Octagon Oracles: ‘The Gun’ Melsik Baghdasaryan

Melsik Baghdasaryan inside a boxing ring. Melsik Baghdasaryan's career in boxing, kickboxing and MMA has made its way to the UFC octagon. Photo Credit: K-1 Japan / Youtube

There’s more than what meets the eye with UFC newcomer Melsik Baghdasaryan. While he is tied with Zarrukh Adashev for least amount of professional MMA fights on tomorrow’s UFC card, he brings a load of experience in combat sports with him that will be showcased.

Baghdasaryan is getting the UFC call-up after a successful performance on “Dana White’s Contender Series” last year, fighting to a unanimous decision win over Dennis Buzukja.

Baghdasaryan will be making his UFC debut tomorrow night against fellow newcomer Collin Anglin. Here’s what the Octagon Oracles team had to say about him before his first fight.

Jack Wannan

Baghdasaryan has a short, yet strong MMA pro record. To end his description there would be doing him a disservice. MMA has seemingly only been a part of his storied combat sports career that includes three wins in boxing and fights in notable kickboxing promotion K-1 Japan.

That background information makes something obvious that maybe goes without being said: he’s a good striker. His fight against Dennis Buzukja proved this, as he advanced and scored with impactful strikes on the feet.

The majority of his wins in MMA have come via stoppage, including an insane four-fight streak of finishes that came within a minute each in 2019. If he entered the UFC right after this run, I would be skeptical about what we can see from him. However, his “Dana White’s Contender Series” fight made it clear that he can go three rounds in MMA as well.

While his most recent fight showed his toughness through 15 minutes, I’m still a little skeptical about how certain style matchups would work for him. His takedown and grappling ability wasn’t tested much against Buzukja except for late in the fight when he had to escape an armbar attempt. Baghdasaryan actually scored a takedown of his own in the third round, although Buzukja was able to immediately return to his feet.

There’s a lot to like about Baghdasaryan. While I’ll hold off from rating him high, I hold the optimism that I think there’s more to learn about this fighter that we haven’t gotten to see yet.

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Vince Rodemer

Grade: B
Baghdasaryan presents a lot of questions for me. He is good at what he is good at. He’s a solid striker with good Muay Thai and kickboxing. Those are his things. He has some experience in professional boxing and kickboxing. He competed in the K-1 Japan. I say “some” experience, because he had three boxing fights and less than a dozen kickboxing fights. He shouldn’t be compared to someone like Isreal Adesanya, Miko “Cro Cop” Filipovic or even Giga Chikadze. I don’t know anything about his takedown defense or ground game and that’s concerning when he’s not fighting a debuting fighter or someone 3-5. That will be tested early and often. I see him as a point fighter and kind of a 50-50 fighter.

Out Within 1-2 Years
50/50 Winner
Bonus Winner
A Mainstay Through the Years
Top 15
Top 10
Top 5
Title Contender
Champion