At only 22 years of age, Mairbek “Beckan” Taisumov, an M-1 veteran out of the Chechen Republic in Russia, is a highly talented young lightweight currently training out of the Gladiator MMA Team. Born with the genetics that have given him phenomenal speed and athleticism, Taisumov is a former soccer player who has continually displayed impressive stand-up skills and an always improving ground game; this young athlete holds the potential to develop into an impact fighter in the globe’s incredibly deep 155 pound weight class.
Since debuting in 2007, this promising young striker has racked up an impressive 12-2 record with thanks to his highly effective stand-up skills and his natural great footwork, which enables him to move effortlessly around the canvass as he stalks and maintains superior offensive positioning. Based on his victories, it is not surprising that he is referenced as having an impressive striking arsenal from both in close and outside; his hand speed is lightning quick and he cocks a heavy overhand right that can be unleashed in a split second should his opponent drop his hands. Combine this lethal striking power with well guarded defensive skills and the ability to release stinging leg and body kicks and rib-cracking knees at will and you have Taisumov’s methodical and technically sound performances.
‘Beckan’s background in freestyle wrestling reveals excellent reaction time, quick hips and an effective sprawl but he’ll need to continue working on his takedown defense in order to acclimate himself in the North American game should he cross the pond and venture into the M-1’s cards in the United States. But when in position to take opponents to the ground, Taisumov is equipped with an aggressive ground and pound where is able to unleash precision punches and hammer fists to finish a bout.
Riding a seven fight win streak, Taisumov put on a clinic of striking and an effective submission game on route to winning the M-1 Selection Western Europe lightweight title with back-to-back-to-back first round finishes over Petr Cajnak, Julien Boussuge and Sergey Adamchuk respectively.
Taisumov now has his sites set on becoming M-1Global’s fist-ever lightweight champion in the organization’s history as he prepares to square off against the Eastern Europe Lightweight Selection champ, Artiom Damkovsky, on October 29th in St. Petersburg, Russia. The winner of this battle not only earns the belt but also becomes the formidable roadblock for either George Sheppard or Jose Figueroa, who are battling Sept 18th to determine the Americas lightweight champion. An international title-defense clash in the M-1 Global lightweight championship picture is shaping up for 2011 and Mairbeck ‘Beckan’ Taisumov is right near the top of the food chain.