Amateur MMA Prospect Report: Ashton Kirby, Chris O’Brien, and Mitch Raposo
Lightweight | 4-0 Amateur MMA | 4 submissions | 18 | 6’0″ | Little Rock, Arkansas | Pyramid Fights 8
Kirby is still green and he needs to work more on his striking but if you look at his record and see all of his wins are by submission it’s obvious the mat is where he does his best work. Kirby is a good wrestler but his grappling is better as he finds it easier to take the back and get the rear-naked choke hence why all his victories have come that way.
Lightweight | 4-0 Amateur MMA | 1 KO/TKO, 3 submissions | 28 | 5’11” | Rockland, Massachusetts | Cage Titans 40
O’Brien is a product out of the underrated South Shore Sportfighting who has had a big year in 2018 adding the red-hot Manny Bermudez and the TUF 27 finalist Joe Giannetti to the UFC roster. O’Brien is the current Cage Titans lightweight champion and he was able to achieve that with durability, aggressiveness, and toughness. O’Brien is not afraid to let his hands go and as he does need to tighten up a bit at times he does hold a lot of power in his hands explaining why he has a six-second knockout. He has three submissions to his name all in different forms with the triangle, arm-triangle, and the guillotine so he has a knack for grabbing the neck. O’Brien has a blue belt in BJJ under Bill Mahoney so that would be where he is most dangerous on top or bottom but he’s only getting better.
Flyweight | 4-0 Amateur MMA | 19 | 5’5″ | Fall River, Massachusetts | Cage Titans 40
Raposo is a great young talent in a division that needs all the depth it can get. Raposo may lack in finishes but what he doesn’t lack in is cardio and consistency being a big issue for most fighters. He doesn’t do much on the feet in terms of offense but he is super quick and has fantastic footwork. The speed he has really complimented his wrestling where he is so unpredictable when he shoots in. On top of some excellent wrestling, Raposo has solid glue-like grappling with dominant top control. Speaking of dominant, Raposo has never lost a round in his career and that speaks volumes moving forward. There is no doubt if he was competing at pro right now he would find the same success.