10 Middleweight Prospects the UFC Should Sign in 2021


Ayub “Silent” Gimbatov

30 | 6’1″ | Makhachkala, Russia | 10-1 | 9 Finishes | 3 KO/TKOs, 6 Submissions (3 Armbars’, 2 RNC’s, Kimura) | Combined Opponents’ Record: 130-58 | Best Win – Maiquel Falcão (38-11)

Russia is loaded with middleweight talent and Gimbatov has quietly flown under the radar. His level of competition though can’t go unnoticed with names like Steven Kennedy, Maiquel Falcao, and others on his win column. His only loss is to the well-known Artem Frolov. Gimbatov hasn’t lost a fight in five years.

Gimbatov is a calculated fighter fighting calmly on the outside pumping his jab and throwing his lead leg kick. When he decides to commit to anything he hits hard, he’s explosive and is quick. He’s an even better wrestler and has an overall strong ground game. Ayub is very good at taking anything his opponent gives him executing on any mistakes his opponent commits. He has a strong submission base and has fight-ending ground and pound.


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