UFC Fight Night 186: Magomed Ankalaev media day interview

UFC Fight Night 186: Magomed Ankalaev media day interview

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REPORTER 1: Magomed, you're currently on a very impressive five-fight winning streak. I'm just curious what you think the key to your success has been during this run.

TRANSLATOR: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

MAGOMED ANKALAEV:

TRANSLATOR: There's no secret. There's no key. It's all about hard work, and I have a goal, and we're just getting ready.

REPORTER 1: Nice. Last year, you fought Ion Cutelaba twice. You had the rematch rescheduled and rescheduled over and over. So I'm just curious how happy you are right now to be preparing for a different opponent, not have to think about him anymore.

TRANSLATOR: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

MAGOMED ANKALAEV: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

TRANSLATOR: Well, this is a sport. I had a long story with Cutelaba, but now the story is over, and I have new goals.

REPORTER 1: Very nice. When you got paired up with Nikita Krylov, I'm just curious what your thoughts were when they presented him to you. Is it an exciting fight for you?

TRANSLATOR: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

MAGOMED ANKALAEV: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

TRANSLATOR: This is more like a test flight for me, a regular test flight. This is a-- it's very interesting for me. And it's a top eight.

REPORTER 1: Yeah, I was going to say, he's fought more higher ranked guys than you have. Are-- is his experience a concern for you coming into this fight?

TRANSLATOR: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

MAGOMED ANKALAEV: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

TRANSLATOR: I don't really have any concerns. This is a regular fight for me. We were working very hard to train for it. So--

REPORTER 1: Nice. A win here and you'd certainly be facing a top ranked opponent next. Are there any particular match-ups or names that you're looking to fight with a win here?

TRANSLATOR: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

MAGOMED ANKALAEV: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

TRANSLATOR: I don't really think about that yet. So I'm really focused on this fight, and then after that fight, we'll think about it.

REPORTER 1: Last thing for me, I mean, this is a big opportunity and a big test for you. What type of fight do you think we see on Saturday?

TRANSLATOR: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

MAGOMED ANKALAEV: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

TRANSLATOR: It will be a very interesting fight with a strong opponent. It will be very tough 15 minutes.

REPORTER 2: He's a very exciting fighter. What does he think makes him so exciting? Yeah him.

TRANSLATOR: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

MAGOMED ANKALAEV: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

TRANSLATOR: He's not-- I'm not sure how to answer that question.

MAGOMED ANKALAEV: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

TRANSLATOR: He's not sure that he understood the question.

REPORTER 2: He is very exciting. You're a very exciting fighter. Why do you think you are-- what is it that makes you so exciting to watch?

TRANSLATOR: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

MAGOMED ANKALAEV: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN)

TRANSLATOR: Hard work works out. Pays back.