Brazilian boxers had a rough year in 2017, losing belts in both the UFC (Jose Aldo) and Bellator (Eduardo Dantas). But over a few Brazilian up-and-comers continue to be hungry for a chance to showcase their abilities in the global market in 2018.
Thus we reunite together with 10 more murderous fighters that are worth keeping tabs on as the new year kicks off. Will they succeed in 2018?
Luan Lacerda is a 8-1 bantamweight prospect from Nova Uniao.
Lacerda, who turns 25 on Jan. 7, also went 4-0 under the Shooto Brazil banner on the previous 18 months, such as a trio of submissions. The only blemish on his album came from his third pro fight in 2014, when he lost via submission to multiple-time jiu-jitsu champion Ary Farias.
Felipe Colares is a 23-year-old gift from Macapa, who moved to Rio de Janeiro to train Team Nogueira.
“Cabocao” recently won the vacant Jungle Fight featherweight championship, accentuating his MMA record to 8-0. Colares has completed seven of the competitors, for example five submissions.
Denis Araujo is just one of the best talents to rise from Minas Gerais over the past couple of decades.
Born in Sergipe, the 25-year-old flyweight has just lost once at the game, falling immediately against present UFC fighter Deiveson Figueiredo. Araujo retains a 14-1 record with eight stoppages.
Roberto Satoshi is a multiple-time champion in jiu-jitsu, winning world IBJJF names because of blue, purple and brown belt.
At 28, the talented grappler currently has a 6-0 MMA album with six finishes. Satoshi largely assembled his MMA album competing in Japan before returning to Brazil at 2017.
Raulian Paiva, 22, also a 15-1 bantamweight from Amapa.
He is on a 10-fight winning series capped off by a vicious first-round knockout victory over longtime MMA veteran and former UFC fighter Iliarde Santos at November.
Daniel Lacerda is a flyweight teammate of both Alex Oliveira at ATS at Tres Rios.
The 21-year-old gift made his MMA debut in March, then immediately racked up a 5-0 record with five first-round stoppages in eight weeks.
Andre Borges had a rough start at the game, losing his first two fights, but went on a roll then, winning seven in a row and ending his final six opponents.
Borges knocked out prospect Carlos Ribeiro to maintain that the WOCS featherweight title in March, and recently added a second knockout for his album at Rio de Janeiro.
Raphael Pessoa, 28, is unbeaten as a MMA heavyweight.
“Bebezao” (“Big Baby”, in Portuguese) started his career from Dec. 2016, and defeated everybody that he’s confronted since en route to a perfect 8-0 record.
Roggers Souza is the undefeated Jungle Fight heavyweight champion.
After winning his first five fights by means of first-round knockout, for example a fast triumph over TUF Brazil 3 alum Job Kleber, “The Tiger” filed Marcus Vinicius Lopes to enhance 6-0 and maintain the Jungle Fight belt. He had been expected to face Marcelo Golm earlier this year, but Golm ended up signing with the UFC.
Ricardo Prasel is a former professional goalkeeper in soccer, and had a stint with England’s Chelsea squad.
He also has racked up a 9-0 record at heavyweight in mixed martial arts. “Alemao” stopped all his competitors in the first round, seven of these in less than two minutes.