MMA Sun 2015 Prospect Spotlight – The Lightweights – #8 – Milan Zerjal

Number 8 on this year’s list is Xtreme Couture standout Milan Zerjal.  Milan is a 7-0 fighter, who really shows great promise.  At almost 25-MilanZerjalyears old, Zerjal is just now starting to show his real potential in the sport.  We believe Zerjal could be a real prospect to keep your eyes on.  Zerjal is a Serbian who has settled in Las Vegas to train with Xtreme Couture.  Zerjal brings a 7-0 professional record to the table.

Zerjal’s striking is a work in progress.  He has shown flashes of really good technique, but he has a ways to go in that department.  Don’t misunderstand, he solid on his feet, but it is on the mat that he seems much more comfortable.  He can be acurate with his strikes, when he gets loose.  He does not have one punch knock out power, but I think his power is improving.

Zerjal has a very slick ground game.  His father is a well known jiu jitsu practitioner in Europe. Zerjal is a BJJ blackbelt himself.  I also like Zerjal’s takedowns.  He has very powerful takedowns and when he is in top position, he is a handful. His single leg takedown is very effective. He likes to posture up and land ground and pound.  Another thing that stands out is that he brings a very intense pace.  Zerjal has good transitions on the ground. Also, his submissions cannot be ignored.  This is his preferred method of finishing. I am not super impressed with his takedown defense.  That is one area he would need to improve in order to compete in the UFC.

Zerjal last fought under Titan Fighting Championship banner.  I believe this is a great place for him to continue to develop.  He has shown proficiency in all areas of the sport and has the real potential to make an impact on the global scene.  A comparison is not easy to find for Zerjal, but maybe the best one would be Rory McDonald.  He is not the prodigy that McDonald is, but he certainly technically reminds me of him somewhat.  If he could have half the success of Rory, then that would be quite the accomplishment.

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

Featherweights

1. Tom Duquesnoy
2. Pavel Vitruk
3. Oleg Borisov
4. Michael Tobin
5. Andre Harrison
6. Arnold Allen
7. Levan Makashvili
8. Shane Burgos
9.  Kleber Koike Erbst
10. James Jenkins

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