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UFC 282
UFC 282

UFC 282

Main event was terrible’: A thrilling UFC 282 ends on a sour note.

LAS VEGAS – Even a casual MMA fan has heard UFC president Dana White admonish his fighters dozens of times over the years, “Don’t leave it in the hands of the judges.” White has never been fond of fighters who try to defend a lead late in a fight, and he urges them to finish because he says he never knows for sure what the judge will do. What are you thinking?

Judging in MMA is unpredictable, at best. On Saturday, after an impressive UFC 282 card at T-Mobile Arena that saw the first 10 fights end in either KOs or submissions, the judges took center stage in the final two bouts. That’s never a good thing, especially when a title fight is involved.

And that’s where things got a little messy. Paddy Pumblet won a unanimous decision over Jared Gordon by a score of 29-28 with several fighters and virtually all members of the media following Gordon. Yahoo Sports had the score 30-27 for Gordon. But the real surprise came in the main event between John Blachucz and Magomed Ankalev, when everyone lost. The contest was drawn by a split. Mike Bell beat him 48-47 Blachowicz. Derek Cleary scored 10-8 in the final round to defeat Incalife 48-46. And Sal D’Amato won 47-47, giving Blachocz the first three rounds, but coming away with a draw, scoring the last 10-8 for Incalife. Yahoo Sports has it 48-47 for Encalef.

Both Ankalaev and Blachowicz lost, as they fought for a vacant title and would not rematch. White said at the post-fight news conference that he will face former champion Glover Teixeira and Jamahill Hill for the vacant title at UFC 283 on Jan. 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The fans lost because no title was decided and, well, it wasn’t a special fight. What are you going to do?” White asked rhetorically. “I thought the main event was terrible.”

Of the scoring controversy, White said, “It’s nothing new.”

In the cage, Ancalf was so upset with the scoring that he questioned whether he would ever fight for the UFC again. He later softened this stance.

UFC 282
UFC 282

Blachocz was frustrated because he felt he couldn’t get out of gear.

“I’m disappointed, because I can do a lot,” he said. “I didn’t. I slept all five rounds. I’m disappointed because it was so close, but it’s also so far away. I’m just disappointed about myself.”

He seemed to think the draw was fair, saying, “Sure, I didn’t win the fight, but maybe I didn’t lose. I don’t know.”

Ankaliev, who held Blachochs down for the majority of the fifth and rose to celebrate at the bell, had no doubts. He thought he had won the competition at his end and nothing that happened later changed his mind.

“The judges have given their verdict, but anyone who has seen the fight today, in the arena or anywhere in the world, knows who won the fight,” Encalev said. “They know who won the title. The judges did what they decided, but I’m going to keep working, keep going.”

It was a wonderful card with an unexpectedly sour ending. Raul Rosas Jr., an 18-year-old signed to “Dana White’s Contender Series,” made his UFC debut, first submitting Jay Perrin. The crowd roared as Rojas stepped into the cage, an ovation reserved for fighters who compete in the main or co-main events. Every time he did something on Saturday, there was joy and it impressed Wyatt.

Everyone who finished received a $50,000 bonus, which Rosas would use to buy his mother a minivan.

White, though, was particularly impressed by Rosas.

“The shocks of the UFC are very real,” White said. “It happens to all guys. I don’t care how good you are, how confident you are, all these things. It’s a real thing and he got over it tonight at a very young age.

Unfortunately, it was difficult to overcome the sour taste in many people’s mouths as the main and co-main event had to be judged. Pumblet was confident he had won and said he knew there would be an uproar.

He injured his right ankle early in the fight and was walking on crutches afterwards. They will have an MRI on him on Monday. But he felt he had done more damage and didn’t care about those who felt he had lost.

Even his compatriot, UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping, felt that Pumblet’s fight was a bad call. Bisping tweeted, “Wrong,” when the fight ended, though he later deleted the tweet.

UFC 282
UFC 282

“Opinions are like donkeys: everyone has one,” Pumblet said. “Battles are fought at a loss. Look at my face and look at his.”

It dampened an otherwise great night, though the good news coming out of it is that the Teixeira-Hill fight for the title looks like it can’t be missed.

