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).
Going into tonight’s co-main event, Pimblett had gone 3-0 thus far into his UFC tenure, securing all three victories via finish, all three of which awarded him Performance of the Night bonuses. Gordon on the other hand had gone 4-1 since losing to future, now former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira back in November of 2019.
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Continue reading to see how this epic lightweight co-main event went down:
Official Result: Paddy Pimblett def. Jared Gordon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Gordon does a very good job of landing his left hook early on, he seemingly can’t miss with it, as Pimblett’s chin is wide open for the taking. It appears he still hasn’t filled that one gap in his game.
Pimblett starts to look better as the round goes on however, landing some nice, heavy leg kicks, and some nice punch combinations of his own. He does end the round on his back, as he’s bullied down to the mat in the final seconds of the opening round.
Much of round two is spent with Gordon pressing Pimblett into the fence in search of the takedown.
Gordon lands a hard right hand along the fence, before Pimblett returns with a hard right of his own.
Pimblett ends the round strong by landing a heavy combination at the end of it.
Gordon continues to spam Pimblett with takedown attempts throughout the third and final round, though Pimblett ends up on top in a scramble toward the end and takes Gordon’s back.
This was a pretty uneventful affair; Gordon was able to neutralize most of what Pimblett had to offer, and Pimblett was tough to take down and looked good on the feet.
Paddy Pimblett improves to 4-0 inside the octagon with this victory, improving his record to 20-3 at UFC 282.
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