Weekly MMA Prospect Report: LFA 49’s Sean Brady and Combate 22’s Mario Bautista Headline
Each week MMA prospect expert Shawn Bitter looks at the top up and coming fighters stepping in the cage around the globe. From the tiniest shows to Bellator prelims we give you the cream of the crop.
LFA 49, Friday. (New Jersey)
Welterweight, Sean Brady (8-0)
Brady does a bit of Muay-Thai under the well-known Rami Ibrahim, and some boxing under Derek Ennis to sharpen up his stand-up. He’s been training muay thai since 15 which compliments his ground game well. With a brown belt in jiu-jitsu, Brady is fluid on the mat with control, and even though he only has two submissions, Brady is a major threat on the floor. Training out of Renzo Gracie Philly, Brady has put himself around some good training partners such as UFC fighters Paul Felder and Eddie Alvarez. Brady has beaten decent competition like TUF winner Colton Smith. He fights Gilbert Urbina (5-0).
Welterweight, Gilbert Urbina (5-0)
Urbina is the younger brother of former UFC fighter and Ultimate Fighter season 19 and season 25. Urbina hasn’t been too active starting his MMA career in 2014 and in 2018 this will be his first fight of the year. With that said, Urbina is only 22-years-old and has dominated all his opponents. On the feet, he has good composure and mainly uses his kickboxing throwing many roundhouse kicks and front kicks. He is better on the feet where he has solid jiu-jitsu as he does lose position at times he makes up with it with his length. He seems to be a good prospect so we will see how he does against his toughest opponent in Sean Brady (8-0).
Welterweight, Tanner Saraceno (7-2)
The former WWE Tough Enough competitor has a very impressive MMA record with his only losses coming to top prospects in Jared Gooden and Sean Brady where he has a win over former UFC fighter Dominic Waters. Saraceno started as a wrestler wrestling in high school and in college. “The Hammer” is a solid wrestler with decent jiu-jitsu and good ground and pound. On the feet, he has a variety of kicks he throws at many angles and has sharp striking at times. He does need to work on keeping his hands up and his takedown defense which would be his concerning flaws. His style reminds me of UFC fighter, Elias Theodorou. He fights former UFC fighter Jonavin Webb (10-2) who is 2-0 since his release. This is a big test for Tanner.
Combate 22, Friday. (Arizona)
Bantamweight, Mario Bautista (4-0)
Bautista young product out of top Arizonan camo, MMA Lab. At only 24 years old, Bautista is a nice prospect to watch for. Bautista is primarily a grappler, but on the feet, he does a good job at exploding forward and landing punches. He actually has a knockout punch in his amateur career, but shown crisp combinations and counter striking recently. The wrestling is solid and his top grappling is very smooth, the way he transitions and takes the back is just perfect. With two submissions to his name, Bautista is very fun to watch, as he knows what he’s doing in terms of position, showing great overall BJJ IQ. He does need to work on his takedown defense though as that was an issue in his last fight. He fights Kevin Natividad (6-1) who is on a two-fight win streak and a solid test for Bautista.
KOTC, Saturday. (New York)
Bantamweight, Patrick Mix (7-0)
Undefeated as a pro and also as an amateur going 11-0. With one fight left on his KOTC contract and with a win, look for Mix to sign with the UFC. Mix is all about pressure and he is always moving forward walking his opponent down. Mix has ten career submissions showing he is more comfortable on the mat but his time at Jackson Wink MMA has been improving him every step of the way. He fights Fard Muhammad (6-9) who is on a two-fight skid.