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6 UFC fighters who are bound to become the next Octagon superstars

 

UFC has had a number of fighters who eventually turned into celebrities such as Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre. As the promotion reaches its huge milestone at UFC 200, fans could expect more of its roster to become superstars.

Below is a collection of fighters who are believed to be ‘the next big thing’ in and out of the cage.

Rose Namajunas

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Rose Namajunas proved she is a serious strawweight contender when she defeated the likes of Angela Hill, Paige VanZant and Tecia Torres.

Dustin Porier

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Dustin Porier has gradually gained the fans’ attention when he went back to his original division (155), getting ‘Performance of Night’ knockouts of Diego Ferreira and Yancy Medeiros.

Julianna Pena

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Julianna Pena gained MMA fans’ attention when she pulled an amazing performance at ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Season 18. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ was sidelined for a number of reasons including a dreaded knee injury, but her wins over Milan Dudieva and Jessica Eye prove she is a worthy ranked Bantamweight. Will she face former TUF coach and friend Miesha Tate soon in the Octagon?

Robert Whittaker

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Another fighter from UFC’s franchise series ‘The Ultimate Fighter Smashes,’ this Aussie slowly crawls his way up by defeating the likes of Clint Hester, Brad Tavares and Uriah Hall.

Paige VanZant

HORSESHOE BAY, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 19: Paige VanZant poses for a portrait during a UFC photo session at the Horseshoe Bay Resort on November 19, 2014 in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Paige has been a crowd favorite since she joined UFC in 2014. Recently, VanZant turned into a superstar outside the cage, through her amazing run on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ where she finished as a runner-up. Currently, the blonde fighter is ranked No. 9 in the strawweight division, and she is determined to move up higher so she turned down movie offers to focus on her next fight this August.

Cody Garbrandt

May 29, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Cody Garbrandt (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Thomas Almeida (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

May 29, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Cody Garbrandt (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Thomas Almeida (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

Paige VanZant’s ex-boyfriend and teammate Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt has been undefeated since he joined UFC in January 2015. He is known for his wins over Marcus Brimage, Henry Briones and Augusto Mendes. In his most recent fight, he handed Thomas Almeida his first loss. Combine his fight skills with his good looks and a talent for verbal clashes, ‘No love’ is simply destined to become the next superstar in the Octagon.

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