VOTE: The Top Featherweight Prospect in the World

VOTE: The Top Featherweight Prospect in the World

Major organizations, and most notably the UFC capture the MMA spotlight more often than not. With that said, the world has many unbelievable talents outside of the UFC. Using rankings from the most informative website in the MMA, Tapology, we have created a 32 fighter bracket, or grand prix for nostalgia purposes, to crown the World’s (kinda…) Top Featherweight Prospect. Next up will be Lightweights.

The bracket is broken down into 8 regions or countries: US Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, and Midwest. Also included are the U.K./Ireland, Australia/New Zealand, and Brazil. Notably excluded from the rankings is all of Asia, sorry to that huge fan base but when nonsense like this is happening, I refuse to support it: Must See: Korean Fighter Aorigele Castrated in No Contest. Each region is represented by the top 4 fighters in the Tapology rankings. Voting will be tallied during the following time frames:

July 31 – August 1: U.S. Northeast vs. U.S. Midwest

August 2 – August 3: U.S. Southeast vs. Brazil

August 3 – August 4: U.S. Southwest vs. Australia/New Zealand

August 5 – August 6: U.S. Northwest vs. U.K./Ireland

August 7 – August 8: Round of 16 – U.S. Northeast vs. U.S. Midwest and U.S Southeast vs. Brazil

August 9 – August 10: Round of 16 – U.S. Southwest vs. Australia/New Zealand and U.S. Northwest vs. U.K./Ireland

August 11 – August 12: Round of 8 – All

August 13 – August 14: Final 4 – All

August 15 – August 16: Final Match-up

Official 32 man Bracket:

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VOTING: U.S. Northeast vs. U.S. Midwest – July 31 – August 1

As the rounds move forward, I will provide in depth information on each fighter. This round is on MMA society to prove they aren’t casuals. Provided are links to the Tapology page for each fighter, but do yourself a favor and search for footage on each of these talented athletes who are flying under the radar.

NE #1 Matt Bessette (22-8) vs. MW #4 Grant Dawson (11-1)

  • Matt Bessette (57%, 20 Votes)
  • Grant Dawson (43%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

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Tapology: Matt Bessette

Tapology: Grant Dawson

 

MW #2 Darrick Minner (19-6) vs. NE #3 Dominic Mazzotta (12-2)

  • Dominic Mazzotta (57%, 21 Votes)
  • Darrick Minner (43%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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Tapology: Darrick Minner

Tapology: Dominic Mazzotta

 

NE #2 Alexandre Bezerra (20-5) vs. MW #3 Mike Santiago (20-9)

  • Alexandre Bezerra (54%, 20 Votes)
  • Mike Santiago (46%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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Tapology: Alexandre Bezerra

Tapology: Mike Santiago

 

MW #1 Raoni Barcelos vs. NE #4 Julio Arce (13-2)

  • Julio Arce (51%, 18 Votes)
  • Raoni Barcelos (49%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

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Tapology: Raoni Barcelos

Tapology: Julio Arce