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    Getty Jan Blachowicz. UFC star Jan Blachowicz has made a key change for his upcoming title fight against Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 282. Former light heavyweight champion Blachowicz is scheduled to take on top-ranked heavyweight contender Ankalaev in the headlining bout of the final UFC pay-per-view of the year on Dec. 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. He will look to reclaim the title he lost to Glover Teixeira in Oct. 2021, whereas Ankalaev will target the gold and extend his dominant nine-fight win streak. Ahead of the nearing clash, ‘Legendary Polish Power’ revealed that he was training under a new head coach, Anzor Azhiev, to get ready for the crucial title shot.  “My (previous) coach left the gym and another coach replaced him,” Blachowicz said in the UFC 282 countdown video uploaded to YouTube. “I’m happy because of the new energy. But the most important change for me is the commitment. Now I feel that the new coach has got the commitment.” “He knows me very well; how I move, what is my best weapon, and...
    Getty Jan Blachowicz. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz shared his reaction to getting a chance to fight for the title again. Blachowicz was originally scheduled to face top-ranked contender Magomed Ankalaev in the co-main event of UFC 282 on Dec. 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports reported that Jiri Prochazka was forced to withdraw from the headlining bout against former 205-pound titleholder Glover Teixeira after suffering a horrible shoulder injury. Teixeira declined the opportunity to take on Ankalaev for the title, which made way for Blachowicz to get the main event slot and a title fight upgrade. ‘The Legendary Polish Power’ gave his take on the sudden change of events on Twitter this morning. “That was the craziest several hours ever,” he wrote. “I left Warsaw to take part in the eliminator match, and a few hours later I’ve arrived as a title challenger. I’m ready. Keep fingers crossed. @jiri_bjp- huge respect for your conduct! Get well! #UFC282.” That was the craziest several hours...
    Getty Glover Teixeira Former UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira is upset that he won’t have the opportunity to recapture his 205-pound belt next month at UFC 282. Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole broke the news on Wednesday that Jiri Prochazka had suffered a shoulder injury and was subsequently removed from the December 10 title clash with Teixeira. Further, Iole reported that Prochazka’s belt had been vacated and that Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev would compete for the strap, leaving Teixeira the odd man out. Teixeira spoke with SUPER LUTAS after the news broke, and the Brazilian said in Portuguese that the UFC offered him a title fight with Ankalaev. But, because he didn’t cater his camp to Ankalaev’s skillset, Teixeira wanted to push the contest to January during Brazil’s UFC 283. The promotion wasn’t interested, however. There are no other championship matches scheduled for UFC 282, which was likely the UFC’s ultimate reasoning behind not wanting to move the match to Brazil. Teixeira also said that he shared an interest in rematching Blachowicz — who he fought and...
    Getty Dana White. UFC president Dana White shared a major update about light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka’s injury. Prochazka was scheduled to take on former division champion Glover Teixeira in the headlining bout of UFC 282 on Dec. 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was going into the immediate title rematch looking to avenge the worst performance of his career after edging out Teixeira with a sub-30-second finish in their July encounter at UFC 275. In a sudden change of events, Prochazka pulled out of the year’s final pay-per-view and vacated the 205-pound gold, first reported by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. Iole shared that former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz’s co-main event clash with top-ranked contender Magomed Ankalaev would serve as the new main event. Head honcho White gave his take on Prochazka’s injury and went into the extent of the damage. “This is the worst shoulder injury the doctors have seen in UFC history,” White told Yahoo Sports. “It’s really f***ing bad. His shoulder is very, very bad. He’s going to have...
    Getty Jiri Prochazka. UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has vacated the title and pulled out of his nearing clash next month, according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. Prochazka took on former champion Glover Teixeira in his last outing in July at UFC 275. Teixeira put in an impressive performance and appeared to be on his way to getting the nod on the judges’ scorecards when Prochazka pulled off a sensational comeback. With less than 30 seconds left in the bout, ‘Denisa’ locked in a tight guillotine choke to tap out Teixeira and become the first Czech fighter to hold the UFC title. Although he promised former 205-pound king Jan Blachowicz a title shot going into the fight, he changed his stance after the close-fought war. Prochazka called for an immediate title rematch to avenge what he called the ‘worst performance‘ of his career. Prochazka was scheduled to take on Teixeira in the headlining bout of UFC 282 on Dec. 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Blachowicz got booked against top-ranked contender Magomed Ankalaev...
    JIRI PROCHAZKA is rematching Glover Teixeira so as to keep his "word" to the former light-heavyweight champion. Prochazka ascended to the 205lb throne in June with a thrilling submission victory over the veteran at UFC 265 in Singapore. 4Jiri Prochazka reached the summit of the light-heavyweight division in JuneCredit: GETTY 4The Czech clubber submitted Glover Teixeira in the closing seconds of their UFC 265 boutCredit: Getty 4Prochazka survived a huge scare early in the fifth roundCredit: GETTY 4The former RIZIN light-heavyweight champ wants definitive closure in a rematchCredit: AFP The pride of the Czech Republic survived the biggest scare of his UFC career early in the final round before choking his way to the light-heavyweight strap. A rematch - which an unsatisfied Prochazka called for after his triumph - is currently in the works for December, despite surging contender Magomed Ankalaev's ninth consecutive victory last month. The prospect of locking horns with Ankalaev intrigues Prochazka, but not enough for him to go back on his promise to Teixeira. The 29-year-old told SunSport: "For me, it doesn't matter [who I fight...
