Magomed Ankalaev has made quite an impact in the Octagon over the past few years, and he is being rewarded for his work with his toughest test to date. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the UFC is working on booking a March 12th main event fight between Ankalaev and former light heavyweight title challenger Thiago Santos:
Alright … Magomed Ankalaev (@AnkalaevM) has looked like the real deal as of late. We’ll know for sure after this one. Ankalaev vs. Thiago Santos (@TMarretaMMA) is in the works to headline a UFC Fight Night on March 12, per sources. pic.twitter.com/iFz7ZNYEGO— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 15, 2021
Ankalaev (16-1, 7-1 UFC) has won seven straight in the promotion and took out another former title challenger, Volkan Oezdemir, at UFC 267 last month. He currently sits at number six in the official UFC 205-pound rankings. The Russian fighter has been scheduled for five rounds before, but this will be his first time in the UFC.
Santos (22-9, 14-8 UFC) broke a three-fight losing streak with a hard fought five-round decision victory over Johnny Walker in early October. He currently sits right above his prospective opponent in the rankings, currently holding the five position.
No other fights have been added to the March 12th event, and the location of the show is still to be determined.