MMA Sun 2015 Prospect Spotlight – The Bantamweights – #5 – Mario Israel

For our number 5 bantamweight prospect in our 2015 Prospect Spotlight, we introduce to you…Mario Israel. Yes, another Brazilian MarioIsraelbantamweight prospect. Israel holds a 9-1 record. I feel it necessary to give a disclaimer on Israel’s record. While he shows one defeat, it needs to be noted that loss was a extremely controversial decision loss to Jonas Speed. I would probably have Israel ranked a bit higher if it were not for his age. He is 30-years old. That does not mean he is old, but it does mean he is probably in his prime right now.  If Israel was 5 years younger he would be in my top-3.

Six of his wins have come via stoppage from strikes.  Israel has a decent all around striking game. Israel has some real knockout power, which he really displayed with a couple brutal left hands landed on Reginaldo Viera. Israel has a good chin, which I wish he would not test so much.  While he has never been KO’d, I have some fears regarding his striking defense.  He takes some hard shots from time to time.  Israel also has some hard kicks that he uses very effectively.  He also spends a lot of time moving forward in his fights.  One of the points of concern is that there were times where he seemed to be lunging in his punches.  Against high level competition he will need to stay on balance.

Israel’s takedowns are not great, but he uses the threat of a takedown to land punches.  He also has the ability to pressure opponents against the cage, which can be very taxing on them.  His takedown defense would need to improve to compete in the UFC, as I believe he would spend a lot of time on his back, where he is not a known threat.

I think Mario Israel is suited to do well in the a major promotion.  Like the other Brazilian bantamweight prospects, TUF Brazil 4 is a serious option for him.  I would imagine that Israel would need a couple more wins to get a UFC call though.  TUF would be the quickest and safest bet for Israel.  He has only fought one time in 2014, so I would like to see him stay active a little bit more.

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