    Getty President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Dana White attends UFC 274. UFC president Dana White has admitted that he was wrong in his analysis of Anthony Smith. This past Saturday, Smith marked his return to competition against the rising light heavyweight prospect Magomed Ankalaev on the main card of UFC 277 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. After a competitive first round saw Ankalaev edge out Smith on the judges’ scorecards, the Dagestani fighter came back in the second round to dispatch Smith via TKO with a flurry of punches. Smith claimed that he suffered a leg injury during the contest causing him to be unable to continue competing. However, White had alleged that he did not break his leg during the UFC 277 post-fight press conference causing widespread skepticism about whether the damage was as bad as claimed. During Tuesday’s “Dana White Contender Series” 48 post-fight news conference, White conceded that he provided an inaccurate reading of Smith’s bout and that he was indeed injured. “Anthony Smith, we’re doing the press conference on Saturday and...
    ANTHONY SMITH is set to undergo surgery after breaking his ankle at UFC 277. Smith broke his ankle during a bout against Magomed Ankalaev on Saturday. 2Anthony Smith is attended to by medics following his fightCredit: Getty 2Smith is carried out of the arenaCredit: Getty The injury occurred in the opening round of their clash when he threw a leg kick towards his opponent which resulted in his ankle snapping Despite the injury Smith continued to battle on until the second round when he was finished off by Ankalaev after he was no longer able to stand. UFC President Dana White admitted to making a mistake on his diagnosis of the American in the immediate aftermath of the fight. Following the fight, White had told reporters he has suffered "no fracture" before correcting this statement later on. READ MORE IN SPORT'CROISSANT NOSE' MMA star suffers gruesome bent broken nose after taking brutal knee He said: "He did break his leg – his leg was broken. “They ended up finding the fracture in his leg. I guess it was in...
    UFC 277 provided Magomed Ankalaev with a platform to showcase his well-rounded skillset against Anthony Smith. Magomed Ankalaev has extended his win streak to nine with a second-round ground and pound finish against Anthony Smith at UFC 277. They were the first fight on the ESPN+ pay-per-view portion, and it was somewhat of an anti-climatic finish. Ankalaev and Smith started the fight by measuring distance and exchanging leg kicks. At some point in the first round, Smith sustained a severe leg injury, and visibly limped to the corner. Once the second round started, it didn’t take long to notice Smith wasn’t going to recover from the leg injury. He desperately tried for a takedown, but Ankalaev reversed position and started to batter Smith with ground and pound. Smith couldn’t escape, and Jacob Montalvo stopped the fight at 3:09 of round 3. Ankalaev is the no.4 ranked light heavyweight and could end up jumping to no.3 on Monday. He now finds himself one step closer to a title shot. A NEW LHW CONTENDER HAS EMERGED! [ @AnkalaevM | #UFC277 ] pic.twitter.com/qXwhZ7lbfM...
    It was eight minutes of a one-sided beatdown when Magomed Ankalaev took the fight to Anthony Smith and finished him in brutal fashion. The UFC’s light heavyweight division is stacked with fighters with lightning for hands, and Magomed Ankalaev has shown he deserves to be amongst those at the top of that division. Ankalaev’s bout at UFC 277 against Anthony Smith was another huge test for the Dagestani, providing a strong veteran fighter for Ankalaev to learn and show his power against. The 52-fight veteran, Smith had been on a tear recently, finishing his last three opponents with ease, and looking to earn his chance at the light heavyweight title. However, that dream would be crushed definitively by Ankalaev, who dominated Smith from the opening moments of the fight. The first round was fought almost exclusively on the feet, with both fighters trading blows. Then, in the second round, after a failed takedown attempt from Smith, Ankalaev dominated from top position, slamming his powerful hands down on Smith, who was trying his best to cover up. After several strong strikes...
    Getty Jiri Prochazka & Glover Teixeira Forty-two-year-old combatant Glover Teixeira lost his light heavyweight strap at UFC 275, but he assured fans he gave his “best.” Teixeira entered the Octagon in Singapore this weekend for his first-ever title defense. He drew the wild and unorthodox Jiri Prochazka, who was riding the momentum of two back-back finishes of former UFC title challengers. Many believed that the fight wouldn’t go more than three rounds, let alone five. But, it did. In what was one of the most electric 205-pound UFC title tilts ever, Teixeira and Prochazka bludgeoned each other for nearly all five frames. But, after more than 20 minutes of momentum swings, Prochazka cinched in a rear-naked choke and tapped out the Brazilian with 28 seconds left on the clock. Teixeira appeared on his way to winning the fifth round after rocking Prochazka multiple times, and as per the official scorecard, the Brazilian would have likely retained his title if not for Prochazka’s sub-30-second submission.‘I Gave My Best in This Fight,’ Teixeira Said Post-UFC 275 Read More From Heavy...
    Magomed Ankalaev feels confident about title fight after first career five rounder. UFC light heavyweight contender Magomed Ankalaev feels some weight has been lifted off of his shoulders after winning his first five-round main event in the promotion. Ankalaev controlled Thiago Santos from start to finish, except for a few brief explosions on the feet from Santos at UFC Vegas 50. He was able to use his wrestling in the later rounds to seal the deal on a victory over a former title challenger in Santos. While Ankalaev wasn’t happy with his overall performance, he was proud of his grit and determination to go five full rounds with one of the UFC’s best. During his UFC Vegas 50 post-fight press conference, he explained how going the distance will prepare him for what could be next. “My goal was to fight finally the full distance, for the five rounds, to be ready to fight for the title shot,” Ankalaev said. “Now I’m completely confident in myself and I’m ready for the big shot.” (insert post-fight video here)Magomed Ankalaev put himself near...
