Weidman started his pro mma career on the regional New Jersey circuit with the Ring of Combat(ROC) organiztion. Three of four bouts he had with ROC were all finishes(2 by tko and 1 one by submission). Over this period he also won the ROC middleweight title.
On March 3, 2011, Weidman took on battle tested and veteran UFC fighter Alessio Sakara at UFC Live: Sanchez vs Kampmann. Weidman replaced an injured Rafael Natal and took this fight on two weeks notice. Weidman a underdog in this fight, pulled off a huge upset by scoring a unanimous decision victory over the battle tested Sakara. Weidman then had his next bout at UFC 131 stepping up again to replace injured Ultimate Fighter season 11 winner Court Mcgee against Jesse Bongfeldt. Weidman looked unbelievable in this fight and locked in a standing guilloting choke at the very end of round 1 to not only win but also win the submission of the night bonus.
Weidman has the coaching, the wrestling base(which with every passing event is more and more a requirement), size, skill and strength to be the future of the UFC's 185 lb division. In almost every MMA publication including this one here at MMA OCTAGON TAKES Weidman is ranked #1 or close to #1 as the cant miss and #1 rated prospect in all of mixed martial arts.
With a successful win against "Filthy" Tom Lawlor at UFC 139 the win sets up potential PPV main card bouts against the after mentioned McGee, Tim Boetsch, and Alan Belcher.
Alexis Davis from and fighting out of Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada is a freestyle women's mixed martial artist fighting in Strikeforce's Bantamweight(135lbs) womens division. Davis has a pro record of 11-4. Of the 11 wins 2 have come in the form of ko/tko, 5 via submission and 4 via decision.
Dustin (The Diamond) Poirier fighting out of Lafayette, Louisiana is a UFC featherweight (145lbs) fighter. Poirier trains with Ultimate Fighter season 7 contestant Tim Credeur at Team Gladiator LA. Poirier has a pro mma record of 10-1. Of his 10 wins, 5 have come from ko/tko, 3 from submission and 2 by decision.
Looking ahead for Poirier, his next opponent will be Eric "The New Breed" Koch at UFC 143, Feburary 4th, 2012. With a win over the very tough Koch, possible future opponents could be Chad Mendes, Mark Hominick or even the Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung. These four warriors are definately a major step up that should only solidfy Poirier's status if he is successful in each bout.
Next up for Koch will be a bout against the ultra tough Dustin Poirier, February 4th, 2012 at UFC 143.
These five warriors are only a few of the can't miss prospects of Mixed Martial Arts. If more come up as good or even better than these five, the future is very bright for MMA.