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UFC 282: Magomed Ankalaev-Jan Blachowicz title fight ends in bizarre split draw

Dec 11, 2022

LAS VEGAS — There will be no light heavyweight champion for at least several months after Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz, inexplicably, fought to a split draw Saturday in the main event of UFC 282 at T-Mobile Arena in their bout for the vacant title.

Judges scored it 48-46 Ankalaev, 48-47 Blachowicz and 47-47. The belt became vacant last month when champion Jiri Prochazka vacated it after a serious shoulder injury that could keep him out for up to a year.

The UFC ordered Ankalaev and Blachowicz to fight for the vacant belt and it appeared that Ankalaev had done enough to win. Yahoo Sports had it 48-47 for Ankalaev, giving him Rounds 1, 4 and 5.

But the judges’ couldn’t agree and everyone was stunned by the outcome. That included Blachowicz.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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