UFC light heavyweight number two, Magomed Ankalaev, who will fight his next fight on October 21 at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi, is likely to share the octagon with Austrian Alexander Rakich, who occupies fourth place in the division.
About it in an interview TASS said a source in the Russian team.
“Magomed will perform at the tournament in Abu Dhabi. The most likely opponent is Alexander Rakich. But maybe Johnny Walker, ”the interlocutor quotes the publication.
Last December, Magomed Ankalaev made an unsuccessful bid for the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship in a draw against Pole Jan Blachowicz. Prior to this, the Russian fighter won nine consecutive victories in the UFC, confidently closing an unfortunate defeat from Paul Craig in his debut fight under the banner of the organization.
Aleksandar Rakic has not entered the octagon since last May, when he injured his knee in the third round in a confrontation with Jan Blachowicz and was unable to continue the fight. Prior to this, the Austrian fighter won two fights, defeating Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos by unanimous decisions.
Johnny Walker, bottom of the division’s top five, is on a three-game win streak, finishing with a choke of Ion Cutelabu, knocking out Paul Craig, and winning a unanimous decision over Anthony Smith.