Magomed Ankalaev

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Magomed Ankalaev
Magomed Ankalaev at UFC Fight Night 136 in Moscow, Russia.jpg
Magomed Ankalaev at UFC Fight Night 136 in Moscow, Russia
BornMagomed Alibulatovich Ankalaev
(1992-06-02) June 2, 1992 (age 30)
Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
ResidenceMakhachkala, Dagestan
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach75 in (191 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofMakhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
Fight Club Akhmat (formerly)
TrainerSukhrab Magomedov (head coach), Shamil Alibatyrov
RankInternational Master of Sport in Amateur MMA[2]
Master of Sport in Combat Sambo[2]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout9
By decision8
By submission1
UniversityDagestan State University, Makhachkala
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Magomed Alibulatovich Ankalaev (Russian: Магоме́д Алибула́тович Анкала́ев; born 2 June 1992)[3] 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.[4] As of August 1, 2022, he is #3 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.[5]

Early life[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7][8] Ankalaev was also named the 2015 Mixed Martial Artist of Russia by the Russian MMA federation. Magomed Ankalaev is a devout Muslim.[9]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[10] After winning the Chechen MMA promotion World Fighting Championship Akhmat's world title he signed with the UFC in October 2017.[11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Ankalaev made his promotional debut against Paul Craig in March 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov.[12] 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.[13]

Rebounding from this loss, Ankalaev was scheduled to fight Marcin Prachnio on September 15, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik.[14] 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.[15] The knockout earned Ankalaev his first UFC win and Performance of the Night award.[16]

Ankalaev was expected to face Darko Stošić on February 23, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 145.[17] However, Stošić pulled out of the fight on January 23 citing injury.[18] Ankalaev instead faced promotional newcomer Klidson Abreu.[19] Ankalaev won the fight by unanimous decision.[20]

Ankalaev faced Dalcha Lungiambula on November 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 163.[21] He won the fight via knockout in the third round.[22] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.[23]

Ankalaev faced Ion Cuțelaba on February 29, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 169.[24] He won via a technical knockout in the first round.[25] 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.[26][27][28][29] 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.[30][31]

A rematch against Cuțelaba was expected to take place on August 15, 2020 at UFC 252.[32] Cuțelaba then pulled out on August 11 after testing positive for COVID-19 and the bout was rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 175.[33] 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.[34] They eventually faced each other at UFC 254.[35] Ankalaev won the fight via knockout in round one.[36] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[37]

Ankalev faced Nikita Krylov on February 27, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 186.[38] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[39]

Ankalaev was scheduled to face Volkan Oezdemir on September 4, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 191.[40] The fight was later moved to UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi on October 30, 2021.[41] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[42]

Ankalaev faced Thiago Santos on March 12, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 203.[43] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[44]

Ankalaev next faced Anthony Smith on July 30, 2022, at UFC 277.[45] He won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[46]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 18 wins 1 loss
By knockout 10 0
By submission 0 1
By decision 8 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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


See also[edit]


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