One fighter each from 23 countries that the UFC should sign

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

With the UFC’s continued global expansion, fans must expect to see new and familiar international faces entering the world’s largest MMA promotion.

Here are fighters from 23 different countries that the UFC should sign.

Canada: Josh Hill
Weight Class: Bantamweight
Record: 9-0

Brazil: Bibiano Fernandes
Weight Class: Bantamweight
Record: 12-3

Cuba: Alexis Vila
Weight Class: Bantamweight
Record: 11-2

Japan: Mamoru Yamaguchi
Weight Class: Flyweight
Record: 26-6-3

China: Tuerxun Jumabieke
Weight Class: Bantamweight
Record: 14-0

South Korea: Doo Ho Choi
Weight Class: Featherweight
Record: 9-1

Russia: Rashid Magomedov
Weight Class: Welterweight 
Record: 15-1

Australia: Gustavo Falciroli
Weight Class: Bantamweight
Record: 13-4-2

Australia: Gustavo Falciroli
Weight Class: Bantamweight
Record: 13-4-2

Thailand: Rambaa Somdet
Weight Class: Flyweight
Record: 10-2

Croatia: Maro Perak
Weight Class: Heavyweight 
Record: 22-3-1

Finland: Juha-Pekka Vainikainen
Weight Class: Lightweight
Record: 20-5-1

Norway: Joachim Hansen
Weight Class: Featherweight
Record: 22-11-1

Sweden: Ilir Latifi
Weight Class: Light Heavyweight
Record: 7-2 (1 NC)

Poland: Mamed Khalidov
Weight Class: Middleweight
Record: 25-4-2

Germany: Andreas Kraniotakes
Weight Class: Heavyweight
Record: 15-6

Austria: Nandor Guelmino
Weight Class: Heavyweight
Record: 11-3-1

Austria: Nandor Guelmino
Weight Class: Heavyweight
Record: 11-3-1

Austria: Nandor Guelmino
Weight Class: Heavyweight
Record: 11-3-1

United Kingdom: John Phillips
Weight Class: Middleweight 
Record: 16-5 (1 NC)

Ireland: Conor McGregor
Weight Class: Featherweight
Record: 11-2

Spain: Daniel Tabera
Weight Class: Light Heavyweight
Record: 17-5-3

United States: Darrell Montague
Weight Class: Flyweight
Record: 11-2

Note: Strikeforce fighters will not be included, as they will likely make the jump over to the UFC when Strikeforce folds. Bellator fighters currently under contract were also not considered, as their contracts are tricky due to the matching clause.

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