MMA Sun 2014 Prospect Spotlight: The Heavyweights – #6– Ion Cutelaba

Our number 6 heavyweight prospect is Ion Cutelaba.  Cutelaba is one of the most exciting prospects in all of our rankings.  He is a fresh 20-Ion-Cutelabayears old and has shown himself to be an exciting fighter with a very high upside.  Some people have even made a comparison to the legend, Fedor Emelianenko.  Perhaps such comparisons are a bit premature, but make no mistake Cutelaba is a blue chip prospect in the heavyweight division.  Hailing from the nation of Moldova he trains with MMA Sun welterweight prospect Vlad Popovskiy at CSA Moldova. Cutelaba has a 5-1 career record, but his one loss came by way of DQ due to unintentional strikes to the back of the head.

Cutelaba has a judo and a combat sambo background. He is a European Combat Sambo champion.  He has solid striking and is very quick on his feet.  He moves more like a welterweight than a heavyweight.  Cutelaba is very aggressive on his feet and he really throws hard punches.  He is also a finisher.  He is able to duck punches and land heavy strikes of his own.  His head movement is some of the best I have seen.  He has very solid takedowns especially from the body lock.  Ion appears to be deceptively strong, but I still think that he is undersized for the heavyweight division.  He is very dangerous from the top position as well.  He is young, so he certainly could fill out some, but I worry that he could get bullied by a larger heavyweight.  He has really good balance.  In one fight he was able to fend off a single leg takedown by balancing on his other leg and it somewhat reminded of B.J. Penn.  If I was forced to make a comparison of Cutelaba I think of Diego Sanchez.

I hope that we get to see Cutelaba fight again for Cage Warriors.  This guy’s ceiling is incredibly high.  He is one of our most exciting prospects and I think it is possible that with a few more wins that he could get the attention of UFC.  2014 is a big year for him.  Do not be surprised if he is signed to a major promotion before he is 21-years old.

Flyweights

1. Leandro Higo
2. Henry Cejudo
3. Pietro Menga
4. Alexandre Pantoja
5. Sean Santella
6. Marcin Lasota
7. Nick Urso
8. Mikihito Yamagami
9. Alex Sandoval
10. Louis Smolka

Bantamweights

1. Aljamain Sterling
2. Michinori Tanaka
3. Pedro Munhoz
4. Thomas Almeida
5. Sheymon Moraes
6. Julio Arce
7. Anthony Birchak
8. Tuerxun Jumabieke
9. Yuta Sasaki
10. Adi Alic

Featherweights

1. Mirsad Bektic
2. Gleristone Santos
3. Raoni Barcelos
4. Jim Alers
5. Chas Skelly
6. Martin Buschkamp
7. Bekbulat Magomedov
8. Chris Fishgold
9. Marat Gafurov
10. Brian Ortega

Lightweights

1. Gilbert Burns
2. Mansour Barnaoui
3. Carlos Diego Ferreira
4. Lowen Tynanes
5. Lukasz Sajewski
6. Islam Makhachev
7. Scott Holtzman
8. Frankie Perez
9. Magomed Alhasov
10. Musa Khamanaev

Welterweights

1. Nicolas Dalby
2. Marcin Bandel
3. Marif Piraev
4. Tom Breese
5. Warlley Alves de Andrade
6. Walter Gahadza
7. Chris Heatherly
8. Sergey Khandozhko
9. Vlad Popovskiy
10. Ryan Scope

Middleweights

1. Scott Askham
2. Sean Strickland
3. Chris Honeycutt
4. Ben Reiter
5. Ricardo Abreu
6. Andrew Sanchez
7. Jake Collier
8. Ramazan Emeev
9. Max Nunes
10. Miles Marshall

Light Heavyweights

1. Patrick Cummins
2. Jan Blachowicz
3. Viktor Nemkov
4. Brandon Ropati
5. Steve Bosse
6. Tomasz Narkun
7. Gideon Drotschie
8. Matej Batinic
9. Stephan Puetz
10. Maxim Grishin

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7. Magomed Malikov
8. Ante Delija
9. Cody East
10. Smealinho Rama

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17 Responses to MMA Sun 2014 Prospect Spotlight: The Heavyweights – #6– Ion Cutelaba

  1. Rick Guerrero says:

    Hey Jason, can I get your email please? We manage multiple guys throughout the Midwest, with some great backgrounds, I’m confident 1-2 would be great additions to your lists. Feel free to email below. thank you!

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