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Midnight Mania! Thiago Santos vs Magomed Ankalaev targeted for March 12 UFC main event

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The UFC Light Heavyweight division has a new champion, and the division is heating up as a result. Per a report from ESPN, UFC is targeting a main event match up between former 205-pound title challenger Thiago Santos and fast-rising Russian contender Magomed Ankalaev. No location has yet been announced for the event.

Santos already has history with champion Glover Teixeira, who rallied back from a pair of knockdowns to submit “Marreta” in November 2020. Just about a month ago, Santos returned to the win column with a five-round decision victory opposite Johnny Walker, a rare display of patience from the usually wild kickboxer. Though he’s lost three of his last four, Santos remains ranked inside the divisional Top Five, likely in part due to his strong performance vs. Jon Jones.

On the other hand, Ankalaev would be undefeated inside the cage were it not for a literal last-second Hail Mary submission from Paul Craig. Since that disappointing debut, Ankalaev has gone on a tear, winning seven straight bouts and stopping four of his foes via knockout in the process. Most recently, he picked up a unanimous decision nod over Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 267, pushing him up to the No. 6 position at Light Heavyweight.

With Jiri Prochazka seemingly locked in as the next title contender, there’s a reasonable chance this bout names the contender after him ... although Aleksandar Rakic would be less than pleased.

Who ya’ got?!?


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Slips, rips, and KO clips

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Random Land

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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