Saturday, May 20th, Danish welterweight prospect Louis Glismann will be in action for Oktagon, where he will be looking continue his winning ways against Melvin van Suijdam. He will be looking for another win, as Gilsmann looks to continue to his winning ways and eventually score a contract with the UFC. He represents Arte Suave, a solid camp in MMA. Let’s take a closer look at this prospect as this week’s “Prospect Spotlight.”
Submission Grappling: Glismann’s biggest strength is his pure jiu-jitsu ability on the mat, where Glismann thrives. He’s an IBJJF European participant, showing he can grapple at a high level. Six of his ten MMA wins come by way of submission and in a variety of fashions. This includes an armbar tapout of UFC veteran Emil Meek, which was Glismann’s biggest win to date. Whether he’s hunting for a neck or grabbing a limb, Glismann is dangerous on the mat.
Ground Striking: He has the ability to land effective ground-and-pound from the top as well, which helps open up his ability to fish for those submissions. Two of his wins come from strikes, with his most recent being a brutal GNP stoppage of Kevin Ruart. He doesn’t have the dominating wrestling of your meat-and-potatoes American or Russian grappler, but he is able to get fights to the mat and work when needed.
Counter-Wrestling: As mentioned, Glismann doesn’t have the level of wrestling of many at the highest levels of this sport from areas of the world like the United States or Russia. While he can offensively take guys down, he has shown cracks when an opponent with good wrestling is in the cage with him. His most recent loss saw him fall to submission wrestler Abdoul Abdouraguimov, who quickly downed Glismann and choked him out. This is an area that would benefit Glismann, especially as he moves up to the major league level.
UFC Prelim Fighter: Glismann has performed against some quality opponents thus far in his regional career and succeeded for the most part. This upcoming fight for Oktagon is a big opportunity, as it’s one of the bigger promotions in Europe and in a major spot on the card. Glismann already owns a victory over his current opponent van Suijdam, but that does not make this a gimme fight. I think if Glismann gets it done here, a look by the UFC may be warranted. He’s a guy that would score some fights with the company, though he would struggle to make it past the top 50% of the division.