Nikita Krylov
The Miner

Ukraine

Grinds past Johnny Walker
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 14, 2020
Krylov defeated Johnny Walker via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Krylov has a big, long frame for the light heavyweight division and he used that frame to control Walker on the mat in this one. Knowing full well that Walker has crazy power, Krylov made a concerted and repeated effort to get this fight to the ground. All told, Krylov was credited with three successful takedowns on eight attempts. He never came all that close to finishing Walker but keeping the Brazilian on the mat was Krylov's main goal and he passed that test with flying colors. Krylov has now alternated wins and losses since returning to the UFC in September 2018. He has far more talent than you're typical .500 fighter, so it would be nice to see Krylov get on a roll.
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Slated to fight Johnny Walker
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 4, 2019
Krylov is being targeted to face Johnny Walker in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Brasilia on March 14, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old made his return to the UFC in September of 2018, but he is 1-2 since that time, including his most recent loss to Glover Teixeira via split decision at UFC Vancouver in September. Walker's most recent action ended in a loss to Corey Anderson via TKP (punches) at UFC 244 in November, which brought his professional record to 17-4 and exposed a slight weakness against wrestling-based fighters, which is a skill that Krylov has shown in the past. Walker carries advantages in height and reach as Krylov looks to start a new winning streak by exploiting Walker's weaknesses.
Drops narrow split decision
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 14, 2019
Krylov lost to Glover Teixeira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday in Vancouver.
ANALYSIS
Krylov actually had better numbers in terms of significant strikes over the first two rounds, but it was evident Teixeira's shots were doing more damage. He also had some success in the grappling game with two takedowns, five passes and a reversal, but it was Teixeira constantly going for the submissions in the grappling exchanges. Krylov will have plenty of success on the mat against most light heavyweights, but the Brazilian veteran is in a league of his own. As a result, Krylov falls to 1-2 since returning to the UFC in September of 2018.
Draws Teixeira in Vancouver
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 25, 2019
Krylov will take on Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Vancouver on September 14.
ANALYSIS
Krylov had hit a rough patch with a two-fight losing streak and extended absence in between, but bounced back last April in Florida with a submission victory over Ovince Saint Preux. It was the fifteenth submission victory of his pro career, but that won't come as easy against Teixeira, who owns a 2nd degree BJJ black belt under Luigi Mondelli. Krylov will enter with near-negligible height and reach advantages, but a pretty sizable edge in volume striking. He's also a more accurate striker than Texeira (though over a shorter sample size), but Teixeira sports the edge in defensive striking. This is due largely to his takedown ability, as Teixeira has 2.09 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time over his lengthy pro career. Krylov defends takedowns at a substandard rate of 46 percent.
Gets revenge on OSP
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Krylov defeat Ovince Saint Preux via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:30 of Round 2 at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Krylov started slowly for a second fight in a row, but a combination of his patience and OSP's incompetence earned him the victory. "The Miner" managed to survive three successful early takedowns from Saint Preux and once Round 2 began, Krylov picked up a shockingly easy takedown of his own and patiently worked for the RNC that ended the bout. Krylov is legitimately talented and still just 27 years old, but he has always struggled to put together a string of victories. Perhaps Saturday's strong effort will get him going.
Draws OSP in Atlanta
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 12, 2019
Krylov will take on Ovince Saint Preux in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 236 on April 13 in Atlanta, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Krylov began a five-fight winning streak in 2014, but things have turned around fast, as he's now lost back-to-back fights as the competition started to heat up. He now draws an active veteran in Saint Preux that is looking to bounce back from a loss as well, and a win here would likely get Krylov back in the 205-pound rankings. A loss, and he could be looking for another banner to fight under. Krylov sports exceptional volume striking with a rate of 5.59 significant strikes landed per minute, but that can be a bit deceiving given that his fights don't last very long. What's most concerning is his 40 percent takedown defense -- something OSP will likely look to exploit early and often.