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UFC 282 Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev: Live Results and Analysis

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The UFC light heavyweight title will be up for grabs this weekend – even without the participants originally scheduled to fight for gold.

Former champion Jan Blachowicz will face Magomed Ankalaev in the main event of UFC 282 on Saturday in Las Vegas. The winner will claim the vacant UFC 205-pound title. Jiri Prochazka relinquished the belt due to a shoulder injury and his anticipated challenger (and former champion) Glover Teixeira is likely next in line for Blachowicz’s winner against Ankalaev.

Blachowicz and Ankalaev were supposed to fight in the co-main event in a title eliminator, but they will now square off in a five-round title fight.

Blachowicz (29-9) has won six of his last seven fights. The Polish fighter’s only loss during that span came against Teixeira, who defeated Blachowicz for the title at UFC 267 in October 2021. Blachowicz, 39, knocked out Dominick Reyes to win the title at UFC 253 in September 2020, then successfully defended it against Israel. Adesanya at UFC 259 in March 2021.

Ankalaev (18-1) has won nine in a row. The Dagestan-born fighter is coming off a second-round TKO of Anthony Smith at UFC 277 in July. Ankalaev, 30, has only one loss in the UFC, in his first fight against Paul Craig in 2018, a fight he was winning until Craig caught him in a triangle choke with a second to play in combat.

In the co-main event, fan favorite Paddy Pimblett will take on Jared Gordon in a lightweight match. Pimblett (19-3) has won five straight overall, including his first three in the UFC. The 27-year-old England native is a former Cage Warriors featherweight champion. Gordon (19-5), a 34-year-old New York native, has won four of his last five fights.

Follow Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim recap all the action or watch the fights live on ESPN+ PPV.


Current fight: Middleweight: Darren Till (18-4-1, 6-4-1 UFC, +160) against Dricus du Plessis (17-2, 3-0 UFC, -190)


UFC 282 Results

Men’s featherweight: Ilia Topuria (13-0, 5-0 UFC) def. Bryce Mitchell (15-2, 6-1 UFC) by submission

Topuria and Mitchell, both excellent grapplers, had their fight decided by strikes. Topuria won the fight there, as Mitchell tapped out in the second round. More to come from Vegas in a moment.


Men’s Bantamweight: Raul Rosas Jr. (7-0, 1-0 UFC) def. Jay Perrin (10-7, 0-3 UFC) by submission (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

Rosas, 18,’s future fighter began with two records: First, he became the youngest fighter to compete in the UFC, then he became the youngest to win inside the Octagon.

Rosas made it look easy. He got the fight to the canvas in the first minute, immediately regaining control of the back, which he maintained before inducing the tapout from Perrin via a rear-end choke at 2:44 of the first round. Then the undefeated Rosas showed the poise of a veteran in his post-fight. interview, saying, “Dana! Fifty g!” He was claiming a bonus from the UFC p[resident Dana White “so I can buy my mother a minivan and she can give me a ride to the [UFC Performance Institute].”

How old is Rosa? When he was born on Oct. 18, 2004, Robbie Lawler, who was scheduled to compete on this card before injury sidelined him, was already six fights into his UFC career.

Perrin, a 29-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts, lost all three of his UFC fights and his record fell to 10-7.


Heavyweight: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (13-4, 7-4 UFC) def. Chris Daukaus (12-6, 4-3 UFC) by knockout (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

It had been over a year since Rozenstruik added a knockout win to his resume. This streak ended strongly on Saturday.

Rozenstruik, 34, hit Daukaus from the opening bell and put him away in just 23 seconds. He immediately hurt Daukaus with a jab, a left hook and a jumping knee. Another right hand put him on the canvas and the fight was called off. It was a throwback to the 2019 version of Rozenstruik, who finished three straight opponents in less than a minute.

Daukaus of Philadelphia has had a very tough run lately. After starting his UFC career on a four-fight winning streak, Daukaus has now suffered three straight knockout losses. Rozenstruik triggers a two-fight skid with the win.


Middleweight: Edmen Shahbazyan (12-3, 5-3 UFC) def. Dalcha Lungiambula (11-6, 2-5 UFC) by TKO (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

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Edmen Shahbazyan finishes his opponent Dalcha Lungiambula in front of an effervescent crowd in Vegas.

Shahbazyan was once one of the top prospects on the UFC roster, Ronda Rousey’s protege on a championship course.

The last two years haven’t been so kind to him. But the changes – more than a year off, a new gym and a new manager – appear to have steered Shahbazyan in the right direction. He picked up a TKO win over Lungiambula at 4:41 of the second round with a clean punching display.

“I’m glad I took this time to improve myself,” Shahbazyan said. “I moved to Vegas. Guess I’m Vegas Edmen now.”

