Magomed Ankalaev is favored against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev on Saturday, December 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is one of five fights on the main pay-per-view card. Blachowicz is 29-9 in his career, while Ankalaev is 18-1 in his career. There are a total of 14 fights, with five on Pay-Per-View, four on ESPN2/ ESPN+, and five on ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass at UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev. Let’s look at the bout between Blachowicz and Ankalaev and UFC predictions.
UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, December 10 with 14 fights, with five on Pay-Per-View, four on ESPN2/ ESPN+, and five on ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev Betting
Jan Blachowicz (29-9, 12-6 UFC)
Blachowicz came into the UFC with a record of 17-3 and he has 12 wins and six losses in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has five wins and one loss. He defeated Ronaldo Souza by split decision, Corey Anderson by KO, Dominick Reyes by TKO, Israel Adesanya by unanimous decision, and Aleksandar Rakic by TKO; while losing to Glover Teixeira by rear-naked choke submission. Blachowicz has been a pro since 2007 and he has nine wins by TKO/KO and nine by submission. He has seven first round finishes.
Blachowicz said this to mmafighting.com about his upcoming fight against Ankalaev, “Very good fighter, young fighter, a lot of wins in a row. It’s going to be a tough opponent for me, but everybody is tough in the UFC. I’m ready for him. I’m ready for what he’s got for me. We trained for him. We know his weaknesses, we know his best weapons, and I have to just do my best inside the octagon. He fought with very good guys, with top fighters. He fought with the fighters who beat me, so he’s very good and I need to be careful for everything, knockout punch power, good wrestling, good control on the ground. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, but in a way, I go to this fight with the win in my head, always.”
Magomed Ankalaev (18-1, 9-1 UFC)
Ankalaev came into the UFC with a record of 9-0 and he has nine wins and one loss in the UFC. He defeated Marcin Prachnio by KO, Klidson Abreu by unanimous decision, Dalcha Lungiambula by KO, Ion Cu?elaba by TKO, Ion Cu?elaba by KO, Nikita Krylov by unanimous decision, Volkan Oezdemir by unanimous decision, Thiago Santos by unanimous decision, and Anthony Smith by TKO; while losing to Paul Craig by triangle choke submission. Ankalaev has been a pro since 2014 and he has 10 wins by TKO/KO and eight by decision. He has seven first round finishes.
Strikes landed per minute: Blachowicz 3.55 / Ankalaev 3.64
Striking Accuracy: Blachowicz 49% / Ankalaev 54%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Blachowicz 2.77 / Ankalaev 2.14
Defense: Blachowicz 54% / Ankalaev 60%
Takedown average: Blachowicz 1.08 / Ankalaev 0.94
Takedown Accuracy: Blachowicz 53% / Ankalaev 33%
Takedowns defended: Blachowicz 66% / Ankalaev 86%
Submission average: Blachowicz 0.3 / Ankalaev 0.0
The light heavyweight title is on the line, as Jiri Prochazka had to give up the title due to a shoulder injury. Blachowicz has won six of his last seven fights, while Ankalaev has won his last nine bouts. This matchup looks to be an excellent one and a great way for the UFC to end their pay-per-view events for 2022. Blachowicz and Prochazka have power, but there is no question that Blachowicz is the heavy hitter and his path to victory in this fight would seem to be to turn it into a brawl. Ankalaev has power, but he is a very technical fighter and always seem to have the fight in the position he wants it to be in. I think Ankalaev is the better fighter, but I am shocked the price is nearly 3-1. I would definitely take Ankalaev to win this fight if the odds were lower but at this price, I am looking more at the props. I think Ankalaev to win by decision at plus money is worth considering and if Blachowicz gets the win, it would seem likely it would be by TKO, so taking a flyer on him to win by TKO at big odds is worth a small flyer.
|DATE ||FIGHTERS ||MONEY LINE |
|12/10 ||Jan Blachowicz ||+201 |
|Magomed Ankalaev ||-260 |
|12/10 ||Paddy Pimblett ||-256 |
|Jared Gordon ||+198 |
|12/10 ||Darren Till ||+146 |
|Dricus Du Plessis ||-185 |
|12/10 ||Bryce Mitchell ||+105 |
|Ilia Topuria ||-135 |
|12/10 ||Chris Daukaus ||+135 |
|Jairzinho Rozenstruik ||-170 |
|12/10 ||Jay Perrin ||+183 |
|Raul Rosas Jr. ||-235 |
|12/10 ||Dalcha Lungiambula ||+214 |
|Edmen Shahbazyan ||-280 |
|12/10 ||Alexander Hernandez ||+127 |
|Billy Quarantillo ||-160 |
|12/10 ||Joaquin Buckley ||-160 |
|Chris Curtis ||+127 |
|12/10 ||TJ Brown ||-115 |
|Erik Silva ||-115 |
|12/10 ||Daniel da Silva ||+169 |
|Vinicius Salvador ||-215 |
|12/10 ||Steven Koslow ||+241 |
|Cameron Saaiman ||-320 |
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