10 Lightweight Prospects the UFC Should Sign in 2020

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Alexander “Peresvet” Shabliy

26 | 5’9″ | Rostov-On-Don, Russia | 19-3 | 17 Finishes | 10 KO/TKOs, 7 Submissions’ (Heel Hook, Armbar, Triangle, Guillotin, RNC) | Combined Opponents’ Record: 184-71-4 | Best Win – Adriano Martins (29-9)

Last year, Alexander Shabliy was rumored to be signing with the UFC but for some reason, that didn’t happen. Instead he remained outside the majors and fought again just last December. Shabliy is a veteran of Russian fighting, competing for WFCA, ProFC, ACA/ACB, and Fight Nights Global. In the last six years, he’s only lost once which was a split decision to Eduard Vartanyan. Now on a four-fight win streak, he and the UFC should pick up where they left off.

Shabliy, although violent, is an efficient counter fighter, reacting well to his opponents’ advances. His takedowns generally happen when his opponents try a takedown themselves, but he overpowers and throws them to the mat. On the feet, he is calm but he brings the heat when needed, and if he catches his competition then he will try his best to end the fight, whether that be with his strikes or knees. Shabliy is an intelligent fighter that makes very few mistakes.

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