Mick Maynard’s Shoes: What’s next for Magomed Ankalaev after UFC Fight Night 234 win?

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Magomed Ankalaev offered more evidence that he’s one of the best, if not the best light heavyweight in the world with a statement performance against Johnny Walker at UFC Fight Night 234.

After a foolish illegal knee led to a no contest in their first meeting at UFC 294 this past October, Ankalaev (19-1-1 MMA, 10-1-1 UFC) left no doubt in the rematch when he scored a second-round knockout of Walker (21-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) to extend his unbeaten streak to 12 fights and position himself for a shot at gold.

With 205-pound champion Alex Pereira currently not booked, and a potential opening for a matchup at UFC 300 on April 13, is Ankalaev the top candidate for the next title bout?

Watch the video above for thoughts and analysis on his future after UFC Fight Night 234.

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