UFC 282: Błachowicz Vs. Ankalaev Prelim And Undercard Live Results, Highlights, Recaps: Pimblett Secures Razor Thin Unanimous Decision Victory Over Gordon

Getting UFC 282 started in Las Vegas tonight, will be three early preliminary matches airing live exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.

Following, on ESPN+, the four-bout preliminary card will kick off at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Finally, the Pay-Per-View main card will go live at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. The broadcast will consist of five fights and will conclude with Jan Błachowicz versus Magomed Ankalaev in a main event battle for the vacant light heavyweight crown.

The main event competitors are expected to make their cage walks at roughly 1 a.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT

 

Follow the Live Results, Recaps, and Highlights below, provided by FIGHT SPORTS

 

Main Card 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT (PPV) Live Results:

 

Co-Main Event: Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon – Lightweight

In the first round of this co-main attraction, Gordon did a great job at finding a home for step-in hooks, but ultimately they did not seem to affect Pimblett too heavily. Pimblett, the crowd favorite, answered back with heavy strikes of his own, mixing combination punches with high and low kicks.

Gordon continued to find success with his punching in the second round, but Pimblett answered back with precise striking of his own. Pimblett also found himself dragging Gordon to the ground with a submission attempt, which Gordon did a good job at escaping.

The third round brought a different strategy from Gordon as he came out and took Pimblett down right away. Pimblett was able to rise to his feet, but Gordon kept the action pressed against the cage as he tried to dig for another take down. Eventually, Gordon would achieve another takedown, but an overzealous back take resulted in Pimblett reversing the position and finishing the fight on Gordon’s back.

In the first decision of the evening, Paddy Pimblett would take the victory unanimously.

Official Result: Paddy Pimblett def. Jared Gordon via Decision (Unanimous) – 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

 

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Alex Morono – 180-pound Catchweight

In this catchweight affair, Alex Morono came out absolutely swinging for the fences. Near the end of the first round, he caught Ponzinibbio with a hard right hand that put him on the mat.

After escaping the first round, Ponzinibbio looked to have recovered by the second. Both landed well in the striking realm, but in the second half of the round, Ponzinibbio really started to find his stride and take advantage of a slowing Morono.

In the third round, Morono wobbled his opponent with a heavy right hook behind the ear, but right after the tables turned. Ponzinibbio connected with a stiff right cross following a jab and level change feint. The punch stunned Morono who was essentially out on his feet. Ponzinibbio fired one more right hand that dropped his opponent to the canvas and ultimately finished the fight.

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Official Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Alex Morono via TKO (Right Cross) – Round 3, 2:29

 

Darren Till vs. Dricus Du Plessis – Middleweight

Right from the start of the first round, Du Plessis was in control. He started with a clean takedown, and began to unload punches as Till attempted to return to his feet. Through extreme determination, Till was able to escape the onslaught of the first round, and to begin the second Du Plessis looked exhausted.

Throughout the second round, Till found success in the striking department, landing multiple heavy shots that wobbled his opponent. This forced Du Plessis to bring the fight back to the mat, where he held things for the remainder of the round.

To start the third, Till was controlling the standup battle, but once again Du Plessis was able to bring things to the ground. He took mount right away and after landing a couple of shots from the top Till turned, exposing his back. Du Plessis locked up a rear naked choke submission and forced Till to tap out.

Official Result: Dricus Du Plessis def. Darren Till via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 3, 2:43

 

Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria – Featherweight

Getting the main card started, this was an excellent matchup in the 145-pound division. Topuria lead through the first round with superior striking ability, but in the last minute of the round, Mitchell was able to put a stop to it by bringing the fight to the ground.

Into the second round, the striking from Topuria continued, at one point even dropping Mitchell with a hard right hand. Topuria would follow Mithell to the ground and eventually squeeze out the submission victory with a head and arm choke.

Official Result: Ilia Topuria def. Bryce Mitchell via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) – Round 2, 3:10

 

Live Results: Preliminary Card 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+

Raul Rosas Jr. def. Jay Perrin via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 1, 2:44

Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Chris Daukaus via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 0:23

Edmen Shahbazyan def. Dalcha Lungiambula via TKO (Knees and Punches) – Round 2, 4:41

Chris Curtis def. Joaquin Buckley via KO (Left Straight and Ground Strikes) – Round 2, 2:49

 

Live Results: Early Prelims 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass

Billy Quarantillo def. Alexander Hernandez via TKO (Punches) Round 2, 4:30

TJ Brown def. Erik Silva via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) – Round 3, 3:41


Cameron Saaiman def. Steven Koslow via TKO (Knees and Punches) – Round 3, 4:13

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