10 Bantamweight Prospects the UFC Should Sign in 2021

Khusein “Lion” Askhabov

25 | 5’9″ | Grozny, Russia | 23-0 | 16 Finishes | 5 KO/TKOs, 10 Submissions’ (5 Armbars’, 2 Heel Hook’s, Guillotine, RNC, Anaconda Choke,) | Combined Opponents’ Record: 107-47 | Best Win – Donovan Desmae (9-1)

The Luxembourg-born fighter is a former Russian Combat Sambo champion. He also was a universal karate champion and won the NAGA Featherweight tournament in 2014 out of Monaco. With all that he has a very solid MMA record of 23-0. He was rumored to be in talks with the UFC at one time, as he should be.

The 25-year-old star is a top product out of Tiger Muay Thai/Team Alpha Male. His stand up is good, he is quick and explosive and displays good kickboxing by throwing a lot of different kicks and staying active. It’s his ground game where Askhabov is best, using good wrestling and getting dominant positions easily. His submission awareness is very astute as he can go for submissions at a drop of a dime. He is quick but he has some work to do to mix all his skills to improve.