On March 1, early morning Moscow time, the UFC Fight Night 169 mixed martial arts tournament will be held in Norfolk (USA). In one of the main fights the Moldovan Ion Kutselaba nicknamed Hulk will fight with Russian Magomed Ankalaev and our experts have prepared a prediction. Will the Russian have any problems? Find it out below.
Cutelaba vs Ankalaev date of battle: February 29. Location: Norfolk, Virginia, Chartway Arena. Weight category: light heavyweight – 205 LBS
At what time Ion Cutelaba vs Magomed Ankalaev fight?
The fight time is February 29, 2020, at 05:00 PM ET.
Where to watch the fight?
Will be shown ESPN+, ESPN, and PPV
How many wins and losses Cutelaba have?
Ion Cutelaba has 15 wins and 4 losses.
How many wins and losses Ankalaev have?
Magomed Ankalaev has 12 wins and 1 loss.
The Moldovan fighter has been performing at the UFC since 2016. In the world’s strongest league, Cutelaba has already met with a representative of Russia. It happened on July 29, 2018 at the UFC on FOX 30 tournament, where the Moldovan defeated Gadzhimurad Antigulov TKO in the first round.
Ion has excellent boxing and kickboxing skills. He has won 15 times during his career, 12 of which were KO and TKO (80%). He’s not very strong in the fight. And in this component he is noticeably inferior to his next opponent.
Ion is a brilliant kicker and holds all his fights mainly in the stand. In 2019, he played two matches, one of which lost to Glover Teixeira by strangulation from behind and the other to Khalil Rountree by knocking him out with his elbows.
In general, if Cutelaba wins, he does so already in the starting round, but loses with either a substitution or a decision. Also, the Moldovan has a problem with endurance and by the end of the second round he starts to breathe hard.
World champion in amateur MMA Magomed Ankalaev had his first fight in pro in January 2014, beating Vasily Babich on points at Oplot tournament. Represents Ahmat club. From 2016 to 2017 he played in the WFCA league, where he became the champion in the light heavyweight.
He signed a contract with UFC in 2018. The debut turned out to be embarrassing. At the UFC Fight Night 127 he fought Scotsman Paul Craig and won by points over the course of all three rounds. It seemed like his first victory in the American league had been won, but the inexplicable happened. A few seconds before the final siren, Craig came out for a painful triangle reception. And exactly one second before the end of the battle the Russian gave up. Apparently, the corner of Ankalaev did not tell the fighter that there was not much left to endure. But defeat is defeat. He had to be forgotten and moved on.
And Magomed managed to survive it successfully. After this failure he had three fights and won in all of them (two – by knockout).
Last time he played in November last year. Then Ankalaev in the third round knocked out South African Dalchal Lungiambula.
The Russian is an excellent wrestler. But it so happens that in MMA they know him more as a cool drummer. He’s never won a sub, but he’s got seven KOs (58% of total wins).
Ion Cutelaba vs Magomed Ankalaev Prediction
Most likely, this fight will be one of the best in the tournament. Both fighters are not afraid to go in exchange for punches. And apparently, we’ll see an early victory. I think Ankalaev has a much better chance of success. If he realizes that he is inferior to his opponent in the stand, he can easily move the fight to the parterre, where he will have an advantage. UFC head Dana White believes that Magomed has a big future in his league. And he’s right. Ankalaev will not only win this fight, but will gradually reach the title fight.
- Our prediction Magomed Ankalaev will win.