Magomed Ankalaev

Russia

Books slow-paced win
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 23, 2019
Ankalaev defeated Klidson Abreu via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Ankalaev measured a counter uppercut that broke his opponent's nose in Round 1 but there isn't much else notable about this performance, as the Russian fighter spent much of the fight looking to time the same punch when Abreu shot in. Ankalaev was lauded in other organizations for his wrestling and brutal ground and pound but we haven't always seen the killer instinct from him in the UFC. Still, he possesses a skill set that makes him a tough opponent for anyone in the division. Ankalaev improves to 10-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Fight remains on
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 22, 2019
Ankalaev will still fight Klidson Abreu at UFC Prague on Saturday despite Abreu missing weight by four pounds, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ankalaev was already the favorite heading into Saturday and Abreu's inability to make weight may be another point in his favor if there's any truth to Abreu's lack of preparation for the fight overall being displayed on the scales in Prague.
Taking on newcomer Abreu in Prague
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 28, 2019
Ankalaev (10-1-0) is scheduled to fight Klidson Abreu (14-2-0) in a light heavyweight bout Feb. 23 at UFC Prague, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The fight features a pair of relative UFC newcomers, as Ankalaev joined the promotion last March while the fight in Prague represents Abreu's debut. Ankalaev suffered a disappointing last-second loss in his own debut in the Octagon but recovered nicely in his last fight in September against Marcin Prachnio, notching a first-round knockout. Abreu, a former champion for the Brave promotion, carries a six-fight win streak into the Feb. 23 matchup.
Easily outclasses Marcin Prachnio with Round 1 KO in Moscow
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 15, 2018
Ankalaev defeated Marcin Prachnio via KO (punches) at 3:09 of Round 1 at UFC Moscow on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Ankalaev was sharp in his second Octagon appearance. His hands were crisp and he landed good combinations every time Prachnio tried to step in to land strikes. He landed a perfect counter with a short right hand that was the beginning of the end for Prachnio. Ankalaev followed it up with a head kick which knocked the Polish fighter down and then followed up with a punch on the ground to end the fight.
Loses Octagon debut one second before final bell
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 17, 2018
Ankalaev was defeated by Paul Craig via submission (triangle choke) at 4:59 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
ANALYSIS
Ankalaev came in with a lot of hype and a pristine 9-0 record. he was a huge -700 favorite for his UFC debut. The Russian was able to hurt Craig early with a body kick, and almost finished him towards the end of the first round from mount. In the second, there was little action, but Ankalaev had a great reversal where he was on his knees and picked Craig up and slammed him, using no leg strength. The Dagestan native came out with urgency in the third and hurt Craig early. He was on his way to a unanimous decision victory, but when the ten second clap took place Craig locked in a triangle and Ankalaev tapped with one second left. It was a good lesson that he has to be aware of the time because he easily could have survived another second.
Booked for UFC debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 10, 2018
Ankalaev will make his UFC debut in a light heavyweight matchup against Paul Craig at UFC London on March 17 at the O2 Arena, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ankalaev is the latest in a trend of Dagestani fighters joining the UFC, but unlike most of his predecessors, he fights at one of the heavier weight classes. Most recently having fought for the "World Fighting Championship Akhmat" promotion, Ankalaev sports a 9-0 professional record with four knockouts. He'll draw an opponent in Craig that has a bit more UFC experience, but that only sports a 1-2 record with the promotion.