Magomed Ankalaev reveals UFC grudge fight with Alex Pereira targeted: ‘We’re waiting for contracts’

Magomed Ankalaev claims UFC grudge fight with Alex Pereira targeted we're waiting on contractsStaking his claim for the next challenge to the light heavyweight throne, Russian contender, Magomed Ankalaev claims the UFC…

Magomed Ankalaev claims UFC grudge fight with Alex Pereira targeted we're waiting on contracts

Staking his claim for the next challenge to the light heavyweight throne, Russian contender, Magomed Ankalaev claims the UFC are targeting a fight between himself and the incumbent titleholder, Alex Pereira, revealing he’s just waiting for the Brazilian to ink his bout agreement.

Ankalaev, the current number two ranked light heavyweight challenger, has been vocal in his pursuit of a grudge fight with former two-division champion, Pereira since the Brazilian’s dominant title defense at UFC 303 at the end of last month.

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Laying waste to the returning former champion, Jiri Prochazka – for the second time since November, no less, Sao Paulo finisher, Pereira launched a stunning second round high-kick – felling the Czech Republic star with another brutal knockout.

And receiving a slew of call outs in the immediate aftermath of his win, Pereira was warned by the above-mentioned, Ankalaev that if he shares the Octagon with him, he will most definitely be finished with strikes.

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Magomed Ankalaev claims Alex Pereira title fight in the works

Providing an update on his own return to action, Ankalaev claims talks are underway with UFC brass for a title charge against Pereira – who confirmed this week how he plans to make a comeback to defend his crown in December.

Magomed Ankalaev vows to KO Alex Pereira he'll be asking are we back in Brazil

“I believe that’s the next one,” Magomed Ankalaev told TMZ Sports of a fight with Alex Pereira. “It’s been a long time in the making, we’re waiting for contracts to be signed, and I think there is no way he escapes this one. I think we’re going to face each other. As of now, it’s in deep negotiations, it’s really up to Pereira to confirm it.”

“…Yes, he’s been impressive but I think it’s gonna be a relatively easy fight for me,” Magomed Ankalaev explained. “Yes, he went up in the weight class and he beat two impressive strikers, but that’s all he had to face so far. I think he didn’t have any serious grappler opponents, and he’s gonna have a hard time dealing with me.”

Who do you pick to win in a future title clash: Alex Pereira or Magomed Ankalaev?

Alex Pereira targeting December return for UFC 310 title fight: ‘It would be a good date for me’

Alex Pereira targets UFC 310 return in December for title fight that's a good date for meOff the back of his knockout win just last month, undisputed light heavyweight champion, Alex Pereira is already weighing…

Alex Pereira targets UFC 310 return in December for title fight that's a good date for me

Off the back of his knockout win just last month, undisputed light heavyweight champion, Alex Pereira is already weighing up his next move – with sights fixed on a title defense at UFC 310 at the end of this year in December.

Pereira, a former undisputed middleweight gold holder and the incumbent light heavyweight champion, headlined UFC 303 at the end of last month during international FIght Week, taking on two-time foe, Jiri Prochazka.

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Felling the Czech Republic for the second time since November of last year, former two-weight champion, Pereira laid out Prochazka with a hellacious second round high-kick knockout, defending his crown for the second time.

Earlier this year, Sao Paulo native, Pereira headlined UFC 300 in April, scoring a one-sided first round KO win over the returning former undisputed gold holder, Jamahal Hill in the pair’s heated grudge match.

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And linked with a slew of next moves off the back of his win against Prochazka, Pereira – who has made a habit of headlining the promotion’s annual trip to Madison Square Garden in November since his organizational debut, appears resigned to missing the showcase this annum.

Alex Pereira weighs up UFC 310 title fight return

Still planning to make one more walk this year, Brazilian star, Pereira confirmed he is eyeing a December date at UFC 310, and weighed up a title defense against the surging, Magomed Ankalaev.

Manager picks surprise rematch for Alex Pereira after UFC 303 win that's underwhelming

“I want to rest a little,” Alex Pereira said on his YouTube channel. “But I think December would be a good date for me.”

“I’m feeling good, [and light heavyweight] is where I want to stay,” Alex Pereira continued. “Doesn’t matter [against] who. A lot of people are saying (Magomed) Ankalaev; that’s who they are talking about now. People are focused on him. But I’m training well, just not for him but for anyone. It’s a good fight for me to fight. I’ll be well prepared for him, or anyone.”

Whilst an official headliner for the promotion’s end-of-year flagship card at UFC 310 has yet to be determined at the time of publication, reports overnight revealed how a potential reworked clash between former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor, and Michael Chandler may land on the event

Who would you like to see Alex Pereira take on in a return at UFC 310?

