#7 Cyril Gane is 7-0 (4-0 in UFC) with 3 knockout, 1 decision & 3 submission victories. He has notable wins over Junior Dos Santos, Tanner Boser, Don’Tale Mayes & Raphael Pessoa. Gane has proven he can finish you no matter where the fight goes and being in the top 10 now, he is aiming for a title shot. Ciryl is training and fighting out of MMA Factory. Blaydes/Lewis is being re booked, Overeem/Volkov are booked & Olenik is booked as well.
#9 Augusti Sakai is 15-2-1 (4-1 in UFC) with 11 knockout & 4 decision victories. He is coming off of a loss to Alistair Overeem but has wins over Blagoy Ivanov, Marvin Tybura, Chase Sherman & Andrei Arlovski. Sakai is a brown belt in BJJ fighting out off Gile Ribeiro Team. This is a high risk/high reward kind of fight for both fighters in my eyes. Two guys climbing the ranks, and with the top of the pyramid booked up, why hold the division up?
#3 Jairzinho Rozenstruik is 11-1 (5-1 in UFC) with 1 decision & 10 knockout victories. He is coming off of a knockout victory over JDS (just like Gane) with other notable victories over Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, Allen Crowder & Junior Albini. Rozenstruik is a very talented kickboxer fighting out of ATT. This fight would be a banger for sure. For Gane it’s low risk/high reward & kind of opposite for Rozenstruik as he is #3 but like i said the top is booked so why not stay active and test yourself against a G like Gane.
#8 Shamil Abdurakhimov is 20-5 (5-3 in UFC) with 9 knockout, 4 submission & 7 decision victories. He is coming off of a loss to Curtis Blaydes but has wins over Walt Harris, Andrei Arlovski, Marvin Tybura & Chase Sherman. Shamil is a National Master of Sports in Wushu Sanda & an International Master of Sports in kickboxing fighting out of Fighting Eagle. This would be an interesting matchup. Shamil is a dangerous fighter anywhere and no one to be taken lightly.