Cutelaba vs Ankalaev rebooked after controversial end to first fight

The explosive light heavyweights will lock horns once again

After a controversial and heavily criticised call to a high-profile fight, things are now set for a rematch. At UFC Norfolk last weekend light heavyweights Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev clashed in a bout with a lot of tension. At the weigh-ins, and even in the cage before the bout officially started, the two were in each others faces. Unfortunately, referee Kevin MacDonald stopped the fight less than a minute in. Cutelaba was hit with a hard head kick, that seemingly had him hurt. He remained on his feet and fired back shots, however, angrily protesting the call.

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The MMA community was quick to let the criticism rain down on MacDonald. Even legendary MMA referee John McCarthy let loose on McDonald.

“If you’re gonna do a job, do the goddamn job,” MacCarthy wrote. “Quit trying to look cool, quit trying to be a fan, do your frickin’ job.”

Now the two light heavyweights have been booked for a second bout. The rematch will take place at UFC 249 in Brooklyn, April 18th.

Breaking: Per sources, UFC rebooking last week’s controversial bout between Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev to UFC 249 in April in Brooklyn,” ESPN’s Brett Okamoto wrote on Twitter.

UFC 249 is capped off by the much-anticipated lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. That fight has been cancelled four times previously, making it an appropriate event for Cutelaba vs Ankalaev 2.

Who wins the rematch: Ion Cutelaba or Magomed Ankalaev?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for