Jan Blachowicz vs Magomed Ankalaev Added To UFC 282 Card

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UFC 282 event is already stacked with some spectacular bouts. Now, a light heavyweight bout between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev has been booked for the event. The event is currently set to be headlined by a championship rematch between Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira.  In their first fight in June, the Czech fighter won by fifth-round submission. It has been noted that the undercard also features several big names as well. Other key matchups, such as Robbie Lawler vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio, and Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Chris Daukaus are set for the event. Bo Nickal’s UFC debut against Jamie Pickett is also scheduled for the card.

Jan Blachowicz vs Magomed Ankalaev is set take place at UFC 282

As per the reports of ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev are set to fight in a likely title eliminator bout that will go down on December 10 in Las Vegas. The event is also set to witness the return of former light-heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson.

Jan Blachowicz (29-9) had returned to the win column last time out with a TKO win over Aleksandar Rakic, who sustained a leg injury. Prior to that, he lost his light heavyweight title by submission to Glover Teixeira. The Pole became the champ back in September 2020 and knocked out Dominick Reyes. He defended his belt with a decision victory over Israel Adesanya.

During his UFC career, the second-ranked light heavyweight in Blachowicz holds notable wins over Corey Anderson, Jimi Manuwa, Jacare Souza, Luke Rockhold, and Jared Cannonier among others.

Magomed Ankalaev (18-1) on the other hand, is boasting a nine-fight win streak and coming off a TKO win over Anthony Smith at UFC 277 in a bout Smith broke his ankle in. Before that, he earned a decision victory over Thiago Santos in his first UFC main event.

It has been noted that Ankalaev is currently ranked third at light heavyweight and holds notable wins over Volkan Oezdemir, Nikita Krylov, and Ion Cutelaba. The Russian is also the former WFCA light heavyweight champion with his lone loss coming in his UFC debut with just one second left as he was submitted by Paul Craig.

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