FloCombat Prospect Rankings | July 2018

FloCombat Prospect Rankings | Welterweight | July 2018

FloCombat ranks the top 20 North American welterweight 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 Stewart2910-0USAFights July 27 vs. James Nakashima1
2James Nakashima288-0USAFights July 27 vs. Kyle Stewart2
3Jaleel Willis258-1USA 3
4Sean Brady248-0USA 4
5Derrick Krantz3021-10USA 5
6Nick Barnes2712-3USAFights July 20 vs. Erick Silva6
7Jared Gooden2411-2USA 11
8Chad Curry289-2USA 7
9Carlton Minus248-0 NCUSA 8
10Mark Lemminger247-1USA 10
11Jason Jackson277-3USA 9
12Braden Smith228-2USA 12
13Sid Wheeler218-2USA 14
14Ben Egli2910-2USA 16
15Joey Pierotti288-1USA 17
16Peter Grajcar275-1CANADA 18
17Austin Vanderford284-0USA NR
18Angelo Trevino257-2USA NR
19Tyler Hill268-2USA NR
20Anthony Adams306-0USA 20

#1 – Kyle Stewart (9-0)

Stewart is coming off another stoppage victory on May 19th, when he submitted Chauncey Foxworth at Iron Boy MMA 11. He now faces LFA welterweight champion James Nakashima July 27 at LFA 46. 

#2 – James Nakashima (8-0)

Nakashima captured the LFA welterweight title after taking out No. 4-ranked Derrick Krantz by split decision back in September. The MMA Lab product will compete for the first time this year as he battles No. 1-ranked Kyle Stewart. 

#3 – Jaleel Willis (9-1)

The 25-year-old fighter rebounded from the first loss of his career as he knocked out Chel Rewin-Davis June 8 at LFA 42.

#4 – Sean Brady (8-0) 

Brady enters the top five with his unanimous decision victory over The Ultimate Fighter winner Colton Smith at Shogun Fights: Florida in March. The 24-year-old undefeated prospect has finished four of his eight career opponents. 

#5 – Derrick Krantz (22-10)

Krantz is coming off a split decision win over Kassius Kayne at LFA 42. The former LFA welterweight champion has won five of his last six fights. 


  • No. 13-ranked Chris Curtis has been removed from the rankings due to retirement
  • Austin Vanderford enters the rankings in No. 17 spot
  • Austin Trevino enters the rankings in the No. 18 spot
  • Tyler Hill enters the rankings in the No. 19 spot