The Undefeated Vol. 4: Murad Magomedov and Ivan Cosic
There are currently 36 undefeated fighters on the UFC roster that includes…
Martin Buschkamp (10-0), Azamat Murzakanov (7-0), Alonzo Menifield (7-0), Anthony Hernandez (7-0), Antonina Shevchenko (6-0), Maycee Barber (5-0), Bevon Lewis (6-0), Edmen Shahbazyan (7-0), Adam Yandiev (9-0), Jim Crute (8-0), Tai Tuivasa (8-0), Dmitry Sosnovskiy (11-0), Jordan Johnson (9-0), Dominick Reyes (9-0), Paulo Costa (14-0), Trevin Giles (11-0), Israel Adesanya (14-0), Claudio Silva (12-0), Darren Till (17-0), Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0), Gregor Gillespie (12-0), John Gunther (5-0), Michael Trizano (7-0), Luis Pena (5-0), Brad Katna (7-0), Sean O’Malley (10-0), Benito Lopez (9-0), Manny Bermudez (13-0), Deiveson Figueiredo (15-0), Ketlen Vieira (10-0), Aspen Ladd (6-0), Lauren Mueller (5-0), Aleksandra Albu (3-0), Tatiana Suarez (6-0), Nadia Kassem (5-0), Mackenzie Dern (7-0).
In the latest installment of my undefeated prospects review, I will feature 2 prospects, Rafael Fiziev and Calen Born. I’ll talk about their skills and shortcomings, illustrated with plenty of clips. Plus there’s a small Q&A, discussion of big show potential, and what it might take for a foe to hand them their first loss.
Flyweight | 8-0 | Combined Opponents Record: 32-15 | Stavropol, Russia | 5’9″ | 22-years-old
Being from Russia you are already expected to be a high-level athlete as they have been pumping out great talent throughout the years and sharing the last name as Magomedov also puts eyes on you. I would describe Magomedov as a dominant grappler who is still improving with each fight. The Russian is at home once the fight is on the mat but first, you gotta get takedowns and Magomedov has a variety of ways to get the fight to the mat utilizing trip takedowns, body lock takedowns, and defending takedowns and landing on top. He’s undefeated for a reason and that’s because of his excellent grappling. Magomed is excellent at taking the back doing it in about all of his fights and as he could be better at finishing the rear-naked chokes he does have fantastic control. Magomedov is a tall featherweight standing at 5’9″ and the only fighter taller than him in the UFC’s flyweight division is Ulka Sasaki. He uses his long limbs as a dominate tool being a reason why when he gets the back and gets the body triangle it’s a wrap for his opponents. On the feet, he doesn’t play a large amount of time there but has shown glimpses of some decent kickboxing but he does have some good footwork.
What does it take to beat Murad Magomedov?
Murad is untested so it’s untelling how he will do when he fights better competition which is bound to happen. He’s a guy with a lot of range who knows how to use it on the mat so to avoid the mat would be the best thing to do. On the other hand, Murad does show decent body kicks at times but using a long jab and just using his range in general just isn’t in play for the Russian. He wants to get inside so if you can stay on the outside and keep him at bay he will struggle and as he keeps his chin high he could very well get caught.
Middleweight | 5-0 | Combined Opponents Record: 16-12 | Zagreb, Croatia | 5’9″ | 20-years-old
The young Croatian hasn’t fought the best of competition in he career thus far but he’s done what expected in a young up-and-coming prospect as he has easily beaten all of his opponents. When watching Cosic you will notice he throws a lot of heat as he hasn’t had that one-punch knockout yet but he has put a few guys on their butt. The undefeated Cosic also has some solid ground and pound he uses throwing actively. He hasn’t shown much 0f his wrestling at all as both of his submissions are executed because Cosic would sprawl off his opponent’s takedowns and he would catch the neck.
What does it take to beat Ivan Cosic?
Like Magomedov who is listed above, Cosic is untested so far in his career as his opponents thus far have been below average. Cosic has very handily beaten all of his opponents but he hasn’t looked flawless in anyway. With that said, Cosic has tendencies to throw very wild and has looked to slow his pace as the fight goes and them two flaws together opens it up for a good striker. Cosic also hasn’t fought off his back as he has shown perfect takedown defense he really hasn’t fought a good wrestler. Once Cosic fights someone good, I’m sure a lot of the flaws will surface but he is still 20-years-old so there is potential.