UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Gane- Nikita Krylov vs Magomed Ankalaev: Prediction and Analysis

Published 02/26/2021, 8:31 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (R-L) Magomed Ankalaev of Russia punches Ion Cutelaba of Moldova in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Gane bears witness to a fiery co-main event between light heavyweights look to make a splash.

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Nikita Krylov puts his #8 ranking on the line against Magomed Ankalaev, who is ranked #11. A win for the 14-1 prospect in Ankalaev will mean a bump in the rankings and a quick shot at gold.

Jan Blachowicz puts his light heavyweight belt on the line against Israel Adesanya, who is stepping up in weight. This move-up is sure to cause a log jam for the other 250-pound contenders who are looking to chase gold.

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However, it also gives the winner of Krylov vs Ankalaev sufficient time to possibly contest for a championship in 2022.

UFC light heavyweight: Nikita Krylov vs Magomed Ankalaev

‘The Minner’ is one of the most exciting fighters on the roster, and his resume is a testament to that fact. 32 out of his 34 professional fights ended in a finish either in his favor or in the form of a stoppage for his opponent. He’s 2-2 in his last 4 UFC outings and is coming off a decision win over Johnny Walker in March.

Nikita Krylov is proficient on the ground, to say the least, and he comes in with a 56% submission win ratio on his record. Once the fight hits the canvas, Krylov is quick to scramble in the pocket and mount his offensive jiu-jitsu.

However, his entries for the takedown will have to be under observation when facing an explosive opponent. Magomed Ankalaev brings in a balanced mix of haste and controlled offense as seen in his recent outings.

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He made his presence in the division known by flatlining rival Ion Cutelaba in his last outing. He’s on a 5-fight win streak and has only fallen to Paul Craig via submission thus far in his career.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Ion Cutelaba of Moldova punches Magomed Ankalaev of Russia in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Magomed Ankalaev is looked at as a bonafide contender who can challenge for a championship. Krylov is a step up in competition and will serve as a good litmus test for his ceiling.

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With the explosiveness he possesses, Magomed Ankalaev will be confident of his skills to put away ‘The Minner’

Prediction: Magomed Ankalaev to claim a first-round TKO victory.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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