In this week’s edition of “Top 5 Prospects”, we head back to Europe to explore the talented pool of Mixed Martial Artists that are representing the country of Germany. While Dennis Siver is the most noteworthy fighter to come out of the fatherland, there are quite a number of skilled youngsters who are on the brink of exploding into mainstream MMA.
We are only 10 days away from UFC’s return to Germany, but unfortunately we will only see 1 of the following 5 fighters grace the octagon’s canvas this time around. This may seem like a small number, but the German MMA scene is young and I can promise that the next time the promotion travels to Berlin, we will see many more fighters competing on their home soil.
Top 5 German Prospects:
1. Peter Sobotta
Fighting out of: Planet Eater
Last Fight: UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi (Won via UD)
Next Fight: UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne, vs. Steve Kennedy
Sobotta is the lone fighter on this list who will be fighting on next weeks UFC card in Berlin. While his first stint in the UFC back in 2009-2010 was unsuccessful (0-3), he has seemingly worked out the kinks in his game as he defeated Pawel Pawlak in his return to the promotion in May of last year.
Between his two stints in the UFC, Sobotta went 5-0-1, with all 5 of his wins coming via 1st round submission. His upcoming fight, versus Steve Kennedy, will be a good indicator of Sobotta’s status as a real prospect. We will soon see whether or not he has drastically improved since his first UFC contract. I believe he will show the MMA world that he is a real threat.
2. Daniel Weichel
Fighting out of: Team MMA Spirit
Last Fight: Bellator 133 vs. Pat Curran (Won via SD)
Next Fight: Bellator 138 vs. Patricio Freire
This veteran fighter is on a 7 fight win streak and is undefeated in his stint with Bellator. His latest win versus Pat Curran may have been the biggest one of his career, and he is still improving. Weichel has had a whopping 43 fights so far in his career, but at only 30 years old he still has lots of time to become the biggest name in German MMA.
“The Weasel” is a grappling expert and has displayed submission skills inside the cage with an impressive 21 wins coming by way of submission. His arsenal of aggressive Jiu-Jitsu makes him a real threat every time the fight goes to the ground.
3. Stephan Puetz
Fighting out of: Team MMA Spirit
Promotion: M-1 Challenge
Last Fight: M-1 Challenge 57 vs. Marcin Tybura (Win via TKO)
Next Fight: N/A
In my opinion, Stephan Puetz is the top German fighter who has yet to be signed by the UFC or Bellator as he is ranked #26 on our latest list of Top 50 MMA fighters in the world outside of the UFC. He has been on a 4 fight win streak since signing with M-1. The 28 year old is diverse and explosive as he has 6 wins coming via strikes, and 4 coming via submission.
His latest win vs. Marcin Tybura was undoubtedly the biggest of his career so far and he continues to prove his skill at 205 pounds with M-1 Challenge. I truly believe he will grace the octagon in the not so distant future. He may be the best mix of talent, youth, skill, and experience that Germany has to offer.
4. Khalid Taha
Fighting out of: Combat Club Cologne
Promotion: Fair FC
Last Fight: Fair FC 3 vs. Omer Cankardesler (Win via UD)
Next Fight: N/A
Khalid Taha is the leading face of the young core of talented German Mixed Martial Artists. While he still has a lot to prove against better competition, Taha is off to an explosive start finishing 5 of his last 6 opponents. He has shown an intelligent and balanced set of skills with 3 wins coming via TKO, and 2 coming via Submission.
Many people believe Taha is the best German bantamweight and he has given us no reason to doubt this. He has the lethal mix of athleticism, skill, and fight smarts which is a dangerous cocktail for any opponent to face. He will look to continue building on his resume which is shockingly only two years old as he made his professional debut in 2013.
5. Rany Saadeh
Fighting out of: IMAG
Last Fight: BAMMA Fight Night: Chadwick vs. Pascu, vs. Jody Collins (Win via UD)
Next Fight: N/A
Rany Saadeh is another 22-year-old fighter who is part of this young core of martial arts talent coming out of Germany. He has had 4 straight wins since losing to Pietro Menga and is undefeated fighting under the BAMMA promotion. He has power in his hands as 3 of his 6 victories have come from TKO.
It is the opinion of the masses that Saadeh is the top flyweight fighter coming out of the fatherland, and his resume to date does nothing but support the argument. He will look to build on his resume, and we anxiously await the announcement of his next bout.
Thus concludes our outlook into the top 5 prospects coming out of Germany. The MMA scene in this great country is growing, and young guns like Saadeh and Taha will lead the movement for years to come.
Tune in next week as we dive deeper into the never-ending pool of MMA talent that stretches across the globe.
Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking
We spoke to the recently crowned BAMMA welterweight champion Alex Lohore, as he prepares to defend his title against Richard Kiely at BAMMA 32 in Dublin.
