Magomed Ankalaev recorded his seventh UFC victory in a row at the UFC 267 event. His defeat in the match against Paul Craig is a stain on his impressive career, in which he holds a 16-1 ratio. Volkan Oezdemir was his most serious opponent in the Octagon so far, and the Dagestani did that fight convincingly.
Asked how satisfied he was with his performance, he said at the press conference after the show that the most important thing was that he achieved victory. "Victory is victory and I am globally happy. I made a mistake in the first round, the deal was to make exchanges at a short distance.
He hit me then and I felt it so we adjusted to the fight and did the right thing. I had a plan and I had to stick to it, "Ankalaev said. Prior to this fight, he was in seventh place in the welterweight rankings, while Oezdemir was one place ahead of him.
So he actually defended his position, but it could happen that he jumps towards the top.
Thus, the question arises as to who could be his next opponent, especially due to the fact that he currently has the longest winning streak in the entire category.
If we take into account that Jan Blachowicz has just lost his title and that Jiri Prochazka is already thinking about Glover Teixeira, we can see that in front of him are Aleksandar Rakić, Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos, and Dominick Reyes, who is in a negative line and is hardly a candidate for such fight..
So far, Ankalaev has not been mentioned by other fighters, and he would really like to be called out and see who considers him a real threat. That's why he didn't even decide to call out anyone but challenged everyone to do it to him.
"I don't know what to say. My goal is constantly the same, it's a title. We'll see if anyone mentions my name this time," he said at the end. His fight against Aleksandar Rakic is not ruled out at the moment, if the UFC decides to throw Ankalaev into the fire immediately, it may seem even more realistic than the clash against Santos or Smith, especially since Rakic overcame both.
It’s an interesting job in front of UFC matchmakers. In any case, he will have time to show again why he is a top fighter and that he deserved much more