The UFC’s past year brought new prospects to the light, and also reminded us of some young and dangerous fighters. Despite being in a global pandemic, the league produced events and spectacular fights — unlike any other sport. With this in mind — and the potential for even better fighters to arise — here are some of the fighters to keep an eye on in 2021.
Brandon Royval (Flyweight)
Despite coming off a tough loss to top contender, Brandon Moreno, Brandon Royval has what it takes to be a champion. The 28-year-old has showed tremendous grappling ability with eight wins by submission in his 12 total victories. Royval also showed his ability to strike and brawl in his win against Kai-Kara France. Going into 2021, Brandon is ranked #6 in the flyweight division, and only is looking to go up in the rankings.
Rob Font (Bantamweight)
The brawler from Puerto Rico, Rob Font, has shown what it takes in order to compete in the stacked bantamweight division. Font has eight knockouts wins, and showcased his knockout ability in his win against Marlon Moraes. The #5-ranked bantamweight fighter has the ability to knockout anyone in the division, and is prepared to do so when called upon.
Bryce Mitchell (Featherweight)
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Bryce Mitchell, has more-than proved his presence in the featherweight division recently. Mitchell has amounted nine submission victories, including one of the only “twisters” in UFC history. Despite being ranked #14, the 26 year old has much more to prove.
Marvin Vettori (Middleweight)
The Italian Dream finished 2020 on the highest note possible with convincing victory against Jack Hermansson. Vettori has showed very poised striking and a dominant ground game in his wins against Roberson and Hermansson. The #5-ranked middleweight contender looks to compete against top fighters such as Paulo Costa. Vettori is on track for a title fight in the new year.
Ciryl Gane (Heavyweight)
Ciryl Gane is one of the most all-around molded prospects in the UFC today. Gane has displayed clean and precise striking and grappling abilities. The French-born heavyweight is currently undefeated and the #7-ranked heavyweight in the UFC. Gane could be in store for a tough next fight with the dangerous division ahead of him, but don’t count him out. He might just rise even further in the rankings!