DWCS 2019 Week 1 Breakdown and Predictions

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Brok Weaver Contender Series
Credit: Alex Nunez/Island Fights

Welterweight: Brok Weaver vs. Leon Shahbazyan

Editor’s Note: Weaver vs. Shahbazyan was canceled after Shahbazyan was declared unfit to fight.

Tale of the Tape

Brok Weaver
27-years-old
6’1″
73″ Reach
McIntosh, Alabama
Port City MMA
13-4

Leon Shahbazyan
23-years-old
6’4″
78″ Reach
Glendale, California
Glendale Fighting Club
7-1

Pros and Cons

Brok Weaver

Pros

  • Solid takedowns
  • Good leg kicks
  • Good takedown defense
  • Toughness

Cons

  • Too conservative
  • Lack of footwork
  • Doesn’t check leg kicks

Leon Shahbazyan

Pros

  • Fast starter
  • Good body kick
  • Slick guillotine
  • Utilizes length on feet and the mat
  • Good timing on his strikes
  • Stopping power in his hands

Cons

Takedown defense needs work

Keeps chin up while striking

Who has the Advantage?

Striking: Shahbazyan
Speed: Shahbazyan
Knockout Power: Shahbazyan
Chin: Weaver
Kickboxing: Shahbazyan
Footwork: Shahbazyan
Wrestling: Weaver
Grappling: Shahbazyan
Submissions: Shahbazyan
Cardio: Weaver

Prediction

Leon Shahbazyan, like his brother Edmen, who is now a UFC fighter doing very well, is a fast starter. Edmen has a perfect finish rate with the majority of his wins coming in the first round. Leon has beaten only subpar competition with a combined record (at the time they fought) of 28-68. The one time he fought someone good, he came up short but it was to a top prospect in Gabriel Green. He has some good qualities but is still green and that’s something a veteran like Weaver can take advantage of. Weaver is a tough guy so if it goes past round one, he may have the cardio advantage on Shahbazyan. My pick though is Shahbazyan because Weaver just doesn’t do enough anywhere to pick him against a young and athletic fighter.

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