The latest installment of our feature here on 5 Oz. that gives you a look at what fighters to keep an eye on during this upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter features Joe “Hybrid” Duarte.
There’s been a lot of rumors about Duarte coming into this season. At one point last month, Dana White was quoted as saying that he’d found “the next Anderson Silva” and early speculation points to Duarte as the fighter that White is talking about. “I was going off when I saw this guy,” White said. “He’s 24 and he’s destroying people. It’s sick how bad ass he is. I’m getting goose bumps talking to you about him.”
Duarte, according to his personal website, cuts to 155 lbs. from 185-190 lbs. That’s an absolutely ridiculous cut for a 155 lbs. fighter. You hear of guys at 185 lbs. dropping down to 170 lbs. (i.e. Mike Swick), but to 155 is just ridiculous. Duarte is 9-0 in pro boxing, 19-1 in Muay Thai, and 3-0 in pro MMA and trains out of Alliance MMA in San Diego. He is definitely a lightweight to look out for on this upcoming season. His two most recent MMA fights are below.