Originally posted on MMATorch.com on 12-29-2016
Which current non-contender in any division in either UFC or Bellator do you think is going to rise to a Top Five Contender status in 2017 and be the Rising Star of the Year?
MICHAEL GROCKE, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
As the MMATorch.com writer for the Bellator Preview & Predictions column and the live report writer, I’ve been fortunate to have watched some excellent, young, up and coming fighters display their craft in the Bellator cage. The first name that comes to mind is A.J. McKee. The 21 year old featherweight is undefeated under the Bellator banner, going 6-0 with five finishes. Up until his decision victory over Ray Wood at Bellator 166, each of his previous five wins ended in the first round. McKee is well-rounded fighter who looks for the finish when the opportunity presents itself. Bellator’s Featherweight Division is one of the best, if not the best, division in the organization so 2017 might be a bit ambitious for the son of MMA veteran Antonio McKee to break through in.
On the UFC side, Alexa Grasso has future star written all over her.
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