MMA Sun 2015 Prospect Spotlight – The Featherweights – #7 – Levan Makashvili

The number 8 featherweight prospect this year is CFFC champion, Levan Makashvili.Levan is relatively new to MMA, but really has a solid LevanMakshiviliresume to date.  He holds a  6-1 career record (or 9-1 depending on where you look).  His sole loss came at the hands of former Bellator standout Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra, who he later defeated.   We have high hopes for Levan Makashvili in the sport of MMA.  I believe that he can not only make it to a place like the UFC, but he could also find success.  At just 26-years old, he has loads of untapped potential.  he has trained several places around New York including Bellmore Kickboxing Academy, Tiger Schulmann’s and Mutant MMA.

Levan has great striking.  He is tough as nails and seems to have hard hands.  One of the things that stands out is his killer instinct.  Once he gets someone hurt, he pounces on them and really lets go with his hands.  Makashvili has some Muay Thai experience and you would expect has a good use of knees in his fights as well.  He is not an elite Muay Thai practitioner, but when he brings his striking skills into MMA he is very dangerous. One thing is for certain, he would be a guy fans would enjoy watching to fight.  He has a very powerful overhand right.  Levan is at his best when he is pushing forward, but staying controlled.  His tendency is to get hyper-aggressive.  While it hasn’t really cost him to this degree, I would worry that he could get careless.   In his lone loss, he ate way too many leg kicks, but he appeared to fix that problem in his re-match with “Popo”.  He has shown marketed improvement from fight to fight, which is one of the highlights of his skills.  His head movement, slipping and countering has improved immensely.  He is a much cleaner striker now than he was at the start of his career.  Because his cardio is really solid, he pushes a very fast pace.  He has gone five rounds on multiple occasions, so bringing a fast pace for three rounds should not be a problem.  I say that because one of the weaknesses of many big show newcomers is their cardiovascular ability.

One of the reasons Makashvili is so highly regarded is that not only is he a threat on the feet, but he is also a threat on the ground.  He has very good wrestling, highlighted by a great takedown ability.  I like his level changes.  He seems to have good timing on his takedowns.  When he lands a takedown he often does it quite emphatically.  He is very powerful too, once he gets on top he is tough to deal with.  His posture is very good, which has kept him safe from submissions. The Georgian native, could really be someone that Sean Shelby sets his eyes on sooner rather than later.  The sky is the limit for this kid.

Flyweights

1. Kairat Akhmetov
2. Rany Saadeh
3. Kurban Gadzhiev
4. Matheus Nicolau
5. Ryo Hatta
6. Kevin Petshi
7. Hiromasa Ogikubo
8. Allan Nascimento
9. Yuki Motoya
10. Nildo Nascimento

Bantamweights

1. Magomed Bibulatov
2. Brett Johns
3. Jonas Bilharinho
4. Luis Rafael Laurentino
5. Mario Israel
6. Renato Carneiro
7. Toni Tauru
8. Matheus Mattos
9. Henry Corrales
10. Luke Sanders

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