Nikita Krylov
The Miner


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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 reports.
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.
Submitted in Round 2 in Moscow
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 15, 2018
Krylov was defeated by Jan Blachowicz via submission (arm triangle) at 2:41 of Round 2 at UFC Moscow on Saturday.
Krylov made perplexing strategical decisions in this fight. Blachowicz is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but Krylov chose to take him down in the first round. That led to Blachowicz sweeping him and gaining top control. In the second round Krylov dropped for a leg lock and eventually Blachowicz wound up on top. From there he locked in the submission and forced the tap. These were odd strategical decisions because Krylov is a knockout artist and, on paper, has the advantage standing. His lack of a good game plan cost him and he has now lost two fights in a row.
Returns to UFC for fight with Blachowicz
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 1, 2018
Krylov (25-5-0) was officially booked Wednesday to fight Jan Blachowicz (22-7-0) at UFC Moscow on Sept. 15, Peter Carroll of reports.
After taking a loss to Misha Cirkuov at UFC 206, Krylov joined the Fight Nights Global promotion, winning all four of his fights before he was released from his contract a little over a month ago. He'll now return to the UFC for a light heavyweight bout with the ascending Blachowicz, who has looked strong in his recent bouts with victories over Devin Clark, Jared Cannonier and most recently, Jimi Manuwa at UFC London in March. Krylov had compiled a 6-3 record under the UFC banner prior to leaving the promotion.