    Magomed Ankalaev outpoints Thiago Santos in a striking chess match. It wasn’t the barnburner that most expected, but UFC light heavyweight contender Magomed Ankalaev was able to seize the moment and defeat Thiago Santos in the UFC Vegas 50 headliner. Ankalaev controlled the octagon from the opening minutes of the fight, forcing Santos to retreat and counter rather than explode with his hands. Ankalaev was able to utilize his range and outpoint Santos on the feet throughout five rounds. Santos briefly came alive at the end of Round 2, scoring a big knockdown that appeared to badly hurt Ankalaev. But, he was unable to replicate the same success in the later rounds. In Rounds 4 and 5, Ankalaev was able to damage Santos in the clinch and on the ground. After five rounds, Ankalaev earned the win on the judges’ scorecards via a unanimous decision. Magomed Ankalaev takes the biggest win of his career by UD ???? [ @AnkalaevM | #UFCVegas50 ] pic.twitter.com/qpuRVL8T9A — UFC (@ufc) March 13, 2022 Magomed Ankalaev could earn a title shot by the end of...
    Magomed Ankalaev wants to put on another big performance to secure a potential title shot. UFC light heavyweight contender Magomed Ankalaev thinks he’ll need to do more than just earn a win over Thiago Santos at UFC Vegas 50 to get a shot at the belt. Ankalaev has been on a roll as of late, with seven straight victories in the UFC octagon. He most recently put on dominant performances over veterans such as Volkan Oezdemir, Nikita Krylov, and Ion Cutelaba. Ankalaev possesses a strong striking background that is sure to challenge Santos in their main event. During his UFC Vegas 50 pre-fight press conference, Ankalaev spoke about what’s at stake and what a win will do for his chances at a title shot. “It’s hard to say, I think it’ll depend on the fight,” Ankalaev said. “How I beat Thiago Santos. But either way, I’ll be ready. It’s a balance, I don’t want to look past Thiago because we have a tough and violent fight on Saturday night. After that, we’ll talk and see what we can do.” Magomed...
    UFC Vegas 50: Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev live results and highlights. UFC Vegas 50 features a matchup of top light heavyweights Thiago Santos and Magomed Ankalaev, who are battling towards a potential title shot in 2022. Santos recently got back in the win column in defeating Johnny Walker via a unanimous decision. While the fight didn’t live up to expectations, Santos put on a smart performance and earned the decision on the scorecards. Santos’ win over Walker stopped a three-fight losing skid, which included losses to Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira. Ankalaev burst onto the scene in the light heavyweight division with seven straight victories. He put on a dominant performance against former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 267. This will be Ankalaev’s first career UFC main event and the second straight for Santos. UFC lightweight Terrance McKinney will make a quick turnaround against Drew Dober, just two weeks after his win over Fares Ziam. Rising middleweights Bruno Silva and Alex Pereira will look to battle for a spot in the middleweight rankings. Main Card (ESPN+, 7 p.m....
    Here are the UFC Vegas 50: Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev betting odds. Whether you need to recoup your losses or reinvest your winnings from UFC 272, another UFC fight card offers the chance to win some money gambling. UFC Vegas 50 is a mysterious fight card with the potential to display why these APEX events can’t be underestimated. In the main event, top-ranked light heavyweights Thiago Santos (+400) and Magomed Ankalaev (-525) look to use their finishing abilities to advance up the division. Santos has not been the same fighter since losing to Jon Jones, but his knockout power and experience remain. On the contrary, Ankalaev has won seven straight fights in the UFC. Santos looks to flip the script and halt Ankalaev’s climb to the top. UFC Vegas 50 has a variety of betting odds spread out throughout the night. The two biggest favorites, besides Ankalaev, is Sodiq Yusuff (-260) vs. Alex Caceres (+200) and Miranda Maverick (-350) vs. Sabina Mazo (+275). If you’re looking for pick-em odds, check out JJ Aldrich (+110) vs. Gillian Robertson (-130) and Khalil Rountree Jr....
    FIGHT NIGHT is back in Vegas this weekend as Thiago Santos takes on Magomed Ankalaev in the headline bout. Ankalaev is chasing an eight-consecutive UFC victory but will likely face the toughest challenge of his career to date. 2Thiago Santos will hope to shock Ankalaev in VegasCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Veteran slugger Marlon Moraes (right) is looking to end a three-fight losing streakCredit: Getty Veteran Marlon Moraes stars in the co-main event against Song Yadong, with the Brazilian looking for a first win since December 2019. And also on a stacked main card is Alex Pereira, with the kickboxing star looking to back up his Performance of the Night at UFC 268. When is UFC Fight Night - Santos vs Ankalaev? This event at the UFC Apex in Vegas will be held on Saturday, March 12. Things will get underway with the prelims from 5pm ET. Bouts on the main card will start at 7pm. Expect the main event sometime around 10pm ET, which is 3am in the UK. Which TV channel and live stream can I...
    Thiago Santos expects a “chess game” against Magomed Ankalaev at UFC Vegas 50. UFC light heavyweight contender Thiago Santos sees similarities between himself and his upcoming UFC Vegas 50 main event opponent Magomed Ankalaev. Santos is looking to earn another impressive win after defeating Johnny Walker last October. Before that, he had lost three-straight fights, including a third-round submission to current champion Glover Teixeira. Santos faces a tough test in Ankalaev, who many believe could be a future UFC champion. During his UFC Vegas 50 pre-fight press conference, Santos gave his thoughts on his matchup with the fast-rising Ankalaev. “I think it’s going to be a very interesting fight,” Santos said. “He’s smart on his feet, but he’s dangerous. We’re a little bit similar if you watch his fights, we’re similar. We like to keep the distance and not go in to take some hits. It’s going to be like a chess game.” Thiago Santos is focused on another potential title shotAnkalaev will enter the fight with Santos a winner of seven straight, including most recently against Volkan Oezdemir at...
