Prospect of the Month: Gamzat Khiramagomedov

Age- 24 | Height- 6’0″ |
Fighting out of- Moscow, Russia |
Training out of- Krepost | Record- 7-0
Methods- 3 KO/TKO, 1 Submission | Combined opponents
record- 52-18 | Best win- Alexey Butorin
| Fastest finish- 1:23 | Weightclass- Middleweight |
Background- Combat Sambo | Signed with- ACB

Pro debut: Aleksandr Mamonov (0-0)-
Offense
Knockdowns- One
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended-
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Gamzat Khiramagomedov def. Aleksandr Mamonov via TKO (Punches) at 2:03 of round 1
Highlight: The fight played as a kickboxing affair as Gamzat really took control early. Gamzat landed a few big leg kicks and would show a lot of flash throwing wheel kicks and attempting to lunge off the cage for a showtime kick. Gamzat came over the top with a big right hand and a follow up left dropping Mamonav and the extra shots sent the ref in.

2nd pro fight: Ilgar Shirifov (0-0)-

Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns- One
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended- One
Takedowns defended-
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Gamzat Khiramagomedov def. Ilgar Shirifov via split-decision
Highlight: The fight was ruled a split-decision but all Shirifov had was a guillotine but it was never tight. Gamzat landed good leg kicks and threw much more. Shirifov pressed forward but the movement of Gamzat was too good and he was the one picking his shots.

3rd pro fight: Bakhtiyar Abbasov (14-4)-

Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended- One
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Gamzat Khiramagomedov def. Bakhtiyar Abbasov at 1:23 of round 1
Highlight: Abbasov did land a few good leg kicks but Gamzat returned with a few buckling the knee of Abbasov. As Gamzat was too mobile, Abbasov attempted a takedown that Gamzat defended nicely. Off the break from the takedown, Gamzat landed a knee to the body hurting Abbasov bad. Gamzat would capitalized with a punch and knees in the clinch until the ref stepped in.

4th pro fight: Ramazan Gamzatov (1-0)-

Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns- Two
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended- One
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Gamzat Khiramagomedov def. Ramazan Gamzatov via (Unanimous) Decision
Highlight: As the fight stayed standing most of the time, it stayed in range having Gamzat in complete control. Gamzat used a lot of feints and did a nice job landing and moving back out into the distance. As Gamzatov was hesitant in letting his kicks go Gamzat was not as he landed many good thudding leg kicks. Gamzat got two takedowns, one nicely times double leg and another off a takedown attempt from Gamzatov. With nothing special done on top, he did hold position and had active ground and pound.

5th pro fight: Alex de Paula (2-1)-

Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended- One
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Gamzat Khiramagomedov def. Alex de Paula via (unanimous) Decision.
Highlight: The fight stayed up-right on the feet for all three rounds as Gamzat put on a striking display. As Gamzat did get caught by the overhand right a few times he was the one mainly in control. The Russian put a lot of tools out on the display showing a diverse attack mixing it up well. He went after the head, body, and legs with his kicks. Striking wise he did throw single shots but very quick and precise while moving in and out beautifully. Gamzat also countered very effectively controlling the pace with octagon control.

6th pro fight: Alexey Butorin (12-3)-

Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns- One
Submission attempts- One
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended-
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Gamzat Khiramagomedov def. Alexey Butorin via Submission (Guillotine) at 2:59 of round 1.
Highlight: Butorin was aggressive but Gamzat was doing an excellent job at slipping punches and landing quick straight punches. Gamzat set up a beautiful right hand as he pawed with a left jab to come over with a right hand stunning Butorin. Gamzat rushed to the finish as he got Butorin to his hands and knees. While controlling the back he landed a couple punches forcing Butorin to turn right into the guillotine. Gamzat postured up and Butorin tapped

7th pro fight: Jae Young Kim (23-11)-

Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended-
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Gamzat Khiramagomedov def. Jae Young Kim via TKO (Doctors stoppage) at 0:58 or round 3
Highlight: Kim would have an unorthodox movement as he kept ducking his head low to the mat over and over. Gamzat kept composure and would land long strikes at range while showing good footwork. Gamzat would fire that knee down the middle landing it on the chin a few times causing a cut in the third resulting in the doctor to call off the fight.

Overall Assessment:

Russia is loaded with talent inside and outside the big promotions. Gamzat Khiramagomedov is a name that has flown massively under the radar. With already a few big setbacks in his career not fighting much has really had him go unknown to even the more hardcore fans. If Gamzat is healthy he can be one of the top prospects in Russia and even win the ACB title. The Russian hardly ever shoots for takedowns as he has success when so but his stand-up is far superior. Gamzat does have a problem throwing single shots with not much volume. With that said, he does have laser accuracy and has a quick release. When he dies double up and throws two strikes he always makes his opponents pay. He does a great job at controlling range with an aggressive opponent moving backwards landing beautiful counters. Gamzat is very diverse and creative with his hands and legs while cutting sltight angles perfectly. Earlier in his career, he would show a bit of Anthony Pettis style using the cage to try to land the big shot. He’s shown no flaws and against some good competition as in result, this guy is legit.

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