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2015 Bloody Elbow MMA Scouting Report #4 Middleweight: Uros Jurisic

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T.P. Grant and Zane Simon introduce their next Middleweight prospect, who has actually since dropped to Welterweight and is going to appear on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The delve into Middleweight continues. Over 100 Middleweights were scouted i the making of this list by Zane Simon and myself. We've already completed full reports on the Welterweight, Light Heavyweight, and Featherweight divisions.

If you want to see the fruits of that labor, scroll on down to the table for links to every scouting report we've published or tune into the MMA Prospectus show on Fridays live on Google Hangouts or check out the posts of Bloody Elbow on Saturdays. For details on what makes a fighter a prospect and how Zane and I grade out prospects check out the Methodology post.

#4 - Uros Jurisic

Record: 4-0 Height: 5'10" Age: 22 Years Pro: 3

Country: Slovenia Team: American Top Team Base: MMA

Uros Jurisic was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia but moved to Florida to join American Top Team. Originally a karate competitor Jurisic made the full time switch over to MMA while still a teenager. His first pro fight was in 2012, but injury forced him out of action for almost two years. Jurisic fought his first three pro fights as a Middleweight but has since dropped to 170-pounds for a fight in late 2014, but sadly not in time to be part of our Welterweight list, so Zane and I decided to rank him as a Middleweight. Jurisic is now set to take part of The Ultimate Fighter: ATT vs Blackzilians season as a member of the cast.

Strengths

T.P. Grant: Jurisic is a fairly raw talent in most respects but he is an excellent athlete and has a great feel for grappling transition. Jurisic has what you look or in an athletic prospect he is fast, strong in the clinch despite being the smaller fighter in most of his fights, good hand speed, and great explosion. On the ground Jurisic has outstanding hip mobility from the bottom and chains together sweeps and submissions with skill. On the top Jurisic is a dynamic flow type grappler who catches positions and submissions off creating transitions. He has a real mean-streak to his submission offense that makes him an extra does of threatening on the mat.

Zane Simon: Ground flow is the key component to Jurisic's success in MMA. Not just being a tricky grappler or a powerful grappler, but having that Rousey-esque limb twisting ability. Even when he's in a weird position, even when he doesn't have just the grip he wants, Jurisic seems to be able to create immense amounts of pain for his opponent. That's the kind of natural talent that, while it can certainly be improved, can't necessarily be taught. To go with that talent, Jurisic also has great strength, speed, and flexibility (especially important for his grappling skills). The first two points make him a just above par striker at the moment, as even off his back foot, or swinging wild in the pocket, he's able to make himself a very dangerous fighter to deal with.

Points of Development

T.P. Grant: As stated, Jurisic is still pretty raw. He throws a single strike at a time and has a tendency to load up and telegraph badly. His wrestling is a bit rough also, he uses his speed to cut angles really well, but against larger foes he had really trouble turning good positioning into actual takedowns. He strikes a bit in the clinch and can throw a good knee but overall isn't amazing there currently. So most of his game needs work but that is pretty expected a fighter with as little experience as Jurisic.

Zane Simon: "Just above par" still isn't a great place to be as a striker. Jurisic can get bullied on his feet without too much trouble, and tends to go on the retreat fairly easily. He's been able to make himself dangerous, even doing that, much like Abel Trujillo, and other fast twitch power strikers, but he could use a lot of refining there. As we highlighted with our last prospect, Oskar Piechota, Jurisic could also use a bit better takedown game. His preternatural feel for grappling lends him a big leg up in scrambles and in botched takedowns, but getting more consistent with his wrestling and clinch offense would be good.

Overall Projection

Jurisic has two big check marks in his column for a prospect doing well: he is an excellent athlete and he is working at a large camp in ATT. He is already on TUF, so he has majorly benefited from the connections of the big camp, and the coaching there is top notch. It is very clear Jurisic's future is now at Welterweight, and he should be able to do well there. Right now Jurisic looks like a smaller Thales Leites, a dynamic ground game with the athleticism and coaching to potentially build a very solid striking and wrestling game to compliment those skills.

Stay tuned for the #3 Middleweight coming up next! And to look up other articles in this series check out the table below. For comments, questions, or suggestions head down to the comment line or reach out to T.P. and Zane on Twitter: @TP_Grant and @TheZaneSimon

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