FloCombat Prospect Rankings - December 2017

FloCombat Prospect Rankings - Flyweight - December 2017

FloCombat ranks the top 20 North American flyweight 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 who 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 

  • None

1Jose Torres246-0USA 1
2Casey Kenney267-1-1USA 2
3Carlos Candelario267-0USA 3
4Manny Vazquez2311-3USA 4
5Yoni Sherbatov297-0-1CANADA 5
6Sid Bice288-1USA 6
7Jonathan Martinez239-1USA 7
8Jared Scoggins227-1USA 8
9Ray Elizalde2810-1USA 9
10Jerome Rivera227-1USA 10
11Riley Dutro2911-3USAFights Jan. 28 vs. Takumi Tamaru11
12Jaime Alvarez297-1USA 12
13Askar Askar236-0USA 13
14Josh Paiva269-2USA 14
15Samir Farid279-3USA 15
16Richie Santiago246-0USA 17
17Charles Johnson265-0USA 18
18Kodey Gulley246-1USA 19
19Steve Ramirez306-2USA 20
20Jesse Bazzi267-4USA 16

#1 -- Jose "Shorty" Torres (5-0)

Torres is coming off a submission victory over Gleidson Dejesus at Titan FC 46 where he successfully defended his bantamweight title. Expect the 25-year-old’s next fight to be in the UFC. 

#2 -- Casey Kenney (7-1-1)

Despite Kenney suffering the first loss of his career – in a split decision setback to Adam Antolin on Aug. 29th – the majority of people felt the 26-year-old should have won that fight. This is why we have him ranked ahead of #3 ranked Candelario. Unfortunately the Arizona native has now failed to earn a UFC contract in his last two outings.

#3 -- Carlos Candelario (7-0)

Fans will likely remember "The Cannon" for his unanimous decision victory over Jose Aldo's jiu-jitsu coach, Ronaldo Candido. Candelario trains at a number of different gyms but spends most of his time at Underdog MMA under the tutelage of CES featherweight champion Matt Bessette. Despite remaining undefeated, Candelario wasn't offered a UFC contract.

#4 -- Manny Vazquez (11-3)

The former Legacy FC bantamweight champion Vazquez came up short in his flyweight debut against UFC veteran Joby Sanchez on July 11. The loss snapped the 23-year-old's two-fight win streak and subsequently a shot at a UFC contract. The Illinois native boasts six wins by submission and is the youngest member in this top five.

#5 – Yoni Sherbatov (7-0-1) 

Still undefeated in his career, Sherbatov is coming off the biggest win of his career last month when he defeated UFC veteran Zach Makovsky by unanimous decision at ACB 72. The 29-year-old has finished five of his eight career opponents and the lone draw on his record was to Fight Night Global standout Tyson Nam. If he doesn’t sign with the UFC, expect Sherbatov to fight for the ACB flyweight title next.