Ion Cutelaba
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Next fight on tap
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 17, 2021
Cutelaba will take on Devin Clark in a light heavyweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for May 1, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba was outmatched in October when he lost to Magomed Ankalaev via KO (punches) at UFC 254, but he'll return to the Octagon at the beginning of May as he attempts to snap a three-fight losing streak. He'll face Clark, who lost to Anthony Smith via submission (triangle choke) at UFC on ESPN 18 in late November. The two fighters are even in reach, but Cutelaba carries an edge in height.
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Hammered by Magomed Ankalaev
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 24, 2020
Cutelaba lost to Magomed Ankalaev via KO (punches) at 4:19 of Round 1 at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba finally got the rematch against Ankalaev he was desperately seeking, and the end result was the same as the first bout, minus the controversy. Simply put, Cutelaba was unable to match the speed and explosiveness of Ankalaev. He was dropped with a straight left hand before a sweeping left hook and some follow-up shots finished him off. Cutelaba has some impressive knockout victories in his UFC career, but his overall record with the company drops to 4-5 following Saturday's defeat.
Rematch set for Oct. 24
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 9, 2020
Cutelaba will now face Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 254 on October 24, ESPN MMA reports.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba tested positive for COVID-19 back in August, which forced him to withdraw prior to their original August 16 date. This light heavyweight bout will be a rematch from a late-February battle that saw Magomed Ankalaev win via TKO.
Tests positive, fight called off
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 29, 2020
Cutelaba tested positive for COVID-19, so Saturday's fight against Magomed Ankalaev will be postponed, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The two were scheduled to square off in April, but that bout was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Cutelaba tested positive ahead of their reschedule Aug. 16 fight, and it appears he's not fully recovered from the virus. It's unclear when the light heavyweight fight will take place.
Fight rescheduled
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 21, 2020
Cutelaba (illness) will face Magomed Ankalaev in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Vegas 8 on Aug. 29.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba was originally scheduled to rematch Ankalaev in April before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It was then scheduled to take place last week, but Cutelaba tested positive for COVID-19, bumping back the date for the bout yet again. Not much has changed from the oddsmakers with respect to Cutelaba, as he remains an underdog of roughly (+300) as of the beginning of fight week.
Out of UFC 252 after positive test
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 11, 2020
Cutelaba has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not fight at UFC 252 this weekend, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This is now the second time that this bout has been postponed. Magomed Ankalaev will likely look for a new opponent ahead of this weekend's fight. Cutelaba, on the other hand, will likely have to wait a bit longer before he gets back in the Octagon.