MMA Sun 2015 Prospect Spotlight – The Flyweights – #3 – Kurban Gadzhiev

The number 3 flyweight prospect for 2015 is Dagestani natice Kurban Gadzhiev.  Kurban is just 21-years old, so he is one of the guys to reallyKurban keep an eye on coming out of the talent rich region of Dagestan.  He also holds a perfect 9-0 record.  He is a Russian and world combat sambo champion who could be one of the brightest prospects in the sport.  The K-Dojo fighter has a great team surrounding him that should help his progression in the sport.

Kurban utilizes a lot of kicks and really is willing to target his opponent’s legs.  This under-used tactic sets him apart somewhat.  So many fighters coming up through the ranks have awkward looking kicks and strikes, but Kurban has solid strikes that have power behind them.  I really believe that he will need to diversify his striking.  If he were to enter the UFC, he would be at a similar place as Khabib Nurmagomedov when he debuted in the UFC skillwise.

I was really impressed with his grappling.  Like so many of the Russian fighters, Gadzhiev has good takedowns.  He does a great job getting inside and securing a clinch or body lock.  Once on the mat he appears to have very good transitions and positioning.  He has the ability to dominate on the ground.  He is physically very strong.  He has a nice double leg takedown as well.  Once he takes his opponent’s back he knows how to finish a fight.

Kurban has fought many times as a bantamweight and done very well.  We believe he is perfectly suited for the flyweight division and could be a legit contender in a few years.

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