Octagon Oracles: Undefeated Lightweight Uros Medic

Uros Medic gets his arms raised after defeating Alonzo Leisholmn at Alaska FC. Uros Medic tops Vince Rodemer's list of UFC debutants. Photo credit: Alaska FC.

Uros Medic (6-0) comes into the UFC after an excellent performance on “Dana White’s Contender Series” last summer. A first-round stoppage against Mikey Gonzalez earned him a UFC contract. Medic is undefeated with a 100% finish rate. He has spent most of his career in Alaska FC. Originally born in Serbia, he has lived in Alaska and has recently been in California training out of a top team in Kings MMA.

He’s fighting Aalon Cruz at UFC 259 on Saturday. The fight will be Cruz’s sophomore UFC performance. Like Medic, Cruz is a guy that had a spectacular finish that earned himself a UFC contract. He fell short in his UFC debut last year, losing to Spike Carlyle.

On Saturday, either Medic or Cruz will get their first UFC win. In the latest Octagon Oracles, the MMA-Prospects team will assess how Medic could do in the UFC.

Shawn Bitter

Grade: C+
I see a lot of people high on Medic. Even with a good performance on the “Contender Series,” I’m just not sold yet. His opponent on the show was far from UFC level. Don’t forget Jurisic’s level of competition before that fight wasn’t good as well. Against bad competition, I have visibly seen holes in his takedown defense and his grappling. Training at Kings MMA will only help him and they can mold him into a top fighter, but right now I don’t see it.

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Zac Herbison

Grade: D+
Medic is a scary guy. He made his pro debut at middleweight, then fought at welterweight up until the “Contender Series.” He’s now fighting at lightweight and is huge for the division. He is athletic and aggressive. He has ended a couple of fights with body kicks, which is aided by the fact that he’s a southpaw. He has a large arsenal of kicks, and they’re nearly always thrown with power. He does, however, seem very hittable for anyone who’s willing to counter him. He moves a lot, but mostly before entering the striking range.

Medic prefers to fight on the feet. All I’ve seen of his ground game is off of his back. From there, he attacks submissions and has finished two fights with triangle chokes from his back. Medic’s cardio looks like it could be a serious limitation, especially while cutting to 155. He’s only made it to the second round once in his pro career, and even then, the round lasted less than a minute. Even in that small window, Medic seemed to slow down.

Medic’s going to be fighting in a division where everyone has strong cardio. This weakness is made into more of a concern due to grappling not being his strong suit. I expect that most 155-pound fighters would just wrestle Medic until he’s exhausted. Still, for those who can’t take him down, he has tremendous first-round knockout potential.

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Kristen King

Grade: B-
I like what I have seen from Medic so far and I think he will be quite successful in the UFC. Medic has been a terror throughout his career, finishing all but one of his opponents inside of one round. Medic’s performance against Mikey Gonzalez on “Dana White’s Contender Series” last August showed exactly who he is as a fighter: a hard-hitting southpaw that comes forward and has the ability to put away just about anyone.

I will say I am slightly concerned about what will happen if and when he meets a pure wrestler in the Octagon. Medic does not seem to have it completely figured out in the wrestling department, so it will be interesting to see how he fares against fighters that specialize in that area. Hopefully the UFC puts Medic in some fire fights for his first couple of appearances because I think he will be another bonus winner at lightweight.

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