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Top-5 Latino Prospects Ready To Pop Outside the UFC

These five fighters are ready to step inside the octagon and show what they are made of.

Today, more than ever, Latin America has become an important source of talent for the top international mixed martial arts organizations, and now, the UFC has a strong Latino presence in the octagon.

In 2021, Brandon Moreno became the first fighter born and trained in Latin America, more specifically in Mexico. Surely, "The Assassin Baby" is the first of many Latin champions in the future, as before him, there were also important athletes such as Erik "Goyito" Perez, Guido Cannetti, and Enrique Barzola, who forged the path for their people.

In this post, we take a look at the top five Latin American talents outside of the UFC. The only criteria for selection is that these fighters have never competed in the UFC before.

5. Eduardo “Cyborg” Torres (Chile)

His nickname "Cyborg" perfectly describes this fighter, whose coldness in the cage makes him a fearsome opponent, capable of surprising at any moment.

At just 27 years of age, Torres has already proven to be up to international challenges, having competed in different countries such as the United States, Peru, Mexico, and his native Chile.

Torres is a very complete fighter, with effective finishing power and a good ground game, proving to be a threat in any area of the game.

He currently has a record of 11-1, with seven wins by (T)KO or submission.

4. Bruno “Aquiles” Cannetti (Argentina)

The younger brother of UFC star Guido "Ninja" Cannetti, will soon be in the most famous octagon in the world because he has already shown that he has what it takes to fight in the UFC.

After an important stint in his native Argentina, Cannetti became Combate Americas champion after defeating Andres Quintana, one of the best fighters in that organization.

In his most recent fight, Cannetti won again, this time under the Naciones MMA label.

The Argentine is strong enough for featherweights, with a good wrestling base, knockout power, and a good chin that allows him to go far in his fights.

3. Emiliano “He-Man” Sordi (Argentina)

The 31-year-old Argentine giant already proved himself to be one of the best in the world in his category, the light heavyweights, by becoming the winner of the 2019 PFL Grand Prix, taking home the grand sum of one million dollars.

The Cordoba native continues to compete under the Professional Fighters League (PFL) banner and has earned 21 of his 23 professional wins by (T)KO or submission, which is an astounding ratio. With 14 knockouts as a professional, Sordi is undoubtedly one of the most powerful punchers in Latin America.

2. Jennifer “La Jefa” González (Chile)

By far the best female athlete in Latin America, Jennifer Gonzalez is literally a beast in the cage.

She was close to competing in the UFC; in fact, everything was ready for her debut. However, the negligence of her country's personnel prevented Gonzalez from entering the octagon.

Gonzalez belongs to one of the best clubs in Chile, Team Weichafe, and has achieved important victories around the world.

Although she has very good punching power at flyweight, the Chilean stands out mostly for her submissions, with 10 victories by that method. All of "La Jefa's" victories came via finish.

1. Alejandro Flores (Mexico)

An extremely complete fighter, capable of striking and grappling with confidence. Watching "El Gallito" fight is a real pleasure.

After an important stint in Mexico and the United States in different organizations, Flores now competes in the PFL, where he hopes to become a future featherweight Grand Prix champion.

Although Flores does not possess a high finishing rate, he is one of those fighters who controls the fights and makes himself far superior to his opponents. His striking is very precise and his wrestling is among the best in Latin America.

Honorable Mentions: Gastón Reyno (Uruguay), Victor Madrigal (Mexico), Roy Echeverría (Venezuela), Sandra Lavado (Peru), Levy Marroquin (Mexico), Sergio Cossio (Mexico), Andrés Luna (Ecuador).