Weekly MMA Prospect Report: ONE Championship, RIZIN In Focus

Kai Asakura
Kai Asakura def. Jae Hoon Moon by unanimous decision Credit: RIZIN FF

CFFC 75 | Friday | New Jersey

Lightweight, Joey Pierotti (12-1)

Joey Pierotti is primarily a wrestler but will strike when needed as he has power and accuracy. Still, in that area he remains a bit green. Pierotti though is an excellent wrestler who times his shots well and is very heavy on top. He moves freely on top and can throw some heavy and damaging ground and pound from a short distance. He fights Jeremiah Wells (7-2-1) who is a great test for Pierotti at this point.

XFC 43 | Saturday | Australia

Featherweight, Mohammad Alavi (4-0)

Alavi has been very impressive in his short MMA career with a 100% finish rate. He has three submission wins and that comes from his solid grappling. More impressively, his wrestling is a very dangerous weapon thanks to his timing and ability to chain wrestle. On the feet, he likes to maintain distance with kicks and does have a dangerous left head kick he throws often, which has led to one knockout. Still young in his career, but someone to watch for. He fights the XFC champ Jackson Small (5-2). The winner of this one will be worth keeping an eye on.

Rizin 18 | Sunday | Japan

Flyweight, Kai Asakura (12-1)

Kai Asakura has excellent striking with a lot of power in his hands, especially for a Flyweight. He is explosive, athletic, quick, and his accuracy is amazing. The Japanese fighter also has good TDD and solid counter wrestling, with the ability to take the back and get the choke. He holds seven KO/TKOs with two submissions, and has shown he can neutralize an opponent with his wrestling if needed. He looks like the real deal. Asakura fights the well known Kyoji Horiguchi (28-2) however, which might just be too much too soon.

Bantamweight, Victor Henry (18-4)

Victor Henry has shown he’s well-rounded, to go along with his successful background in catch wrestling. He thrives in scrambles and hunts for submissions actively, being well-versed on the mat. His striking is getting better with a solid base of kickboxing. Henry has never looked better and has key wins over current UFC fighter Anderson Dos Santos, and good prospects in Kyler Phillips, Denis Lavrentyev, and many more. He fights Trent Girdham (11-2) who Henry should beat.


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