Weekly Prospect Report: Featuring Millender, Anderson, Wright + More
LFA 30 (1/12) – California
-Welterweight, Curtis Millender (13-3)
Millender prefers to stay on the feet as it’s where his primary skill set comes into play. He has impressive striking, moving forward or backward. Millender is accurate, and a skilled counter-striker. His kickboxing is very effective as well highlighted by fluid and flashy spinning kicks. He is on a five-fight win-streak and this win could put him in the UFC. He fights former Bellator fighter, Nick Barnes (12-2) who is coming off a win and should give Millender a good challenge here.
Featherweight, Fernando Padilla (10-1)
Watching Padilla is basically just watching straight grappling as he is a decent striker and better in the clinch but he will even pull guard in order to get the fight to the mat. Padilla still needs a lot of work as he is still very green but at only 21, the sky in the limit. The best weapon from Padilla would be his triangle as he is very flexible off his back getting his legs up enough to attack while also being able to transition to armbars evident by his seven submissions. He fights Talison Soares (9-2) who is on a two-fight win streak and seems to own a strong jiu-jitsu pedigree as well so this will be an interesting fight.
-Middleweight, Jordan Wright(8-0):
Wright has a background in kickboxing and has transitioned those skills into his MMA career by winning a fights head-kicks. His grappling is even more developed, with good wrestling skills and the ability to take the back or get into mount easily. Wright hasn’t fought the best of competition but has been nothing short of dominant. He fights Craig Wilkerson (7-3) who is on a three-fight win streak but hasn’t fought in over two years.
-Bantamweight, Nohelin Hernandez (6-1):
Fighting out of top camp in American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) Hernandez is a very talented striker. He has beautiful head movement and uses feints perfectly to set up heavier strikes. He doesn’t have much power but he has the timing and accuracy to do very well. He is an excellent counter-striker but he does a great job a fighting tall using his jab and setting everything up. Hernandez doesn’t do much wrestling but he does have very powerful ground-and-pound stopping two of his fights that way. He fights a talented Vincent Cachero (3-0) who was featured in an interview earlier this week with MMA Today’s Doug Geller.
ACB 78 (1/13) – Russia
-Bantamweight, Akhmed Kukaev (3-0):
Still very young in his career and age (19), Kukaev has been impressive thus far. With some great talent coming out of Russia, this young kid is no exception. Kukaev has never seen the second round as all his finishes are in the first, all wins by submission, with all being off his back. He’s quite slick off his back, especially the way he can posture up and get the guillotine. All wins by submission but he’s good on the feet where he has some power and some quickness. He fights Rafael Dias (13-5) who will be a stiff test for Kukaev.
BFL 53 (1/13) – Canada
–Middleweight, Chris Anderson (6-0):
Anderson holds both the welterweight and middleweight titles in the BFL promotion. Anderson is a bit wild with his striking, throwing big, wide punches but he makes up for it with accuracy and volume. Anderson has the power but it’s his constant output that is sound along with his body work he favors. Anderson is also a solid wrestler with a pretty equipped ground game. He fights Matt Dwyer (9-4) who is an ex UFC fighter coming off a win since his release.
Invicta FC 29 (1/13) – Missouri
-Featherweight, Felicia Spencer (3-0):
Spencer has impressed in her three fights showing a well-rounded skillset. Spencer is primary a wrestler who is a good position grappler and really good at getting the back and getting dominant positions. On the feet, she is still improving but foundationally has good movement and kickboxing basics. She fights Akeela Al-Hameed (0-0) who is making her pro debut.