A night of unfair judges at UFC 282

The UFC light heavyweight title remained vacant at the conclusion of UFC 282 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It comes after the title bout between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev was ruled a split draw. However, Ankalaev protested that he should’ve been crowned the new champion – a sentiment that Blachowicz surprisingly got behind.

At the end of the contest, the judges scored it 48-46 Ankalaev, 48-47 Blachowicz, and 47-47. The belt became vacant last month when champion Jiri Prochazka vacated it after suffering a serious shoulder injury that could keep him out for up to a year.

In the co-main event, Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett kept his unbeaten UFC record intact after securing a unanimous decision over Jared Gordon. The judges had Pimblett winning 29-28 on all scorecards.

However, his win came with some controversy, with many believing that Gordon should’ve had his hand raised.

Santiago Ponzinibbio captured his second victory in a row with an emphatic third-round TKO over Alex Morono. ‘The Argentine Dagger’ improved to 29-6 with the stoppage win.

In the welterweight division, fan favorite Darren Till’s long-awaited return was spoiled by Dricus du Plessis. Till was able to weather a near-stoppage in the first round but ultimately succumbed to a rear-naked choke in round three.

The main card kicked off with a showdown between featherweight prospects Bryce Mitchell and Ilia Tuporia. The Georgian fighter shocked the MMA world when he finished Mitchell in round two via an arm triangle.

UFC 282 full-card results

Main card

Magomed Ankalaev vs. Jan Blachowicz ruled split draw

Paddy Pimblett def. Jared Gordon via UD

Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Alex Morono via third-round TKO (2:29)

Dricus Du Plessis def. Darren Till via sub (RNC) (R3, 2:43)

Ilia Topuria def. Bryce Mitchell via sub (arm triangle) (R2, 3:10)

Preliminary Card

Raul Rosas Jr. def. Jay Perrin via sub (RNC) (R1, 2:44)

Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Chris Daukaus via 1st-round KO (0:23)

Edmen Shahbazyan def. Dalcha Lungiambula via 2nd-round TKO (4:41)

Chris Curtis def. Joaquin Buckley via second-round KO (2:49)

Billy Quarantillo def. Alexander Hernandez via 2nd-round TKO (4:30)

T.J. Brown def. Erik Silva via sub (head/arm choke) (R3, 3:41)

Cameron Saaiman def. Steven Koslow via third-round TKO (4:13)

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