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UFC Signs Top Light Heavyweight Prospect Magomed Ankalaev

Undefeated Russian destroyer Magomed Ankalaev finally chooses UFC over Professional Fighters League.

Undefeated 25-year-old Russian prospect Magomed Ankalaev (10-0) finally has a home.  After an extensive decision-making process the Ramzan Kadyrov underling has decided to sign with the biggest MMA promotion in the world: the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  Ankalaev is described by many MMA scouts as potentially being the best light heavyweight prospect in the world today, finishing five of his ten professional opponents thus far.

Fresh off of TKO of Brazilian Celso Ricardo da Silva for Akhmat Fight Club‘s World Fighting Championship Akhmat 43 card, Ankalaev, who is managed by notorious MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz, had offers on the table from multiple promotions including the UFC and Professional Fighters League (PFL) (as reported earlier by MMA Today).

It is unknown at this time who Ankalaev will face, but with the UFC Fight Night: Shanghai card being right around the corner, it is quite possible that the light heavyweight will make his debut there.

Ankalaev’s team took to Instagram to announce the official signing earlier today, including a video of Ankalaev putting the pen to the paper:

RepostBy @akhmat_mma: "#Repost @vismuradov_95_ (@get_repost) ・・・ Асаламу алайкум, Уважаемые Друзья! Спешу поделиться с вами отличными новостями. Боец клуба АХМАТ, чемпион Лиги WFCA в полутяжёлом весе Магомед Анкалаев подписал контракт с ЮФС. Он станет 5 представителем нашего клуба, выступающим в заокеанском промоушне. Естественно, все это благодаря поддержке моего Дорогого Брата, Главы ЧР, Героя России Рамзана Ахматовича Кадырова. Он высоко оценил достижения Магомеда и по поручению Рамзана Ахматовича от имени РОФ Первого Президента ЧР, Героя России Ахмат-Хаджи Кадырова (Дала г1азот къобал дойла цуьнан) боец получил в подарок автомобиль марки МЕРСЕДЕС. Я от всей души благодарю Рамзана Ахматовича, это большая поддержка для нас и стимул для Магомеда, которому я желаю достойно представлять клуб АХМАТ на мировой арене ММА."

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