MMA News Today: UFC 304 Star Paddy Pimblett Becomes Latest To Request Custom Shorts, Two Former UFC Champs Could Box In ONE Championship, & More

Welcome to MMA News Today, a daily feature running down the most interesting stories in the world of mixed martial arts. For July 10, 2024, we’re taking a look at: Paddy Pimblett Requests Signature Orange Shorts For His UFC 304 Return In recent times, certain high profile UFC fighters have been granted custom shorts from Venum that they […]

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Welcome to MMA News Today, a daily feature running down the most interesting stories in the world of mixed martial arts. For July 10, 2024, we’re taking a look at:

  • Pimblett has a special request ahead of June 27
  • ‘Rampage’ vs Rashad Evans could potentially box in ONE Championship
  • Ankalaev resumes pursuit of Pereira

Paddy Pimblett Requests Signature Orange Shorts For His UFC 304 Return

In recent times, certain high profile UFC fighters have been granted custom shorts from Venum that they helped design.

The likes of Max Holloway, Justin Gaethje, Zhang Weili, Dustin Poirier and Alex Pereira have all stepped inside the Octagon with their own distinct looks.

Paddy Pimblett is hoping that he will be able to add his name to this list when he returns at UFC 304 later this month.

“The Baddy” put a post up on Instagram of him reaching out to the UFC’s apparel partner to make a special request before facing King (formerly Bobby) Green in Manchester.

During his days in Cage Warriors, before he signed to the UFC, Pimblett was known for competing in bright orange shorts – which he wants to bring back in front of the UK fans.

‘Rampage’ Jackson Says Boxing Clash With Rashad Evans Is Being Spoken About For Later This Year

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has had to wait a long time to make his debut in boxing due to the saga with Shannon Briggs that never led anywhere.

Now, he has changed his focus and could be set to square off with one of his greatest rivals once again.

Jackson and Rashad Evans fought back at UFC 114 where Evans won via a unanimous decision following one of the most memorable seasons of The Ultimate Fighter.

“Rampage” recently stated during an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast that he could be set to box Evans, with ONE Championship potentially hosting the contest at their event (ONE 169) in Atlanta on November 8.

“He’s still trying, but I lost my faith in Shannon [Briggs],” Jackson said. “I don’t know if he’s going to get it done. He talks a good game. I hope he get it done. If he ever gets it done, I’ll be game to fight him, but right now, I guess my first boxing match is going to be against Rashad. I need to get that win back.”

Magomed Ankalaev Continues To Call Out Alex Pereira Following UFC 303

Magomed Ankalaev has been as vocal as ever following the UFC light heavyweight title fight that took place at UFC 303 on June 29.

After missing out on the title shot with the champion Alex Pereira instead facing Ji?í Procházka in a rematch, Ankalaev believes that he is the next in line.

He believes that “Poatan” does not want to fight him and is therefore continuing to call him out whilst making bold predictions for the fight.

His latest post spoke about why this fight needs to happen next, reaffirming that he will stop Pereira once they meet inside the Octagon.

“@AlexPereiraUFC kept away from me for a reason, and I do understand this is business @ufc best fight the best and he is the best for now I will keep my (word),” Ankalaev wrote on X. “I will knock him out. @Mickmaynard2 @danawhite nothing better than you’ve seen an event somebody going to sleep”

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Magomed Ankalaev Continues Persistent Pursuit Of Alex Pereira Post-UFC 303: ‘This Is A Promise…’ 

UFC light heavyweight contender Magomed Ankalaev wants the next shot at Alex Pereira, and he’s not shying away from letting everyone know it. Ankalaev was ready and waiting to stake his claim for a second championship opportunity in the aftermath of Pereira’s latest triumph — a second-round knockout of Ji?í Procházka in the UFC 303 […]

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UFC light heavyweight contender Magomed Ankalaev wants the next shot at Alex Pereira, and he’s not shying away from letting everyone know it.

Ankalaev was ready and waiting to stake his claim for a second championship opportunity in the aftermath of Pereira’s latest triumph — a second-round knockout of Ji?í Procházka in the UFC 303 main event on June 29.

The result at T-Mobile Arena marked “Poatan’s” second successful defense of the 205-pound gold, coming months on from his brutal finish of Jamahal Hill at UFC 300.

With “Sweet Dreams” having his plans for a rematch delayed by an injury and “BJP” now falling short against Pereira twice in the past eight months, the door appears to be open for Ankalaev.

But believing that the champ is keen to avoid him, the Russian is not going to stop calling his shot…

Ankalaev’s Vocal Approach To Securing Pereira Fight Shows No Signs Of Letting Up

Ever since Pereira’s short-notice victory during International Fight Week late last month, Ankalaev has had the Brazilian’s name on his lips.

By and large, the #2-ranked contender — who is unbeaten in 12 fights since a shock loss to Paul Craig in 2018 — has been accusing Pereira of looking to “run,” as well as making some bold assertions regarding his chances against the former two-weight Glory Kickboxing champion on the feet.

That trend continued this week…

“@AlexPereiraUFC kept away from me for a reason, and I do understand this is business @ufc best fight the best and he is the best for now I will keep my (word),” Ankalaev wrote on X. “I will knock him out. @Mickmaynard2 @danawhite nothing better than you’ve seen an event somebody going to sleep”

Next, the Russian shared a compilation of his knockouts in the UFC, vowing to repeat the feat at the expense of Pereira — once again tagging White and matchmaker Maynard.

