MMA Today’s Weekly Prospect Report: 11/13/17-11/19/20
Brave CF 9, Friday. (Bahrain)
-Lightweight, Ottman Azaitar (9-0):
A very aggressive fighter with a solid chin and toughness for days. Azaitar is always the one attacking moving forward on the feet, a bit wild but effective with a lot of power in his hands. Azaitar has some good wrestling with better ground and pound he can go the distance or end the fight. He fights Alejandro Martinez (4-1).
-Lightweight, Alejandro Martinez (4-1):
After losing his first professional bout, “Pato” Martinez made the needed adjustments and would win his next four fights. Martinez would take his first three fights in the span of three years but now this will be his third fight in 2017. Martinez is an excellent kickboxer being his main weapon of choice, as on the feet he is good with his hands also and loves to use the elbows in the clinch. If needed, Martinez can get the takedown and does exceptional work on top with ground-and-pound and has a win by submission in his career. Martinez competed on The Ultimate Fighter: LatinoAmerica 3 but was forced to withdraw from his semi-final fight due to injuries suffered in his first bout. He fights Ottman Azaitar (9-0).
-Featherweight, Elias Boudegzdame (14-4):
“Smile” is improving each fight, on the feet he shows athleticism going for flying knees and jumping kicks he isn’t the most technical but he is still a threat. Boudegzdame’s ground game is outstanding with great BJJ finishing 12 of his 14 wins by submission proving he is high-level on the mat. He fights Lucas Martins (19-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and with a win, it will make it three ex-UFC fighters he has wins over all of them in a row.
-Bantamweight, Gary Mangat (10-1):
A very solid all-around fighter, on the feet, Mangat is mainly a kickboxer. He chops at the legs, goes to the body, and connects to the head and sets up combinations. Mangat is an excellent wrestler with nice timing on his level changes and on his double leg takedowns. The way Mangat is able to catch his opponent’s kick and take the fight down shows great awareness with wrestling ability. On top position, Mangat has very sound ground-and-pound, he is always landing no matter what position he is in. Mangat has shown he is a threat to taking the back but his ground-and-pound may be his best weapon. He fights Stephen Loman (9-2) who is on a three-fight win streak but he isn’t on the level as Mangat.
-Bantamweight, Felipe Efrain (11-2):
In Efrain’s last six fights, he has gone 5-1 with that sole loss coming to UFC fighter and top contender Tim Elliott. Efrain has a lot of experience fighting some solid competition and still shockingly is only 23-years-old. Efrain decided to move up to Bantamweight from Flyweight he has looked solid going undefeated in the weight class. Efrain is very technical on his feet with his boxing but is so explosive throwing flying knees often. The takedowns from Efrain are solid as he mainly gets them from the clinch with trips. His jiu-jitsu is solid as well. He fights Nawras Abzakh (6-0) who is just a grappler but I have faith Efrain will get the win.
-Lightweight, Sam Patterson(1-0):
Patterson is taking this fight on short notice and despite being only 1-0, he went 6-1 as an amateur. Patterson I would say is very impressive and looks like a real solid prospect with only a short amount of experience. Patterson is a gifted striker as he really shows a lot of skills in his early career like with constant one-twos, good accuracy, awesome body work and all that is complemented by his impressive footwork. Standing at 6’4″ Patterson knows how to use all his reach most definitely with his kickboxing as he loves to pick his opponent apart at rance and even has a head kick finish in his career. He fights Hardeep Rai (1-0).
CES 47, Friday. (US Northeast)
–Lightweight, Nate Andrews (11-1):
Being 33-years-old in the lightweight division, he’s not really considered a prospect but you can’t deny Andrews’ record, nor his abilities. Andrews best weapon is his choke as he holds six submission wins finding the choke, as in nearly all his fights Andrews has a point in time when he threatens the neck. Andrews is able to be taken down but he has good defense off of his back and solid jiu-jitsu of his own being able to threaten from the bottom. On the feet, Andrews has long punches he uses at range and mixing in solid kicks. Andrews even holds a head kick knockout, Overall a really fun fighter to watch with a 100% finish rate. He fights Tyler Combs (14-16-1) who has lost his last four.
Titan FC 46, Friday. (Florida)
-Flyweight, Jose “Shorty” Torres (5-0):
Torres might only be 5-0 as a pro but with a 17-0 armateur record, he has plenty of experience. In his stand up, Torres has improved a lot, his hand speed is crazy good but his accuracy is pinpoint and can really put a hurting on his opponent with huge power in his hands. Torres’ ability to slam his opponents to the mat and his control on the mat is very good. He takes the mount with ease throwing ground-and-pound and looking for the submission. Torres also has the cardio to go the distance now to have that in a young fighter is very promising. He fights Gleidson DeJusus (7-2) who is pretty solid but Torres is the favorite.
