Blachowicz-Ankalaev fights to split the tie; Gordon Pemblett Decisions

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 10: (RL) Magomed Ankalev of Russia punches Jan Blaszewicz of Poland for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship during event UFC 282 at T-Mobile Arena on December 10, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Hafey/Getty Images)

Saturday’s main event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas featured a title fight that was never meant to happen.

In mid-November, the Light Heavyweight Champion Jerry Prochazka suffered a major shoulder injury and had to pull out of his UFC 282 headliner vs. Glover Teixeira. Then, facing a long rebound, Prochazka vacated his belt in order not to disrupt the split. Teixeira turned down the opportunity to fight someone else for the title, so the UFC moved up the fight between the former champion Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev in the main event And put the vacated belt on the line.

And after Saturday’s main event, the fight might not have happened either. The belt remained vacant thereafter Ankalev and Blachowicz fought to a controversial draw. The judges scored it 48-47, 46-48, and 47-47.

At the co-chair, the judges also made a controversial decision and awarded Buddy Pemblett a unanimous decision win over Jared Gordon despite the unbalanced stats in Gordon’s favor.

Here’s how the battles unfolded:

UFC 282 main card results

  • Light heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev ends in split decision (48-47, 46-48, 47-47)

  • Lightweight: Paddy Pimblett def. Jared Gordon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Catchweight (180 lbs.): Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Alex Morono by TKO (punches) at 2:29 from R3:

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Full results from the UFC 282 preliminary card

UFC 282 ePrelim card full results

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 9: (LR) Opponents Jan Blachowicz of Poland and Magomed Ankalev of Russia face off during the UFC 282 ceremonial banquet at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 09, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Chris Unger/Zoffa LLC.

Jan Balashowitz of Poland and Magomed Ankalayev of Russia face off during the UFC 282 ceremonial bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 9, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zoffa LLC.

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