UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev prediction, odds, picks, time: Best bets on the fight card from an MMA expert
Former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz will face No. 4-ranked contender Magomed Ankalaev on Saturday in the main event of UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view main UFC 282 fight card is set for 10 p.m. ET from T-Mobile Arena. The main event was originally slated to be a rematch between reigning champion Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira, but Prochazka is out indefinitely because of an injury suffered in training camp, and Teixeira didn’t want to face a new opponent on short notice. The No. 3-ranked Blachowicz lost the title last October to Teixeira but can reclaim it with a win over Ankalaev, who has widely been projected as a future champion since joining the UFC in March 2018.
Ankalaev is a -260 favorite (risk $260 to win $100), while Blachowicz comes back at +220 in the latest UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev odds from Caesars Sportsbook. In the co-main event, lightweight prospects take the spotlight when Paddy Pimblett (-245) squares off against Jared Gordon (+205). Before locking in any UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev picks, make sure you see the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine analyst Kyle Marley.
Marley won the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every professional MMA card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the past three-plus years, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up more than $12,000. The accomplished MMA analyst launched the 2022 UFC season in January by advising SportsLine members to support Calvin Kattar (+200) against Giga Chikadze (-240) in the featherweight main event. Kattar’s lopsided unanimous-decision victory gave Marley’s followers another easy winner. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, with UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev in sight, Marley has studied the card from top to bottom and revealed his best bets. You can only see his MMA picks at SportsLine.
UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev preview
The UFC brass decided to go the interim-title route when it became clear that the original main event would be in limbo indefinitely. The opportunity fell to Blachowicz and Ankalaev, both of whom were top candidates for the next title fight at light heavyweight and were already set to face each other on the card.
Blachowicz (29-9) memorably went on a late-career surge that saw him win nine of 10 fights and capture the belt in the process. His first successful defense came against former middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who was undefeated at the time and aiming to become a two-division champion.
But the 39-year-old Polish slugger, who is best known for his massive power and underrated athleticism, came out flat against Teixeira and was submitted in the second round at UFC 267. However, he rebounded with a stoppage win over No. 5-ranked Aleksandar Rakic in May to rejoin the title picture.
Ankalaev (18-1) joined the UFC as an undefeated and coveted prospect known for his length and knockout power, but his rise was briefly derailed by a last-second submission loss to journeyman Paul Craig in his UFC debut.
The 30-year-old Russian fighter has since won nine straight, but his stock dipped a bit because he faced mostly modest competition during that span. Moreover, a relatively cautious style led to three consecutive lackluster decision victories. But the prospect recaptured some of his momentum and fan support behind a second-round stoppage of former title challenger Anthony Smith at UFC 277 in May. You can see who to back here.
UFC 282 predictions
We’ll share one of Marley’s UFC 282 selections here: He is siding with Billy Quarantillo (-170) to outlast Alexander Hernandez (+150) in a battle of featherweight prospects on the preliminary card.
Quarantillo (16-4) is a versatile prospect known for his rugged ground game and nonstop pace. The 33-year-old New York native won his first three UFC outings but has since dropped two of three.
Hernandez (13-5) is moving down a weight class after he struggled to gain consistent traction at lightweight. The 30-year-old St. Louis native has shown power and athleticism, but has alternated wins and losses in his past eight appearances.
“The longer this fight goes the more I see it favoring Quarantillo. I will take him to win a decision by landing more volume and mixing in takedowns,” Marley told SportsLine. See who else to pick here.
How to make UFC 282 picks
Marley has strong picks for Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night card. He’s also backing a fighter who “is the more dangerous fighter everywhere” to emerge with a dominant victory. Marley’s picks and predictions are only available at SportsLine.
Who wins Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight at UFC 282, all from the incomparable expert who’s up more than $12,000 on MMA in the past three years, and find out.
UFC 282 odds, fight card
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Magomed Ankalaev (-260) vs. Jan Blachowicz (+220)
Paddy Pimblett (-245) vs. Jared Gordon (+205)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-170) vs Alex Morono (+150):
Dricus du Plessis (-180) vs. Darren Till (+160)
Ilia Topuria (-140) vs. Bryce Mitchell (+120)
Joaquin Buckley (-155) vs. Chris Curtis (+135)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (-165) vs. Chris Daukaus (+145)
Raul Rosas (-240) vs. Jay Perrin (+200)
Edmen Shahbazyan (-310) vs. Dalcha Lungiambula (+255)
Billy Quarantillo (-170) vs. Alexander Hernandez (+150)
Erik Silva (-115) vs. TJ Brown (-105)
Vinicius Salvador (-210) vs. Daniel Da Silva (+180)
Cameron Saaiman (-310) vs. Steven Koslow (+255)