MMA Sun 2015 Prospect Spotlight – The Lightweights – #5 – Aziz Pahrudinov

Number 5 on this year’s lightweight prospect list is Russian product Aziz Pahrudinov.  Aziz boasts a perfect 13-0 career professional recordAzziPah.  There has been talk about Aziz fighting in North America, but nothing has been settled yet.  I would not be surprised to see any of the players in North American MMA to take a look at him.  There were reports of him signing with TitanFC, but a fight has yet to be booked for the promotion. He is still young at 25 years old,  and developing, but he is ready to step up the competition.  The North Caucasus region is full of talent and Pahrudinov is another one of that bunch.  His stock increases in my mind because of a recent drop from welterweight to lightweight, where he is far better suited.

Aziz’s striking is wild at times, but when it lands he has been effective.  He generally uses his strikes to get to the inside where he can grab a body lock or look for a takedown.  He has not shown himself to really be able to out-box an opponent or pick someone apart on their feet.  He has displayed some toughness in his fights and I think he carries some power in his punches.  I think a lot of striking comes down to letting lose and letting his hands go a little more.

He has a good ground game, highlighted by good ground and pound ability.  He really knows how to go for a finish.  Also, he has great submission abilities.  Nine of his thirteen wins have come by way a submission of some type.  His wrestling is not as dynamic as several other Russian prospects, but his submission game is a bit more offensive.  He has a good guard game from the bottom.  He threatens with triangles and armbars.  When on top he does have good control and positioning.  The top position is where he really shines, but he is a threat everywhere on the ground.  Pahrudinov has a combat sambo background and it shows in his fight style.  I think at 155 pound, Aziz has real potential.

I am not sure if he could be as successful as someone like Khabib Nurmagomedov, but he certainly is one to watch.  He is offensive minded, but it is a different style.  he is more comfortable off his back.  I would have some concerns about higher level opponents being able to control him and neutralize his attacks.  It will be interesting to see how Aziz does against higher level opponents.

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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6. Bekzod Abdurakhmonov
7. Steven Ray
8. Milan Zerjal
9. David Khachatryan
10. David Putvin

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