The UFC officially announced that Ankalaev, the No. 11-ranked light heavyweight in MMA Preventing’s World Rankings, will fight No. 13 Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 267 on Oct. 30 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
MMA DNA became first to fable the novel date for the matchup, which became firstly scheduled for Sept. 4.
Ankalaev (15-1) has emerged as one to examine since shedding his UFC debut by means of ultimate-2nd submission to Paul Craig in 2018. He has bounced again with six consecutive victories, which involves finishes of Ion Cutelaba, Dalcha Lungiambula, and Marcin Prachnio. In his most repeat day day out in February, Ankalaev defeated Nikita Krylov by means of unanimous decision.
Oezdemir (17-5) is 2-3 since stressful Daniel Cormier for the sunshine heavyweight title at UFC 220. This could be Oezdemir’s first fight since July 2020. He’s coming off of a 2nd-spherical knockout loss to Jiri Prochazka.
UFC 267 is headlined by a pair of title fights with Jan Blachowicz defending his light heavyweight championship in opposition to Glover Teixeira in the vital event (with Prochazka serving as a backup fighter), and bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling rematching Petr Yan in the co-predominant event.