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Why is Prohazka valued more than Ankalaev? The samurai deprived the Russian of his title

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 11:57:52

On the night of June 30 in Las Vegas, as part of International Fight Week, the UFC 303 tournament will take place, the main event of which will be the fight for the light heavyweight title between Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka.

This is a rematch, their first fight took place relatively recently, in November last year, but since then the fighters managed to knock out their opponents once and are now entering the second round of their confrontation. At the same time, Magomed Ankalaev, who on paper is stronger than both, will once again watch the title fight from the sidelines. It has already been said many times that the Russian is not of much interest to the organization because of his silence, and now he is simply “punished.”

Earlier in the year, Ankalaev knocked out Johnny Walker and stated that he was ready to fight Alex Pereira in any tournament, regardless of the circumstances. However, when the time came, Magomed withdrew from both UFC 300 and UFC 301, citing Ramadan and little time to prepare. At the same time, his main title contender, Jiri Prochazka, spoke to Pereira at the anniversary event and stated that he was ready to fight the champion in three weeks in Brazil. Cardinal difference in approaches.

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An angry statement from Ankalaev coach Sukhrab Magomedov soon appeared: “They want to play by their own rules and we want to play by ours. I can’t give an exact answer. We are offered those fight venues where we do not want to fight, including the conditions under which fights are offered. It took us a long time to get to the title fight. We want to fight on our own terms. Why do we always have to meet them halfway, but not us? In recent years we have fought every opponent that was offered to us. They don’t want to listen to our wishes. Financial issue, preparation issue. Coming to Brazil is not so easy. “We previously accepted all the conditions of the UFC, but now we are waiting for them to meet us halfway.”

The statement is very misplaced and at the wrong time. Magomed also challenged the champion, but with one comment: she called him to fight in Abu Dhabi. Shortly after, Pereira, who had previously stated that he was ready to fight Ankalaev, said that he was discussing his new fight with the UFC and that the opponent was not a Dagestani. That’s what happened in the end. Prochazka and his loyalty to the promotion, along with his willingness to fight anywhere, anytime, outweighed the fact that from a sporting perspective, Ankalaev deserved a title shot.

Magomed Ankalayev

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It is also important that Prochazka is now going to save a major tournament and enter the fight, like Pereira, on two weeks’ notice. It is not a fact that Ankalaev would accept this fight. Jiri himself has already said that initially there was talk of the possibility of a fight with Pereira in Abu Dhabi (UFC 308), then there was talk of Perth (UFC 305), and in the end they will fight at UFC 303, and the Czech samurai accepted. all offers.

This is the main reason why he beats Ankalaev in the race. At a recent press conference, Dana White answered a question about Magomed and hinted that he needs another fight: “Ankalaev is ready for a title fight and he will get it if he maintains his high position in the rankings.”

Perhaps Ankalaev will become the next contender at the end of the year. Pereira himself expresses interest in this fight: “Magomed Ankalaev is the guy I would like to test myself against. A lot of people are talking about this fight and they are sure that he will submit me very quickly. I would like to silence these people and show my game on the field. “It won’t be an easy fight, but it will be a very interesting one.”

The other problem is that Ankalaev doesn’t fight very often. Pereira himself is willing to fight three fights a year, regardless of his champion status. This helps both close and save numbered tournaments, because Alex is always ready. If Magomed wins the belt, then this option will be lost, since, most likely, there will be two fights in a year, and one of them in Abu Dhabi. Okay, but UFC is more profitable than Pereira. If he wins Prohaska, there is always a chance to put together a trilogy and leave Ankalaev behind again.

However, if Magomed continues to fight and his team does not talk about “his conditions”, sooner or later the UFC simply will not be able to refuse him and will give him a well-deserved title opportunity.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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