    Here are the weigh-in results for UFC Vegas 50: Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev. The latest edition of UFC Vegas Fight Night goes down on Saturday, Mar. 12, 2022, starting at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+. Coming off a PPV event, the UFC has put together fourteen fights for the UFC Vegas 50 fight card. Despite there being no household names, the potential for double digits finishes is thrilling. The main event of UFC Vegas 50 brings together two top light heavyweights. Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev displays two fighters at different points in their career. Since losing his UFC debut in 2018, Ankalaev has won seven straight fights. Meanwhile, Santos has lost three of his last four with a decline after losing to Jon Jones. The winner between Santos vs. Ankalaev will be in the top 5 with a chance to progress towards a title shot. In the co-main event, Marlon Moraes looks to bounce back from a three losing streak. To do so, Moraes has to beat rising contender Song Yadong, who holds a UFC record of 7-1-1. Both...
    FIGHT NIGHT is back in Vegas this weekend as Thiago Santos takes on Magomed Ankalae in the headline bout. Ankalaev is chasing an eight-consecutive UFC victory but will likely face the toughest challenge of his career to date. 2Thiago Santos will hope to shock Ankalaev in VegasCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Veteran slugger Marlon Moraes (right) is looking to end a three-fight losing streakCredit: Getty Veteran Marlon Moraes stars in the co-main event against Song Yadong, with the Brazilian looking for a first win since December 2019. And also on a stacked main card is Alex Pereira, with the kickboxing star looking to back up his Performance of the Night at UFC 268. When is UFC Fight Night - Santos vs Ankalaev? This event at the UFC Apex in Vegas will be held on Saturday, March 12. Things will get underway with the prelims from 5pm ET. Bouts on the main card will start at 7pm. Expect the main event sometime around 10pm ET, which is 3am in the UK. Which TV channel and live stream can I...
    Magomed Ankalaev shuts out Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 267 Daniel Cunningham October 30, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit Kicking off the main card of UFC 267 was a battle between top ten light heavyweight contenders. Former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir (17-5) was tasked with taking on the big favorite and top contender Magomed Ankalaev (15-1). Entering UFC 267, Oezdemir was just 2-4 in his last six fights. That stretch started with his title shot against Daniel Cormier where he was dominated. One of the wins in that stretch was a controversial split decision win over Aleksandar Rakic. In the eyes of many, he’s just 1-5 in his last six. Not a great spot to be in when you’re taking on one of the UFC‘s brightest contenders in Magomed Ankalaev. Ankalaev is a monster and he’s slowly making his way up the light heavyweight ranks. The Russian has won six consecutive fights leading up to UFC 267 after losing his debut in the...
    Here are the opponents we think should be next for the winners at UFC 261. After more than a year with no fans in attendance, the atmosphere at UFC 261 in Jacksonville was electric. The main card was stacked with talent, and the trio of championship fights certainly delivered more than anyone could’ve imagined. UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman successfully defended his belt after he knocked out Jorge Masvidal in round two following a powerful connection with his right hand. Rose Namajunas upset Zhang Weili in the co-headliner following a headkick that put the champ down, only to be followed up by a flurry of punches on the ground that forced the first-round stoppage. Anthony SmithNext Opponent: Magomed AnkalaevYou never want to see a doctor have to call an end to a fight, but after Jimmy Crute was unable to put any weight on his leg, the fight was clearly not going to progress into round two. Crute put up a solid fight, hammering away with leg kicks and even landing a few takedowns of his own on Smith. Smith...
    After UFC Vegas 20 win, what’s next for Magomed Ankalaev? By: Daniel Cunningham March 2, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThis past Saturday at UFC Vegas 20, Magomed Ankalaev (15-1) and Nikita Krylov (27-8) went head-to-head in a pivotal match in the light heavyweight division. The winner of this matchup would only be a win or two away from a UFC title shot. In the first round, Nikita Krylov was getting the better of the exchanges. Krylov was using his kicks nicely and his clinch control was impressive. All three judges gave the first round to Krylov. However, after round one, the momentum switched. Magomed Ankalaev came out very aggressive to start the second round. There was a lot of pressure from Ankalaev and he started working his wrestling. Krylov couldn’t get anything going at UFC Vegas 20 once Ankalaev started going downhill. Neither man did serious damage to the other throughout the fight. It was a tactical affair that was relatively easy to call once the final bell sounded. It was clear that Ankalaev...
    Cuomo changes course and asks for selection of independent lawyer to review sexual harassment claims RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel says despite GOP divisions over Trump impeachment, the party overwhelmingly agrees on most issues LAS VEGAS – Magomed Ankalaev thinks it’s time to test his skills in the upper echelon of his division. © File photo Magomed Ankalaev The light heavyweight picked up his sixth straight win when he outpointed Nikita Krylov (27-8 MMA, 8-6 UFC) for a unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Night 186 co-main event Saturday in Las Vegas. Ankalaev thinks a high-ranked opponent is overdue. And though Krylov was No. 8 in the UFC’s official light heavyweight rankings, the Russian fighter wants an even higher ranked opponent. “Krylov wasn’t my ideal opponent because I was expecting for me to be propelled in the rankings in my division,” Ankalaev told reporters at the post-fight news conference. “I was expecting someone higher up. But right now, top-five or top-six fighters in my division – they have fights scheduled. So depending on who wins, I’m hoping to get an...
