Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at the latest Dagestani fighter to make his way into the UFC as Gazhimurad Antigulov makes his UFC debut against Marcos Rogerio de Lima at Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Gadzhimurad Antigulov Hometown: Anapa, Russia Age: 29 Height: 5’11” Reach: Weight Class: Light Heavyweight Camp: None Career Record: 18-4 Key Wins: None Key Losses: None Background The former Absolut Challenge and M1 fighter, Antigulov has fought the majority of his career in Russia. He’s currently riding a 12 fight winning streak dating back to 2013. Of those 12 wins, 11 of them have come via stoppage. Strengths

  • Solid wrestler
  • Relentless in attempt to put opponent to the mat
  • Very good submission grappler
  • Very experienced for someone making UFC debut
  • Good ground and pound

Weaknesses

  • Undersized for the weightclass
  • Will struggle in a prolonged striking exchange

 

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  Matchup against Marcos Rogerio de Lima An interesting clash between two fighters that could make some noise in a shallow light heavyweight division. Marcos Rogerio de Lima is an imposing figure. He has great kickboxing and if he lands he can hurt his opponents. In top control, he’s got really effective ground and pound. On the flip side, Dagestan’s Gadzhimurad Antigulov also has big time power in the striking game. The difference in this fight comes down to conditioning. The Brazilian is a fast starter, but if he’s not able to get his way early, he will tire and wilt. Antigulov is an absolutely relentless fighter always looking for the takedown and not afraid to push the fight against the cage and make it ugly. Despite de Lima being the bigger man, I expect Antigulov to weather the storm and dominate this fight after the first round. Look for Antigulov to get de Lima to the ground in the second round and finish off de Lima with ground and pound. Antigulov inside the distance (+194) is worth consideration on this card. As far as the moneyline is concerned, I’d avoid playing a side from the onset in this fight and will certainly be looking to add Antigulov live after the first round. UFC Ceiling Gadzhimurad Antigulov is the type of fighter who can have success in the UFC. He’s a heavy hitter with a solid wrestling game and very capable with submissions. Furthermore, he’s very well-conditioned. It’s a recipe to have a successful career in MMA; especially in the heavier weight classes. Antigulov has already been fighting professionally for 8 years, so I don’t expect there to be a learning curve in the UFC. He is a bit undersized for the weightclass, but in a way so is Daniel Cormier and he’s the current champion. Look for Antigulov’s work rate and consistent ground work to pave the way to a solid career in the UFC. Fight Film Check out Gadzhimurad Antigulov in some of his most recent fights:   Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Jorge Bezerra Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Cassio Jacare Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. vs. Muslim Mahmudov


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