“@Mickmaynard2 @danawhite I will do the same thing to Alex. I promise you.”

And Ankalaev’s final comment of the day saw him lay out a “promise.”

“End of the year he’ll be laying on his back looking at the light and ask his corner, are we back in Brazil this is a promise. I will knock him out.”

It remains to be seen when or where Ankalaev’s second title shot will come. But he’s certainly looking to do what he can to ensure he’s not passed over by another name in the division again.

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Magomed Ankalaev vows to KO Alex Pereira by year’s end: ‘He’ll be asking, ‘Are we back in Brazil?’

Magomed Ankalaev vows to KO Alex Pereira he'll be asking are we back in BrazilIssuing multiple call outs to incumbent light heavyweight champion, Alex Pereira off the back of the Brazilian’s stunning UFC…

Magomed Ankalaev vows to KO Alex Pereira he'll be asking are we back in Brazil

Issuing multiple call outs to incumbent light heavyweight champion, Alex Pereira off the back of the Brazilian’s stunning UFC 303 win at the end of last month, Russian contender, Magomed Ankalaev has vowed to knock out the former before this years’ end.

Ankalaev, the current number two ranked light heavyweight challenger, has been out of action since he landed a knockout victory over Pereira’s countryman, Johnny Walker earlier this year, maintaining his spot within the division’s top-3 rankings. 

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As for Pereira, the former undisputed middleweight gold holder headlined the promotion’s International Fight Week card at the end of last month in a rematch against Jiri Prochazka.

And laying waste to the Czech Republic finisher with a thunderous finish, Pereira felled his two-time foe for the second time since November of last year, this time with a massive high-kick knockout.

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Welcoming a heavyweight move and subsequently, a championship super fight against current division champion, Jon Jones following his UFC 303 triumph, Pereira has also been tipped to rematch former titleholder, Jan Blachowicz by his own manager

However, waiting in the wings is the above-mentioned Ankalaev, who has been vocal since Pereira’s success at UFC 303, claiming the promotion have actually prevented him from fighting the Sao Paulo native.

Magomed Ankalaev promises to knock out Alex Pereira later this year

In his latest attempt to secure a title charge against Pereira, Ankalaev has claimed he will knock out the Brazilian by the end of this year.

Manager picks surprise rematch for Alex Pereira after UFC 303 win that's underwhelming

“@AlexPereiraUFC kept away from me for a reason, and I do understand this is business @ufc best fight the best and he is th ebest for now I will keep my work,” Magomed Ankalaev posted on his official X account. “I wil knock him out,@MickMaynard2 @DanaWhite nothing better than you’ve see an event somebody going to sleep.”

“End of the year he’ll be laying on his back looking at the light and ask his corner, ‘Are we back in Brazil?’” Magomed Ankalaev continued. “This is a promise. I will knock him out.”

Who wins in a future UFC championship clash: Alex Pereira or Magomed Ankalaev?

Magomed Ankalaev accuses the UFC of keeping Alex Pereira away from him: ‘I will knock him out’

Magomed Ankalaev accuses the UFC of keeping Alex Pereira away from him: 'I will knock him out'Magomed Ankalaev is accusing the UFC of keeping Alex Pereira away from him. As the No. 2 ranked contender…

Magomed Ankalaev accuses the UFC of keeping Alex Pereira away from him: 'I will knock him out'

Magomed Ankalaev is accusing the UFC of keeping Alex Pereira away from him.

As the No. 2 ranked contender in the division, Ankalaev is widely considered to be the next man in line to challenge for the light heavyweight title after reigning champion Alex Pereira put away Jiri Prochazka in emphatic fashion during the second round of their UFC 303 headliner last month.

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However, Ankalaev recently took to social media, claiming that the promotion is protecting Pereira from him while tagging some pretty big names within the organization.

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“[Alex Pereira] kept away from me for a reason, and I do understand this is business,” Ankalaev wrote on X while tagging the UFC, Dana White and matchmaker Mick Maynard. “Best fight the best and he is the best for now I will keep my work. I will knock him out. Nothing better than you’ve seen an event somebody going to sleep.” 

Ankalaev also replied to a video naming Pereira as the Fighter of the Year in the UFC’s mid-year awards.

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“End of the year he’ll be laying on his back looking at the light and ask his corner, are we back in Brazil this is a promise. I will knock him out,” he wrote. 

Alex Pereira Rumored to Defend His title against magomed ankalaev in the fall

With Pereira putting his title on the line twice in the last three months, ‘Poatan’ is expected to take some time off from the fight game—despite some recent comments regarding UFC 305—though early rumors have suggested that his next appearance inside the Octagon could be this October in Abu Dhabi or a month later when the UFC makes its annual pit stop at MSG.

Presumably, Magomed Ankalaev would be the man standing across from him, but with Dana White becoming more open to the idea of letting Pereira seek a historic third UFC title, it’s possible that Ankalaev may be waiting a while.

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