As we enter another momentous year for mixed martial arts, we can look back on a litany of competitors who seized the proverbial brass ring and launched themselves into the sport’s center spotlight.

Talents such as Will Brooks, Kelvin Gastelum, Conor McGregor and Rose Namajunas rose from prospects to champions and perennial title contenders within a few short months, representing the latest wave of well-rounded mixed martial artists to fulfill their potential.

Now, with 2015 underway, we identify 25 new talents who are poised to do great things in the coming year. In alphabetical order, here is part four of five.

 

Michael Page (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

Michael Page (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

 

16) Michael Page

Nickname: Venom
Age: 27
Weight: 170lbs (Welterweight)
MMA Career Record: 8-0
Most Notable Victory: Nah-Shone Burrell
(Bellator 128, October 2014)

 

 

 

Many within the MMA bubble have already heard of the name Michael ‘Venom’ Page. Boasting a truly unique fighting style that no opponent yet has been able to decipher, Page’s emergence on the professional MMA scene was just as explosive as the fighting style he has become known for.

Using an unconventional background in the point-scoring discipline of ‘freestyle kickboxing’ that first drew him to martial arts, Page’s striking style is more concerned with accuracy, agility, crisp footwork, and distance than the powerful, close-quarters offensives seen in Muay Thai boxing. Prior to entering MMA, Page won ten world championships in American semi-contact kickboxing, including a gold medal at the World Association of Kickboxing Organization (W.A.K.O.) World Championships in 2007. Page also secured a silver medal in the 2010 World Combat Games.

The results have seen Page incur minimal damage as he has feinted opponents into a confused paralysis that leaves them prime for finishing. It is an entertaining spectacle to behold, one that earned the Englishman a contract with Bellator where he is currently 3-0.

Slated for an elevated position on his next fight card. Page will face fellow undefeated prospect Curtis Millender, also 7-0 in his professional career, at Bellator 134. The bout is featured as part of the card’s tagline: The British Invasion.

Outside of active competition, Page trains are London Shootfighters, one of the UK’s most renowned MMA training outfits, where he competes alongside UFC welterweight John Hathaway, fellow Bellator compatriot James Thompson, and James Zikic.

Chi Lewis Parry (James Goyder/Sherdog)

Chi Lewis Parry (James Goyder/Sherdog)

 

 

17) Chi Lewis Parry

Nickname: Chopper
Age: 31
Weight: 243lbs (Heavyweight)
MMA Career Record: 6-0
Most Notable Victory: Alain Ngalani
(One FC 18 – War of Dragons, July 2014)

 

 

 

 

Another English talent on this list of MMA prospects is Chi Lewis Parry. The heavyweight fighter, who forged a career throughout local MMA events across the United Kingdom, recently joined Asia’s premier MMA organization, One Fighting Championship.

While Parry’s resume might lack the prominent name that other prospects on this list have added to their win columns, this is partly a product of the shallow pool of heavyweights that compete in MMA across the world relative to other weight classes. In the fights Parry has had, he has shown a penchant for finishing his opponents with both strikes and submissions, including a kneebar.

The British heavyweight’s prospect status also derives from his athletic background prior to competing in MMA. Having played professional basketball for European teams including the Glasgow Rocks and London Cap, Parry would try out for the Los Angeles Lakers before transitioning to mixed martial arts in hopes of making a better living. Standing six-foot-nine and possessing a calibre of agility that is not often seen among heavyweights, Parry’s imposing physical assets lends certain advantages in his new sport.

Parry made effective use of his long limbs in his most recent fight against Alain Ngalani, closing distance with ranging strikes and using leverage to reverse a full mount offensive en route to a stoppage victory. If Parry continues to effectively use his idyllic frame, he will eventually receive the attention and success that eluded him in basketball.

Saul Rogers (Mick Bower/Sherdog)

Saul Rogers (Mick Bower/Sherdog)

 

 

18) Saul Rogers

Nickname: Tha Hangman
Age: 25
Weight: 155lbs (Lightweight)
MMA Career Record: 9-1
Most Notable Victory: John Maguire
(CWFC 65, March 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

Make that three for the United Kingdom.

