UFC 282 — Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev: Fight card, date, rumors, odds, complete guide, location
Things change quickly in the sport of mixed martial arts. That remains true as UFC closes out 2022 with what was planned to be an epic rematch for the light heavyweight title. Instead, that title is now vacant and looking to crown a new champion at UFC 282 in Las Vegas.
Former champion Jan Blachowicz will battle Magomed Ankalaev for the title now after Jiri Prochazka chose to vacate it following a devastating injury in training camp. Prochazka suffered a brutal shoulder injury that UFC president Dana White said was one of the worst his doctors had ever seen. As a result of how long the recovery time would be, Prochazka chose to free the title up for the rest of the division. His original challenger, Glover Teixeira, was reportedly offered a chance to face Ankalaev, but turned down the opportunity while asking for more time to prepare.
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Ankalaev will enter his first title opportunity on a nine-fight win streak while Blachowicz earned a win over Aleksandr Rakic in his last outing — his first since ceding the belt to Teixeira in October 2021.
The co-main event brings some star power, however, as Paddy Pimblett makes his return to the Octagon. The native of Liverpool, England, is set for his debut on a UFC PPV when he takes on Jared Gordon in a lightweight contest. Pimblett has won all three of his appearances thus far with the promotion and each win has come by stoppage. Gordon enters the bout having won four of his last five since 2020.
Below is the complete fight card for UFC 282 along with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Check back all week long for the latest news, features and other content around this massive event.
UFC 282 fight card, oddsMagomed Ankalaev -260 vs. Jan Blachowicz +210, light heavyweights
Paddy Pimblett -240 vs. Jared Gordon +200, lightweightsDricus Du Plessis -180 vs. Darren Till +155, middleweightsIlia Topuria -135 vs. Bryce Mitchell +115, featherweightsJairzinho Rozenstruik -170 vs. Chris Daukaus +145, heavyweightsRaul Rosas Jr. -230 vs. Jay Perrin +190, bantamweightsEdmen Shahbazyan -310 vs. Dalcha Lungiambula +250, middleweightsJoaquin Buckley -150 vs. Chris Curtis +125, middleweightsBilly Quarantillo -160 vs. Alexander Hernandez +135, featherweightsOvine Saint Preux -110 vs. Antonio Trocoli -110, light heavyweightsErik Silva -115 vs. TJ Brown -105, featherweights
Vinicus Salvador -210 vs. Daniel Da Silva +175, flyweightsCameron Saaiman -280 vs. Steven Koslow +230, bantamweightsUFC 282 infoDate: Dec. 10
Location: T-Mobile Arena — Las VegasStart time: 10 p.m. ET (Main card) How to watch: ESPN+ PPVUFC 282 countdown