Sunday night’s UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix featured a preliminary bout with the newest recruit from the UFC’s YouTube series Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight, Devin Powell. Prior to the fight, the broadcast showed excerpts from the show on how Powell came to get a UFC contract. In short, White and his two co-hosts – Matt Serra and Din Thomas – are at a regional MMA show called New England Fights in Bangor, Maine. In his fight, Powell shows tons of grit and determination where he breaks his nose but still manages to pull off a rear naked choke win to climb to 8-1. The bigger victory comes backstage, where White explains he’s interested in bringing the 28 year-old into the UFC in front of his family and trainers.
15 minutes after the promo ended, Powell’s UFC debut ended with him clearly losing all three rounds to his opponent, Drakkar Klose, in convincing fashion.
Which begged the question, how exactly are these “Lookin’ for a Fight” guys doing so far? A quick Twitter search only yielded other people asking the same question.
Wonder what the record's going to be now w/ Lookin' for a Fight fighters. Anyone know?#UFCPhoenix
— Wesley Riddle (@AllThatMMA) January 16, 2017
— David Klen (@D_Klen11) January 16, 2017
Luckily, even though the series began in September of 2015, there are only nine episodes that have aired so far. So what does one do when faced with a answer-less question? You dig in and find out for yourself.
The overall record for the eight fighters that have currently been brought up from the show is 11-9-1.
While that might seem like a mediocre overall summation at first glance, these results should be tallied on a curve. After all, the point of the show is to find young, up-and-coming talent to fill out undercards and see if you can find a couple of gems along the way.
Plus, there are already glimpses of potential future stars. Their first find, Sage Northcutt, has benefited from a considerable promotional push by the UFC, and while his 3-2 UFC record so far isn’t stellar, the two losses have come when he’s tried to fight up at welterweight. It could be argued that with all this experience and if he stays at lightweight that he could turn out to be a future payoff for the sizable investment the promotion has put on him.
Likewise, the last man to beat ‘Super’ Sage, Mickey Gall, is also on the rise. Even though his resume can be scrutinized by the significant inexperience of his opponents so far, the kid has charisma and a willingness to put himself out there. At only 4-0 overall it will be difficult to match him up in the UFC, but it will be interesting to see what they do to build him up.
Finally, Randy Brown has quietly had a good 3-1 UFC run since being on the show. He has won his last two fights by stoppage and is now set to face George Sullivan at the upcoming UFC 208 card in Brooklyn on February 11th.
Others, like Cody East, have already been cut from the UFC and the rest, we’ll just have to see how well they pan out in time.
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