MMA Preview – Ion Cutelaba vs Magomed Ankalaev at UFC Fight Night 169

THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 169? Sunday 1st March, 2020 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 169? Chartway Arena, Norfolk, Virginia

What channel is UFC Fight Night 169 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 169? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 169? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

We have a beautiful match-up in Norfolk, Virginia with two talented killers - Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev.

Cutelaba is 4-3 in the UFC with losses to Misha Cirkunov, Jared Cannonier and Glover Teixeira. All beasts, but he has interrupted those losses with with impressive wins and finishes. After knocking out Henrique da Silva and Gadzhimurad he got submitted by Teixeira, but he is coming off a brilliant knockout finish over fellow power striker Khalil Rountree Jr.

Ankalaev is also coming off a knockout win but even more spectacularly. He took on Dalcha Lungiambula and in the third round buried him with a phenomenal front kick. This marked three wins in a row after his sole loss which came in the very last second of his fight with Paul Craig, getting caught with a triangle choke.

THE PREDICTION

This is a fascinating match-up as they are both lethal strikers but also skilled and powerful grapplers. Respecting each other’ skill-sets, we could easily see them both abandon their grappling and try to find the finish on the feet or even in the clinch. As neither of them have been knocked out before, we could see a violent decision, but we can’t count out a finish.

Winner: Ankalaev via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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