Nikita Krylov
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Battles before dropping decision
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 27, 2021
Krylov lost to Magomed Ankalaev via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a perfectly competent performance from the crafty Krylov considering he entered as one of the largest underdogs on the card at +275. Krylov took Round 1 on the strength of a successful takedown and some control time, but Ankalaev opened up on the feet in Round 2 before using his strength and cardio to control Krylov from top position in Round 3. Krylov's biggest issue is the fact virtually all his offense comes via the submission game, and that makes it difficult for him to make up ground on the judges' scorecards. Krylov is capable of a big performance here and there and rarely gets routed, and that is extremely valuable to a company which holds an event most every week. Krylov has alternated losses and wins in his five fights since returning to the company back in September 2018.
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Set for February fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 29, 2020
Krylov will face off against Magomed Ankalaev in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 27, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Krylov last fought in March when he defeated Johnny Walker via unanimous decision, breaking a five-fight winless streak. The 28-year-old is now looking to end Ankalaev's five-fight win streak.
Needs new opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 1, 2020
Krylov will no longer be taking on Volkan Oezdemir on Oct. 17 following Oezdemir's withdrawal due to a knee injury, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Krylov has alternated wins and losses in his last five fights, but after taking a decision from exciting prospect Johnny Walker, he had a chance to build some momentum with a victory over another ranked fighter. Instead, the UFC may elect to search for a new opponent, though anyone that could potentially advance his rankings is presumably unlikely to be available on short notice, leaving Krylov facing the prospect of a high-risk/low-reward matchup.
Set for Oct. 17 fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 24, 2020
Krylov will take on Volkan Oezdemir at the UFC event Oct. 17, reports.
This light heavyweight showdown will be contested on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Krylov is coming off a big win in mid-March against Johnny Walker in Brazil.
Grinds past Johnny Walker
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 14, 2020
Krylov defeated Johnny Walker via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil.
Krylov has a big, long frame for the light heavyweight division and he used that frame to control Walker on the mat in this one. Knowing full well that Walker has crazy power, Krylov made a concerted and repeated effort to get this fight to the ground. All told, Krylov was credited with three successful takedowns on eight attempts. He never came all that close to finishing Walker but keeping the Brazilian on the mat was Krylov's main goal and he passed that test with flying colors. Krylov has now alternated wins and losses since returning to the UFC in September 2018. He has far more talent than you're typical .500 fighter, so it would be nice to see Krylov get on a roll.
Slated to fight Johnny Walker
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 4, 2019
Krylov is being targeted to face Johnny Walker in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Brasilia on March 14, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
The 27-year-old made his return to the UFC in September of 2018, but he is 1-2 since that time, including his most recent loss to Glover Teixeira via split decision at UFC Vancouver in September. Walker's most recent action ended in a loss to Corey Anderson via TKP (punches) at UFC 244 in November, which brought his professional record to 17-4 and exposed a slight weakness against wrestling-based fighters, which is a skill that Krylov has shown in the past. Walker carries advantages in height and reach as Krylov looks to start a new winning streak by exploiting Walker's weaknesses.