Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev have a chance to end 2022 as UFC light heavyweight champions when it shouldn’t have happened.
After Jiří Prochazka waived the title with an injury that forced him out of the main event of UFC 282 with Glover Teixeira, Blachowicz and Ankalaev will face off for the vacant title in the new headliner of the UFC Pay-Per-View Finals of the year, which will take place on December 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Check out the new event poster below.
The undisputed LHW championship is on the line #UFC282 poster has arrived!
— UFC (@ufc) November 29, 2022
After losing the title to Teixeira at UFC 267 in October 2021, Blachowicz won his only appearance in 2022 with a third-round TKO victory over Aleksandar Rakic in the main event of UFC Vegas 54 in May. Blachowicz was already ready to take on Ankalaev in a -Main Event of UFC 282 in a proposed #1 contender bout before advancing to the main event.
Ankalaev has racked up nine straight octagon victories en route to his first UFC title fight, including victories over Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith in 2022.
Check out the full UFC 282 card below.
Main Map (22:00 ET on ESPN+ PPV)
Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant light heavyweight title
Paddy Pimblet vs. Jared Gordon
Robbie Lawler vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Drycus Du Plessis vs. Darren Till
Bryce Mitchell vs Ilya Topuria
Advance Map (8:00 pm ET on ESPN2, ESPN+)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Chris Daukos
Jay Perrin vs Raul Rosas Jr.
Edmen Shahbazyan vs Dalcha Lungiambula
Chris Curtis vs. Joaquin Buckley
Early Prelims (5:30 pm ET on ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass)
Billy Quarantillo vs. Alexander Hernandez
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Antonio Trocoli
TJ Brown vs. Eric Silva
Vinicius Salvador vs. Daniel Da Silva
Cameron Saiman vs. TBD