2012 World MMA Light Heavyweight Scouting Report: #2 - Phelipe Lins

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Name: 22px-flag_of_brazil Phelipe Lins
Nickname: Monstro
Age: 26
Height: 6'3"
Location:

Natal, Rio Grande do Norte,
Brazil

We're getting down to the best that the light heavyweight talent pool has to offer, and naturally Brazil is once again our destination. This time, however, we'll focus on exactly what casual fans crave. At #2 on the 2012 World MMA Light Heavyweight Scouting Report, fleet-footed Brazilian "Monstro" Phelipe Lins (5-0) claims this year's runner-up spot, bringing an exciting brand of pugilism that's sure to get fans talking.

The 6'3" giant recently returned to the sport in July, dispatching of Daniel Alexandre in four minutes and forty seconds at Rockstrike MMA 1. He had previously recorded four straight wins back in 2005 and 2006 before leaving the sport for five years. While the cause of his long layoff is unknown, it isn't uncommon to see gaps in employment due to a lack of funds.

Before the unfortunate hiatus, Lins was on a tear, beating solid veterans during his baby steps in the sport. Lins' gigantic frame and long reach assisted in his success, but his punching prowess is his greatest asset. Quick and powerful, Lins works from range with ferocity, bombing adversaries with crisp combinations and stinging kicks.

Defensively, Lins needs some minor adjustments. He leaves his chin exposed in exchanges often. While it isn't a huge concern right now because his opposition can't reach him or counter while being bombed on, better strikers and longer fighters could find his chin and threaten his unbeaten streak.

Lins has the talent to become a legitimate upper-echelon light heavyweight fighter. He hits like a freight train, throws crisp, polished combinations, and possesses solid takedown defense. We have, however, heard reports that he isn't as dedicated as he could be in the gym. That will have to change moving forward. If he can improve upon his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and become more consistent in the gym, there's no reason he can't find major success. I anticipate Lins finding his way onto The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil or signing outright in 2012.

Footage of Phelipe Lins after the jump...

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#7 - Sirwan Kakai
#8 - Kyoji Horiguchi
#9 - Leandro Hygo
#10 - Pedro Munhoz
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#2 - Alessandro Ferreira
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#7 - Zorobabel Moreira
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#6 - Michal Materla
#7 - Elvis Mutapcic
#8 - Tor Troeng
#9 - Jack Hermansson
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Phelipe Lins vs. Daniel Alexandre



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