September was another great month full of solid regional matchups. There were various promotions putting on quality cards with several prospects in the spotlight. Shawn Bitter and Katie Vega decided to scout the world, watch all the top prospects that competed last month, and came up with four fighters who are “Ready 4 The Call”.
We will name two prospects each who we think are ready to make it to the big show; we are only considering the UFC and Bellator for them to go to.
Shawn Bitter’s Choices
Bruno Lopes is coming off the biggest win in his career after winning the vacant LFA 205-pound title in September. Lopes was away from the sport for six years until he made his comeback last year, and has gone on a tear since. Years ago, Lopes fought at welterweight, and was the Jungle Fight champion. Now, he’s at light heavyweight where he’s right at home.
When first I scouted Lopes, I labeled him more as a grappler. But his hands are serious… If you watch his last fight, you’ll see just how lethal his striking is. 205 is always in need of prospects, and I think Lopes is easily top five worldwide. Most of the time, LFA light heavyweight champions sign with promotions outside the UFC. For the UFC, this is a must-sign prospect.
Women’s flyweight is always in need of some blood, and Gabriella Fernandes has to be close to signing to a big promotion. She definitely has to be close to a big deal after winning the LFA title this past month. She submitted Karoline Martins in the second round… She moved to 8-1 professionally, and is at her prime being 29-years-old.
Fernandes lost her only fight in her second pro fight to a solid prospect in Maria Silva. Since then, she has been killing it. She has won seven in a row, 3-0 in LFA. The UFC signed former LFA flyweight champions Andrea Lee and Sabina Mazo, and they should sign Fernandes as well.
Katie Vega’s Choices
Jose Ferreira made his Combate Global debut in the best way possible… With a dominant win over one of the promotion’s golden boys. “Tiro Loco” took out a solid prospect in Patrick Lehane, extending his undefeated record and win streak to 10-straight.
The 24-year-old most definitely has a bright future, and now 9-0, the big leagues seems like the most logical next step. Though the UFC or Contender Series could be right up his alley, joining Bellator’s lightweight division would be an interesting choice. He may not be top-15 ready yet, but they could slowly build him up in the next prospect. The Chilean could very well be their next homegrown 155er to make a splash, and one that can put his country on in a major way.
After returning to competition in 2021, Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady has looked better than ever. Now 13-3, the next level has to be right around the corner. The Palestinian has fought for some of the best promotions, and after his stint on Brave CF, Al-Selwady made successful appearances on LFA and most recently Fury FC. Now on a 3-fight win streak, the UFC should be next for the “Pride of Palestine”.
Training out of Fortis MMA in Texas, the 27-year-old has been noticeably leveling up after each fight. Adding two finishes to his record since returning last year, his stock is at an all-time high and UFC could have the opportunity to add another well-rounded Palestinian to the roster.