    Here are the opponents we think should be next for the winners at UFC Vegas 20. Although it wasn’t the hard-hitting main event fans had envisioned for UFC Vegas 20, it was enough for Ciryl Gane to extend his undefeated record to 8-0. All three judges scored the contest 50-45 for the Frenchman after controlling all five rounds against No. 4 Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The co-main event saw light heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev secure his first victory over a top-10 opponent while stretching his winning streak in the promotion to six. Now that the event is over and the bonuses have been handed out, let’s take a look at what’s next for the winners from Saturday’s main card.Potential next opponents for the UFC Vegas 20 main card winnersCiryl GaneNext Opponent: Derrick LewisGane was able to outpoint a powerful striker in Rozenstruik and cruised to a unanimous decision win, further cementing his status as a future title challenger. Gane did work on the feet as well as the mat, taking down “Bigi Boy” twice en route to the victory. The fight was certainly...
    Ciryl Gane won a unanimous decision over Jairzinho Rozenstruik in a one-sided affair on Saturday night in the main event at UFC’s Fight Night in Las Vegas. Gane won handily, 50-45 across the board, in the heavyweight bout. Gane improved to 8-0, 5-0 UFC. “I don’t make a real big show for the fans,” Gane said in his postfight interview. “I got a big win, so I’m really happy for that. The guy was really tough. I just wanted to manage and I did it.” Gane landed 128 strikes to Rozenstruik’s 49 and registered two takedowns. Rozenstruik fell to 11-2. “I expected a little bit more from him — more attack,” Gane said. … “I was a little bit surprised for that.” In earlier action, Magomed Ankalaev scored a unanimous – but close – decision over Nikita Krylov in their light heavyweight bout. Ankalaev won 29-28 across the board. Ankalaev landed more blows (89-58) but Krylov landed more significant strikes, 47-43. Ankalaev had three takedowns to Krylov’s one. In a women’s flyweight fight, Montana De La Rosa and Mayra...
    More On: ufc Can Frenchman land KO shot in UFC Las Vegas bout? UFC heavyweight refuses to be defined by his only loss How undefeated heavyweright rose to a UFC main event so quickly MMA veteran indicted on multiple child porn charges Ciryl Gane won a unanimous decision over Jairzinho Rozenstruik in a one-sided affair on Saturday night in the main event at UFC’s Fight Night in Las Vegas. Gane won handily, 50-45 across the board, in the heavyweight bout. Gane improved to 8-0, 5-0 UFC. “I don’t make a real big show for the fans,” Gane said in his postfight interview. “I got a big win, so I’m really happy for that. The guy was really tough. I just wanted to manage and I did it.” Gane landed 128 strikes to Rozenstruik’s 49 and registered two takedowns. Rozenstruik fell to 11-2. “I expected a little bit more from him — more attack,” Gane said. … “I was a little bit surprised for that.” In earlier action, Magomed Ankalaev scored a unanimous – but close – decision over Nikita...
    UFC Vegas 20: Magomed Ankalaev defeated Nikita Krylov. Magomed Ankalaev defeated Nikita Krylov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), at UFC Vegas 20 on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2020, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Made the adjustments needed! ???????? @AnkalaevM puts together his sixth straight win. #UFCVegas20 pic.twitter.com/ANcx8KvuJl — UFC (@ufc) February 28, 2021 The early stages of the first round were spent up against the fence with Krylov attempting to get a takedown after he closed the distance. The fight moved back to the feet as Ankalaev controlled the middle, while Krylov operated on the outside. The fighters traded punches with Ankalaev landing harder punches but Krylov landing more kicks. The first round ended with Ankalaev going for a takedown but Krylov blocking it up against the cage. Both fighters aggressively came out of their corners to start the second round. The two continued to trade punches. From the clinch, Ankalaev landed a powerful knee. Ankalaev found a lot of success landing his right hook at will. Krylov went for a spinning kick that Ankalaev ducked under and scored the first takedown. Krylov did...
    Magomed Ankalaev grinds out decision over Nikita Krylov at UFC Vegas 20 By: Daniel Cunningham February 27, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditIn the co-main event of UFC Vegas 20, we saw a matchup between two top eleven contenders in the light heavyweight division. Eighth ranked Nikita Krylov (27-7) took on the eleventh ranked contender, Magomed Ankalaev (14-1). Ankalaev has been on a roll in the UFC over the past couple of years. The native of Dagestan has now won five fights in a row with the promotion after losing his debut. That loss came to Paul Craig and it came just one second before the final bell. Out of the last five wins for Ankalaev, four of them have been by stoppage. He scored a knockout over the talented Ion Cutelaba in his last fight which put the rest of the light heavyweight division on notice. Standing across from Ankalaev was the talented Nikita Krylov. Krylov is actually on his second stint with the UFC. Krylov went 6-3 during his first run with the...
    UFC Vegas 20 Preview: Nikita Krylov – Magomed Ankalaev By: Daniel Cunningham February 26, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditIn the co-main event of UFC Vegas 20 we will see a battle between two top eleven light heavyweights. Top contender, Nikita Krylov (27-7), takes on Magomed Ankalaev (14-1) in a fight that promises to be entertaining tomorrow night. Ankalaev will walk into the cage as the eleventh ranked light heavyweight in the UFC. A native of Dagestan, Ankalaev is 5-1 since he made his debut with the promotion back in 2018. The lone loss was a triangle choke loss to Paul Craig that came literally one second before the final bell. Since that fight, it’s been smooth sailing for Ankalaev in the UFC. He’s 5-0 with four stoppages and he’s coming off of arguably his most impressive win at UFC 254. Ankalaev took on Ion Cutelaba in a rematch from earlier in 2020. In the first fight, Ankalaev rocked (or appeared to rock) Cutelaba and the ref stepped in. Cutelaba was irate because he said...
