Magomed Ankalaev

Russia

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.
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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.
Cutelaba out with COVID-19
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 11, 2020
Ankalaev's opponent for Saturday's bout, Ion Cutelaba, tested positive for COVID-19, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This bout was originally supposed to be in April, but was postponed until mid-August. Ankalaev will likely get a short notice fighter in the coming days.
Date set for Cutelaba rematch
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 12, 2020
Ankalaev will fight Ion Cutelaba at UFC 252 on Aug. 16, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was supposed to go down at 249 but Ankalaev was removed from the card while Cutelaba was rescheduled to fight Ovince Saint Preux. Ankalaev defeated Cutelaba in their meeting back in February and needed just 38 seconds to do so. If Ankalaev wins this bout, he'll be on a five-fight win streak.
No longer on UFC 249 card
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Ankalaev is no longer scheduled to face Ion Cutelaba at UFC 249, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The coronavirus pandemic has been shaking up the UFC's plans, with Ankalaev one of those to lose out on a fight. Cutelaba will will face Ovince Saint Preux on April 25 instead of getting a rematch against Ankalaev.