Five ‘big show’ ready prospects from March

Aaron Jeffrey gets his arm raised in the MMA cage while holding a water bottle in his right hand. Aaron Jeffrey is one of the many fighters who should get the call-up, says Shawn Bitter. Credit: LFA (via MMAJunkie).

Lots of fighters on the regional scene had their moment in the spotlight last month. Among the dozens who won titles, main events and the hundreds that won fights, here are some that stuck out.

CFFC Middleweight Champion Aaron Jeffery (10-2)

Aaron Jeffrey has put together four consecutive wins following a loss on “Dana White’s Contender Series” in 2019. That loss was to Brendan Allen, who is now doing quite well in the UFC.

Jeffery is one of the top prospects out of Canada. His two losses are to the aforementioned Allen and Sean Brady who are two UFC fighters looking great in their own rights.

After winning his LFA debut in the main event in October last year, Jeffrey made his return to the CFFC cage in March. The fight was his first bout in the promotion since his loss to Sean Brady in 2015. The fellow prospect that Jeffery beat was Collin Huckbody -someone who won a UFC contract last Summer on the “Contender Series” but decided to get more experience first. Jeffery dominated Huckbody to earn the CFFC middleweight title via scorecards after four rounds.

Jeffery has earned his shot in the UFC and if for some reason they don’t call then any other big show should be making an offer to him.

LUX Fight League Featherweight Champion Diego Lopes (19-3)

Lopes is quite the talented fighter fighting out of Mexico. He is an important training partner of UFC contender Irene Aldana over at the Lobo Gym in Guadalajara.

Lopes has been in the sport since 2012 and has built up an impressive resume along with a BJJ black belt. He’s only fought one guy with a losing record and on the other side, he has some credible victories.

Lopes has beaten some good fighters like former UFC fighter Marci Beltran, Masio Fullen, and “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” winner Rony Jason. Lopes is the reigning LUX Fight League champion — an important title to hold in Mexico.

Lopes is a must-watch and would fit perfectly for any top promotion.

UAE Warriors Bantamweight Champion Vinicius de Oliveira (16-2)

Vinicius de Oliveira is a prospect out of Brazil riding a lot of momentum fresh off his title win in March. Oliveira beat notable Canadian prospect Xavier Alaoui for the UAE Bantamweight Championship.

Oliveira is a top prospect in Brazil that holds an impressive 16 wins and only two defeats. Oliveira is a black belt in Muay Thai and purple belt jiu-jitsu.

Oliveira is an absolute wild man when he’s in the cage. He reminds you of a less hectic version of UFC fighter Michal Pereira. Oliveira is an all-action freestyle-type athlete who will always put on a show.

The fighting style, the personality, and the record are all there. Every big show should be chomping at the bit to sign this guy.

Brave CF Flyweight Muhammad Mokaev (5-0)

Muhammad Mokaev is one of the prospects with the most hype. Mokaev has an outstanding amateur career going 23-0 and is a four-time IMMAF gold medalist.

Mokaev has competed in five bouts since making the move to professional MMA. In all five fights, he’s won and has looked stellar.

The 20-year-old has looked stellar and dominant. I think no matter what promotion he goes to he can at the very least become a ranked fighter within a year.

Fury FC Flyweight Champion Carlos Vergara (8-2-1)

Carlos Vergara has surprisingly flown under the radar despite being one of the top flyweight prospects out of the United States. But, that’s not the case anymore.

In March, Vergara beat two-time “Contender Series” veteran Jacob Silva – someone who Dana White liked a lot on the show. The fight was amazing as both showed a lot of heart and willpower, not to mention a lot of skill. Vergara ended up winning by TKO in the third round.

Vergara has finished his last four fights and has looked the part in his performances. Also, at 29-years-old, he’s at his prime and all he needs is a big spotlight to perform.