With a 19-1 legitimate chronicle, collectively with nine straight wins within the UFC’s shark tank light heavyweight division, Magomed Ankalaev has prolonged been heralded as a future champ at 205 — and a procure subsequent month in opposition to Jan Blachowicz will bound a prolonged technique to making sure he gets a shot at UFC gold in some unspecified time in the future.
The Russian fighter has been with regards to faultless within the UFC so some distance, shedding excellent as soon as in his career within the final second (!) of a bout he was as soon as dominating in London in opposition to Paul Craig in what was as soon as his UFC debut abet in March 2018. Since then, Anaklaev has knocked off three previous title challenger at 205 in succession in Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos and Volkan Oezdemir — however it was as soon as arguably his second fight with teak-demanding Moldovan Ion Cutelaba which made UFC followers sit down up and take away look.
The fight, which was as soon as a rematch of a controversial hand over between the two round eight months prior, seen Ankalaev dominate Cutelaba on the feet before landing the fight-ending blow in direction of the hand over of the first round — and a same end result in opposition to one other previous champion in Blachowicz at subsequent month’s UFC 282 could well per chance also aloof stand him on the verge of a title shot.
Until then, even though, inspect Ankalaev’s destruction of Cutelaba below: