Anuar Aburto was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico and is now fighting out of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Even though he didn’t start fighting professionally until last year, Aburto has been in combat sports since the age of 14.
Aburto first got into MMA when he got into a fight. He was mounted by someone that was trained, and needless to say, he put a beating on Aburto. Anuar couldn’t get out from underneath that guy, so he knew he had to learn some basic skills. A couple of days after that the 14-year-old started training.
“Tarzan” is a massive welterweight standing at six-foot-six. When you look at the UFC welterweight roster, the tallest fighters are 6’3″, so there isn’t a welterweight the size of Aburto. He is actually taller than every middleweight and light-heavyweight on the UFC roster as well…
Many problems with the longer fighters is they don’t know exactly how to use their range. You can’t say Aburto is a master of his range, considering he’s never fought outside the first round as a pro. The longest fight of his has gone just 1:36. With that said, there have been some glimpses of solid distance control. Standing from miles back, Aburto has a long jab. The front kicks he throws are like a jab, and the roundhouse kicks he throws come from far out. They are very tough to read.
In his most recent fight, he scored a nasty head kick knockout. Saying that, it’s been the ground game of Aburto that’s set him apart. Usually, it doesn’t take long to tie up with his opponents and the fight winds up on the mat. On top or off his back, Aburto is gonna make you sweat.
Not only does his range factor on the feet, it comes even more into play on the mat. In his debut, he secured a triangle off his back. In his second fight, he took the mount and got the TKO stoppage. Arbuto is so long, it’s easier for him to throw his legs up and attack submissions. As for the leverage he gets, it’s no joke.
Of what it seems, he doesn’t have that tall-man defense… Meaning chin straight out and hands low. Aburto seems to have a high guard, and besides plotting around, he has light footwork. This dude is gonna be extremely tough to get inside of, and when you do, he’ll wrap you up like an anaconda.
Well-rounded, huge for the division, and still young… Watch out for who they call “Tarzan”.