2012 World MMA Featherweight Scouting Report: #1 - Hacran Dias

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Photo by Marcelo Alonso, Sherdog

Name: 22px-flag_of_brazil Hacran Dias
Nickname: Barnabe
Age: 27
Height: 5'8"
Location:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This is a guest post by Rory MacLeod (smoogy)

Fighting out of MMA powerhouse Nova Uniao under Master Andre Pederneiras, Hacran Dias (20-1-1) has to be getting a little impatient by now. After all, it can't be easy for him to see his younger teammates such as Jose Aldo and Eduardo Dantas finding success in the UFC and Bellator while he sits on the sidelines in Brazil. After an undefeated 2011 campaign that saw him go 4-0 and earn a Shooto Brazil title, Hacran is on the cusp on making a break for a major promotion.

As a Nova Uniao product, Dias is unsurprisingly strong all-around, particularly as a grappler and submission artist. In his six-year professional career, he's risen from a late-starting BJJ practicioner fighting out of the slums of Rio into a perennial top fighter on the Brazilian circuit, where he's toppled contemporaries like UFC and DREAM veteran Williamy "Chiquerim" Freire (19-5). Dias is a terror on the mat, able to stay tight to his opponents and batter them with strikes as he advances position, then quickly string together submission attempts during transitions.

Unfortunately, success has eluded Hacran in his initial forays abroad. His 2008 Pancrase debut against grizzled veteran Takafumi Ito (36-31-11) resulted in a draw and no return invitation to Japan. At M-1 Challenge Korea in 2009, an uncharacteristically poor performance against Yui Chul Nam (13-3-1, #4 in the 2011 Lightweight Report) resulted in the lone loss of his career. "The Korean Bulldozer" found a path to victory by bullying Dias with takedown attempts early to tire him, then tempting him into wild striking exchanges that favored Nam, a brawler by trade.

While it remains to be seen if Dias can elevate his striking acumen and conditioning to match his younger peers like Aldo and Dantas, there's no question he's done enough in the interim to warrant a major contract opportunity. His gaudy undefeated record in Brazil was recently capped off by the most important win of his career to date, a second round submission of Paulo Dantas (20-8) that earned him the Shooto Brazil 65kg World Championship in his featherweight debut. With his career re-energized by an eight-fight winning streak and a title in a new weight class, Hacran has publicly appealed for his long-awaited shot in a major North American promotion and chances are he'll have it soon.

Check out video footage of Hacran Dias after the jump...

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Hacran Dias vs. Yui Chul Nam - M-1 Challenge 17, July 4, 2009
Hacran Dias vs. Eddie Hoch - Shooto Brazil 25, August 25, 2011

Hacran Dias vs. Cesar Augusto Cunha Dias
Brazil Fight - March 13, 2010

Hacran Dias vs. Arielson Silva
Shooto Brazil 21 - February 19, 2011

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