Magomed Ankalaev and Johnny Walker are set to clash on the main card of UFC 294 PPV event in a light heavyweight bout.
Ankalaev is returning to action for the first time since a hard-fought split draw against Jan Blanchowicz at UFC 282 in December last year. That fight was for UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, and if Ankalaev wins here, he should be next to fight the champion as he is currently on a 10-fight winning streak.
Walker is on a streak himself with 3 wins in a row since losing to Jamahal Hill at the start of 2022. He has wins over Ion Cutelaba, Paul Craig and Anthony Smith, and also makes a strong case for a title shot soon. Will he be able to break Ankalaev’s streak?
Don’t count on this going the distance! @AnkalaevM vs @JohnnyWalker is bound to be a banger!— UFC (@ufc) October 20, 2023
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Tune in below to find out as we post live updates from Magomed Ankalaev vs Johnny Walker light heavyweight bout from UFC 294 event with round-by-round and play-by-play updates.
Johnny Walker was dancing a bit as he made his entrance. Ankalaev was running in during his entrance. Bruce Buffer does the announcements. Dan Movahedi is the referee.
Round 1: Walker throws his hands first. Walker’s right goes through when they go for an exchange. Ankalaev lands a couple of inside calf kicks. Walker also fires one. Ankalaev lands an outside kick. He lands a right when Walker is pulling out of a calf kick. Walker lands an inside kick. Ankalaev lands a big body shot but Walker recovers quickly to hit a knee strike. Ankalaev is on him, though and goes for a choke. Walker has pinned himself to the cage to protect himself. Ankalaev grabs his arm and lands some shots. They continue to tussle in the corner. Ankalaev attempts a knee to the body but it lands on the face. The referee separates them and calls in a doctor for a concussion test. The doctor is calling to discontinue the fight. Walker is getting ready for the fight though and pushes away a crew member. Some words are exchanged and Ankalaev is also fired up. Crew members are the ones who are keeping them apart. Both teams and UFC President Dana White are all in the ring.
Official Decision: No Contest due to unintentional foul