MMA Sun 2015 Prospect Spotlight – The Flyweights – #7 – Hiromasa Ogikubo

Our number 7 flyweight is another Japanese product…Hiromasa Ogikubo. He has a solid career record of 13-3. Hiromasa is just 27-years old as well. We believe he is Ogikuboanother bright spot in Japanese MMA and very well could be the next Japanese fighter signed by the UFC. When you take a close look at Ogikubo’s record you will find that he has fought some solid competition in Japan. In fact, he has fought the likes of Eduardo Danatas, Kyoji Horiguci, Czar Sklavos, as well as several other solid fighters. Two of his losses are what we might dub “good losses”. He lost to both Horiguchi and Danatas, but his showing were not bad.  Hiromasa is a former Shooto 135 pound champion as well as the current Vale Tudo Japan flyweight champion.

Ogikubo is pretty slick on the ground. He is not your typical submission stylist, but he does seem to be somewhat savvy off of his back. He has decent takedowns, but he is better served getting those takedowns from a body lock within the clinch. When he fought Kyoji Horiguchi he looked absolutely terrified to engage on his feet. He made several really poor takedown attempts, which cost him position. For Ogikubo to succeed at the highest level he is going to need to gain more confidence in his striking. The lack of confidence may stem not from fear, but of a lack of the needed skills.  Ogikubo’s game plan usually involves getting to the ground.  He does very from the top position.  I would imagine if he were to go to the UFC, the ability to use elbows on the ground would benefit him greatly.   He does also have accurate strikes from within his opponent’s guard and stays active with ground and pound.   In most of the fights I saw of his, he seems content in the guard and does not make great attempts to pass.  Ogikubo is willing to pull guard to get fights to the ground, which could be problematic in scoring.   When Ogikubo does engage in striking, he mixes things up.  He throws kicks and punches, however, his striking defense is really lacking.  He lunges with his strikes with his chin straight up in the air…making him ripe for the knockoutOgikubo is quite aggressive with submissions and is quite confident on the mat.

Ogikubo has spoken openly about his desire to fight in the UFC and believes that he is very close to a UFC chance.  If not, his hope is to fight Yuki Motoya.  As far as his career projection is concerned, I believe he could have trouble within the UFC.  If matched favorably, he could do quite well there.  I think he would struggle against elite wrestlers and decent strikers.  Nevertheless, I do believe that he has a good chance to eventually wind up in the UFC.

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