    Data on pregnancy and the Covid vaccine is sparse. These women are changing that. Contesting the American past LAS VEGAS – Magomed Ankalaev answered media questions on Wednesday ahead of his bout at UFC Fight Night 186. © Provided by MMAJunkie Ankalaev (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) discussed his light heavyweight co-main event matchup with Nikita Krylov (26-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC), why he’s been so successful, ending the Ion Cutelaba chapter of his career, and more. UFC Fight Night 186 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The entire card streams on ESPN+. Watch the video above to see Ankalaev’s full pre-fight availability. MORE:Holly Holm has faith friend Jon Jones will thrive at heavyweight: 'His skill is just on another level' You've never seen a fighter's body fold in half from a knockout punch quite like this MMA Junkie Radio #3135: UFC Fight Night 186 preview, guest 'King Mo' Lawal, more Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko added to UFC event on May 15 Kevin Holland praises Khamzat Chimaev for being 'very smart' about fights – well, not...
    UFC books Ion Cutelaba – Devin Clark By: Daniel Cunningham February 17, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe UFC is finalizing a matchup in the light heavyweight division. MMA DNA was the first to report that the promotion is finalizing a matchup between Ion Cutelaba (15-6, 1 NC) and Devin “Brown Bear” Clark (12-5). The matchup will take place on May 1st. Cutelaba has become quite the interesting fixture in the UFC‘s light heavyweight division. Between his intense and entertaining pre-fight weigh-ins or his fighting style, there are a lot of people that like to tune in when Cutelaba is on the docket. For the first time since 2019, Cutelaba will be fighting someone that’s not Magomed Ankalaev. Back in February of 2020, Cutelaba took on Ankalaev. After a brief exchange, it appeared that Cutelaba was hurt. Well, at least that’s what the referee believed. The ref stepped in to stop the action and Cutelaba immediately went crazy. Ultimately, it appeared that Cutelaba was playing a bit of possum to draw Ankalaev into a brawl....
    Virginia Military Institute superintendent resigns amid call for racism probe A New Website Tracks Broken McFlurry Machines, Because Weve All Been Heartbroken Before Magomed Ankalaev floats Shogun Rua or Anthony Smith after Cutelaba KO ABU DHABI – Magomed Ankalaev beat Ion Cutelaba with a first-round knockout Saturday to open up the main card at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi. © File photo Magomed Ankalaev Take a look inside the fight with Ankalaev, who picked up his fifth straight win in the oft-delayed rematch. Gallery: UFC 254 rookie report: Grading the newcomers in Abu Dhabi (SMG) MORE:With 'bad luck' over, Santiago Ponzinibbio ready to return to contender status Jon Jones dismisses notion Khabib is GOAT: He 'just recently started fighting elite-level competition' Alexander Volkov had giant back tattoo done in two weeks: 'It was (expletive) painful' Dana White: UFC aiming for Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou rematch to happen in March 2021 Daniel Cormier reveals the incredible way that Khabib showed mercy on Justin Gaethje
    UFC light heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev spoke to the media and called out his next move after his win at UFC 254. Magomed ran through his rival Ion Cutelaba on the main card opener and closed the curtain definitively on their rivalry. The 14-1 fighter KOed ‘Hulk’ Cutelaba at 04:19 of the very first round via vicious ground strikes. Ion Cutelaba was unable to figure out his opponent’s range and Ankalaev’s counter striking threat was on full display. Additionally, Magomed showed tremendous patience when going after the finish, thus proving that he was ready for bigger tests in the 205-pound division. Not to mention, he rightfully snagged the ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus with a win that put the division on notice. Read: UFC 254 VIDEO: Magomed Ankalaev Viciously Knocks Out Ion Cutelaba to Bury the Rivalry Magomed Ankalaev eyes bigger fights at light-heavyweight The Russian fighter is now riding a five-fight win streak that is sure to propel him into the upper echelons of the division. The lone loss on his record came from Paul Craig via Triangle choke...
    The UFC 254 main card opened with a rivalry that has been going on for quite some time now. Magomed Ankalaev took on Ion Cutelaba in the light heavyweight division. Quoted to be a cursed fight, Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba met an unfortunate end the last time around when both the fighters met each other inside the UFC octagon. The drama and the excitement surrounding the fight was nothing less than Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson, as Ankalaev vs Cutelaba has been called off many times in the past. When the fighters squared off for the first time, Ankalaev picked up a stoppage win over ‘The Hulk’. However, criticism surrounded the referee’s decision and Cutelaba quickly protested the verdict. Magomed Ankalaev executes a brutal KO finish against Ion Cutelaba It was a completely different story this time around. The Russian fighter answered his critics and in a manner that will keep many fight pundits at bay. While Ankalaev started slowly, as expected, ‘The Hulk’ looked reckless as he chased his opponent for the better part of the fight. The...
    DANA WHITE has revealed the bonuses for UFC 254 - and Khabib Nurmagomedov was one of those to walk out fifty grand richer. The latest UFC pay-per-view extravaganza from the Middles East took place on Fight Island on Saturday night. 2Khabib Nurmagomedov pocketed a $50k bonus after his win at UFC 254Credit: Getty And Khabib stretched his record in MMA to an incredible 29-0 as he forced Justin Gaethje to tap in the second. That was enough for the Dagestani star to not only retain his lightweight title as he announced his retirement from the cage afterwards. If this is his last fight, then he walked out with a $50,000 bonus after his round two win. But he was not the only one to be quids in after the action-packed fight card. The rest of UFC 254 also produced some memorable scraps and jaw-dropping finishes. And following the conclusion of the event, UFC chiefs announced that four fighters would be taking home performance bonuses. Khabib vs Gaethje: Round by Round - UFC Legend retires after destroying opponent Here’s who got...
