After Slow Progress With PFL Negotiations Magomed Ankalaev Now Has An Offer From The UFC
Top Caucasus Light Heavyweight, Magomed Ankalaev, looks to be on his way to North America. Whether it’s with the Professional Fighters League or the UFC depends entirely on who offers the best deal.
MMA Today reported just a few weeks ago that a number of Caucasus fighters were in negotiations with the Professional Fighters League, including Magomed Ankalaev. While several fighters ultimately signed with the PFL, Ankalaev is still in negotiations with the promotion formerly known as WSOF. At WFCA 43, it was revealed that Ankalaev is now also tabling an offer from the UFC, as the UFC looks to take advantage of the deal between PFL and Ankalaev stalling.
The commentators just said that Ankalaev has a contract from UFC.
— Nox (@Zebraanimal) October 4, 2017
In a previous article I wrote about the potential of Ankalaev:
“Ankalaev is arguably the best Light Heavyweight prospect outside of the UFC and Bellator. Undefeated at 9-0 (now 10-0), Ankalaev has wins over top regional talent such as Artur Astakov and Maxim Grishin along with former UFC veteran, Wagner Prado. The Grishin fight in particular illustrated just about everything Ankalaev is capable of. Against Grishin he used a measured and cerebral approach, working behind a solid counter boxing game while incorporating his masterful clinchwork to keep Grishin guessing before finishing the Russian standout with a head kick in round four. At the time Grishin was riding high on a 13-fight win streak including wins over Trevor Prangley, Rodney Wallace, Mario Miranda, Joachim Christensen and a kickboxing win over Sokoudjou.”
Ankalaev added a tenth win to his resume this past Wednesday as he brutalised Celso Ricardo de Silva in a first round clinic on ground and pound. Ankalaev was reserved throughout the early minutes of the fight before ultimately grabbing an outside single with one hand and throwing his opponent to the mat by the cage wall. Once there the impressive Dagestani exploded into delivering some heavy ground and pound which rendered de Silva unconscious after six unanswered shots.