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Amateur Featherweight Rankings - Summer 2020

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

The amateur featherweight division is top heavy with two young talents holding down the 1 and 2 spots. Burgess MMA fighter Tom "The Phenom" Pagliarulo (5-1) went 3-0 in 2019 with big wins over #4 Zac "Rocky" Richard (6-3), a tough veteran in Jimmy Jackson (4-4), and DonnyBrooke featherweight champ Brandon Gibbs (4-2). Pags has made significant improvements in his striking game since consistently training with two of the regions best fighters in Rob Font (17-4) and Calvin "The Boston Finisher" Kattar (21-4). He's got a solid wrestling base after competing at Plymouth State College, but he's getting more recognition for his crisp striking game that has battered numerous opponents. "The Phenom" is currently the NEF featherweight champ, and the Combat Zone featherweight champ, and with 6 fights under his belt in the ammy ranks, look for the 23 year old prospect to make the jump to the pro ranks in the very near future. Pagliarulo has done a great job aligning his career with the right people in the region, and when you combine his skillset, ability to improve, and training partners, you get a potential star at the next level. Don't be surprised if you see Pags getting announced by Bruce Buffer within the next 3-4 years.

Although I have very high praise for Pagliarulo, don't sleep on 2nd ranked Shane Dougherty (4-0). The USMMA product is undefeated under the Cage Titans banner (4-0), and has proven to be a serious presence in the 145 pound division. Dougherty picked up the biggest win of his young career in April of 2019 when he beat Jordan Brown (3-4) for the vacant Cage Titans amateur featherweight belt. His big for a featherweight, is very athletic, and has improved immensely in his last 3 fights. Dougherty is a fun fighter to watch and has a massive following, and he just recently turned 22 years old, so he's got his career by the balls right now. Very much like Tom Pagliarulo, Dougherty also has a legitimate shot at making waves at the next level so long as the early part of his pro career is handled properly.

Recently crowned Premier FC featherweight champ, Yorrick "YoRock" Anderson (3-0), fights out of New York, but he made a big impression on the New England fan base with his title winning effort over #4 ranked Zac Richard. Anderson showed a solid striking game in defeating Richard, and he was able to execute on that game plan by stuffing Richard's takedown attempts throughout the affair. Hopefully we'll see "YoRock" back in New England once fights get underway again.