Shahbazyan left Glendale Fighting Club for Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and now has Dominance MMA’s Ali Abdelaziz as his manager. He hadn’t fought since November 2021. Shahbazyan started a flurry with a knee that hurt Lungiambula, and a right hand put the opponent down. Some were crawling on the ground and pounding finished things.

Shahbazyan, still only 25, ended a three-game losing streak with the win. The California native went 4-0 with three finishes to start his UFC run. Lungiambula, a 35-year-old Congo-born fighter, has lost four straight and five of six.


Middleweight: Chris Curtis (30-9, 4-1 UFC) def. Joaquin Buckley (15-6, 5-4 UFC) by knockout (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

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Chris Curtis knocks out Joaquin Buckley in the second round of their fight in Las Vegas.

Curtis is known as “The Action Man”, but for a lap and a half it was Buckley who led the action. Although Curtis was the most accurate attacker and was well guarded by his defense, Buckley’s aggression led the way.

Curtis pivoted and went to his bread and butter, counter punch, and instantly turned the tables. The 35-year-old from Las Vegas caught a kick from Buckley and, while holding the leg with his right hand, unloaded a straight left hand that dropped his opponent, leading to a knockout on the canvas at 2 :49 of Round 2.

The win put Curtis back on track after his eight-game winning streak came to an end in July. Buckley, 28 and a native of St. Louis, has lost two in a row.


Men’s Featherweight: Billy Quarantillo (16-5, 5-2 UFC) def. Alexander Hernandez (13-6, 5-5 UFC) by TKO (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

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Billy Quarantillo finishes Alexander Hernandez in the second round of their preliminary bout at UFC 282.

The man they call ‘Billy Q’ is known for his entertaining style, and that was once again the case in a second-round finish.

Quarantillo of New York finished Hernandez at 4:30 with standing strikes against the fence. The finish came after Quarantillo stuffed multiple takedown attempts from Hernandez and made him pay for the failed effort with knees to the body.

As Hernandez began to tire from the body shots, Qurantillo looked to pour him on the feet. In an extended streak, he caught Hernandez with an uppercut, a punch from Superman and a flurry along the fence. Hernandez tried to survive and fight back, but eventually the volume built up to the point that he had to be stopped.

Quarantillo, 34, overcame a difficult first round in which Hernandez opened a deep cut over his left eye with his elbows. His wrestling defense was key to turning the tide and he has now won five of his seven UFC appearances.


Men’s featherweight: TJ Brown (17-9, 3-3 UFC) def. Erik Silva (9-2, 0-1 UFC) by submission (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

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TJ Brown defeats Erik Silva via arm triangle in the third round to excite the crowd at UFC 282.

Brown had a bit of chaos in camp at UFC 282, but he didn’t let it affect his performance. Towards the end of a back and forth fight, Brown was able to get into top position, switch to an arm-triangle choke and force Silva to tap out at 3:41 of the third round. Brown had trained with James Krause at Glory MMA in Missouri, but the UFC banned Krause amid a betting investigation and fighters were told to disassociate themselves from him or they can’t compete in events. of the UFC. Krause was out of Brown’s corner.

Brown immediately rocked Silva with a right hand to start the fight. The two exchanged heavy blows and jostled each other throughout the fight. But Brown was able to get into a superior position at the top and into submission.

Brown, 32, has won three of his last four fights. The Arkansas native is Dana White’s Contender Series alum. Silva, a 35-year-old Venezuelan-born fighter who trains in Costa Rica, was making his UFC debut after earning a contract on Contender Series.


Men’s Bantamweight: Cameron Saaiman (7-0, 1-0 UFC) def. Steven Koslow (6-1, 0-1 UFC) by TKO (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

Two undefeated 135-pounders opened the night with a fight that did what heavyweight fights rarely do: draw cheers rather than boos from MMA fans just for us. But after the fighters traded advantages on the mat in entertaining scrambles for much of the fight, the crowd finally got what they came for, when Saaiman hurt Koslow with a foot flurry in the third round and got the TKO at 4:13.

For Saaiman, a 21-year-old South African, it was his UFC debut. He scored finishes in six of his seven wins.


Still to come:

  • Light Heavyweight Championship: Jan Blachowicz (29-9, 12-6 UFC, +220) vs. Magomed Ankalaev (18-1, 9-1 UFC, -270)

  • Lightweight: Paddy Pimblett (19-3, 3-0 UFC, -240) vs. Jared Gordon (19-5, 7-4 UFC, +200)

  • Catchweight (180 lbs): Santiago Ponzinibbio (29-6, 10-5 UFC) vs. Alex Morono (22-7 1 NC, 11-4 1 NC UFC)

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