Weekly MMA Prospect Report: M-1’s Damir Ismagulov, Peru stars, Australian underdog, and much more
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M-1 Challenge 94, Friday. (6/15) – Russia
Lightweight, Damir Ismagulov (16-2)
Ismagulov is an excellent striker and kickboxer being completely at home fighting on the feet. Ismagulov is very diverse in his attacks he uses flying knees and loves to use spinning kicks that he rarely telegraphs. Ismagulov stays on the outside mostly and fires his kicks and long-range strikes with a lot of power in his hands getting many knockdowns in his career. Ismagulov also has a ground game with improving wrestling where his grappling is top notch. He fights (22-10) who is on a three-fight winning streak but not on the level as Damir.
300 Sparta 26, Friday. (6/15) – Peru
Bantamweight, Daniel Marcos (9-0)
Marcos is one of the best prospects out of Peru with an impressive record over some decent regional competition. Marcos is an aggressive fighter who will move forward and throw volume. Marcos doesn’t have the power but he will let his hands go and throws a lot of heavy leg kicks. His wrestling is also very good where he has good ground and pound. He fights Gabriel Pimenta (7-2) who is coming off two losses.
Featherweight, Jesus Pinedo (14-4-1)
Pinedo is an excellent prospect with a total of 19 professional fights and is still only 21 years old. Pinedo uses his length as he has good kicks he likes to throw to the body and long jabs effectively. He has decent wrestling but once on the mat he shows very good jiu-jitsu where his length comes in to play as he is really dangerous with triangles. Pinedo has shown the ability to chain submission and show how quick he can go for a sub. He’s an intelligent fighter who needs a step up in competition. He fights Carlos Alexandre (5-0) who is a good test.
ACB 88, Saturday. (5/16) – Australia
Lightweight, Callan Potter (16-6)
Potter is a fun fighter who has a lot of experience with 22 total fights and is performing at the best of his career where he is currently on an eight-fight win streak. Potter is a strong grappler who will give up positions to find submissions but is very good once on top as he is very slick. Potter also has a sick guillotine he loves to go for as he does have 10 submission wins together. Potter on the feet doesn’t have the best technique but he hits really hard and is accurate and also has some dangerous kicks ending a couple fights coming that way. He fights former UFC and Bellator fighter Marcin Held (23-7) who is a major step up in competition.
WWFC 11, Saturday (5/16) – Ukraine
Strawweight, Svetlana Gotsyk (10-3)
Gotsyk is mainly a wrestler with ferocious ground and pound until she sees an opening for an armbar. On the feet, she stands at 5″2′ making it hard for her to get inside and strike but that doesn’t affect her being able to stand and brawl, which is where she thrives. She is still really green, has lacking cardio and she pulls guard way too much, but she is only 21, so she has all the time in the world to develop. She fights Magdalena Sormova (5-1) who is coming off a win and a good test for Gotsyk.
Light Heavyweight, Roman Dolidze (4-0)
Dolidze has taken all four of his opponents out with ease so far in his short career, with the longest fight going 3:34. Dolidze has won three of his fights by submission. He’s shown solid ability in closing the distance and getting the takedown. Dolidze has two leg locks and one rear naked choke, showing his versatility on the mat. Having said that he still has a lot he needs to show a lot. He fights Eder de Souza (15-4) who is on a two-fight skid but is a good step up in competition.
UF Sage 6, Saturday. (5/16)- Brazil
Heavyweight, Roggers Souza (6-0)
Souza has some flaws as on the feet he stand upright with his hands low, his cardio isn’t the best, and his takedown defense needs work. Souza the former training partner of former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos is a good prospect out of the heavyweight division. Souza is a good striker with some good power but better technique with some clean boxing. He’s still very green but I think he is arguably the best upcoming heavyweight prospect out of Brazil. He fights Kleber Souza (7-5) who is coming off a loss but still a good test.
V3Fights 63, Saturday. (5/16) – Tennessee
Lightweight, Joseph Lowry (7-0)
Lowry is undefeated as a pro and was even undefeated as an amateur at 4-0. Lowry is current Cage Fury Fight Championship (CFFC) Lightweight champion with one title defense back in October of last year. Lowry has a background in wrestling where he has a record of 47-2 in his senior year. Lowry although his wrestling background is there, he has massive power in his hands who has one punch stopping power and has a 100% finish rate. He fights Zach Fears (9-2)
Lightweight, Zach Fears (9-2)
Where Fears is strongest is in the clinch using knees effectively. He also drops levels and gets the takedown where he has nasty ground-and-pound. His standup isn’t too bad either using range striking and lots of kicks. He doesn’t have that one aspect that he’s great at, but he’s well-rounded, similar to Myles Jury. He fights Joseph Lowry (7-0).
Middleweight, Punahele Soriano (3-0)
Still young in his MMA career as the Hawaiian native is 3-0 as a pro and an amateur at 2-0 but he has been running through guys. Soriano has a background in wrestling and has shown that in his MMA career thus far. He has heavy hands but has wasted no time getting his fights to the mat and pounding away with very sound ground and pound beating all his opponents in round one. He fights James Horne (4-1).