MMA-Prospects Staff Picks: MMA Prospects to Watch in 2021

Bo Nickal receives an award. Credit: Tony Rotundo,

Here at MMA-Prospects, we pride ourselves on providing the MMA community with information on the sport’s up-and-coming fighters and stars. As 2021 begins, several of the site’s staff selected one blue-chip prospect each that they believe will have a breakout year in 2021.

Below is each of the featured writers’ chosen prospects — in the coming days, MMA-Prospects will release an article-length piece from each of the listed writers highlighting why they chose the prospects in question, as well as a breakdown of the prospects’ careers to date.

In no particular order, you can find each author’s selection on the following pages:

  1. Salahdine Parnasse – Daniel Woods
  2. Jake Hadley – Zain Bando
  3. Bo nIkcal – Vince Rodemer
  4. Rafa Garcia – Tom Albano
  5. AJ Cunningham – Joe McDonagh
  6. Bernardo Sopai – Shawn Bitter
  7. Morgan Charriere – Joseph Haines

Salahdine Parnasse

Saladhine Parnasses poses with his title. Credit: KSW.
  • Selected By: Daniel Woods
  • Age: 23
  • Nationality: France
  • Record: 14-0-1
  • Division: Featherweight (145 pounds)
  • Current Promotional Standing: KSW featherweight champion

KSW featherweight champion Salahdine Parnasse (14-0-1), at just 23 years old, is one of the sport’s brightest prospects. The undefeated 5’8″ standout signed with Polish promoting giant KSW in 2017 and has rattled off five straight wins to bring his unbeaten streak to 15 straight.

Panassse won the vacant interim KSW title — the title was then held by now-UFC lightweight Mateusz Gamrot — in April of 2019 and has defended it once since. He was promoted to undisputed champion after Gamrot signed with the UFC.

Parnasse is set to defend his title on January 30 at KSW 58 against top-ranked contender Daniel Torres (11-4), who has won three straight fights. With a strong 2021, Parnasse could establish himself as the face of French MMA and make himself a valuable commodity for any major promotion looking to make inroads in the country, which recently legalized the sport.