Vladimir Mineev

Name: Vladimir Mineev
Professional Record: 7-1
Weightclass: Middleweight
Age: 26
Nationality: Russia
Gym Affiliation:
Rank: 3
Upcoming Fight:
Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Striking Skill

Overall Technique
Kick Technique
Striking Defense

Grappling Skill

Submission Defense
Takedown Defense

Mineev comes in with a solid kickboxing background.  Mineev has a very solid kickboxing resume, which includes titles and accolades throughout the European circuit.  Mineev began his MMA career in the light heavyweight division, but has since dropped down a weight class.  Also, he is looking to drop down one more category.  He has a 176 pound catchweight fight scheduled against Yasubey Enomoto on October 10th.  Mineev already holds a career victory over UFC veter Xavier Foupa-Pokam.  As you might expect from a high level kickboxer, Mineev is dangerous on his feet.  He puts together very good combinations.  On the outside, he is a real problem for anyone.  His kicks are very powerful and he has knockout power in his hands.  I do think that he needs to not be over confident in his striking defense.  There are not many middleweights or welterweights with his striking ability.  I believe that Mineev could still have trouble with high level wrestlers who do not want to get into striking exchanges with Mineev.  His takedown defense is decent, but not great.  All in all, Mineev is a very exciting fighter and seems like just the type of guy UFC would love to get their hands on.  I believe a win over Enomoto in October could get him the UFC call.

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