Nikita Krylov

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Scores another submission win
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 11, 2023
Krylov defeated Ryan Spann via submission (triangle choke) at 3:38 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It took a couple weeks longer than he originally hoped, but Krylov emerged with the victory over Spann he was seeking. One of the best and most creative mat specialists in the light heavyweight division, Krylov received a late birthday (he turned 31 four days ago) present from his opponent. With Nikita down on the mat, Spann jumped on top in hopes of inflicting some ground-and-pound, only to leave his neck exposed in the process. Krylov responded with the triangle choke that closed the show. Nikita may not be on the same level as the top guys at 205 pounds, but he's not far off. He's won three in a row on the heels of back-to-back defeats.
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Fight cancelled
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 25, 2023
Krylov (illness) is unable to fight in Saturday's UFC main event against Ryan Spann, Damon Martin of reports.
Krylov was set to fight in the light heavyweight main event, but Andre Muniz and Brendan Allen will now take center stage instead. It's unclear if Krylov's bout will be rescheduled.
Slated to fight Spann
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 24, 2022
Krylov will face Ryan Spann in a light heavyweight main even at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 25, reports.
Krylov has won back-to-back fights, most recently defeating Volkan Oezdemir via unanimous decision at UFC 280 in late October. He'll face another tough opponent in Spann, who is 21-7-0 as a professional and most recently defeated Dominick Reyes via KO (punch) at UFC 281 on Nov. 12. Spann has advantages in both height and reach.
Easily handles Volkan Oezdemir
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 22, 2022
Krylov defeated Volkan Oezdemir via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 280 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Krylov spent the opening minute of this fight pushing forward like a lunatic, and he paid for it, eating some massive strikes from Oezdemir. He eventually calmed down, got things under control and dominated the rest of the way. Krylov is an excellent grappler and wisely leaned on his wrestling game against an opponent in Volkan who offers little other than his striking. Krylov landed 7-of-20 takedown attempts, good for 9:17 worth of control time. It's a bit disappointing Nikita wasn't able to earn the stoppage, but this was a rout over the course of the final 13 or 14 minutes. Krylov has now won back-to-back fights in a row on the heels of a brief two-bout losing streak.
Oezdemir on tap in October
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 5, 2022
Krylov agreed to a light heavyweight bout at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 22, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Krylov ended a two-bout losing streak when he decimated Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night in London during late July. Oezdemier was also on that card and defeated Paul Craig via unanimous decision to end his own losing streak.
Destroys Alexander Gustafsson
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 23, 2022
Krylov defeated Alexander Gustafsson via KO (punches) at 1:07 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
Krylov suffered a crushing submission loss at the hands of Paul Craig this past March, but he got right back in the win column here with a 67-second blasting of a former top-tier opponent in Gustafsson, who appears completely checked out. Krylov dropped his opponent moments after the opening bell rang. An immediate stoppage appeared to be looming before Gustafsson got back to his feet and grabbed a hold of Krylov. Once Nikita separated, he pounded Alex again and referee Marc Goddard quickly and wisely stepped in. The victory snaps a brief two-fight losing streak for Krylov and supplies him some breathing room moving forward in a thin 205-pound division. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.