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Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba Tips & Fight Predictions

Magomed Ankalaev
Ion Cutelaba


Magomed Ankalaev to win
Tipped at: 1.33 - 24 Oct 13:20
Kind of a similar situation we have here to Harris v Volkov. The strategic and technical fighter vs. the guy with a first-round puncher's chance. The question prior to the first fight was: how can Ankalaev handle Cutelaba's power? He handled it absolutely fine - did not get caught once and landed some good licks on Ion. Ankalaev absorbs so little and has a striking defense upwards of 70%! That's huge against a power puncher in Cutelaba. Magomed gets it done here. Cutelaba has problems with cardio so if this fight hits the scorecards, it'll likely be the Russian getting his hand raised. Inside the distance, Ankalaev has as much of a chance as Ion at getting a KO, in my opinion ...

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Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba | UFC 254 Predictions

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At UFC 254 we finally get to see the rematch between Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev. These two initially fought in February, where a controversial stoppage would leave fans, and UFC President Dana White, screaming for a rematch. Now, these two heavy-hitting 205’ers are going to settle the score at UFC 254, on UFC Fight Island. Let’s get straight into the prediction for this fight. Check it out below.Read more

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Profit: 2,582.0
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Aug 06, 2020 09:13

Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba | UFC 254 Predictions

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Magomed Ankalaev

Age: 28 years | Height: 6’3” (190.5 cm) | Weight: 205 lbs (93 kgs) | Reach: 75” (190.5 cm)
Professional MMA record: 13 wins and 1 loss | UFC record: 4 wins and 1 loss
Method of victory: 8 KO’s, 0 submissions, 5 decisions | Method of loss: 1 submission
Striking: 3.46 strikes landed/min | 56% striking accuracy | 1.24 strikes absorbed/min | 67% striking defense
Grappling: 0.68 takedowns average/15 mins | 33% takedown accuracy | 85% takedown defense | 0.0 submission average/15 mins.

Ankalaev’s last 3 fights

WIN Ion Cutelaba UFC Fight Night 169 – Benavidez vs. Figueiredo
Feb / 29 / 2020
TKO (Head Kicks and Punches) Rd 1 0:38
WIN Dalcha Lungiambula UFC Fight Night 163 – Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar
Nov / 09 / 2019
KO (Front Kick and Punch) Rd 3 0:29
WIN Klidson Abreu UFC Fight Night 145 – Blachowicz vs. Santos
Feb / 23 / 2019
Decision (Unanimous) Rd 3 5:00

Ion Cutelaba ‘The Hulk’

Age: 26 years | Height: 6’1” (185.4 cm) | Weight: 205 lbs (93 kgs) | Reach: 75” (190.5 cm)
Professional MMA record: 15 wins and 5 losses (1 NC) | UFC record: 4 wins and 4 losses
Method of victory: 12 KO’s, 2 submissions, 1 decision | Method of loss: 1 KO, 2 submissions, 1 decision, 1 DQ
Striking: 5.29 strikes landed/min | 39% striking accuracy | 3.26 strikes absorbed/min | 48% striking defense
Grappling: 2.59 takedowns average/15 mins | 71% takedown accuracy | 80% takedown defense | 0.0 submission average/15 mins.

Cutelaba’s last 3 fights

LOSS Magomed Ankalaev UFC Fight Night 169 – Benavidez vs. Figueiredo
Feb / 29 / 2020
TKO (Head Kicks and Punches) Rd 1 0:38
WIN Khalil Rountree UFC Fight Night 160 – Hermansson vs. Cannonier
Sep / 28 / 2019
TKO (Elbows) Rd 1 2:35
LOSS Glover Teixeira UFC Fight Night 150 – Jacare vs. Hermansson
Apr / 27 / 2019
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rd 2 3:37

Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba Fight Predictions

This is a great matchup from a fan’s viewpoint, but looking to predict the victor of this fight, it’s clear to me that Cutelaba has bitten off more than he can chew here. Ankalaev is a very technical fighter with only one submission loss on his record. Cutelaba wants to make this a brawl whereas Ankalaev will look to stay on the outside and pick ‘The Hulk’ apart. I think Cutelaba blew his chance at winning when he pretended to be wobbled to invite Ankalev into a slugfest. Now he doesn’t really have the option to do that in the second fight, and I don’t think Ion has the strategic and technical capabilities to go three rounds with Magomed and win a decision. He needs a knockout here, and as Ankalaev has never been knocked out I don’t see any evidence that leads me to predict that will happen here.

Either Ankalaev dances around him and wins a decision, or he finishes the fight when Ion runs of gas. Either way, this fight is Ankalaev’s to lose, whose technique and striking accuracy should earn him the win here.

Prediction: Magomed Ankalaev via UD