James Nakashima

Name: James Nakashimajamesnakashima
Professional Record: 6-0
Weightclass: Welterweight
Age: 28
Nationality: USA
Gym Affiliation: The MMA Lab
Rank: 11
Upcoming Fight:
Overall Rating: ★★★★

Striking Skill

Overall Technique
Kick Technique
Striking Defense

Grappling Skill

Submission Defense
Takedown Defense

Nakashima fights out of the MMA Lab with Benson Henderson.  Nakashima has good boxing.  He fights out of the southpaw stance.  He is not a long fighter, but he does a good job getting inside and doing damage.  He throws powerful overhand punches.  He seems to have good accuracy with his punches.  He is not a volume kicker, but he does use his low kicks in combinations.  Many of Nakashima’s punches look to carry power, but he has not been a finisher to date.  I wonder if that is not size related.  I do worry a little about the possibility of Nakashima getting overpowered at welterweight by some of the division’s bigger fighters.  However, he has seemed to hold his own against decent competition.  He is strong in the clinch position and does not get bullied around against the cage.  Nakashima has shown some good takedown skills as you might expect, given his training partners.  He is a former division I wrestler out of Nebraska.  He somewhat looks like and reminds me of his teammate, Luke Sanders.  Nakashima would be a guy that we most likely will see in either Bellator or UFC sooner rather than later.  I think he belongs against high level competition and it is only a matter of time until he gets his chance.

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