MMA Sun 2015 Prospect Spotlight – The Bantamweights – #8 – Matheus Mattos

Number 8 on the bantamweight Prospect Spotlight is Team Nogueira product Matheus “Adamas” Mattos. Mattos does not have the high mateus matosname recognition of some other prospects, but people near Mattos speak highly of his skills. One person told me that Mattos may be the best Brazilian bantamweight prospect. That is a bold statement. However, if true, Mattos could really be one to watch. At just 22-years old, Mattos is one of the younger bantamweight prospects on our list. Mattos claims a 8-0 professional record to date.

Mattos is a very aggressive striker, who seems to have power in his punches.  Five of his victories have come via TKO.  He really pour it on when he has an opponent hurt.  While Mattos is very aggressive at times, he has good striking technique. He does well landing kicks to the body, which he has used to finish fights. He does not just load up and throw wild punches, although he can be suckered into that type of fight.  He also looks to have good movement and footwork.  He comes from a Muay Thai background, which shows in his stance and movement.  One of the areas of concern is that he takes more shots than he should.  I do not know if the problem is head movement, hyper-aggression or reach issues.

Mattos has decent ground work.  His takedown defense is not stellar.  However, I have seen on numerous occasions him be able to get an underhook and reverse a takedown.  From top position he looks really strong.  From bottom position, he looks a little more vulnerable.  He has not faced a high level, gritty wrestler, and I fear that could be his achilles heel.   Mattos does have some submission ability, and I would imagine that training with Team Nogueira will continue to improve that.   He does have a very slick transition into a triangle choke finish on his resume, but it seems as he has progressed he is more comfortable on his feet.

The other question surrounding Mattos is quality of opponents.  He has only fought a couple of guys with winning records.  I always say that it is hard to decide what to say about an undefeated fighter who has beaten weaker competition.  Mattos has done what he should do against those guys.  He has recently stepped it up and I would imagine that Jungle Fight in Brazil will steadily give him better competition.  I would expect with another win or two he could catch the attention of a North American promotion.  Also, I do not think it is impossible to see him featured on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4.  Given his age, training environment and current skill set, I think it is pretty safe to say that Mattos will eventually get to the big leagues, but the question is…when.

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