Ankalaev (9-1-0) has won just one of two bouts thus far in the UFC, with that lone win coming over Marcin Prachnio at UFC Fight Night Moscow. Ankalaev is a former World Fighting Championship Akhmat Light Heavyweight Champion, defeating Maxim Grishin at WFCA 30 to claim the gold. Ankalaev has picked up nine wins as a professional MMA fighter and five of those victories have come by way of KO/TKO.
De Abreu (14-2-0) is going to be making his UFC debut in this bout and does so on the strength of a six fight winning streak. De Abreu has competed sixteen times as a professional MMA fighter and he has yet to go the distance. De Abreu has experience competing against UFC fighters, as he defeated Johnny Walker by second round submission at Samurai FC 12.
UFC Fight Night Prague takes place on Saturday, February 23 from the 02 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic with Jan Blachowicz and Thiago Santos headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.