Friday, January 21st, American lightweight prospect Brant Moore will be in action for LFA, where he will be looking continue his winning ways against Arthur Estrazulas. He will be looking for another win, as Moore looks to earn his way into the UFC. He represents Longview MMA, a smaller camp in MMA. Let’s take a closer look at this prospect as this week’s “Prospect Spotlight.”
Jiu-Jitsu: Moore is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt that also has the ability to use wrestling to get fights to the mat. Once on the mat, Moore is a guy that is looking to finish, not just lay on top of his opponent. He fishes for submissions early and often. In his nine pro fights, Moore has won five of those by way of submission. His weapon of choice is the rear-naked choke, which he’s used in four of his submission stoppage victories. Don’t let Moore take your back, as you likely won’t make it out of the round.
Aggression: One thing that makes fighting Moore a bit uncomfortable is his aggressive fight style where he pushes forward and puts the pressure on his opponent. As we saw in his win vs. Joe Giannetti, he took the center of the cage and was aggressive in closing the distance and striking. Once he had his opponent on his back foot, he’d shoot in for the takedown and get them to the mat. Even his grappling style is quite aggressive. That type of aggression is something the UFC brass likes to see.
Can Get Caught in Submissions: Despite being a BJJ black belt, Moore has been caught in submissions as a pro and amateur. His second-to-last amateur fight saw him fall via rear-naked choke to Shane Shapiro. His lone pro loss came via triangle choke to Lucas Clay, which came as a surprise given Moore’s pedigree in the grappling arts. His submission offense is very good, but obviously he could tighten up his defense a bit.
UFC Prelim Fighter: There is no doubt that Moore has the skills to fight at the highest level, and his current fight against Arthur Estrazulas represents his biggest test to date. If he’s able to get past Estrazulas, I believe his next fight will be on the UFC roster. There, he will be tested at the highest level, as the UFC’s lightweight division is among the deepest divisions they have. Moore may see some success given his strong ground attack, but there are a ton of guys on the roster that are same-or-higher level in jiu-jitsu and have better wrestling chops. I think he lasts a few fights, but he doesn’t break through preliminary card status.