Magomed Ankalaev

Russia

Finds form in decision victory
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 27, 2021
Ankalaev defeated Nikita Krylov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a clear unanimous decision win for Ankalaev, although it wasn't the rout many were expecting given the fact he entered as one of the biggest favorites on the card at -325. The scoring on the fight was fairly straightforward, with Krylov taking Round 1 and Ankalaev Rounds 2 and 3. Magomed got considerably more comfortable on the feet in the second frame before surprisingly and effectively playing the control game to take Round 3. The entire world knows how hard Ankalaev hits, but it was nice to see him lean on a different skill to secure the victory. A lot of the UFC's depth at 205 pounds has faded over the past 18 months, making Ankalaev a prime candidate for a 2021 leap. He has won six straight since being submitted by Paul Craig in his company debut back in March 2018.
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Scheduled for February bout
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 29, 2020
Ankalaev will fight Nikita Krylov in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 27, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Ankalaev is looking to extend his streak to six straight twins. Most recently, he defeated Ion Cutelaba via KO (punches) in October. Krylov last fought in March when he defeated Johnny Walker via unanimous decision.
Hammers Ion Cutelaba at UFC 254
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 24, 2020
Ankalaev defeated Ion Cutelaba via KO (punches) at 4:19 of Round 1 at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
That should put an end to this brief, heated rivalry. After controversy marred the first bout between the two, Ankalaev left no doubt who the better mixed martial artist is following this fight. A fighter known for his massive power, Ankalaev floored Cutelaba with a straight left before finishing him off with a massive combination and some bombs from top position. We need to see Ankalaev pick up some victories against higher-level competition, but he looks for all the world like a legitimate future title contender at 205 pounds. The 28-year-old has won five straight fights (four via knockout) since dropping his UFC debut back in March 2018. This one will also earn him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Fight rebooked for Oct. 24
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 9, 2020
Ankalaev will now fight Ion Cutelaba at UFC 254 on October 24, ESPN MMA reports.
ANALYSIS
Ankalaev was supposed to fight Cutelaba back on August 16, but was pushed back to August 29 after that latter suffered a positive COVID-19 test. After not being fully ready, this light heavyweight bout will take place a couple months later than expected. Ankalaev won the first matchup between these two back in late February.
Saturday's fight called off
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 29, 2020
Ankalaev won't fight Ion Cutelaba on Saturday at UFC Vegas 8 due to Cutelaba's positive COVID-19 test, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The two were expected to fight at UFC 252 on Aug. 16, but Cutelaba's positive COVID-19 test postponed it until Aug. 29. It appears Cutelaba isn't fully recovered, however, so the fight will be postponed once again.
New fight date set
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 21, 2020
Ankalaev will square off against Ion Cutelaba in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Vegas 8 on Aug. 29.
ANALYSIS
Ankalaev was set to face Cutelaba two events prior, but the bout was postponed after Cutebala tested positive for COVID-19. It appears that's no longer an issue, and the fight will proceed a couple of weeks later. Ankalaev was a big favorite last time around, and that appears to be no different here, as the Russian is listed at (-360) as of the beginning of fight week.