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UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs Lim Prelim Breakout Star: Mairbek Taisumov


The Prelim Breakout Star is a once per event article that helps fans get to know those who will be entertaining them from the undercard. The intention of the article is not to bring attention to the most talented guy on the preliminary card, but rather one that the common fan may have overlooked or underestimated.


This weekend brings forth a very unique and somewhat controversial addition to the UFC brand. The online Fight Pass, while clearly having it’s benefits, has brought on a lot of criticism over the added cost. Whatever your side of the argument, now more than ever is when Prelim Breakout Star is necessary. With so many new faces in the crowd, it’s likely that the openings of these new digital cards will hold a future star of the sport. Perhaps it’ll be our very first pick.


Mairbek Taisumov


Nickname – Beckan

Affiliation – Team Taisumov

From – Vienna, Austria

Height – 5’9”

Weight – 155 lbs (Lightweight)

Record – 20-4 (0-0 UFC)


What makes him impressive


Fitting for his home country of Austria, Taisumov has an excellent wrestling base. While he’s unlikely to shoot to a power double and blast his opponent over, he does get the job done from the clinch. His Greco-Roman wrestling has the potential to be the best in the division. Check any of his past bouts and you’re likely to see at least one high level body lock takedown.

With top notch wrestling, Taisumov has the ability to keep the fight where he wants. Having faced a large number of guys with solid jiu jitsu, this is a big key to his game. Additionally, from his feet, he has a very powerful right hand. During his stint in M-1 Global, he landed his straight right while he lunged forward with devastating results.


Why he’s been overlooked

Having fought in M-1 Global for most of his career, he did not get too much publicity. Even while being in one of the largest European-based promotions, he was neglected as an asset. He mostly fought on their challengers' cards or the earlier portions of their full shows. This obviously did not get him much television time.


What makes this a good matchup

A good wrestler in his own right, Tae Hyun Bang likes to take fighters down and win via ground and pound. However, he is unlikely to take the strong grappler Taisumov to the ground. Should this fight stay standing, he’s going to have to avoid the lunging power shot for three whole rounds as Mairbek has never been knocked out.


Daniel Vreeland is a writer and teacher with an avid love for martial arts. He has practiced jiu jitsu and submission grappling under and next to many top names including Royce Gracie, Rousimar Palhares, Murilo Bustamante and Marco Alvan. He has placed in multiple NAGA grappling tournaments and currently trains under black belt Dave Roy in Amherst, MA.