UFC Fight Night: Krylov vs Ankalaev Picks and Predictions

Feb 23, 2021 |
UFC Fight Night: Krylov vs Ankalaev Picks and Predictions
Magomed Ankalaev, the No. 11-ranked light heavyweight, is on a five-fight winning streak and is the -340 favorite against Nikita Krylov in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night on Saturday.
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Magomed Ankalaev, the No. 11-ranked light heavyweight, is on a five-fight winning streak and is the -340 favorite against Nikita Krylov in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night on Saturday.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

Nikita Krylov vs. Magomed Ankalaev is the co-main event at UFC Fight Night betting on February 27.

This should be a terrific fight between a pair of young light heavyweights looking to climb the rankings in a wide-open 205-pound division. UFC betting lines have Ankalaev installed as a sizable -340 favorite while Krylov comes back at +260.

Here are our best Krylov vs. Ankalaev picks and predictions for UFC Fight Night on Saturday, February 27 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Krylov vs Ankalaev fight odds

Method of Victory Nikita Krylov Magomed Ankalaev
Win Outright +285 -375
To win by KO/TKO +750 -110
To win by Points +700 +290
To win by Submission  +1,100 +1,200
Draw +5,000 +5,000

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook

Krylov vs Ankalaev betting preview

Nikita Krylov is the No. 8-ranked contender in the UFC light heavyweight division and is coming off a unanimous decision win against Johnny Walker last March. The Ukrainian is 2-2 since returning to the UFC in 2018 but his losses came against current champ Jan Blachowicz and No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira—a bout in which Krylov lost by a close split decision.  

Krylov is 11-3 in his last 14 fights, with five of those wins coming by submission. With a background in Kyokushin Karate, Krylov is a solid striker that likes to work in kicks, but his best work comes on the ground with 15 career wins by submission, including four at the UFC level. 

Magomed Ankalaev is No. 11 in the light heavyweight rankings and is on a five-fight winning streak after a first-round knockout of Ion Cutelaba in October. That was actually his second consecutive stoppage win over Cutelaba after a controversial TKO last February when the referee stopped the fight because he thought Cutelaba was knocked out on his feet. 

Ankalaev has solid wrestling but he's at his best on his feet, where he can utilize his kickboxing and power to devastating effect.

Krylov vs Ankalaev tale of the tape

Nikita Krylov   Magomed Ankalaev
28 Age 28
6-foot-3 Height 6-foot-3
205 lbs Weight 205 lbs
77.5 inches Reach 75 inches
27-7-0 (10 KO) Record 14-1-0 (9 KO)

Krylov vs Ankalaev UFC prediction and betting pick

PREDICTION: Under 1.5 Rounds - Krylov might be a grappler but he's not one of those boring wrestlers that's always looking to wrap up his opponent. Instead, he's a high-energy banger who isn't afraid to go on the offensive.

Krylov's last two fights went to the judges' cards, which is pretty shocking when you consider that each of his previous 31 bouts finished within the distance.  

Likewise, Ankalaev loves to attack with crisp combinations while unleashing his knockout power. Seven of his previous eight wins have come by KO or TKO, with five of those ending within the first round. 

With the finishing ability and aggressiveness of both fighters, we're not expecting this fight to last beyond the midway point of Round 2. 

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