Originally slated for the UFC Fight Night 191 card on Sept. 4, Ankalaev (15-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) vs. Oezdemir (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has moved to the Oct. 30 pay-per-view card, which takes place at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The event is expected to air on ABC.
A person with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous because the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. MMA DNA was first to report the news.
Since dropping his UFC debut in a comeback loss to Paul Craig, Russia’s Ankalaev has emerged as one of the top contenders in the light heavyweight division. Currently riding a six-fight winning streak, which includes back-to-back finishes of Ion Cutelaba, Ankalaev is coming off a unanimous decision win over Nikita Krylov in February.
Oezdemir will look to bounce back from his knockout loss to Jiri Prochazka at UFC 251 in July 2020. Prior to that, the former title challenger scored two straight wins over Ilir Latifi and rising contender Aleksandar Rakic.
With the addition, the UFC 267 lineup now includes:
Champ Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira – for light heavyweight title
Champ Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan – for bantamweight title
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Islam Makhachev
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Volkov
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Li Jingliang
Virna Jandiroba vs. Amanda Ribas
Walt Harris vs. Tai Tuivasa
Shamil Gamzatov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Ricardo Ramos vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Tristan Connelly
Allan Nascimento vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
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Volkan Oezdemir def. Aleksandar Rakic at UFC on ESPN+ 23: Best photos
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