FloCombat Prospect Rankings - April 2018
FloCombat Prospect Rankings | Bantamweight | April 2018
FloCombat ranks the top 20 North American bantamweight 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.
- Ricky Simon has been removed from the rankings after signing with the UFC.
|RANK||NAME||AGE||RECORD||COUNTRY||NEXT FIGHT||PREVIOUS RANKING|
|1||Raufeon Stots||29||9-1||USA|| ||2|
|2||John Castañeda||26||16-3||USA|| ||3|
|3||Ryan MacDonald||24||8-0||USA|| ||4|
|4||Manny Vazquez||24||12-3||USA|| ||4|
|5||Joseph Maness||26||9-0||USA|| ||13|
|6||Maurice Mitchell||30||11-1||USA|| ||5|
|7||Jordan Howard||27||10-4||USA||April 13 vs. Eric Ellington||6|
|8||Josh Rettinghouse||27||16-4||USA|| ||7|
|9||Kyler Phillips||22||5-0||USA|| ||8|
|10||Ricky Bandejas||26||10-1||USA|| ||9|
|11||Brad Katona||25||6-0||CANADA|| ||10|
|12||Ray Rodriguez||30||13-4||USA|| ||11|
|13||Tony Gravely||26||12-4||USA|| ||12|
|14||Miles Johns||23||6-0||USA|| ||14|
|15||Dylan Cala||24||6-1||USA|| ||15|
|16||Xavier Alaoui||26||8-3||Canada|| ||16|
|17||Adrian Yanez||24||7-2||USA|| ||17|
|18||Cole Smith||28||5-0||CANADA|| ||18|
|19||Cheyden Leialoha||23||6-1||USA|| ||19|
|20||John Sweeney||22||5-1||USA|| ||NR|
#1 – Raufeon Stots (9-1)
Stots is the current Victory FC bantamweight champion and boasts wins over UFC veterans Jeff Curran and Rob Emerson. The 29-year-old is coming off a first-round submission victory over Arnold Berdon at Victory FC 59 on Dec. 16.
#2 – John Castaneda (16-3)
Castaneda nearly won the Copa Combate tournament for Combate Americas back in December before losing in the tournament finals to Levy Saúl Marroquín Salazar. The 26-year-old has a win over UFC veteran Chris Beal and also turned heads when he won a unanimous decision against Cheyden Leialoha at Dana White’s Contender Series 4 last year. He faces Marc Gomez Sariol in a rematch at Combate Estrellas 1 on April 13.
#3 – Ryan MacDonald (8-0)
MacDonald is the current MCF featherweight champion. The 24-year-old fighter is coming off a second-round stoppage victory over Chad Obermiller at MFC 14 back in October.
#4 – Manny Vazquez (12-3)
The former Legacy FC bantamweight champion is coming off a first-round submission victory over Shawn West at Caged Aggression 21: Night 2 on March 10. The 24-year-old has won three of his last four fights with two of those victories coming by submission.
#5 – Nathan Maness (9-0)
Maness enters the top five after coming off a unanimous decision win over Caio Machado at TKO 42. The 26-year-old will face TKO bantamweight champion Jessie Arnett in May.