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UFC Kickstarts 2024 with Explosive Rematch: Magomed Ankalaev vs. Johnny Walker Set to Ignite

The UFC has set the stage for a high-stakes main event to kick off the New Year, as light heavyweight contenders Magomed Ankalaev and Johnny Walker prepare to settle unfinished business in a highly anticipated rematch. UFC Fight Night on Jan. 13 will witness these two fierce competitors clash once again in a five-round bout, headlining the event that promises fireworks from the get-go.

Confirmation of this electrifying rematch came via SBG Ireland’s John Kavanagh, who shared the news on “The MMA Hour”. While an official announcement from the UFC is pending, the event is expected to unfold at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, setting the stage for a thrilling showdown.

Ankalaev (18-1-1) and Walker (21-7) left fans hanging after their last encounter at UFC 294 ended in a controversial no contest. The clash saw Ankalaev delivering an illegal knee to Walker's head while he was down on the canvas, prompting referee Dan Movahedi to pause the fight and bring in the cageside doctor for an assessment.

Despite Walker seemingly indicating his readiness to continue, the doctor advised the fight be halted at the 3:13 mark of Round 1, sparking immediate protests from Walker and a tense confrontation between the fighters.

Ranked No. 3 and No. 7 respectively in the UFC light heavyweight rankings, Ankalaev and Walker are gearing up for a chance at redemption. The victor of this rematch could potentially position themselves for a title shot against the newly crowned champion, Alex Pereira, who clinched the belt with a remarkable knockout of Jiri Prochazka at UFC 295.

Amidst the excitement for this headline event, the light heavyweight division remains a cauldron of talent vying for the throne. With the upcoming bout between Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic at UFC 297 also in contention for a shot at the title, the stakes couldn't be higher as the division gears up for a thrilling start to the year 2024.


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