Weekly MMA Outlook Report: RIZIN, CFFC and more
It’s a somewhat quiet week on the outlook front, but there are a few gems in action. From the United States to Russia to Japan, here are the people to watch for when it comes to MMA prospects.
ACA 132 | Belarus | Friday
Flyweight, Bidzina Gavasheshvili (8-2)
Gavasheshvili of Georgia is a European sambo fighting champion. His only loss in six years is to burgeoning UFC flyweight Mudaerji Su. Gavasheshvili is exciting, complete and dominant. He fights Josiel Silva (14-5).
CFFC 103 | United States | Friday
Bantamweight, DeAndre Anderson (5-0)
Anderson was a successful high school wrestler and football player in Alabama. He won a state wrestling championship and amassed a 154-15 high school record. It wasn’t until 2016 that he switched from these sports to MMA. Wanting to complement his overall skills, he took part in kickboxing and boxing competitions while doing MMA. He has a 1-2 boxing record and a 1-1 kickboxing record. Competing in different disciplines really improved his stand-up which is a huge compliment for a solid wrestling base. He fights Da’Mon Blackshear (10-4).
Rizin 32 | Japan | Saturday
Atomic weight, Rena Kubota (11-3)
Kubota is a professional kickboxer / shootboxer with all the credentials in the world. Kubota is the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 shootboxing champion with a 23-5 record. RENA’s MMA career is still in full swing, but she looked very impressive with her skills in batting, kickboxing and, surprisingly, submissive. Impressively, Rena has already reached two submissions. A flying armband and a tie choke. She fights Miyuu Yamamoto (6-5).
RCC | Russia | Friday
Heavyweight, Alexander Soldatkin (10-3)
Soldatkin is a big, muscular guy and someone you don’t expect to throw a lot of spinning attacks – but that’s exactly what he does. The big man doesn’t abuse flashy attacks but uses them just for his opponent to guess. Someone with their power and athleticism alone is a threat. There are still a lot of concerns for him. He fights Edivan Santos (12-3).
Fight Club Rush 10 | Sweden | Saturday
Bantamweight, Felipe Lima (10-1)
Lima in Brazil has enormous potential. He’s walked the distance five times and that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the killer instinct because he’s chasing it. Among the images available, he is first a striker, but he is a good wrestler and he wrestles very well. On the feet, Lima is a dynamic striker. He is an athletic fighter who favors the flying knee. He is doing better than most and often does. Lima has excellent shooting placement being active in what he throws. The 23-year-old Allstars Training Center has a bright future. He fights Evgeny Odnorog (21-6).
Strawweight, Josefine Lindgren Knutsson (2-0)
Knutsson may only have two fights in his professional career, but has a long kickboxing career. Her kickboxing record is 27-5 and she has beaten girls like Mellony Geugjes and Kana Morimoto. His two MMA fights have been against more experienced fighters. Knutsson will have his ground defense and so far she has not been knocked out. Instead, Knutsson was the one who got knocked out. On the feet although she looks great. Knutsson fights with a lot of volume, feints and power. She throws combinations alone with her legs but her strike is so good. Knutsson is the real deal. She fights Lanchana Green (4-3-1).