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

Bo Nickal receives an award. Credit: Tony Rotundo,

Jake Hadley

One of Trilogy II’s biggest winners, undefeated Jake Hadley, poses with his title. Jake Hadley, Instagram, Cage Warriors.
  • Selected By: Zain Bando
  • Age: 24
  • Nationality: England
  • Record: 7-0
  • Division: Bantamweight (135 pounds)
  • Current Promotional Standing: Cage Warriors and EFC bantamweight champion

Perhaps no flyweight prospect had a better year than England’s Jake Hadley (7-0). “White Kong” ended 2019 on a high note, submitting Blaine O’Driscoll (9-3) in a one-fight Bellator stint in September after capturing the EFC (South Africa) title in April of 2019.

The success would continue for Hadley in 2020, as he signed with top U.K. promotion Cage Warriors and went 2-0 with the promotion, capturing its flyweight title in his second appearance.

Hadley stopped former BAMMA title challenger Shajidul Haque (10-5) in his promotional debut and outpointed then-champion Luke Shanks (7-2) in the pair’s anticipated grudge match, which served as the main event of Cage Warriors 117.

As an undefeated champion in multiple promotions — specifically, a renowned UFC feeder league in Cage Warriors — Hadley looks poised for a big show opportunity in the near future, and he has the skills to match. Look for a big 2021 from Jake Hadley.