    MAGOMED ANKALAEV ended his rivalry with Ion Cutelaba with stunning knockout at UFC 254. Ankalaev had got the better of his light-heavyweight foe in February, winning by stoppage in round one. 3Magomed Ankalaev ended his rivalry with Ion Cutelaba with stunning knockout at UFC 254Credit: Getty Images - Getty 3Ankalaev has beat Cutelaba twice in the first round Credit: Getty Images - Getty Cutelaba got his shot at redemption on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, opening the pay-per-view card. But his grand opening ended in heartbreak again, as Ankalaev again closed the show in the first round. As Cutelaba charged forward, Ankalaev countered with a perfect right hand over the top, which set him up to end the rematch with brutal ground and pound. Ankalaev said: "I feel great, now I can finally sleep well. It was a six month camp, so I did a really, really good job in the six months and today I proved it. "I wanted to catch him, I wanted to finish with a counter and I finished with...
    Magomed Ankalaev is a bad, bad man. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Magomed Ankalaev furthered his reputation as a fearsome light heavyweight when he battered Ion Cutelaba on Fight Island. At UFC 254 on Saturday, the 28-year-old dropped his opponent with a heavy right hand and hit him seven times from top position. The sixth shot in the merciless sequence separated Cutelaba from his senses. The referee had to intervene when Ankalaev landed a seventh for good measure. Magomed Ankalaev is a bad, bad man. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — Magomed Ankalaev knocked his UFC opponent down and then hit him seven more times when he was on the ground. A 28-year-old from Dagestan, Ankalaev is developing a formidable reputation as a fearsome competitor in the 205-pound weight class. Though he lost his UFC debut in 2018, a triangle choke submission defeat to Paul Craig, Ankalaev has since rebounded with venom by beating his next four opponents — three of those by knockout. And it was his most recent knockout...
    Magomed Ankalaev closes the deal with a TKO victory against Ion Cutelaba to kick-off the UFC 254 main card from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Magomed Ankalaev left no doubt in the long-awaited rematch against Ion Cutelaba, finishing him with a first-round TKO in the UFC 254 main card opener from Fight Island. A brief, but close first round saw Cutelaba push the pace early before he was floored by Magomed Ankalaev with a highlight-reel punch, winning back-to-back fights after a controversial outcome in February. Watch Magomed Ankalaev’s TKO finishNO CONTROVERSY THIS TIME AROUND! ???????? @AnkalaevM with the finish at #UFC254 pic.twitter.com/cKmR3FnVTd — UFC (@ufc) October 24, 2020 In typical Cutelaba fashion, a frantic pace was apparent from the second the bell rang. Ankaleav took Cutelaba’s best shots, before an Ankaleav right hand sent Cutelaba to the canvas in the first, closing the deal for good. The loss dropped Cutelaba to 15-6. while the win propelled Ankalaev to 14-1 Next: UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje live results and highlights UFC 254 took place on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, live from...
    UFC Light heavyweight Ion Cutelaba has once again tested positive for COVID-19 and has been pulled from his main card appearance. ‘The Hulk’ was set to face Magomed Ankalaev in a rematch booked for UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Rakic. Moreover, the bout sees its third cancellation following a set of unprecedented events via MMA Junkie. The elite 205-pounders first met back in February of 2020 where they squared off in a scrap that ended in controversy. Ion Cutelaba faked being stunned in the fight as Ankalaev continued to pressure forward and landed heavy shots. Chiefly, the referee stepped in and called the fight as a TKO stoppage much to Cutelaba’s dismay.     Following the contentious conclusion to the first, the UFC attempted to rebook the bout at UFC 249. The fight card as a whole however never came to fruition due to the climate surrounding COVID-19. Additionally, the next booking on August 15 at UFC 252 saw Ion Cutelaba test positive for COVID-19, leading to another cancelation. Chiefly, it seems as though third times not the charm...
    Lauras path limited damage caused by powerful storm Cities with the highest organic food prices Magomed Ankalaev cold-blooded going into Ion Cutelaba rematch at UFC on ESPN+ 33 Ahead of UFC on ESPN+ 33, Magomed Ankalaev spoke with reporters Wednesday during media day. © Provided by MMAJunkie Ankalaev (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) discussed his light heavyweight rematch with Ion Cutelaba (15-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC), balancing his excitement with fighting smart in the octagon, where he would fit in the division with a fifth straight win and more. You can watch the full interview in the video above. UFC on ESPN+ 33 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN. MORE:UFC on ESPN+ 33 weigh-in results and live video stream (noon ET) Ji Yeon Kim excited to welcome Alexa Grasso to women's flyweight at UFC on ESPN+ 33 Impa Kasanganay not seeking 'approval or validation' in UFC on ESPN+ 33 debut Michel Pereira: My fight with Zelim Imadaev will be another show 'Inside LFA with Ron Kruck:' 11...
    UFC Vegas 8 Preview: Can Anthony Smith bounce back against Aleksandar Rakic? By: Daniel Cunningham August 28, 2020 PrevPreviousDid former UFC title challenger Ray Borg retire? ShareTweet0 SharesTomorrow night the UFC returns with action from the APEX as light heavyweights take center stage for a solid main event. Anthony “Lionheart” Smith (33-15) will be taking on Aleksandar Rakic (12-2) in the main event of the evening. A very solid night of fights are ahead so let’s dive into the main card. Top Eight UFC light heavyweights battle The main event is a really solid one between two top eight UFC light heavyweights. Both Anthony Smith and Aleksandar Rakic are looking to bounce back after suffering losses in their last time out. Due to the short notice main event slot, this is a three round fight. For Smith, he’s coming off of a really tough loss to Glover Teixeira back in May. Smith looked really good in the first couple of rounds, but about halfway through the fight there was a massive...
