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The MMA Vivisection - UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch are back to break down this week’s UFC event in Las Vegas, NV. With picks and odds for every fight on the card. From Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev in the main event down to Cameron Saaiman vs. Steven Koslow.

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UFC 282 has had its fair share of injuries to deal with. While dealing with the loss of the main event is definitely a major blow, however, most of the rest of the card isn’t any worse for the cancellations. We’ll still get a light heavyweight title fight at the top, between Jan Blachowicz & Magomed Ankalaev. Paired up with that we’ve got the return of Paddy Pimblett and a surefire thriller between Ilia Topuria and Bryce Mitchell.

For fans interested in diving deeper into the undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.

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Here’s a look at the UFC 282 fight card as it stood at the time of recording:

ESPN+ PPV | 10pm/7pm ET&PT
Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev — At 10:41, Odds 29:09, Picks, Zane: Ankalaev, Connor: Blachowicz
Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon — At 29:30, Odds 36:05, Picks 36:18, Both: Pimblett
Alex Morono vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio — At 36:18, Odds-Skipped, Picks, Both: Ponzinibbio
Darren Till vs. Dricus du Plessis — At 43:42, Odds 54:13, Picks, Both: du Plessis
Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria — At 54:22, Odds 1:08:04, Picks, Zane: Topuria, Connor: Mitchell

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Chris Daukaus — At 1:58, Odds 9:39, Picks, Both: Rozenstruik
Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Jay Perrin — At 11:49, Odds 22:30, Picks, Both: Rosas Jr.
Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Dalcha Lungiambula — At 22:46, Odds 31:51, Picks, Both: Shahbazyan
Chris Curtis vs. Joaquin Buckley — At 32:38, Odds 40:47, Picks, Both: Curtis

Billy Quarantillo vs. Alexander Hernandez — At 41:30, Odds 51:03, Picks, Both: Quarantillo
TJ Brown vs. Erik Silva — At 52:00, Odds 57:05, Picks, Both: Silva
Vinicius Salvador vs. Daniel da Silva — At 57:52, Odds 1:02:19, Picks, Both: Salvador
Cameron Saaiman vs. Steven Koslow — At 1:02:44, Odds 1:08:09, Picks, Both: Koslow

For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisection shows for UFC Fight Island 1: ‘Kattar vs. Ige’. So far, here are the overall standings:

  • For our last event, UFC Orlando: ‘Thompson vs. Holland’: Zane picked 8/14 and Connor was in the lead for the second event in a row, he picked 9/14.
  • Overall stats from UFC Fight Island 1 in 2020, through UFC Orlando, 2022: Zane is now at 784/1219 for 64.32% and Connor is now at 740/1219 for 60.71%
  • So far, for 2022: Zane is at 314/482 for 65.39% and Connor is at 298/482 for 60.67%
  • 2021: Zane went 305/493 for 65% and Connor went 285/493 for 59%
  • July-Dec 2020: Zane went 164/244 for 67% and Connor went 157/244 for 64%
    Reference: Vivi Picks Stats_12.08.22.pdf

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Official UFC 282 Fight Poster: Blachowicz vs Ankalaev


BLOCKBUSTER TITLE-FIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, on Sat. DEC. 10, 2022, with a must-see thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, No. 3 ranked Jan Blachowicz (29-9), battle No. 4 division ranked contender, Magomed Ankalaev (18-1), for the UFC Vacant Light Heavyweight Championship.

Meanwhile, in UFC 282’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we get the massively popular ‘Paddy the Baddy’ UFC Lightweight Liverpool sensation (19-3) vs American Jared ‘Flash’ Gordon (19-5) in their first Co-Main bouts. These bouts will be preceded by an exciting Middleweight barnburner between Darrin Till and Dricus Du Plessis, in a must-see barnburner.

Don’t miss a single second of EPIC face-punching action!