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UFC Fight Night 186 results: Magomed Ankalaev outworks Nikita Krylov en route to sixth straight win

It wasn’t the prettiest, but Magomed Ankalaev kept on rolling Saturday in Las Vegas.

Russia’s Ankalaev (15-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) defeated Ukraine’s Nikita Krylov (27-8 MMA, 8-6 UFC) with a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 186.

The light heavyweight bout was the co-main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It streamed on ESPN+.

Round 1 was perhaps the most complete of Krylov’s career. Known for his sporadically successive wins and losses, Krylov utilized a well-rounded attack to keep Ankalaev at bay. After some clinch grappling, Krylov found success in back-and-forth exchanges on the feet.

But in the second round, Ankalaev found his way. After a handful of exchanges on the feet, Ankalaev found his range and landed some shots. He then dragged the fight to the canvas, where he controlled Krylov for much of the round.

In Round 3, Ankalaev resorted to the game plan that found him success in Round 2. Within the opening two minutes, Ankalaev dragged Krylov to the mat. From top position, Ankalaev grinded out the rest of the fight in a decision-sealing move.

With the victory, Ankalaev extended his winning streak to six. Entering UFC Fight Night 186, Ankalaev had defeated Ion Cutelaba by strikes in back-to-back outings. The Russian light heavyweight’s lone pro loss came to Paul Craig in his UFC debut, when he was submitted in the final second of a fight he had largely dominated.

As for Krylov, the loss is his third in his past five fights. He was finished in two of three of those defeats.

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