    Preview and predictions for UFC Vegas 8: Anthony Smith vs. Aleksandar Rakic Coming off a card fall of upsets, and as the UFC‘s light heavyweight division has become a focal point of conversation and gone through a massive shockwave with Jon Jones leaving the division and vacating the title, former title challenger Anthony Smith and rising contender Aleksandar Rakic will do battle in a three-round bout that will serve as the main event of UFC Vegas 8. Smith once challenged Jones for the gold at UFC 235 but was unsuccessful — though he may have been if he was unable to continue following an illegal knee. After winning over more fans’ hearts with his performance that evening, Smith rebounded with a submission of Alexander Gustafsson before returning to the Octagon back in May. He was thoroughly bashed by Glover Teixeira in a bout many felt went on longer than it should have. As a result of that loss, judging by the light heavyweight rankings and next matchups, Smith may have lost himself a title eliminator and will now have to...
    Getty Basic view of the UFC 238 Octagon at United Heart on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The extremely anticipated rematch between Ion “The Hulk” Cutelaba vs. Magomed Ankalaev is off on account of Cutelaba contracting COVID-19. The 2 gentle heavyweight fighters have been scheduled to compete on the principle card of Saturday’s UFC 252, however The Hulk’s supervisor confirmed on Tuesday to ESPN that his fighter had the coronavirus. The Hulk and Ankalaev have been concerned in one of many wildest and controversial matches of 2020. They first fought on February 29 throughout UFC Struggle Evening: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo. The 2 males turned bodily earlier than the struggle even formally began. As ring announcer Bruce Buffer was introducing Cutelaba, the fighter marched over to the opposite facet of the Octagon the place Ankalaev was. The Hulk obtained into his face, and Ankalaev grabbed him and swung him into the fence. No strikes have been thrown as officers shortly charged in to interrupt up the motion. Watch the altercation under: Safety...
    Getty General view of the UFC 238 Octagon at United Center on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The highly anticipated rematch between Ion “The Hulk” Cutelaba vs. Magomed Ankalaev is off due to Cutelaba contracting COVID-19. The two light heavyweight fighters were scheduled to compete on the main card of Saturday’s UFC 252, but The Hulk’s manager confirmed on Tuesday to ESPN that his fighter had the coronavirus. The Hulk and Ankalaev were involved in one of the wildest and controversial matches of 2020. They first fought on February 29 during UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo. The two men became physical before the fight even officially started. As ring announcer Bruce Buffer was introducing Cutelaba, the fighter marched over to the other side of the Octagon where Ankalaev was. The Hulk got into his face, and Ankalaev grabbed him and swung him into the fence. No strikes were thrown as officials quickly charged in to break up the action. Watch the altercation below: Security had to step in before this one even got started… ???? pic.twitter.com/Wu9ePy3kYC...
    Coronavirus complicates fixes as severe weather knocks out power across parts of US Outdoor dining may save restaurants during COVID-19. But are diners at risk from cars plowing into them? Ion Cutelaba tests positive for COVID-19; Magomed Ankalaev rematch off of UFC 252 Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev won’t be running it back at UFC 252. © Provided by MMAJunkie Ahead of Saturday’s rematch at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Cutelaba (15-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) was removed from the fight following a positive COVID-19 test. As a result, Cutelaba is currently in quarantine. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the development to MMA Junkie after an initial report by TASS. The person asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. No replacement will be sought to face Ankalaev (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), but the fight “will likely” be rebooked for Aug. 29, according to one source. The original fight between the two light heavyweight competitors took place at UFC on ESPN+ 27 in February. After a sequence of brain-rattling kicks...
    Ion Cutelaba has positive COVID-19 test, forced out of UFC 252. This weekend’s anticipated UFC 252 card has suffered a blow during fight week, as Ion Cutelaba is out of his scheduled rematch with Magomed Ankalaev, which was set to open the pay-per-view main card, after testing positive for COVID-19. Per an initial report from Igor Lazorin of TASS, Cutelaba is in quarantine as a result of his positive coronavirus test. The UFC is now looking to book the pair for the UFC Vegas 8 card in two weeks, on Aug. 29.Ion Cutelaba out of UFC 252 after testing positive for coronavirusCutelaba and Ankalaev first met earlier this year at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, with Ankalaev scoring a highly controversial, and disputed, first-round TKO. Ankalaev rocked Cutelaba early on, and the referee for the fight stepped in to wave it off 38 seconds in, believing Cutelaba was out on his feet and could not defend himself intelligently. Cutelaba, however, immediately protested, and the crowd rained down heavy boos. Ankalaev’s controversial victory was his fourth win in a row, while it was...
    UFC: Ion Cutelaba tests positive for COVID-19; fight with Magomed Ankalaev off By: Daniel Cunningham August 11, 2020 PrevPreviousUFC: Yoel Romero out of August 22nd fight with Uriah Hall ShareTweet0 SharesCOVID-19 has struck again when it comes to fight cancellations. This time it has taken out one of the main card fights from this weekend’s UFC 252 PPV. Ion Cutelaba has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the anticipated UFC rematch with Magomed Ankalaev has been postponed again. This is the second time that the fight has been pushed back. Ion Cutelaba positive for COVID-19, UFC 252 rematch with Magomed Ankalaev off (@MMAFightingSM, @DamonMartin) https://t.co/DruE6ExoyH pic.twitter.com/0FYidp27bo — MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 11, 2020 UFC pushing back to August 29th In speaking with MMA Fighting, Cutelaba’s manager said that the current plan is to move the fight back a couple of weeks. “Just got to make sure he doesn’t get sick these next few days,” Cutelabla’s manager said of the proposed August 29th date. The fight is a rematch from a...
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