MMA Sun 2015 Prospect Spotlight – The Bantamweights – #2 – Brett Johns

Number 2 on MMA Sun’s Bantamweight Prospect list for 2015 is former Cage Warriors champion, Brett Johns.  Hailing from Wales, Johns Brett Johnsis an elite prospect.  He is only 22-years old, so we would suspect a really high upside for him.  He already holds a perfect 10-0 professional mark.  Also, Johns recently signed with Titan Fighting Championship and is expected to make his promotional debut in January against a yet to be announced opponent.  Known as “The Pikey”, Johns does not have the most impressive physique, but he certainly is impressive with his fighting.

One of the more impressive aspects of Johns’ game is that he is relentless with takedowns and imposing his will in fights.  His pressure really seems to wear down opponents.  This comes not only because of his superior technique, but also his conditioning, which allows him to keep high pressure for five rounds of fighting.  He even won the Cage Warriors bantamweight title in a one-day tournament in which he fought a total of eight rounds.  Johns is a judo black belt and his overall grappling technique is very solid.  He has solid takedowns that really are highlighted by some nice trips from the clinch position.  He is comfortable is all grappling scenarios.  He has some quick transitions, including some very solid back takes.  Another thing that stands out is his timing.  He is able to time takedowns well and notices when guys are over-extended or off balance.  He is very heavy from the top and does a good job controlling his opponent’s hips.  Johns really just stays glued to guys and that really is what separates him from other prospects.  I would like to see him be more of a finisher.  I think he has finishing ability, it is just a matter of putting that into practice through ground and pound and submissions.

There are still some holes in his striking.  I would like to see him throw more volume at time.  He primarily uses his strikes to get inside and initiate takedowns.  I also would like to see him work on his head movement more.  There were times he took some punches that he should not have taken.  Johns is very tough and has been able to “take” everything thrown at him.  Johns’ striking is improving.  He is gaining confidence each time out there, bur make no mistake, Johns is and always will be a grappler first.  There is a perceived advantage there.  One is he is able to dictate where fights take place.  Two, there is very little room for error when striking with high level opponents.  Third, I feel at his age he can become a more than competent striker.  It seems it is easier to teach a grappler how to strike at a high level than to teach a striker how to grapple at a high level.

Johns is so high on our list because we believe that his age mixed with his current skill set equates a high trajectory in MMA.  There are plenty of areas for him to improve upon, but I believe he is a handful for just about anyone right now.  It will be interesting to see his career development and what happens with him at Titan Fighting  in 2015.

Flyweights

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