Magomedov Ankalaev could make his UFC main event debut next year, as the promotion is currently attempting to book him in a headlining bout against Thiago Santos for March 13th. The potential matchup was first reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
Should the fight be made official, the light heavyweight fight would join a card that doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
Ankalaev is being targeted for a UFC main event after a nearly unstoppable run in the promotion thus far.
While he dropped his promotional debut in 2018 to Paul Craig, the 29-year-old has since earned seven consecutive wins. He earned two wins this year, going the distance against experienced light heavyweights Nikita Krylov and Volkan Oezdemir.
Ankalaev’s next opponent, Santos, has been at a high level of the division for a long time now. In a clear testament to that statement, the potential upcoming matchup could be his fifth main event bout in his past six fights.
Santos snapped a three-fight losing streak in October, going five rounds against Johnny Walker for a decision victory. His previous losses were against big names in the division like former champ Jon Jones and current champion Glover Teixeira.
No other bouts have been reported for UFC’s March 12th card thus far.