Monday, November 28, 2022

[UPDATE] Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir Booked For UFC 267


After an earlier cancellation, MMA DNA’s Marcel Dorff is reporting that Volkan Oezdemir vs. Magomed Ankalaev has been rescheduled for UFC 267 on October 30.

With the addition of this bout, here is the updated lineup for the pay-per-view:

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Bout: Jan Blachowicz(c) vs. Glover Teixeira

UFC Bantamweight Championship Bout: Aljamain Sterling(c) vs. Petr Yan

Islam Makhachev vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Volkov

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Magomed Ankalaev

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Lil Jingliang

Amanda Ribas vs. Virna Jandiroba

Tai Tuivasa vs. Walt Harris

Shamil Gamzatov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk

Ricardo Ramos vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Tristan Connelly

Allan Nascimento vs. Tagir Ulanbekov


Magomed Ankalaev appears to be set to throw down with a former UFC title contender in Volkan Oezdemir.

Red Fury MMA is reporting that Ankalaev vs. Oezdemir is on tap for a UFC event in August.

“According to numerous sources, Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir is planned to be held in August.”

Ankalaev is currently ranked ahead of Oezdemir at number seven on the official UFC Light Heavyweight rankings. Oezedmir is just behind at the eighth spot. Despite being ahead in the rankings, this will be the biggest opportunity Ankalaev has had. If he can defeat a former UFC title challenger, especially in devastating fashion, it may set him up for a top-five opponent.

This is also a crucial fight for Oezdemir. He has gone 2-4 in his last six outings. “No Time” was also to snap a three-fight losing streak, defeating Ilir Latifi and then Aleksandar Rakić. He was then knocked out by Jiří Procházka.

Ankalaev brings with him a pro MMA record of 15-1. He is riding a six-fight winning streak. The lone loss of Ankalaev’s career was back in March 2018 when he was submitted by Paul Craig in his UFC debut.

Oezdemir’s record is 17-5. Back in January 2018, he challenged Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. He received the title shot after first-round knockout wins over Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa. Neither bout lasted one minute. Ultimately, Cormier stopped Oezdemir via second-round TKO.