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Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby PainDog » Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:51 pm

UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has suffered a shoulder injury that will require a significant rehabilitation period. Out of respect to the athletes and the division, Prochazka has elected to vacate his title and will compete for the belt as soon as he is medically cleared.

As a result, the new UFC 282 main event will see former champion and No. 2 ranked Jan Blachowicz take on surging No. 3 ranked Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant, undisputed UFC light heavyweight championship.

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with legendary knockout power, Blachowicz has finished four of his last six wins in emphatic fashion and looks to recapture his lost crown with another signature victory. Ankalaev is currently riding the second-longest win streak in UFC light heavyweight history with nine victories, including five via finish, and plans to extend his streak by claiming his first UFC title.

Due to a change in the main event, refunds will be available at point of sale. UFC 282: BLACHOWICZ vs ANKALAEV takes place Saturday, December 10 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

https://www.mmafighting.com/2022/11/23/ ... main-event
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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby Ghost of PBells » Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:58 pm

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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby JACKnoneREACHER » Wed Nov 23, 2022 9:07 pm

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As long as we eventually get a lhw title fight in Cieszyn before its all said and done I dont care the oath to it.

Cieszyn straddles the Czech Poland border, a title fight with a guy representing each half of that city would be magic. Damn the logistics amd logic. I want a title fight that splits a city in half, it would be electric and Jan desrves a big send off.
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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby PainDog » Wed Nov 23, 2022 10:55 pm

Ankalaev is going to be a great champ :hand1:

Props to Jiri for vacating instead of holding up the division.
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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby Alexbkk75 » Thu Nov 24, 2022 2:48 am

that really sucks... Jiri is one fighter I want to see fight a lot more. Always crazy exciting! If he ends up on the shelf for 1+ year, it really, truly sucks.

I'm not surprised he vacated his belt; the man is a class act.

I feel Texeira is getting screwed as well in the process. At his age, will he ever get his title shot again?

I believe Ankalaev will take it and like Pdog said, he will be a great champ for the division.
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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby tsarlaider » Thu Nov 24, 2022 8:11 am

Alexbkk75 wrote:that really sucks... Jiri is one fighter I want to see fight a lot more. Always crazy exciting! If he ends up on the shelf for 1+ year, it really, truly sucks.

I'm not surprised he vacated his belt; the man is a class act.

I feel Texeira is getting screwed as well in the process. At his age, will he ever get his title shot again?

I believe Ankalaev will take it and like Pdog said, he will be a great champ for the division.


I came here for this.

Why was Texeira skipped in this title fight? Have they given any reason? The standard procedure is for another contender to step in, not completely change the title match up....

That said thats still a great match up. I think Ankalaev gets it.
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Postby Fyodor » Thu Nov 24, 2022 8:23 am

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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby slevin » Thu Nov 24, 2022 11:14 am

tsarlaider wrote:
Alexbkk75 wrote:that really sucks... Jiri is one fighter I want to see fight a lot more. Always crazy exciting! If he ends up on the shelf for 1+ year, it really, truly sucks.

I'm not surprised he vacated his belt; the man is a class act.

I feel Texeira is getting screwed as well in the process. At his age, will he ever get his title shot again?

I believe Ankalaev will take it and like Pdog said, he will be a great champ for the division.


I came here for this.

Why was Texeira skipped in this title fight? Have they given any reason? The standard procedure is for another contender to step in, not completely change the title match up....

That said thats still a great match up. I think Ankalaev gets it.

Dana said they offered Glover the shot vs Ankalaev first but he turned it down for some reason. I wonder if he had an injury he was going to fight with?
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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby Ghost of PBells » Thu Nov 24, 2022 11:44 am

Glover said he offered to fight Ankalaev on the Brazil card in January (283) but UFC said no and went ahead with Ankalaev/Jan for 282
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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby philphan » Thu Nov 24, 2022 4:35 pm

Ghost of PBells wrote:Glover said he offered to fight Ankalaev on the Brazil card in January (283) but UFC said no and went ahead with Ankalaev/Jan for 282

Now this sounds right. Love Glover and hope he gets his title shot next. As for now, war Jan. :mrgreen:
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Postby Mr Meow » Thu Dec 01, 2022 12:20 pm

Ankalev with perhaps the least publicized 9 fight win streak in the UFC to a title shot in UFC history :lol:
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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby philphan » Thu Dec 01, 2022 8:32 pm

Mr Meow wrote:Ankalev with perhaps the least publicized 9 fight win streak in the UFC to a title shot in UFC history :lol:

No doubt, to bad he is fighting Jan the Conquer. Light Weight Belt on Jan. Want the bet Kitty? :cig: :mrgreen:
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Re: Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz fight for vacant belt

Postby Alexbkk75 » Thu Dec 01, 2022 11:32 pm

If Jan can beat Ankalaev, he really deserves the belt :tup:
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