Weekly MMA Prospect Report: Titan FC 51, Island Fights 51, Brave CF 20, and More
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.
FFC 36, Wednesday. (Peru)
Lightweight, Rudy Gavidia (10-2)
The Peru native out of the 155-pound division is quite the showboat as shown in his fights as he has every right to be stringing together all his nine wins in a row after losing his first two fights. Gavidia has a background in jiu-jitsu and was a boxing champion in China in 2008 and 2009. Gavidia is well-rounded as he has a good jab with leg kicks on the feet but may be better on the feet. He moves well on top but is very heavy as well and as he has good ground and pound he does hold five submissions. Rudy still has a lot to prove as his competition has beat weak. He fights Julio Chaves (5-3) who isn’t too good.
Titan FC 51, Friday. (Kazakhstan)
Lightweight, Rafael Fiziev (5-0)
At only 25, with a much experienced Muay-Thai background and training out of top camp, Tiger Muay Thai, the sky in the limit for this guy. Fiziev’s stand up is great, he brings perfect head movement – basically like the matrix, being able to bend his back extremely far to evade kicks. His striking is perfect: he has incredible power, but timing and precision is a game changer, and he goes to the body and head better than a lot of other more established fighters. He can counter strike very well and Fiziev is very good at attacking the leg kicks. It’s hard to see him losing any time soon. He fights Nurzhan Tutkaev (5-3) who is levels below Fiziev.
Thunder Fight 18, Friday. (Brazil)
Light-heavyweight, Acacio dos Santos (10-3)
Santos is an interesting prospect who is huge towering at 6’4″ at only 185-pound most of the time. The Brazilian is limited on the feet as he does have heavy kicks but he throws extremely wild as technique is out the window. Santos does have raw strength and that has got him these wins. If he gets taken down he will just stand up and take top position Derrick Lewis style. If he does get on top than most likely your staying there where he’s so big and his ground and pound is definitely his best weapon. He fights Marcos Brigagao (8-0) who lacks footage.
Island Fights 51, Friday. (Florida)
Lightweight, Sidney Outlaw (11-3)
Outlaw is always pressing forward and once he gets his hands together, he is most likely getting the fight down. He is a powerful guy and he also has very high grappling IQ as he knows when to level-change to complete the takedown. Once on the mat, he is good as he is a veteran of regional jiu-jitsu contests. He is the current Ring of Combat and Titan FC champion and has fought a very competitive fight with top UFC contender Gregor Gillespie. He’s not the most exciting but he is dominant. He fights a good prospect in Zach Fears (9-3) but I think Outlaws out grinds him.
Brave CF 20, Friday. (India)
Lightweight, John Brewin (4-0)
Brewin has had only a few professional fights but the New Zealand native looks like a promising prospect. On the feet, he’s a really accurate striker who has shown power but more so his counter striking is solid. He’s technical with his leg kicks and his stand up altogether. He’s shown more of a ground game with decent wrestling but his top position with ground and pound is solid. He fights Anas Siraj Mounir (6-1) where Brewin is better all around.
Bantamweight, Kantharaj Shankar Agasa (10-0)
Agasa has been a dominant force on the Indian scene as he has six finishes but nearly has been in control of his whole career. He’s mainly just a wrestler who is very physically strong once he closes the distance throwing his opponents around. On top, he’s extremely strong and always moving to look for submissions. Agasa is fine with staying on top holding position landing active ground and pound. He fights Jalal Al Daaja (5-3) who isn’t too good.
Berkut Young Eagles 7, Saturday. (Russia)
Middleweight, Ivan Cosic (6-0)
When watching Cosic you will notice he throws a lot of heat as he hasn’t had that one-punch knockout but he has put 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. He’s still young and has only fought poor competition as I’m not sold on him as of yet. He fights Alexander Podmarev (6-1) who is gonna be a good test for Cosic.
Featherweight, Bibert Tumenov (5-0)
Bibert is the younger brother of Albert Tumenov who was a former UFC fighter and is now the ACB welterweight champion. Tumenov has a background in boxing as he won competitions as an amateur and was a member of Russias National Boxing Team. He’s an extremely dangerous striker who has all three of his finishes by strikes. Tumenov is a legit talent who still has a lot to show. He fights Roman Avdalyan (12-6) who is his biggest test to date.