Magomed Ankalaev on Split Decision draw at UFC 282: ‘It’s hard to describe the words’

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Magomed Ankalaev can’t believe what transpired in the main event of UFC 282. He took on the former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz and the fight ended in a controversial draw.

At UFC 282, Magomed Ankalaev faced Jan Blachowicz for the vacant title, and after the contest many believed the Russian would be named the new champion. But the judges gave it a split draw, and now, a few days later, Magomed Ankalaev has posted a lengthy statement to Instagram.

Ankalaev promises in the statement that he will one day win the title and that he won’t let judges decide his fights.

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Magomed Ankalaev issues statement 

Hello to all. It’s hard to describe with words the feelings I feel these days. My team and I have been working towards this goal for many years,” Ankalaev wrote on Instagram. “Probably this is how my life path is arranged, that nothing is easy for me, but I always know where and why I’m going. I know and believe that there is good in everything and this is no exception. I will not look for the guilty, I will prove it by case and will do everything to win this belt without giving the judges the opportunity to make decisions.

I receive a huge number of calls, messages with words of support to my address, for which I want to say thank you very much to everyone who was sick and worried!
For me, the recognition of your hearts is much more important than what is written on paper. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who is involved in my journey in this sport. The goal has no expiration date and we will definitely come back better and stronger!,” Ankalaev concluded.

Magomed Ankalaev (18-1-1) is coming off a draw with Blachowicz after a run of nine straight victories. He achieved important victories throughout his winning skid, including victories over Volkan Oezdemir, Anthony Smith, and Thiago Santos.



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