Taking an in-depth look at some of the most explosive prospects looking to make a splash in 2016 and beyond.

Future of the business: Top five UFC Fighters under 25

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"Super" Sage Northcutt

What else can be said about the blonde-haired Super Saiyan poster boy of the UFC? The athletic protege fighting out of Tristar Gym has been on a tear since joining the company in November of 2015.  

After three fights, a respectable record of 2-1 with two of those fights only having one-month preparation is worthy of raising a couple of eyebrows.  

A natural lightweight with the raw talent of a future champion, it's only a matter of time before "Super" Sage puts the pieces together to become a force to be reckoned with in one of the most stacked divisions the UFC has to offer. Sage Northcutt Fight Video


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Doo Ho Choi

At featherweight, there are few fighters who have the cold-blooded instincts in the striking game that Doo Ho Choi possesses, and at only 25 years young, his talent and work ethic will only continue to improve as he looks to take the 145-pound division by storm with his monstrous strikes and humble attitude in the octagon.

Still a newcomer to the UFC, two impressive back-to-back first-round finishes is sure to put the spotlight on the young Korean fighter as he looks to hone his skills and take the next step up the ladder against seasoned veteran Thiago Tavares on July 8.  Doo Ho Choi Fight Video

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Thomas Almeida 

"Thominhas" is one of the fastest rising stars currently plying their trade in the UFC, with an impeccable 21-0-0 record with only one win as a result of a decision, there is no question as to why this youngster is headlining a Fight Card later this month.  

Every time Almeida fights, you can almost guarantee fireworks, a tried and true striking artist with a stellar chin to match, Thomas Almeida has put the Bantamweight Division on notice as he continues to make quick work of seasoned UFC vets such as Anthony Birchak and Brad Pickett and turns up the style in order to ensure a highlight reel finish anytime he steps into the octagon.

His career path has future champ written all over it, and it's only a matter of time. 

Rose Namajunas

Undoubtedly the next big thing to come out of the Woman's Strawweight Division, Rose Namajunas possesses the skill, power and grit to reach the top of the division and has already proven herself worthy will with stellar performances against top-flight opponents in Paige Van Zant and recently overcoming a previous loss to Tecia Torres in a close decision back in April.  

Is a title shot on the horizon for the 23-year-old Namajunas?  Almost certainly.  Dana White has named "Thug" Rose as one of the potential candidates for a title shot after Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha square-off in July, and with all the momentum on her side, It wouldn't be a surprise if Namajunas takes advantage of the opportunity to become the youngest Women's Champion in the history of the UFC.

Max Holloway

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"Blessed" Max Holloway has been a surging force in the top 10 of the Featherweight Division for quite some time now.  He has solid wins over stiff competition in Jeremy Stephens, Cub Swanson, and Alex Oliveira, and is still the only fighter in the entire 145-pound division to take Conor McGregor the full three rounds, a scrap in which led to McGregor tearing his ACL.

Max Holloway is simply as tough as they come, and at the ripe age of 24-years-old, he is looking to waste no time in order to bring gold back to his native of Hawaii as he continues to kick off bigger and better names from the rankings every time he steps into the octagon.


The contendership fight against Ricardo Lamas in June will be a perfect gauge to see where he stands amongst the elite at 145, and Holloway will look to take any chance he can get in order to avenge that loss to the Irishman he suffered three years ago,  even volunteering to challenge McGregor in his hometown of Croke Park for the title.  

Big ambitions are being grounded by even bigger talent as Holloway looks to put his staple on the division in the years to come.  Max Holloway Highlight Reel Video

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