|Born||Magomed Alibulatovich Ankalaev|
June 2, 1992
Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia|
Fight Club Akhmat (formerly)
|Trainer||Sukhrab Magomedov (head coach), Shamil Alibatyrov|
|Rank||International Master of Sport in Amateur MMA |
Master of Sport in Combat Sambo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Dagestan State University, Makhachkala|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Magomed Alibulatovich Ankalaev (Russian: Магоме́д Алибула́тович Анкала́ев; born 2 June 1992) is a Russian professional mixed martial artist in the Light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ankalaev was the former Light heavyweight champion of World Fighting Championship Akhmat. As of August 1, 2022, he is #3 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.
Ankalaev first began training in Greco-Roman Wrestling for one year whilst he was a student at the Dagestan State University, where he graduated in the sport faculty. At that time he also competed in combat sambo, where he was honoured with the title of Master of Sports in the discipline. Ankalaev was compelled at the idea of transitioning to MMA, because of the similarity between MMA and combat sambo. Ankalaev then became the Russian and World champion in amateur MMA. Ankalaev was also named the 2015 Mixed Martial Artist of Russia by the Russian MMA federation. Magomed Ankalaev is a devout Muslim.
Mixed martial arts career
Ankalaev made his professional debut on 18 January 2014 at Oplot Challenge 96, where he beat Vasily Babich of Ukraine in a close match by majority decision. After winning the Chechen MMA promotion World Fighting Championship Akhmat's world title he signed with the UFC in October 2017.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Ankalaev made his promotional debut against Paul Craig in March 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov. Ankalaev dominated the fight for the better part of two rounds, winning with clean striking, takedowns and top control; Ankalaev even had Craig badly hurt with a body kick in the first round. However, in the last five seconds of round three, Craig caught Ankalaev with a triangle choke, giving him his first professional loss at exactly 4:59 of round three.
Rebounding from this loss, Ankalaev was scheduled to fight Marcin Prachnio on September 15, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik. After a slow start, Ankalaev landed a right hook counter that knocked down Prachnio, who then got up, only to then be hit with a head kick and follow up punch which rendered him unconscious. The knockout earned Ankalaev his first UFC win and Performance of the Night award.
Ankalaev was expected to face Darko Stošić on February 23, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 145. However, Stošić pulled out of the fight on January 23 citing injury. Ankalaev instead faced promotional newcomer Klidson Abreu. Ankalaev won the fight by unanimous decision.
Ankalaev faced Ion Cuțelaba on February 29, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 169. He won via a technical knockout in the first round. The win was not without controversy as referee Kevin MacDonald stopped the bout believing Cuțelaba was out on his feet while still standing, which Cuțelaba immediately protested. The stoppage was universally considered early by the event announcers, MMA pundits, and UFC fighters alike. Moreover, the Virginia athletic commission is expected to review the controversial stoppage and they will decide if the result remains unchanged or if it is considered to change it to an overturned NC.
A rematch against Cuțelaba was expected to take place on August 15, 2020 at UFC 252. Cuțelaba then pulled out on August 11 after testing positive for COVID-19 and the bout was rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 175. However, the day of the event, it was announced the fight was once again cancelled after Cuțelaba tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time. They eventually faced each other at UFC 254. Ankalaev won the fight via knockout in round one. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Ankalaev was scheduled to face Volkan Oezdemir on September 4, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 191. The fight was later moved to UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi on October 30, 2021. He won the bout via unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Fighting Championship Akhmat
- WFCA Light Heavyweight Champion (One time)
- One successful title defense
- WFCA Light Heavyweight Champion (One time)
- Amateur World MMA Union
- World Amateur MMA champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||18 wins||1 loss|
|Win||18–1||Anthony Smith||TKO (punches)||UFC 277||July 30, 2022||2||3:09||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||17–1||Thiago Santos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev||March 12, 2022||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–1||Volkan Oezdemir||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 267||October 30, 2021||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||15–1||Nikita Krylov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane||February 27, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–1||Ion Cuțelaba||KO (punches)||UFC 254||October 24, 2020||1||4:19||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||13–1||Ion Cuțelaba||TKO (head kicks and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo||February 29, 2020||1||0:38||Norfolk, Virginia, United States|
|Win||12–1||Dalcha Lungiambula||KO (front kick and punch)||UFC Fight Night: Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar||November 9, 2019||3||0:29||Moscow, Russia||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||11–1||Klidson Abreu||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos||February 23, 2019||3||5:00||Prague, Czech Republic||Catchweight (209 lb) bout; Abreu missed weight.|
|Win||10–1||Marcin Prachnio||KO (head kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik||September 15, 2018||1||3:09||Moscow, Russia||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||9–1||Paul Craig||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov||March 17, 2018||3||4:59||London, England|
|Win||9–0||Celso Ricardo da Silva||KO (punches)||WFCA 43||October 4, 2017||1||1:11||Grozny, Russia|
|Win||8–0||Wagner Prado||KO (punches)||WFCA 38||June 21, 2017||1||3:33||Grozny, Russia||Defended the WFCA Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Maxim Grishin||TKO (punches)||WFCA 30||October 4, 2016||4||1:13||Grozny, Russia||Won the vacant WFCA Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||6–0||Artur Astakhov||Decision (unanimous)||WFCA 23||June 11, 2016||3||5:00||Grozny, Russia|
|Win||5–0||Lloyd Marshbanks||TKO (submission to punches)||WFCA 18||April 9, 2016||1||0:15||Grozny, Russia|
|Win||4–0||Nadir Bulkhadarov||TKO (punches)||Supercup of Russia 2015||December 5, 2015||1||4:45||Chelyabinsk, Russia|
|Win||3–0||Döwletjan Ýagşymyradow||Decision (unanimous)||Oplot Challenge 103||October 18, 2014||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||2–0||Strahinja Denić||Decision (unanimous)||Tesla Fighting Championship 4||June 14, 2014||3||5:00||Pančevo, Serbia|
|Win||1–0||Vasily Babich||Decision (majority)||Oplot Challenge 96||January 18, 2014||3||5:00||Kharkov, Ukraine|
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