Magomed Ankalaev was victorious in his first UFC main event, but it won’t be a fight people will be rushing to watch a second time.
Ankalaev defeated Thiago Santos via unanimous decision in the headliner of UFC Vegas 50 on Saturday at the APEX. It was a slow-paced fight throughout, with both competitors seemingly fighting with the sole purpose of countering the other. In the end, Ankalaev was able to do just enough to edge out more rounds to pick up his eighth straight victory.
Check out how pros reacted to the light heavyweight bout, along with the rest of a main card that absolutely delivered.
Magomed Ankalaev def. Thiago Santos
Ankalaev’s backwards speed has just been too fast for Santos. #UFCVegas50— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) March 13, 2022
Tell the guys in the booth to read my tweets if they want to break this fight down more accurately. @espnmma— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) March 13, 2022
Test Ankalaev’s for cement, his head is made of stone #UFCVegas50— Chris Leben (@ChrisLebenMMA) March 13, 2022
A lot on the line.— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) March 13, 2022
You know you’re a badass when you have a hammer tattooed on your chest— Chris Leben (@ChrisLebenMMA) March 13, 2022
Uppercut from hell gets it done!— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) March 13, 2022
Song Yadong is a big problem for bantamweight division— Diana Belbiță (@DianaBelbita) March 13, 2022
That right hand is nasty asf— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) March 13, 2022
Ding Dong, Who's there? SONG YA F'N DONG! This dude a problem. Only 24 years old?!?! Watch out bantamweights! #UFCVegas50— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) March 13, 2022
Tough break man. I feel for Moraes. I don’t think it’s lack of skill at all. If your chin can’t hold up against “bangers”, when you’re a banger, there’s only 1 result. Nothing away from Yadong, the kid is good! Powerful, quick, explosive! #UFCVegas50— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 13, 2022
Holes everywhere— Lerone Murphy (@LeroneMurphy) March 13, 2022
Sodiq vs Barboza next.— Matt Weibel (@matt_frm) March 13, 2022
Bryce fighting up in the Rankings.
Khalil is the meanest nice guy you’ll ever meet! #UFCVegas50— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) March 13, 2022
Wow— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) March 13, 2022
Rountree hits different— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) March 13, 2022
I went through so many emotions in that 1 round ♂️ wow #UFCVegas50— Vince Morales (@vandetta135) March 13, 2022
Cruz wasn’t happy about that stoppage— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 13, 2022
Wtf?! That was a fast as turn around. This sport is wild man #UFCVegas50— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 13, 2022
The way Pereira throws his hooks, some of the nastiest in the game! #UFCVegas50— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) March 13, 2022
I think Izzy will be fine— Chris Leben (@ChrisLebenMMA) March 13, 2022
What a fight!!! They left it all in the octagon! #UFCVegas50— Cody Durden (@Cody_Durden) March 13, 2022
Ohh he’s getting better Alex continues growing and I see him contending in 3-4 fights— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 13, 2022