One thing you can be sure of is that neither man is going to win. Whoever wins is going for it by pressing the accelerator to the floor and going hard.

A UFC Light Heavyweight

Championship rematch between then-current champion Jiří Procházka (former Herzen Light Heavyweight Champion) and former champion Glover Teixeira was originally expected to headline the event. The pair had previously met at UFC 275 in June, with Procházka winning a back-and-forth fight (and the championship) by submission in the fifth round.[4] However, on November 23, Procházka shouldered is out with an injury that will require surgery and at least six months of rehabilitation. He decided to vacate the title, and Teixeira subsequently declined a replacement fight against Magomed Encalef. Therefore, a co-main event match between former champion John Blachocz (also a former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion) and Incalife was promoted to main event status and a vacant championship was arranged.

A heavyweight bout between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Chris Daukaus was originally scheduled for UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Yan, but was moved to that event for unknown reasons.

Promotional newcomer Bo Nickel was expected to face Jamie Pickett in a middleweight bout. However, it was announced in late October that Nickels had withdrawn due to injury and the contest was scrapped.

The event was expected to feature a light heavyweight bout between former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson and former interim title contender Owens St. Preux. However, Gustafsson withdrew for an undisclosed reason and was replaced by 2018 PFL Heavyweight Tournament winner Philip Lins.[12] In turn, Lins withdrew from the competition for an undisclosed reason and He was replaced by Antonio Troccoli.[13] However, Troccoli withdrew due to visa problems. As a result, St. Preux was also removed from the card as the promotion was unable to find another replacement.

The event was expected to feature a bantamweight bout between Cameron Simon and Ronnie Lawrence. However, Lawrence withdrew for undisclosed reasons a week before the event and was replaced by promotional newcomer Steven Koslow.

The event was expected to feature a welterweight bout between former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Santiago Ponzinibeo. The pair were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 245 in 2019, but Ponzinibbio withdrew due to a staph infection. [19] However, the week of the event, the bout was again dropped when Lawler withdrew due to an undisclosed injury. [20] He was replaced by Alex Morono at a catchweight of 180 pounds.

The event was expected to feature a flyweight bout between Daniel Da Silva and Vinicius Salvador. However, after the official weigh-in, in which da Silva weighed in at 129 pounds, three pounds over the limit for a flyweight non-title fight, it was announced that he had been pulled from the card due to an undisclosed medical issue and that There was competition. finished

Main Card
Weight class method round time notes

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UFC 282

Light Heavyweight John Blachucz vs. Magomed Encalef Draw (Split) (48–47, 46–48, 47–47) 5 5:00 [a]
Lightweight Pedi Pumblet Def. Jared Gordon decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Catchweight (180 lbs.) Santiago Ponzinibeo def. Alex Morono TKO (punches) 3 2:29
Middleweight Drax du Plessis def. Darren Till submission (face crank) 3 2:43
Featherweight Ilia Topuria def. Bryce Mitchell submission (arm triangle choke) 2 3:10
Early Card (ESPN2 / ESPN+)
Bantamweight Raul Rojas Jr. def. J. Perrin Submission (Face Crank) 1 2:44
Heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Chris Daukaus TKO (punches) 1 0:23
Middleweight Admin Shahbazian def. Dalcha Lungiambula TKO (punches) 2 4:41
Middleweight Chris Curtis def. Joaquin Buckley KO (punches) 2 2:49
Preliminary Preliminary Card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
Featherweight Billy Quarantlo def. Alexander Hernandez TKO (knees and punches) 2 4:30
Featherweight T.J. Brown def. Erick Silva submission (arm triangle choke) 3 3:41
Bantamweight Cameron Simon def. Steven Koslow TKO (knees and punches) 3 4:13

Bonus Awards

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.

Fight of the Night: Drax du Plessis vs. Darren Till
PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT: Santiago Ponzinibeu, Elia Toporia, Raul Rojas Jr., Jerezinho Rosenstrock, Adam Shahbazian, Chris Curtis, Billy Corantello, T.J. Brown, and Cameron Simon.

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