The Undefeated Vol. 1: Velimurad Alkhasov and Josh Harvey

The Undefeated Vol. 1: Velimurad Alkhasov and Josh Harvey

There are currently 39 undefeated fighters on the UFC roster which includes…
Aspen Ladd (7-0), Alexey Kunchenko (20-0), Azamat Murzakanov (7-0), Alonzo Menifield (8-0), Alen Amedovski (8-0), Antonina Shevchenko (7-0), Ben Askren (18-0), Brad Katona (8-0), Claudio Silva (12-0), Daron Winn (5-0), Dominick Reyes (9-0),  Deiveson Figueiredo (15-0), Dmitry Sosnovskiy (11-0), Edmen Shahbazyan (8-0), Gregor Gillespie (13-0), Israel Adesanya (16-0), Jim Crute (10-0), Jordan Johnson (10-0), Juan Adams (5-0), Jair Rozenstruik (7-0), Ketlen Vieira (10-0), Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0), Kron Gracie (5-0), Maycee Barber (6-0), Mackenzie Dern (7-0), Mayra Bueno Silva (6-0), Marina Rodriguez (9-0-1), Manny Bermudez (14-0), Martin Buschkamp (10-0), Michael Trizano (8-0), Paulo Costa (14-0), Roman Dolidze (6-0), Rafael Fiziev (6-0), Sean O’Malley (10-0), Sergio Giglio (12-0), Sabina Mazo (6-0), Trevin Giles (11-0),  Tatiana Suarez (7-0)  and Zelim Imadaev (8-0).

In this write-up, I will feature two undefeated prospects. I will talk about their skill level and what it will take to beat them.

Velimurad Alkhasov

Flyweight | 6-0 (1 NC) | Combined Opponents Record:  73-16 |
Grozny, Russia | 5’5″ | 27-years-old

Most of the time in these high-level Russian fighters you will see good wrestling and excellent grappling and Alkhasov has grown into just that. At times he will let his opponents back to their feet to easy but he has relentless takedowns as he shown he can get up to ten takedowns in a single fight. Alkhasov is savvy on the mat with his jiu-jitsu. Even off his back, he’s excellent at using submissions to improve his position creating sweeps.  He has one win by knockout but is a point fighter on the feet.  He has solid leg kicks he utilizes to maintain the pace and he does use that more than anything on the feet. Alkhasov is just a patient fighter never rushing and just fighting at a slow pace being why he holds three decisions. He does a solid job at just slowing the fight down and taking control only losing clearly one round in his career.

How to beat Velimurad Alkhasov?

Alkhasov is a slow pace fighter so take the fight to him hard and fast to take him out of his element. He has been taken down easy in the past and it is someone who is heavy on top they will be able to control the fight. On the feet is where you can really beat Alkhasov. Alkhasov has a wide stance so it’s important to work the jab and then come over the top to attempt to stop him. He’s been dropped twice and as his recovery has been quick but against someone who has heavy hands could put him away.

Josh Harvey

Featherweight | 6-0-1 | Combined Opponents Record:  36-107 |
Bangor, Maine | 5’10″ | 28-years-old

Harvey has only one fight that went the distance and that was to The Ultimate Fighter season 27 finalist Joe Giannetti which was scored a draw but I though Harvey easily won a 29-28. On the feet, Harvey has spent a lot of his time there but has shown he’s green but some promise as well. He has a virety of kicks he likes to use but he does only throw single kicks but it’s something in his arsenal he has to mix it up. Harvey has dangerous hands more so in flurries when pushing the pace. He’s better once on the mat and as his wrestling can be better he has good timing on his shoots. Harvey has  four submissions in his pro career. All his submissions have come off his back so that says how good he is. His takedown defense is good though as it’s when he usually losses position on top and winds up on his back. Overall he is savy with submissions and is solid in scrambles and has shown to have a pretty good gas tank as well.

How to beat Josh Harvey:

On the feet, I still think Harvey has a lot to show but there are glaring holes. He throws mainly kicks but they are never set up and they are badly telegraphed at times. He could very well allow an explosive opponent to time a counter off one of his kicks while he’s off balance and really cause a problem. Harvey has only been taken down once but has lost position a few times and winded up on his back. He has shown some good submission defense but maybe against a good wrestler will result in a different outcome.

 

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