-Lightweight, Chazz Walton (5-0)
Coming off a little bit more than a year layoff, Walton is looking to get back to his impressive ways. Walton has competed in grappling competitions, his grappling is his bread and butter with three submission wins. Walton though is very good on the mat where he is for sure the most strongest at but he does have some skills on the feet. Walton likes to use a lot of kicks and has some heavy hands but he is a bit sloppy at times but makes up for it with a lot of aggression. He fights Raush Manfio (9-2), a TUF: Brazil veteran who is coming off a win and sure poses quite a threat to Walton.
*Also watch for undefeated(6-0) Flyweight, Askar Askar who is hard to find footage on but he beat a good prospect in James Blair in his last bout.
ACB 74, Friday. (Europe Western)
-Welterweight, Adam Townsend (18- 4):
Townsend is a solid overall fighter. In his stand up, he has solid kickboxing as he mixes it up well going to the head and legs. Townsend brings a lot of power and quickness in his kicks and uses his right hand as his primary weapon, he throws a solid straight right and a right hook. Townsend’s wrestling is good, he has a lot of strength showing he can end the fight with a submission and has some effective ground-and-pound as well. His best attribute is probably his toughness shown throughout his career. He fights Arbi Aguev (29-7).
-Welterweight, Arbi Aguev (29-7):
In Aguev’s last 20 fights he has gone 17-1 and 1 No Contest with his only loss coming to top middleweight prospect Anatoly Tokov. Aguev trains out of Fight Club Berkut, a top camp in Russia that holds many top-level prospects out of Russia. Aguev is flat-footed at times but is still very well-rounded and a huge threat both on the mat and on the feet. Aguev is always throwing more than one shot as he puts combinations together well with his hands and kicks. Aguev has some killer knees in the clinch but from there he has some impressive judo skills as well. On the mat, is where Aguev is best as he holds 20 submission wins.
-Flyweight, Rany Saadeh (9-1):
Saadeh is coming out of his contract with BAMMA where he was the Flyweight champion. Saadeh is skilled everywhere showcasing excellent skills on the feet especially. At times he does get hit a lot when he is willing to brawl but when he is using his footwork, he is stellar at picking his shots, moving side to side and in and out. Saadeh has shown power in his hands but volume is what he does best. For more on Saadeh, check out my prospect of the week piece I did on him a while back. He fights Darren Mina (9-5) who is coming off a loss.
SCL 64, Saturday. (US West)
-Featherweight, Derek Brenon (6-0):
Undefeated as a pro and after going 7-0 as an amateur, Brenon is a NCAA Division III All-American with a black belt in Judo along with training jiu-jitsu since childhood. While Brenon’s striking is still developing, considering all of his accomplishments when it comes to wrestling/grappling, you’d be hard-pressed not to assume his striking will keep improving. He fights Justin Gonzalez (5-0) who has a really good record but lacks footage.
BFL 52, Saturday. (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 does. Anderson is also a solid wrestler with a pretty good ground game. He fights Matt Dwyer (9-4) who is an ex UFC fighter coming off a win since his release.
Bellator MMA Series, Sunday.
-Featherweight, Matt Wagy (10-3):
Wagy trains out of a top camp and at only 25, he has a lot of experience with 14 fights. Wagy, after going 3-4 to start his career, really got on a hot streak winning his next seven fights in a row. It is hard to find footage on Wagy but he is well-rounded, has heavy hands and displays exceptional ground work of what I’ve seen. He fights Kester Mark (5-4-1) who is coming off a win.
FNG 79 Sunday. (Russia)
-Heavyweight, Sergey Pavlovich(11-0):
Pavlovich has scary power in both his hands when he throws it is to cripple his opponent as he is mainly a counter striker but just a very deadly striking attack. Pavlovich has shown good kickboxing and perfect TDD with solid cardio with the three fights he hasn’t finished going to a decision where he fights at the same pace and is just as dangerous in all 3 rounds. He fights Kirill Sidelnikov(11-4).
-Heavyweight, Kirill Sidelnikov(11-4):
Kirill is a Combat Sambo champion, I really like his striking he has very good boxing he doesn’t have alot of power but has a lot of volume. Kirill is a well-rounded boxer he throws to the body and head together excellent in combinations and has a very good jab, he sits on the outside of his opponent and tees off on them. Kirill does keep his hands down but his reflexes are good where he is hard to hit. 3 of his 4 losses are due to injury so he has a better record than what it is. He fights Sergey Pavlovich (11-0).