Lohore (13-1) won the vacant BAMMA welterweight title last month at BAMMA 31 in London. Fighting his longtime rival Nathan Jones on the night, Lohore knocked out “Mr Bag & Tag” with a knee in the first round.
Q: Obviously the rivalry between you and Jones had been going on for years, but you finished it in brutal fashion. Did you to speak to him after the fight?
Yeah I did have a chat with him. I was telling him that it was a great fight and we should train together sometime, but he was he wasn’t really keen on it. I guess he was still a bit sore about the defeat.
Q: In the cage after your win, you called out Richard Kiely, now you’re fighting him. Are you happy you got the opponent you asked for?
Everyone keeps saying I called him out, I didn’t call him out, he called me out! I didn’t even address his name, I said ‘this Irish kid has been running his mouth we’re going to go out there and shut him up.’ I didn’t even know who he was. He’s been mentioning my name and talking a lot of rubbish on my social media disturbing me and my fans.
Q: The finish against Jones was picture perfect. From the elbow, to the right hand, to the knee, was it the best of your career?
Yeah I think it is, by far! It was perfect technique. I knew as he was going he back he would try to duck in for the takedown. Because I was throwing the head kick anyway all I needed to do was just switch it to a knee. I couldn’t ask for any better.
— BAMMA (@BAMMA) September 15, 2017
Q: Given it’s in Dublin and Richard is Irish, How do you feel about going into enemy territory at BAMMA 32?
That’s great, that’s why I’m doing it! I need to be comfortable in every environment, so going out there will test. I wanted to be on the Dublin card, now I can teach him a little lesson too, I can’t wait.
Q: As you know the Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has brought a lot of attention to BAMMA recently, what are your thoughts on him?
He’s good man. For someone who doesn’t come from a fighting background and does reality TV stuff, he’s doing good. How can people say he should fight someone more experienced, because he is taking guys that are on his level and he’s doing good.
He’s helping MMA fighters because he has got a big following so more people are going to be watching MMA and learning about MMA so it’s a good thing having him on board.
Opponent announced in the next few weeks
The team has asked Bamma for an opponent with pro wins
— Aaron Chalmers (@AaronCGShore) October 6, 2017
BAMMA32 will take place at the 3Arena in Dublin on November 10th. Tickets are now on sale at ticketmaster.ie. The card will air live on both UNILAD’s Facebook page, and Dave.
BAMMA 31: Alex Lohore Knocks Out Nathan Jones with a Knee
In the main event of BAMMA 31, Alex Lohore knocked out Nathan Jones with a vicious knee to become the new BAMMA welterweight champion.
Jones (11-6) returned to BAMMA after fighting at Bellator 179 in May, where he submitted Umer Kayani in the first round. It was his first title fight under the promotion, as he stepped into the BAMMA cage for the sixth time in his professional career.
The self-proclaimed “future of French MMA” Lohore (13-1) was riding a 9-fight winning streak as he made his BAMMA debut on the night. Like Jones, “Da Kid” last fought at Bellator 179 stopping Dan Vinni, who was scheduled to face Walter Gahadza tonight, but the fight was cancelled.
Lohore backed up Jones to the fence and landed some good knees to the midsection. It was evident pre-fight animosity was carried into the cage as both men swung with bad intentions in the first. Jones secured a takedown and looked to wrap up a guillotine choke but Lohore defended well.
After Jones and Lohore broke from a clinching position, Lohore landed a beautiful step-in knee and sent Jones crashing to the canvas unconscious.
— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) September 15, 2017
Official Result: Alex Lohore def. Nathan Jones via KO (Knee) Round One 4:13
BAMMA 31: Aaron Chalmers Wins by Knockout in 30 Seconds
In the second fight of his career, Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers knocked out Alex Thompson in just 30-seconds at BAMMA 31.
Chalmers (2-0) made his pro debut back in April at BAMMA 29, when he submitted Greg Jenkins in the first round. “The Joker” had spent his training camp at UTC in Birmingham for this fight, alongside the likes of Yannick Bahati and UFC welterweight Leon Edwards.
Thompson (0-1) had previously fought at BAMMA before facing Chalmers, but on the amateur circuit. Making his pro MMA debut on the night, “The Iron Born” was riding a 4-fight losing streak coming into BAMMA 31, and had taken almost a full year away from the cage.
As the round opened up, Chalmers and Thompson began to exchange on the feet. A left uppercut from “The Joker” had already knocked Thompson out on the feet, and as he was falling to the canvas Chalmers landed a right hand to finish the job.
— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) September 15, 2017
Official Result: Aaron Chalmers def. Alex Thompson via KO (Uppercut) Round One: 0:30
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