Prospect Watch is a weekly feature highlighting fighters on the FloCombat North American MMA Prospect List who recently competed or are set to fight this weekend. Note: the overall rankings won't update until the end of the month.
#5 Ranked Heavyweight - Everett Sims (Dropped to 4-1)
Sims suffered the first loss of his career on August 8th after losing by second-round TKO to Shelton Graves (7-3).
#17 Ranked Heavyweight - Mohammad Usman (Improved to 2-0) Usman defeated late replacement Dante Harrell by first-round submission on August 3rd at Tachi PF 32. The brother of current UFC welterweight Karamu Usman kept his unblemished record intact and subsequently earned his second-straight win by submission.
#3 Ranked Light Heavyweight - Mike Rodriguez (Improved to 9-2)
Rodriguez earned a highlight reel win on August 8th when he knocked out Jamelle Jones in the first-round with a flying knee. The win took Rodriguez off our rankings as he secured a contract with the UFC. Since moving up to the light heavyweight division in 2016 Rodriguez has gone 4-1.
#12 Ranked Light Heavyweight - Jamelle Jones (Dropped to 7-5)
Jones endured his second-straight loss by knockout on August 8th as he was finished by Mike Rodriguez. The 29-year old is now just 1-3 in his last four fights.
#17 Ranked Light Heavyweight - Jesse Murray (Improved to 5-1)
Murray defeated late replacement Eddie Larrea by first-round submission at KOTC: Second Coming on August 5th. The win pushed the 24-year-old's winning streak to three-straight as he earns his second-straight stoppage victory.
#6 Ranked Featherweight - Julio Arce (Improved to 13-2) Arce defeated Peter Petties by second-round TKO on August 8th. Unfortunately the win didn't secure at UFC contract for the Tiger Schulmann standout, however he did improve his winning streak to five-straight.
#9 Ranked Featherweight - Sam Toomer (Remained at 11-1 NC)
Toomer was slated to fight Ray Wood on August 5th at Global Knockout 10 however the matchup ended up being cancelled.
#4 Ranked Bantamweight -- Ricky Simon (Improved to 10-1)
Simon earned his third-straight win on August 8th defeating Donavon Frelow by split decision. However the 24-year-old wasn't able to secure a contract with the UFC but still remains one of the top bantamweight fighters outside the UFC.
#13 Ranked Middleweight- Kevin Holland (9-3) vs. Matt Foster (9-11) -- August 12th
Holland looks to avoid back-to-back losses as he moves back up to middleweight to face Matt Foster at XKO 37 on August 12th. Holland had his four-fight win streak snapped in his last fight, losing by unanimous decision to Curtis Millender at LFA 13 in June. Foster is 1-6 in his last seven fights.
#5 Ranked LHW - Cameron Olson (7-3 NC) vs. #15 Ranked LHW- Karl Reed (2-0) -- August 15th
Roufusport product Olson is slated to face Upstate Karate standout Reed on August 15. For Olson it's a chance to bounce back from his TKO loss to Julian Marquez at LFA 12, while Reed looks to keep his unblemished record intact.
#11 Ranked Featherweight -- Grant Dawson (11-1) vs Adrian Diaz (11-4-1) -- August 15th
Dawson competes for the first time since October as he takes on Team Alpha Male's Diaz on August 15th. The 23-year-old has won back-to-back fights by stoppage and takes on Diaz who is coming off an impressive submission victory over UFC veteran Cody Gibson back in May.
#13 Ranked Flyweight- Jamie Alvarez (6-1) vs. #14 Ranked Flyweight Martin Day (5-1) -- August 15th
Alvarez looks for his third straight win by knockout while Day looks aims for his second-win in a row.
#5 Ranked Bantamweight Manny Bermudez (9-0) vs. Bendy Casimir (20-14-2) -- Caged Titans 35 August 15th
Bermudez looks to keep his undefeated record intact while Casimir looks to knockoff one of the hottest prospects in MMA.
#8 Ranked Lightweight - Joe Giannetti (5-0) vs. Keenan Raymond (3-3) -- Caged Titans 35 August 15th
Giannetti returns to action and looks to continue his push to the big leagues while Raymond will attempt to get things back on track.
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