The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, December 10, 2022, for UFC 282, headlined by a vacant light-heavyweight championship affair between no. 3 ranked former champion Jan Blachowicz (29-9) and no. 4 ranked Magomed Ankalaev (18-1).
Co-headlining the event was a lightweight encounter between former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett (19-3) and former CFFC featherweight champion Jared Gordon (19-5).
Opening up the preliminary card tonight was a middleweight bout between a pair of knockout artists in Joaquin Buckley (15-5) and Chris Curtis (29-9).
Curtis had gone 3-1 thus far into his UFC tenure, securing two of those victories via knockout, while Buckley was 3-1 in his last four coming in, also securing two of those victories via knockout.
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Continue reading to see how this middleweight contest went down:
Official Result: Chris Curtis def. Joaquin Buckley via KO (punches) at 2:49 of round two
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Buckley is mixing his attack up well early on, throwing a variety of kicks to the legs, body, and head, as well as some nice boxing combinations.
Curtis catches him with a hard left hand midway through the opening round, though Buckley remains unfazed and continues to out-strike Curtis through the rounds end.
It seems as if the fight is slowly slipping away from Curtis as it goes into the second, he’s waiting on Buckley and getting picked apart considering. However, just as we’re thinking that, he blocks a head kick and counters with that same vicious left hand, dropping Buckley on the spot.
A few follow up shots is all it took and Buckley was unconscious midway through round two.
Chris Curtis is back to his winning ways, as he’s now 4-1 inside the octagon following victory at UFC 282.
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