Octagon Oracles: Michigan’s Collin Anglin

Collin Anglin stretches his arm out while speaking to an interviewer inside an MMA cage. Collin Anglin will make his first UFC walk on Saturday. Photo Credit: ACSLIVE AmateurMMA / Youtube

28-year-old Collin Anglin will get his UFC debut on Saturday night in his 10th pro bout. What got him to this point was success on the regional scene and a strong showing on the last season of “Dana White’s Contender Series.”

The Michigan-based fighter has roots in his home state, having appeared numerous times in regional promotions like WXC and Lights Out Championship. He got the UFC call-up after an esepcially strong string of wins, finishing four consecutive opponents from 2019 to 2020.

The momentum only continued in September last year when he defeated Muhammadjon Naimov to earn a UFC contract. Now he will look to keep the success rolling when facing Melsik Baghdasaryan on Saturday.

The Octagon Oracles crew shared their thoughts on Anglin before his fight.

Zac Herbison

Grade: C-
On the feet, Anglin spends a lot of time circling from the outside and peppering his opponent with jabs. He stays mobile and is always ready to back out of his opponent’s range. While this seems like a setup for a great counter game, that doesn’t happen much. He doesn’t tend to follow-up after avoiding a strike, and is not a take-one-to-land-one fighter. Anglin fought his first MMA fight with only a high school wrestling background, and predictably, his grappling is where he shines, having also added a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt.

One thing I appreciate about Anglin is that he sticks with what works. He may default to fighting from the outside, but if he sees pressure work, he’ll pressure. If he’s beating you up in the clinch, he’s gonna keep clinching. If a strike works, he’ll throw it again. In-fight adjustments are important, and don’t come naturally to everybody. His level of experience isn’t what you would hope for from a UFC fighter, but at 28, he has time.

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Vince Rodemer

Grade: A
I was pretty down on Anglin going into his “Dana White’s Contender Series” fight because he trains in Michigan and had most of his fights on that regional scene. However, in that fight he showed me everything he needed to. He showed great wrestling, control and top pressure. He dominated that fight as a decent underdog. Anglin is a guy that has won seven straight and shown the cardio on the regional scene to grind out decisions. He also had two submissions as an amateur, so he’s shown that too at a lower level. He doesn’t have the elite wrestling of some of my favorites like Gregor Gillespie, but it’s very good and he has the cardio that is going to drown guys that gas easily. I’m not sure he’s a top 15 guy, but he’s going to win a lot of fights as a mainstay in the promotion.

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Zain Bando

Grade: B+
Collin Anglin is a featherweight to take notice of. His UFC debut is long overdue and I am really interested to see how he looks. Appearing on the “Contender Series” was a great way to showcase his complete game, as he won a unanimous decision. If he keeps his fight with Melsik Baghdasaryan standing, I expect an early knockout or TKO finish and the first of many bonuses to come. He is an exciting addition to the featherweight division.

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