Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev go head-to-head for the vacant light-heavyweight title in Las Vegas, with Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett also in action: Everything to know ahead of UFC 282
- Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev square off at UFC 282 this weekend
- The pair will collide with the vacant light-heavyweight belt up for grabs
- Former champion Jan Blachowicz lost the belt to Glover Teixeira in October 2021
- But he gets another shot after Jiri Prochazka vacated the belt due to injury
- Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett is also in action as he takes on veteran Jared Gordon
Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev square off inside the octagon this weekend with the vacant light-heavyweight belt on the line at UFC 282.
The belt is up for grabs after previous titleholder Jiri Prochazka, who won the strap with victory over Glover Teixeira in June, was forced to vacate it due to a serious shoulder injury.
Blachowicz held the belt for just over a year, between September 2020 and October 2021, winning it against Dominick Reyes and retaining it against Israel Adesanya, before eventually losing out to Teixeira.
Jan Blachowicz (left) and Magomed Ankalaev (right) square off in Las Vegas this weekend
Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett is also in action at UFC 282 as he takes on veteran Jared Gordon
The 39-year-old is now looking to become a two-time champion, having bounced back earlier this year with a win over Aleksandar Rakic. Ankalaev, meanwhile, has the longest current winning streak in the light-heavyweight division, having won his last nine bouts.
Also in action on the undercard is the increasingly popular Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett, who takes on veteran Jared Gordon.
With the spectacle swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
When is Jan Blachowicz vs Magomed Ankalaev?
The clash between Blachowicz and Ankalaevis scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The preliminary card will start at 11pm for those in the UK, with the main card beginning at 1am on Sunday morning.
The pair are expected to touch gloves at around 4am, though that will of course depend on the results beforehand.
There is also plenty of action on the undercard, as stated, with Paddy the Baddy taking on Jared Gordon, while Darren Till squares off against Dricus Du Plessis.
How to watch the fight
UFC 282 will be available to watch on BT Sport, with their coverage starting at 1am.
Those not subscribed to BT Sport can sign up for a contract-free monthly pass for a price of £25. Viewers can then also stream the fight using their app or web player.
Alternatively, there are a number of BT Sport packages you can sign up for HERE.
Sportsmail will also be covering the fight live, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
Blachowicz vs Ankalaev: The key stats
Height: 6ft 2in
Height: 6ft 3in
Blachowicz lost his light-heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira back in October 2021
Ankalaev stopped Anthony Smith in July in what was his ninth consecutive victory
Fight card in full
- Jan Blachowicz vs Magomed Ankalaev – for vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
- Paddy Pimblett vs Jared Gordon
- Darren Till vs Dricus Du Plessis
- Bryce Mitchell vs Ilia Topuria
- Ovince Saint Preux vs TBA
- Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Chris Daukaus
- Raul Rosas Jr vs Jay Perrin
- Edmen Shahbazyan vs Dalcha Lungiambula
- Chris Curtis vs Joaquin Buckley
Early preliminary card
- Santiago Ponzinibbio vs Alex Morono
- Billy Quarantillo vs Alexander Hernandez
- TJ Brown vs Erik Silva
- Daniel da Silva vs Vinicius Salvador
- Ronnie Lawrence vs Cameron Saaiman
What’s been said?
Blachowicz has revealed that he had no idea a title opportunity was coming his way, insisting he was the last person to find out.
‘I didn’t know nothing,’ Blachowicz told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. ‘I got off the plane, I get wifi in the airport and my phone is shaking all the time, ringing. I’m like, “What happened? Something happened.”
‘I already know that something happened because [I have] too many messages. Of course, first I check from my manager — also she’s my fiancee — and I read the message and I have to read it four or five times because I don’t understand.
‘I don’t believe what’s happened, what she wrote to me. I showed the message to my coaches, ‘A title shot. It’s happened.’ Later I called to her and said, “Hey, you’re not joking with me? It’s true? We’re really going to fight for the title?” “Yeah,” and she told me the whole story.
‘Literally, I knew nothing. I was the last person to know that we were going to fight for the title.’
Blachowicz has revealed he was the last person to find out he was getting a title shot
Blachowicz is getting the opportunity after Teixeira rejected to chance to fight Ankalaev
He is only getting the opportunity after Teixeira rejected to chance to fight Ankalaev following Prochazka’s injury.
‘I told them I needed more time for this guy, that he has a different style, the guy is a southpaw,’ Teixeira told ESPN.
‘I said, “What about fighting him in Brazil?” They denied that and said they needed someone to fight in Vegas.
‘I said, “OK, I’ll fight Jan [Blachowicz] in Vegas. If you’re going to throw me off, Jan has a regular stance. Ankalaev is a totally different game. I need more time”.’
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