Ankalaev is the No. 12 ranked light heavyweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings, and arrives at UFC 267 on the strength of a six-fight winning streak, two bouts of which came against Ion Cutelaba after their controversial first bout. Most recently, the Russian fighter outpointed Nikita Krylov, and aside from a momentary lapse that cost him a submission loss one second before the end of his fight with Paul Craig, he is unblemished in the cage.
Oezdemir, ranked No. 13, comes to the bout on the B-Side after climbing the light heavyweight mountain in quick time only to fall quickly after a lopsided loss to Daniel Cormier. Most recently, the Swiss fighter was knocked out by current title contender Jiri Prochazka, which deflated the momentum he built with back-to-back wins in bouts against Ilir Latifi and Aleksandar Rakic.
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