Lightweight standout Saul Rogers is making a name for himself with both impressive performances inside the cage and entertaining antics outside of it.

Seven career wins by a variety of choke submissions, lend credence to Rogers’ nickname ‘Tha Hangman’, a moniker the he embraces by walking to the cage carrying an industrial-sized noose that foreshadows his gameplan in many fights.

Rogers currently competes in Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, arguably the largest MMA organization in Europe and former home to the likes of Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, and the notorious Conor McGregor. Tha Hangman is 3-0 in the promotion

Rogers enjoyed a successful 2014 after taking almost year off from professional competition, turning heads with an upset decision victory over the five-time UFC competitor John Maguire.

At just 25 years old, Rogers has plenty of time to refine his skillset and continue his promising career. At his current rate of success, it may not be long before the MMA promotions of North American come calling.

Aljamain Sterling (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Aljamain Sterling (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

 

19) Aljamain Sterling

Nickname: N/A
Age: 25
Weight: 135lbs (Bantamweight)
MMA Career Record: 10-0
Most Notable Victory: Cody Gibson
(UFC 170, February 2014)

 

 

 

A starlet in the UFC’s bantamweight weight class, Aljamain Sterling is posed to crack the division’s top 15, just in time to benefit from the impeding Reebok deal and its compensation of ranked fighters.

Sterling started his career off in Ithaca, N.Y. at Team BombSquad, the old stomping grounds of the sport’s number one pound-for-pound fighter, and current UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. In his college career, Sterling became a a two-time All-American wrestler for SUNY Cortland.

Continuing his affiliation with some of the sport’s biggest and most successful names, the New York native started training with Serra-Longo fight team, alongside lightweight standout Al Iaquinta and the UFC’s middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

Under the tutelage of Ray Longo, Sterling built on a solid wrestling base, incorporating a range of kicks in his striking game to keep opponents at bay on the feet. It was a development that came to fruition while Sterling collected victories in Cage Fury Fighting Championships, where he won and defended the Atlantic City promotion’s bantamweight championship before catching the attention of UFC brass.

With victories in the Octagon over Cody Gibson and Hugo Viana, Sterling’s next fight reflects a step up in competition. He faces Manny Gamburyan on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15.

Toni Tauru (Ryan O'Leary/Sherdog)

Toni Tauru (Ryan O’Leary/Sherdog)

 

20) Toni Tauru

Nickname: Dynamite
Age: N/A
Weight: 135lbs (Bantamweight)
MMA Career Record: 10-1-1
Most Notable Victory: Corey Tait
(CWFC 72, September 2014)

 

 

 

Little is known about Finland’s most notable MMA export Toni Tauru, but if he continues to win in impressive fashion it won’t be long before he is thrust into the sport’s spotlight.

Tauru, a well-rounded bantamweight who has earned six career victories by rear naked choke submission, splits his training time between MMA Utti and Team East Front.

After joining Cage Warriors Fighting Championship in early 2014, the Finnish fighter immediately became a title contender after submitting Swede Maritn Akhtar inside of one round.

Tauru claimed the CWFC bantamweight championship in September after a dominant showing against Corey Tait. Tiring Tait with takedowns and clinch work, Tauru outworked Tait throughout the bout before hurting his opponent with strikes and locking in yet another rear naked choke to end the fight with just 11 seconds left in the fourth round.

After winning the championship, Tauru opted to undergo shoulder surgery on a lingering injury. The procedure will keep Dynamite on the sidelines until the summer, when he will defend his title for the first time against an opponent yet to be named.

 

Stay tuned for part four of five, as we continue to highlight MMA’s hottest prospects in 2015.

Read part one of The MMA Corner’s 25 Hottest Prospects in 2015 here.

Read part two of The MMA Corner’s 25 Hottest Prospects in 2015 here.

Read part three of The MMA Corner’s 25 Hottest Prospects in 2015 here.