FloCombat Prospect Rankings - April 2018

FloCombat Prospect Rankings | Welterweight | April 2018

FloCombat ranks the top 20 North American welterweight 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.

1Kyle Stewart299-0USA 1
2James Nakashima288-0USA 2
3Jaleel Willis258-1USA 3
4Sean Brady248-0USA 9
5Derrick Krantz3021-10USA 4
6Nick Barnes2712-3USA 5
7Chad Curry289-2USA 6
8Jason Jackson277-3USA 7
9Mark Lemminger247-1USA 8
10Carlton Minus247-0 NCUSA 10
11Jared Gooden2410-2USA 11
12Braden Smith228-2USA 12
13Chris Curtis3017-5USAApril 6 vs. Jason Norwood13
14Sid Wheeler218-2USA 14
15Marcus Edwards2813-5USA 15
16Ben Egli2910-1USAApril 7 vs. Umar Yankovskiy16
17Joey Pierotti288-0USA 17
18Peter Grajcar275-1CANADA 18
19Quinton Parks Jr.276-2USAApril 21 vs Aaron Highbaugh20
20Anthony Adams305-0USA NR

#1 – Kyle Stewart (9-0)

Stewart is coming off an impressive performance against No. 3-ranked Jaleel Willis in which he handed the former V3Fights Welterweight champion his first loss. Stewart takes the top billing for his undefeated record and having one more win than James Nakashima. 

#2 – James Nakashima (8-0)

Nakashima captured the LFA welterweight title after taking out No. 4-ranked Derrick Krantz by split decision on Sept. 22. The MMA Lab standout is currently sidelined by injuries.

#3 – Jaleel Willis (8-0)

The 25-year-old is coming off the first loss of his career as he suffered a unanimous decision loss to No. 1-ranked Kyle Stewart at LFA 33 on Feb. 16.  He’s still the youngest fighter in the top five and remains in the No. 3 spot.

#4 – Sean Brady (8-0)

Brady enters the top five with his unanimous decision victory over TUF winner Colton Smith at Shogun Fights on March 17. The 24-year old has finished four of his eight career opponents. 

#5 – Derrick Krantz (21-10)

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. He’s coming off a win over Artenas Young at Rite of Passage 3.