Massive Fight Added to UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi as Magomed Ankalaev Makes a Return to UFC Action

Published 08/24/2021, 12:05 AM EDT


The UFC returns to Abu Dhabi with UFC 267 in October this year. The promotion has pulled out all the stops to ensure that their return to Fight Island is action-packed, to say the least, as the main card features not one, but two title fights. At UFC 267, the bantamweight belt, and the light heavyweight belt, will be on the line. 

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The matchups for the card are coming in thick and fast. The most recent addition to the card features a light heavyweight bout between Volkan Oezdemir and Magomed Ankalaev per MMA DNA’s Marcel Dorff. As of now, Oezdemir sits at #8 and Ankalaev sits at #7 in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. 

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Volkan Oezdemir vs Magomed Ankalaev will be an epic fight at UFC 267 

Oezdemir and Ankalaev could not have asked for a better card to be a part of. Making a statement win on the same night the light heavyweight crown is being defended is sure to catch the attention of the champion and the matchmakers. While ‘No Time’ has challenged for the title previously, Ankalaev is yet to fight for UFC gold. 

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Ankalaev made his UFC debut in March 2018 and succumbed to a submission loss against Paul Craig. Since the loss, Ankalaev has been flawless, winning his next six fights (four finishes). In his most recent outing, he secured a unanimous decision win over Nikita Krylov in February. Now, Ankalaev will hope to extend his win streak to 7-0 and establish himself as a force to be reckoned with at 205-pounds. 

‘No Time’, on the other hand, burst onto the scene with a split decision win against Ovince Saint Preux in February 2017. Oezdemir won his next two fights via devastating knockouts against Misha Cirkunov, and Jimi Manuwa to set up a title fight against Daniel Cormier. However, he came up short against Cormier and lost his next two fights. 

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Now, ‘No Time’, who succumbed to a loss against Jiri Prochazka in his last outing, is 2-1 in his last three fights. Hence, he will be aiming to get back into the win column against Ankalaev in October. 

What do you make of the fight between Oezdemir and Ankalaev? Who do you think takes the win? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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