Ion Cutelaba
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Targeted for UFC 252
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 12, 2020
Cutelaba is slated to square off in a rematch versus Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 252 on Aug. 15, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba protested a questionable stoppage from the referee at UFC 249 to no avail but has been awarded a rematch with Ankalev following a first-round TKO at UFC Fight Night back in February. While he was originally scheduled to square off versus Ankalaev at UFC 249 in April, the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Fortunately, Cutelaba will still get his chance for revenge as part of a pay-per-view card.
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Loses UFC Norfolk appeal
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 21, 2020
Cutelaba lost his appeal Monday for a UFC Norfolk loss to Magomed Ankalaev on Feb. 29, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba was dealt a TKO loss on the evening in question, but immediately protested what was considered by many to be an early stoppage. He appeared visibly hurt in the matchup, but given how quickly he bounced back, it could be argued there was a bit of gamesmanship going on here. Cutelaba and Ankalaev were originally scheduled to run it back at UFC 249, but that fight is now in limbo with that event getting cancelled. The UFC may try to rebook this matchup later on in 2020.
Changes card and opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Cutelaba will now face Ovince Saint Preux at an undisclosed location on April 25, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba had previously been scheduled to face Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 249 on April 18, but that card was overhauled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The April 25 card does not yet have an announced location. Cutelaba will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Ankalaev in February, his most recent match.
Gets rematch against Ankalaev
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 5, 2020
Cutelaba (suspension) will fight Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 249 in Brooklyn on April 18, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba suffered a controversial loss to Ankalaev at UFC Norfolk via TKO. The bout lasted only 38 seconds, and frustrations stemmed from the perception that referee Kevin MacDonald stopped the fight early. In any case, Cutelaba will now get the opportunity for a light heavyweight rematch in Brooklyn, before which he'll need to serve the full term of his 30-day medical suspension.
Lands 30-day medical suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 2, 2020
Cutelaba has been handed a 30-day medical suspension following his loss loss via TKO in the first-round at UFC Norfolk, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba has already announced that he plans to appeal the controversial loss, as it appeared the referee may have called the bout a bit early. Regardless, the UFC will make him wait at least a month to recover from the injuries sustained in the bout. No specific injuries were named when the suspension was handed out.
Plans to appeal Norfolk loss
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 2, 2020
Cutelaba announced via his personal Instagram account that he intends to appeal his UFC Norfolk loss to Magomed Ankalaev.
ANALYSIS
On paper, Cutelaba lasted less than a minute in the cage with Ankalaev on Saturday, as referee Kevin MacDonald stepped in to stop the bout after Cutelaba appeared to be wobbled. Upon replay review, however, two of Ankalaev's head kicks that appeared to do damage on first look were actually blocked, so it appears Cutelaba was exercising a bit of showmanship here with the intent of baiting in his opponent and meeting him with a power shot. While Cutelaba did appear to be wobbled, he immediately had his wits about him upon the stoppage and didn't hesitate a second in his protest of the stoppage. His chances of actually get the loss overturned are uncertain, as a case can be made the referee was doing his job by protecting a fighter that appeared to be in danger.