6. Aaron Pico Vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
Thanks to an impressive background in both amateur wrestling and boxing, Aaron Pico has often been called the biggest prospect in the history of MMA. However, his performances in the cage since his Bellator debut in 2017 have been the definition of a mixed bag. After recording a shocking submission loss in his debut, Pico rattled off four consecutive knockouts as he rose up the featherweight ranks. Pico's penchant for striking would prove to be to his detriment, however, as he was then twice defeated by knockout, before rebounding with a win over Daniel Carey in January.
His opponent in this hypothetical card would be Zabit Magomedsharipov, an insanely creative striker who has endeared himself to the UFC audience with the diversity of his offensive arsenal. The Russian featherweight has displayed some of the craziest kicks ever seen in the UFC and has also shown he is no slouch in the submission department landing a rare Suloev stretch and forcing Brandon Davis to tap at UFC 228.
A bout with the experienced Zabit may prove too much too soon for Pico, but the prospect has proved in his short career that he is not afraid to step into the cage with a more experienced opponent, often coming out on top.
Prediction: Pico would be unable to get his boxing going due to the kicking ability and distance control of Magomedsharipov, who would manage to grind out a decision victory in a back and forth battle.