MMA Sun 2014 Prospect Spotlight: The Heavyweights – #7– Magomed Malikov

Magomed Malikpov is our number 7 heavyweight prospect. The 31-year old Russian fighter boasts a 7-2 career record which includes winsmagomed-malikov_w170 over notables such as Jeff Monson, Alexey Oleinik and Aleksander Emelianenko.

Born in the MMA hotbed of Dagestan, Russia, Malikov didn’t begin training MMA until his college years.  He really jumped into MMA full swing after a stint in the army.  Malikov trains out of the Highlander Gym along with UFC newcomer Rashid Magomedov.  The thing that stands out about Malikov is his punching power.  He certainly has one punch knockout power.  He also has a ability to finish opponents from the top position.   However, every punch he throws he throws with bad intentions, swinging wide and from his hips.  Sometimes this causes him to over-extend on his strikes and puts him in a bad position or makes him an easy victim to counter strikes. I have some questions about his overall stand up game.  His movement is nothing to marvel at and he is not particularly quick.  He also allows himself to get hit too much.  As fights progress you can typically see his hands drop.  His takedown defense has proven to be solid, but he is still susceptible to takedowns from time to time.  On his back he really struggles.  However, he showed against Jeff Monson that he has improved his ability to get to his feet. He also showed against a tough grappler like Alexey Olenik that he can implement his style.  There are also times where he showed some very nice and powerful takedowns.  He is short and stocky in stature.  I would imagine that his reach could be an issue among the elite heavyweights, but there are plenty of fighters with comparable builds who have proven to do quite well.  He certainly does not have the grappling game of a Roy Nelson, but his punching power and stature is somewhat similar to “Big Country”.  I also think that Malikov’s cardio is somewhat of an issue.  When he lost to Kenny Garner, a large reason for that loss was his cardio.  The conundrum with Malikov is that his punching power makes him a serious threat to any opponent, however his poor striking defense and lack of a effective bottom game make his vulnerable to many high level heavyweights.  I still think Malikov is a guy with top-20 potential.

I am not certain of what Malikov’s next move will be or what his current contract status is with M-1 Global, but I would not be surprised if UFC gave Malikov a solid look.  I think Malikov could do very well against some high level opponents.  His one punch knock out power make him an interesting prospect.

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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8. Ante Delija
9. Cody East
10. Smealinho Rama

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