FloCombat Prospect Rankings - December 2017

FloCombat Prospect Rankings - Welterweight - December 2017

FloCombat ranks the top 20 North American welterweight MMA prospects for December 2017.

Rankings based off the following....

  • North American fighters only. For example, Thiago Moises wouldn't qualify for these rankings despite training in the U.S.
  • No fighters that have fought for or who are set to fight for the UFC.
  • Fighters competing on Dana White's Contender Series included.
  • No long-term Bellator fighters or champions. Exceptions for some preliminary fighters.
  • All fighters aged 30 and under.
  • Rankings based off age, record, and level of competition.

December Notes 

  • Carlton Minus enters in the rankings in the #10 spot

1James Nakashima288-0USA 1
2Kyle Stewart289-0USA 2
3Jaleel Willis258-0USA 3
4Derrick Krantz2920-10USA 4
5Nick Barnes2612-2USA 5
6Chad Curry279-2USA 6
7Jason Jackson267-3USA 7
8Curtis Millender2913-3USA 8
9Mark Lemminger247-0USA 9
10Sean Brady247-0USA 10
11Carlton Minus247-0USA NR
12Jared Gooden239-2USA 11
13Braden Smith218-2USA 12
14Chris Curtis3017-5USA 13
15Sid Wheeler217-2USA 15
16Marcus Edwards2813-5USA 16
17Ben Egli2910-1USA 17
18Joey Pierotti278-0USA 18
19Peter Grajcar265-1CANADA 19
20Quinton Parks Jr.276-0USA 20

#1 -- James Nakashima (7-0)

Nakashima recently captured the LFA welterweight title after taking out No. 4-ranked Derrick Krantz by split decision on Sept. 22. Expect the 28-year-old to be picked up by the UFC soon.

#2 -- Kyle Stewart (9-0)

Stewart is coming off a TKO win over Jason Jackson which unfortunately ended abruptly due to an ankle injury to the Combat Club standout on July 25th. The 28-year-old has won seven of his nine-career fights by stoppage and holds a win over UFC veteran Estevan Payan. With the welterweight division being as deep as it is in the UFC, expect Stewart to compete one more time before getting a UFC call-up.

#3 -- Jaleel Willis (8-0)

Willis captured the V3 Fights welterweight title in June defeating Nolan Norwood by unanimous decision at V3 Fights 60. The 25-year-old boasts wins over previously undefeated fighters Chauncey Foxworth and Omar Johnson. Willis faces Evan Cutts in the main event of LFA 28 on Dec. 8.

#4 -- Derrick Krantz (20-10)

Krantz dropped his LFA welterweight title to James Nakashima on Sept. 22 however he remains in the No. 4 spot due to the fact it was a split decision setback.

#5 – Nick Barnes (12-2) 

Barnes defeated previously #5 ranked Chad Curry (9-2) on Aug 25th by split decision. The 26-year-old has won three of his last four fights with his lone loss coming against Brian Camozzi at RFA 43 in Aug. 2016.