Midwest Prospect Watch

By Mike Fridley May 31, 2009
In lieu of Danny Acosta’s excellent “Prospect Watch” feature on Phil Davis, I figured Sunday afternoon would be a perfect time to discuss a few prospects from the Midwest that are likely to make waves as we move into the Joe Rogan-tabbed “Machida Era.”

Brian Foster: Hard-hitting welterweight fighting out of Marc Fiore's H.I.T. Squad in Granite City, Ill. Foster (14-3) destroyed the fast-rising Kyle Baker in less than a minute a few weeks ago in Columbus at Shine Fights “Genesis.” Has a tremendous upside and lots of experience for a 25-year-old.

Jesse Lennox: A 10-1 finisher with decent submissions and solid striking. Lennox makes his Octagon debut against Danillo Villefort at UFC 101.

Chris Tuchscherer: Gutsy Yamma finalist (17-1, 1 NC) who faces a major test against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 102.

Jay Silva: Explosive Miletich-trained fighter (4-0) with a lot of tools. Check out his flying knee in Sunday’s “Photos of the Week.”

Joe Warren: Michigan native with a gift for all things MMA. Warren (2-0) is a man that has proven he can compete with the best of his division right this minute with wins over Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Chase Beebe.
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