UFC CEO Dana White spoke about the title chances of Russian light heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev in the promotion. According to the American functionary, Ankalaev does not deserve a championship fight.
“Listen, he’s had some tough fights over the last year. I would say unconvincing. We made the best decision to put him back together with Walker. If Magomed confidently defeats Johnny, spectacularly, dominantly, then there will be in further talk about his championship ambitions. He’s not showing championship-caliber fights at the moment,” White said at the UFC press conference.
Ankalaev is in the same spot as Gane. Keep those goofballs as far away from a belt as possible. To warrant another shot for this guy he has to beat Walker, the Jan/Rakic winner, a prospect making their UFC debut, and Ion Cutelaba again.
Maybe he needs to lose to real contenders like Maia and Thompson and then beat Diaz for a gimmick belt like Masvidal and then he can get a title shot and lose all five rounds and then get another title shot and get KOed like Masvidal.
Since the start of 2020, Ankalaev is 6-0-1-1nc and he have been 7-0 and then had the belt and a different fight instead of Walker.
In that same time Stipe is 1-1 and “deserves” a title shot coming off a loss that was almost 2 1/2 years ago now.
Losing to Nate Diaz or beating Nate Diaz for Cracker Jack fake belts, popping for EPO and going four years without wins in the UFC…this is the path to the UFC title shots more and more over the past decade.
Too bad Ankalaev did not go 3-2 over six years or he could have got a title shot like Pena. That foolish guy went 14-1 over six years to get his title shot, should have been smart and popped for EPO and just gone 3-2 instead.
Zero personality too that I can remember. How come basically all but especially bigger Russian fighters are so bland? Sure language is one issue, but many other foreign fighters have personalities and opinions.