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Seven Asian teenage MMA prospects to keep an eye out for in 2015

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters typically seem to peak once they start approaching the age of 30, so any young combatant enjoying competitive success in their teens is well ahead of the curve. Here are seven Asian teenagers to keep an eye out for in 2015.

Kento Kanbe (125 pounds)

Kento Kanbe made his pro debut at the age of 16 and only turned 18 last month but already has a pro record of 7-0. He's a southpaw who is primarily a grappler and is very aggressive with submission attempts and dangerous off his back. He fights for Pancrase and hasn't faced any top-class opposition yet but is gradually being stepped up in terms of the experience level of his opponents and is undoubtedly a top prospect.

Juntaro Ushiku (145 pounds)

This Japanese featherweight is still only 19 but already boasts an 11-2 overall record and has won five fights out of five in 2014. There's very little footage of him available online but Ushiku is riding a 10-fight win streak which has seen him beat opponents with strong records so its safe to say this up and coming Pancrase star is a prospect.

Pongsiri Mitsatit (115 pounds)

Pongsiri Mitsatit is a Thai strawweight who made his pro debut in June and already 3-0 with his most recent win a hard-fought decision victory at Full Metal Dojo 2. His opponents have all been debutants and he's probably not ready to break out onto the international scene yet but with over 50 Muay Thai fights under his belt and living full time at Team Quest in Chiang Mai he's definitely on the right track.

Li Wei Bin (125 pounds)

Li Wei Bin only turned 18 in August but he got his pro career off to a great start by winning the flyweight tournament at ONE FC: "Dynasty of Champions." He has a background in Sanda and Muay Thai and looked very comfortable trading in the pocket as well as showcasing some solid ground skills.

Li Kai Wen (145 pounds)

Wen has a background in freestyle wrestling but showcased some impressive Sanda style striking when he beat two opponents in a single night at ONE FC: "Dynasty of Champions" in Beijing recently. The 19 year old probably has more MMA experience than his 2-0 record suggests and he looked very composed in beating two solid featherweights.

Agilan Thani (170 pounds)

Agilan Thani is 1-0 as a pro but really burst onto the scene this year by beating five separate opponents in the space of six months to become the MIMMA welterweight champion. This streak culminated in the 19 year old defeating the season one winner to extend his amateur record to 5-0 and training full time under ONE FC fighter Samir Mrabet at the Monarchy Gym should help him develop, particularly on the submissions side.

Benedict Ang (145 pounds)

Singaporean Benedict Ang has yet to test the waters of professional competition but this 18 year old made his amateur debut a year and a half ago and already has a 6-0 record, winning a belt in his most recent fight. His greatest strength seems to be his wrestling and ground game and training full time at Evolve MMA gives him the best possible base to potentially make waves in a major MMA organization one day.

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