June Prospects of the Month to Watch Part 2

No rankings for this just looking at the top prospects from promotions like Cage Warriors, ACA, Caucus promotions.

Part 3 coming soon.

Max Rohskopf

Quit on the stool in his UFC debut fight against Austin Hubbard. Max had all the haters messaging him on Instagram. People criticizing him quitting but never gave up.

Currently fighting for Cage Warriors on a two fight winning streak, Headlining Cage Warriors events. Beating regional Lightweight fighters with his NC STATE wrestling.

I still believe Max hopefuly he’s mentally stronger, Absorbs the pressure fighting for UFC. Bellator, PFL and makes a run for a title. Everyone loves a comeback story.

Upcoming fight at Cage Warriors 139 is against Erick Sanchez (Team Alpha Male) in the main event. Curious to see how Max looks.

“I’m always going to do what I do best regardless,” Rohskopf said. “I’m going to read what’s happening in there in the moment. I’m not going to plan on something they’re going to do for eight weeks straight and then all of a sudden go in there and that’s not what he’s doing at all. That’s not how my coaches prepare me. My coaches prepare me to be the best I can be with my skillset and what I’m good at.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/max-rohskopf-ready-anyone-anytime-ufc-fight-pass-cage-warriors-133

Win against Sanchez maybe he can lead to a Cage Warriors fight against Adam Cullen or the winner of Kyle Driscoll vs George Hardwick.

Justin Burlinson

Next wave of upcoming England fighters to sign with UFC is potential Cage Warriors Welterweight Champion Justin Burlinson.

7-1 Burlinson is facing former UFC fighter Rhys Mckee whose tough as they come. Another lifetime would be leading his British troops in the 1600’s.

Notable wins against David Bear and had an opportunity to fight on the Contender Series. Standout win against Mckee will help get a second chance or UFC offer to fight on the prelims.

“Winning the Cage Warriors belt has been my goal since the day I signed for the organisation,” Burlinson said. “This is the fight I wanted and I’m ready to make the most of the opportunity.” Justin Burlinson

https://cagewarriors.com/mckee-and-burlinson-booked-for-welterweight-title-bout-in-belfast/

Burlinson is little similar to Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy. Gritty England tough using counter strikes, Pushing forward. Being a smart fighter.

Notice

  • Counter strikes
  • Fighting close distance inside the pocket
  • Tough as nails
  • Absorbs punches
  • Improves in later rounds

Harry Hardwick

Older brother of George Hardwick is a crafty all-around British Featherweight prospect.

8-3 record looking to continue his winning streak by defeating Top Ten Italian Lightweight prospect Federico Pasquali.

Hardwick will use his striking ability really well, continue to move for three rounds. Jab, Hook than move. I respect his all-around skills.

“Federico is dangerous in some respects, but in all honesty, the level of competition he’s fought in his career has been so shockingly bad. Other than that, fairly premature stoppage of a McBain that didn’t look himself. It’s hard to actually know where Federico is at in a lot of aspects of fighting but I don’t really care if I’m honest.”

https://mmauk.net/2022/05/11/harry-hardwick-throw-beers-into-the-cage-when-i-win/
  • Lateral quickness
  • Uses his hook, jab while moving forward effectively
  • Good job shooting for takedowns
  • Underrated Jiu-Jitsu game
  • Five round cardio
  • All-Around Mix Martial Artist

Future Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion.

Azat Maksum

Easily one of the best flyweights unsigned by the UFC is a special all-around talented fighter born and raised in Kazakhstan.

#1 Kazakhstan Flyweight fought for Brave CF displaying great overall performances Michael Aljarouj and Flavio de Queiroz.

Azat is a stud deserves to sign with UFC in 2022. I hope it happens. Also if I was Rizin, One Championship I’d calling his MANAGER right now offering him a contract building the flyweight roster.

  • 27 years old
  • 14-0 record
  • #1 Kazakhstan Flyweight
  • All-Around fighter he can strike in range, straight jabs
  • Use his wrestling. Control the fight

Maksum fighting Alan Gabriel for the Octagon Flyweight title.

Nariman Abbasov

One of the four kings of Azerbaijan MMA is the best Welterweight prospect from the Caucus region. Michael Bisping of Azerbaijan just needs that opportunity to fight for a MAJOR promotion.

Coming off the biggest win of his MMA career against the Russian Legend Shamil Zavurov. Abbasov using his swarming pressure to knockout Shamil Zavurov in the first round.

Upcoming fight is against Russian well known fighter Marif Piraev 30-4 record with win against former UFC fighter, Bareknuckle boxing champion Jim Alers. Murkhamed Berkhamonov to name a few.

Abbasov will be defending his Fight Nights Lightweight Title and continuing his 12 fight winning streak.

Strengths

  • Grappling ability
  • Using his technical caucus wrestling ability to takedown
  • Swarming pressure
  • Good chin
  • Work horse

Weaknesses

  • Slower than opponents
  • Striking combinations
  • Availability to get knocked out bad

Salamu Abdurakhmanov

One of the best Middleweight prospects in the world is Salamu Abdurakhmanov former ACA Middleweight Champion returning after a three year layoff. Looking forward to his return.

Last win was in 2019. Biggest win was ACA title defense against Brett Cooper. (Former Bellator Middleweight Title Challenger)

Salamu now looking to win back the Middleweight title. Run starts against Ciro Rodrigues Tough Brazilian 23-10 fighter Pitbull Fighters trainer.

Strengths

  • Dominant wrestler
  • Nasty Jiu-Jitsu game
  • Keeping the distance
  • Sambo fighting style is obvious

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