UFC 294 | Pro fighters make their picks for Magomed Ankalaev vs. Johnny Walker

By Cole Shelton - October 19, 2023

On the main card of UFC 294, a pivotal light heavyweight bout goes down as Magomed Ankalaev takes on Johnny Walker. Heading into the fight, Ankalaev is a sizeable -390 favorite while the Brazilian is a +280 underdog on FanDuel.

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Ahead of the fight, BJPENN.com reached out to pro fighters to get their predictions for the scrap. The pros agree with the odds as they expect Ankalaev to cruise to a decision win here and likely cement himself as the next title contender.

BJPENN.com Fighter Picks Magomed Ankalaev vs. Johnny Walker:

Bryan Battle, UFC welterweight: That is gonna be something else. I have to go with Ankalaev, I don’t know how Walker’s takedown defense will be.

Adrian Yanez, UFC bantamweight: I’m going with Ankalaev. I just think he is better everywhere than Walker who has faltered when he has gotten to the top of the division.

Alex Morono, UFC welterweight: Man, I think Ankalaev wins but I’m rooting for Johnny Walker. He is always exciting but this is just a tough stylistic matchup for Walker.

Grant Dawson, UFC lightweight: Ankalaev. I think that is an easy fight for Ankalaev, he can outstrike Walker or just outwrestle him for 15 minutes.

Chris Duncan, UFC lightweight: Magomed Ankalaev by TKO in the second or third round. Just outwrestles him and finds the ground and pound finish.

Terrance McKinney, UFC lightweight: That should be a very fun fight. But, I actually think Johnny Walker can pull off the upset. I think he can keep the fight standing and he has more power than Ankalaev and can catch him.

Miles Johns, UFC bantamweight: I got Ankalaev but I wouldn’t be surprised if Walker caught him.

Trevor Peek, UFC lightweight: I think I’ll go with Ankalaev, I think he will probably get a TKO win and make a statement.


Fighters picking Magomed Ankalaev: Bryan Battle, Adrian Yanez, Alex Morono, Grant Dawson, Chris Duncan, Miles Johns, Trevor Peek

Fighters picking Johnny Walker: Terrance McKinney

ICYMI: Pro fighters also made their picks for Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2 and Kamaru Usman vs. Khamzat Chimev at UFC 294.


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