an absolute stud. Now 7-0, Evan Elder is certainly knocking on the doors of the big leagues. 2022 should be a great year as he closed off 2021 with a third-round finish at FAC 11. Fighting out of Sanford MMA in Florida, the future is bright for the well rounded lightweight.
Elder has taken the gradual road, which is always refreshing to see. He’s got brains, along with that great smile. Though I would love to see him on Contender Series this year, I’d even more love for Bellator to pick him up. After all, the paycheck could be nicer than entering the UFC off DWCS. I’m sure he’s learned a thing of two from Michael Chandler…
Evan’s wrestling, coupled with his stand-up would fare well in Bellator. They could build him up nicely under the bright lights and have their next star if they wanted.
There isn’t much more to say about this kid… Austin Bashi (5-0) is legit, and he’s the future of the sport without a doubt. XFC has been doing a great job building him, but I think it’s time to shine under some brighter lights. Bashi would be perfect to enter Contender Series and into the UFC.
Bashi fought three times last year, but ended the year with a big first-round finish at Young Guns 4. He’s so well rounded for being only 20-years-old. But man is he ready… He’s got the wrestling, the stand-up, the BJJ, and confidence that translates well will his killer instinct.
Clayton Carpenter at LFA 119 is one of the more memorable regional KOs of 2021. It was made of all the stuff Hollywood would want in the next big thing… Yes, I said… NEXT BIG THING. Going into the fight, there was bad blood that ran deep between both families. But it was Clayton who landed a huge headlock KO in 13 seconds of round one.
“Concrete” not only has one of the best nicknames in the game, but he’s also undefeated at 5-0 after a viral KO his last time out. This man has it all, the looks, the talent, and the confidence to do great things at flyweight. I fully expect to see him in the UFC this year, potential DWCS this summer. He certainly deserves it…
Joe Pyfer (8-2) is back, baby! What a comeback it was… After the ‘freak’ accident that happened in his Contender Series debut, it took Pyfer a while to get fully healed and active. But he was able to get back in there right before the end of the year at CFFC 104 against an undefeated Austin Trotman.
Like Dominic Cruz, Pyferr also didn’t believe in ring rust as he got right back to his finishing ways with a right hook in round two putting an end to the fight. The UFC has had a plethora of middleweights sign recently, but some of the prospects you’d think would sign with the promotion are going else where.
So because of that, I think Pyfer should get signed to the UFC in 2022. Let’s skip DWCS too. Pyfer is well rounded, and big for the weight class. Maybe he’ll get that rematch he called for with Dustin Stoltzfus like he deserves…