FloCombat Prospect Rankings - April 2018

FloCombat Prospect Rankings | Heavyweight | April 2018

FloCombat ranks the top 20 North American heavyweight MMA prospects for April 2018.

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.

1Adam Dyczka266-0-NCCANADAFights May 4 vs. Icho Larenas1
2Tanner Boser2614-4CANADA 2
3Jeff Hughes298-1USAFights April 27 vs. Maurice Green3
4Dontale Mayes263-2USAFights April 14 vs. Mohammed Usman4
5Justin Frazier2810-2USA 5
6Shawn Teed265-1USA 7
7Jared Vanderaa256-3USA 6
8Juan Adams263-0USA 8
9Mohammed Usman283-0USAFights April 14 vs. Dontale Mayes9
10Everett Sims284-1USA 10
11Brett Martin234-0, NCUSAFights April 21 vs. Ruben Esparza11
12John Lair264-1USA 12
13Steve Mowry253-0USAFights April 6 vs. Said Sowma13
14Jesse Hernandez307-2USA 14
15Chris Birchler307-2USA 15
16Christopher Daukaus285-2USA 16
17Chandler Cole234-1USA 17
18Raymond Lopez254-2USA 18
19Austen Lane304-0USA 19
20Mitchell Sipe214-0USA NR

#1 – Adam Dyczka (6-0, one no-contest)

Dyczka defeated Bakary Sakho by stoppage at TKO 41 on Dec. 8 to win the promotion's vacant heavyweight title. However, the 26-year-old fighter violated the Quebec Athletic Commission’s anti-doping policy due to a failed test for marijuana and the bout was turned into a no-contest. He faces UFC veteran Icho Larenas at TKO 43 on May 4. In an interesting tidbit, MMA Today’s Shawn Bitter reported that Dyczka was apparently offered a spot on the upcoming Contender Series season, but TKO MMA wouldn’t let him out of his contract. 

#2 – Tanner Boser (12-4)

The Canadian picked up a unanimous decision victory over WSOF/Bellator veteran DJ Linderman at ACB 81 on Feb. 23. He’s won back-to-back fights since losing two in a row last year. 

#3 – Jeff Hughes (8-1)

The 29-year-old recently won the LFA heavyweight title by defeating former champion Richard Odoms by unanimous decision at LFA 26. Hughes has won eight of his last nine fights, with his lone loss coming against "The Ultimate Fighter 19" standout Dan Spohn. He now makes the first defense of his heavyweight title against Maurice Green at LFA 38 on April 27.

#4 – Dontale Mayes (3-2)

Despite his record, Mayes still remains one of the most promising heavyweights in the division. The 26-year-old faces our No. 9-ranked heavyweight, Mohammad Usman, on April 14.  

#5 – Justin Frazier (10-2) 

Frazier is coming off a first-round submission victory over Reggie Cato at Pyramid Fights 6.