World MMA Heavyweight Scouting Report: #8 - Konstantin Gluhov

At #8 on the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report, Latvian-born fighter Konstantin Gluhov (17-6) enters the countdown with a vast background in kickboxing and proven knockout power. The 6'2", 260 lb. power puncher won the Pancrase Fighting Championships' heavyweight tournament over the weekend in France, and he previously crushed prospect Michal Kita in March in Lodz, Poland. While there is some concern that his rudimentary ground skills will be exposed at a higher level, it's difficult to discount Gluhov as a top heavyweight prospect when he's consistently putting away opponents with brutal body shots and overwhelming power.

Offensive Skills: As I mentioned previously, Gluhov's strength is in his kickboxing background. He is considered an active competitor in the K-1 circuit, winning the 2008 K-1 World Grand Prix leg in Riga, Latvia and attaining the title of 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Selection champion. He's also won a number of tournament and world championship titles over the last decade in both Muay Thai and kickboxing. For a heavyweight, he possesses a surprisingly diverse skill-set, utilizing spinning heel kicks, crushing overhand power, and stinging blows to the midsection of his opponents. In fact, rib roasting is Gluhov's primary tactic in mixed martial arts, winning many of his bouts by burying blows into the guts of his opponents.

Defensive Skills: Gluhov is defensively sound on the feet, as you would expect from a K-1 level striker. On the floor, Gluhov needs to work on the intricacies of the grappling game. His takedown defense is fairly sound, but once he's been put onto his back -- he's very limited in his knowledge of escaping back to his feet. His size makes it very hard for his opponents to capitalize, but he'll meet the type of fighters who can capitalize as he moves up the ranks.

Progression: Gluhov is slowly gaining some knowledge on the ground, but his primary means to defeating opposition relies heavily on his stand-up game. Against most opponents, Gluhov will be the dominant alpha male standing, and the diversity he's shown inside the kickboxing ring could surprise many of his future opponents in mixed martial arts. His strength and size would suggest that he has the ability to overwhelm opponents from top control. His submission win over the weekend may be a sign that he's adding another threatening skill to his arsenal.

Environment: Gluhov trains out of the Alfa Gym under Yuri Rzyhikov in Riga, Latvia. I haven't been able to find any information whether this is still accurate. From all indications, Gluhov is still based in Riga, which leads me to believe he's still training under Yuri, his long-time kickboxing coach.

Bantamweight Featherweight Lightweight
#1 - Eduardo Dantas
#2 - Farkhad Sharipov
#3 - Jimmie Rivera
#4 - Yusup Saadulaev
#5 - John Lineker
#6 - Adrian Wooley
#7 - Rodrigo Lima
#8 - Tommy Vargas
#9 - Mike Easton
#10 - Denis Puric
#1 - Antonio Carvalho
#2 - Taiki Tsuchiya
#3 - Mark Adams
#4 - Alan Omer
#5 - Koichiro Matsumoto
#6 - Tom Niinimaki
#7 - Marcos Vinicius
#8 - Matt Fiordirosa
#9 - Isaac DeJesus
#10 - Michel Gagnon
#1 - Thiago Michel
#2 - Ricardo Tirloni
#3 - Magno Almeida
#4 - Ui Cheol Nam
#5 - Henrique Mello
#6 - Reza Madadi
#7 - Alexander Sarnavskiy
#8 - Ole Laursen
#9 - Guillaume DeLorenzi
#10 - Al Iaquinta
Welterweight Middleweight Light Heavyweight Heavyweight
#1 - Yuri Villefort
#2 - Alex Garcia
#3 - Erick Silva
#4 - Douglas Lima
#5 - Luis "Sapo" Santos
#6 - Jesse Juarez
#7 - Gunnar Nelson
#8 - Quinn Mulhern
#9 - Alberto Mina
#10 - Joe Ray
#1 - Papy Abedi
#2 - Chris Weidman
#3 - Vitor Vianna
#4 - Vyacheslav Vasilevsky
#5 - Bruno Santos
#6 - Costantinos Philippou
#7 - Jordan Smith
#8 - Uriah Hall
#9 - Victor O'Donnell
#10 - Assan Njie
#1 - Marcos Pezao
#2 - Gian Villante
#3 - Jimi Manuwa
#4 - Glover Teixeira
#5 - Jan Blachowicz
#6 - Yoel Romero
#7 - Ryan Jimmo
#8 - Nik Fekete
#9 - Marcus Vanttinen
#10 - Ronny Markes
#8 - Konstantin Gluhov
#9 - Nick Gaston
#10 - Mark Potter

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Potential: Rib roasting is a guilty pleasure that I seek out whenever I can. Eddie Alvarez blasting away at Pat Curran's midsection last night or Nam Phan's body of work over the course of The Ultimate Fighter are perfect examples. The 30-year-old Gluhov "one-ups" those performances with the added size and power he has at heavyweight. With a precision striking game built off his extensive kickboxing background, Gluhov may have the impressive performances to garner some interest from the UFC this year. If he can shore up his lacking ground game, there's a good chance he'll be getting fat bonus checks from the UFC by next year.

Video

Konstantin Gluhov vs. Miodrag Petkovic

Konstantin Gluhov vs. Radoslav Radev

Konstantin Gluhov vs. Chris Mahle

Konstantin Gluhov vs. Grigor Aschugbabjan

K-1: Konstantin Gluhov vs. Avadh Tamim



Kickboxing
: Konstantin Gluhov vs. Kadir Yıldırım

Kickboxing: Murat Kadirov vs. Kostantis Gluhovs (spinning kick knockout)

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