FloCombat Prospect Rankings | July 2018

FloCombat Prospect Rankings | Light Heavyweight | July 2018

FloCombat ranks the top 20 North American light heavyweight MMA prospects for July 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 Noblitt289-1USA 3
2Smealinho Rama2510-3CANADA 1
3Teddy Ash2711-3CANADASept. 28 vs. Seth Baczynski6
4Cameron Olson289-4, NCUSA 5
5Kennedy Nzechukwu255-0USAAug. 7 vs. Dennis Bryant9
6Thomas Hoeper256-2USA 8
7Kevin Tiller299-1USA NR
8Karl Reed294-1USA 14
9Rakim Cleveland2919-9-1USA NR
10Trevor Carlson2911-3USA 10
11Tyler Vogel258-4USA 11
12Myron Dennis2915-7USA 13
13Anton Berzin285-2USA 15
14Jesse Murray255-3USA 16
15Derrick Brown287-5USA 17
16Dashawn Boatwright303-0USAJuly 27 vs. Matthew Semlsberger18
17Julius Anglickas263-1USA NR
18Aleksa Camur224-0USA 20
19Jamahal Hill273-0USA NR
20Erick Murray243-1USA 19

#1 – Kyle Noblitt (9-1) 

Noblitt takes the top spot due to his strong record. However, he is coming off the first loss of his career to Jamal Pogues on Feb. 10. 

#2 – Smealinho Rama (10-4)

Rama drops from the No. 1 spot after his second straight loss. The 26-year-old is coming off a TKO defeat to Brandon Halsey at PFL #2 on June 21. 

#3 – Teddy Ash (11-3) 

The Canadian Ash finds himself in the top three with Ryan Spann and Alonzo Menifield signing with the UFC. Despite Ash having his next bout at middleweight (as he takes on UFC veteran Seth Baczynski) the majority of his fights have been at 205 pounds, so for now he remains in the light heavyweight rankings. 

#4 – Cameron Olson (9-3 NC)

The 27-year-old Roufusport product is coming off a controversial loss to No. 3-ranked Teddy Ash at Prestige FC 5 in March. Despite this, Ash is younger and is coming off five straight wins which puts him one spot ahead of Olson. 

#5 – Kennedy Nzechukwu (5-0) 

Nzechukwu is the only fighter in the top five with an undefeated record. The 26-year-old is probably best known for his split decision win over Anton Berzin at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series last August. 

Nzechukwu faces Dennis Bryant Aug. 7 at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. 


  •  No. 2-ranked Ryan Spann and No. 4-ranked Alonzo Menifield have been removed from the rankings after signing with the UFC
  • No. 10-ranked Travis Davis removed from the rankings due to age (31) 
  • Rakim Cleveland enters the rankings in the No. 10 spot
  • Kevin Tiller enters the rankings in the No. 8 spot 
  • Julius Anglickas enters the rankings in the No. 17 spot 
  • Jamahal Hill enters the rankings in the No. 19 spot