MMA Sun 2015 Prospect Spotlight – The Flyweights – #1 – Kairat Akhmetov

Hailing from the nation of Kazakhstan, Kairat Akhmetov is our top flyweight prospect. Kairat is a 27-years old fighter with as good of a KairatAkresume to get into the UFC as anyone. His record is 20-0. Yes, twenty wins against zero defeats. Granted, the competition has not consistently been elite, but anyone that racks up a 20-0 record deserves some attention. Through watching video, I found that the hype is warranted. The best name on his resume is Japanses fighter Tatsuya Watanabe.  It may be a bit of a reach to label him the number one prospect on the basis of his record alone.  However, not many of our prospects have as solid of a signature win as Kairat.  Also, I am quite confident that he is on the verge of a UFC offer.  I believe he is one fight away from that deal.

One impressice nugget in Kairat’s 20-0 record is that 17 of those wins have come by a finish of some type.  Thirteen of which have been submission finishes.  Kairat is a outstanding wrestler.  He is a three time Kazakh national Greco-Roman champion.  To put that in a little more perspcetive, Kazakhstan is one of the world’s strongest wrestling countries.  In his fights he does not mess around on the feet for long.  He has been able to do the same thing in most of his fight…take his opponent down, land some ground and pound, control  the positioning and hunt for a submission.  I am not sure what level grapplers he is dominating, but he takes opponents down hard and with ease.  I am really impressed with his control on top.  He will need to improve some however as competition gets better.  It seemed that some of the mistakes that he made against weak guys could be capitalized upon by elite competition.

His striking is really somewhat of a mystery.  I saw glimpses of him throwing haymakers and some wild strikes, but I would guess that in order to hang with elite strikers he would need to do some work.  However, I did find that he was some type of Tae Kwon Do background.

Kairat has trained many different places around the world, primarily with Alash Pride, but he has also trained at Jackson’s MMA in New Mexico and well as Phuket Top Team.  This certainly is seen as a positive for him.  Kairat even won a jiu jitsu tournament during his time in New Mexico.  It is only a matter of time until he gets his chance to prove himself in the UFC.  The rumor is that he is fighting on November 23rd, and with a win is UFC bound.

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1. Kairat Akhmetov
2. Rany Saadeh
3. Kurban Gadzhiev
4. Matheus Nicolau
5. Ryo Hatta
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